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My problem with the Quora Partner Programme

One of the things I do is answer questions on Quora. I’m not a regular or anything. I crossed the 10,000 mark only a few days ago. There are those with millions of views per week. I’m nowhere near, I’m nowhere that dedicated to anything in the world. But I do get answer requests every few days. These range from “okay” to utterly stupid/obvious. I am against systems that make people intellectually lazy, and unfortunately, with Quora rolling out the Partner Programme, it is slowly but surely becoming exactly that.

Surgical Strike 2.0

I am an ordinary citizen. And as an ordinary citizen of a country that hates terror attacks, and personally holding the same stand as my country, I was upset and immensely angry on the 14th of February 2019, when forty CRPF jawans got killed in a terror attack. The terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the strike. I was upset that India’s September 2016 strike on terror camps in Pakistan hadn’t borne fruit—that the terrorists hadn’t received the message the right way.

Capitalism, communism, socialism ... wtf-ism

Let’s face it, this is the generation of isms. Everywhere you go, every channel you pick, every Facebook page that floods your newsfeed, have one or the other form of -ism being talked about: whether it’s a meme, or a debate video (where you barely hear a thing), or a long post like this one. Needless to say, we’re all either tired, or are numb. But still, we end up retaining a part of every incomplete or complete piece we gather, only to happily use it later on, whether the understanding or the context is right or wrong—of late, mostly the latter.

The Secret Store of Oxygen

My weekends over the last month have been really great. There was this one during which we went to Mystery Rooms and played Abduction (thereby burning a hole in our pockets), the next one during which we went to Sakleshpur and had a blast. The last weekend wasn’t so eventful apart from riding my bike for a long distance and chilling out. And of course, binge-watching movies with my brother.

The Story of Hoaxes

Of late, there have been a boatload of hoaxes floating around the Internet. Adding to the chaos primarily is WhatsApp, quickly followed by Facebook and the various other social networks. Instagram used to be the haven for original content, which has now been contaminated by these pictures and videos as well. The Conspiracy Mill churns out these hoaxes on a daily basis and we consume them “HOT!” From political scandals, “forced conversions”, blood and urine in ketchup to ISRO building rockets to bring fuel from the Moon, Einstein gets proven right every day.

My Take on Pari

Movies I seldom watch; review them I almost never do. (Except saying whether I liked a certain movie or not.) This is probably my first-of-its-kind post. Now this is not a movie review—it is what I saw in the movie that most of people with whom I spoke about this movie didn’t seem to see. I usually avoid the so-called “horror” movies for the sheer stupidity, lack of a meaningful story and innovation—they can’t differentiate fear from disgust and reflex, for starters.

Is it ever too late?

This post comes from Amdavad! (Non-Amdavadis know it as Ahmedabad.) Yay, how exciting, right? The ideal city to live in in India and all! Anyway, let’s not get into political debates. Dad would read this and then would give me a stare from over his reading glasses and say in a stern voice, ‘Son, what have I told you about politics and religion?’ Yesterday, I wrote a review of The Big Switch: It is never too late on Meraki Post.

On Unification

So far, we saw how we are not the kind to be identified by “one”, but are based on some core identities. Let us proceed further to understand a little more on how things changed and why. It would help us go towards better understanding of the situation. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Many of those who have understood the basis of Hindi point out that the modern day Hindi is a standardisation/unification of several dialects—such as Awadhi, Braj, Maithili, Maghi/Magadhi, Bundeli, Kauravi, etc.

On Sub-Nationalism

This post is in continuation to the post, On Reduction, which lays the ground about what’s to follow in this post; we spoke about how India was not founded on the principles of “one” anything other than a nation. Sardar Patel, back in his day, set out to unify the country on no principle other than a single point of governance. The Indian National Congress (of those days, not the present-day—pardon my honesty—Blunder-Engine Dynasty) felt that the different provinces had to unite under one umbrella of governance, to become a strong, united entity.

On Reduction

One language, one religion, and one common enemy. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Historian and columnist Ramchandra Guha did an hour-long talk on how nationalism is a nineteenth-century European phenomenon, and how Indian nationalism was founded on the exact opposite principles. He went on to say how we seem to be gradually moving towards the said model of European nationalism, by looking for one language, one religion, and one common enemy.