Dividend or a Liability?

India has the world’s largest youth population with more than 41% of the population lying under the age of 20, half the population between the age group of 20-59 and only 9% is above the age of 60. When we look at these statistics, it gives us a feeling of pride and confidence, doesn’t it?…

From the Window Seeing a Riot

“…२० मिनट के लिए ही दूकान खुली रहेगी! जो लेना है जल्दी ले लो और फिर पुरे दिन दरवाज़ा बंद रखना!” (The shop will be open for just 20 minutes. Take everything you need and keep your doors closed for the entire day) Supriya* heard from the police officer as she stood in the already…

The Butterfly Effect

A butterfly flutters its wings on one side of the world and causes a hurricane on the other side. This concept knows as ‘The butterfly effect’, which was initially used with weather predictions (Lorenz’s Chaos Theory), gradually gained popularity among theorists to explain events not limited to science. In weather prediction, the butterfly effect denotes…

On Caste: Prevelance and Severity

“Dwibedi … toh Brahmin ho?” “Umm… Haan” “ Achha. Kahan ke Brahmin ho?” “ Umm… humlog Kolkata mein rahte hain” “Achha. Toh Diwali ke time ghar nahi ja rahe ho?” “Nahin. Aap ticket dekh lijiye.” “Rahane do bitiyan. Sambhal ke jana” This is a snippet of the conversation I had with the ticket checker while…

Jai Mata Di

Being an East Indian girl, I have always crazed for Durga Puja. I took 4 days leave to visit my native place during the occasion this time. Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals of Assam after Bihu, which is celebrated for 5 days (from Sasthi to Dashami) across the state. I was very…

God Is Not Great

I woke up to the sound of a series of prayers being played on a phone. They were coming from the lower berth; I was on the top one. I had boarded a train at 4 am to reach my field area. I checked the time. It was 7 am. I had slept for 3…