7 Things That No Longer Embarrass Today’s Women of India

As I strolled through an alley of a shopping mall, I bumped into an old friend. No longer I got curiously engrossed in knowing about her Jeevan Katha than my eyes popped out seeing a teenage girl wearing a spaghetti tee. It obliviously showed her Vermillion bra-straps. I took a pause as I reflected on why was I taken aback, when I am the one who keeps arguing on the need for revolutionary perspectives in society for today’s women of India.

It then dawned upon, that there is a paradigm shift in our culture. I observe that Indian women and girls no longer feel the inhibition about certain facets in expressing themselves. Despite the stereotyped imposition persists in an Indian environment, there is definitely a subtle transformation evolving and taking a flamboyant shape.

Read on some of my observations of today’s common Indian women who don’t feel embarrassed about their choices from appearance to career.

Showing Off Their Bras

It was such a friendly and kind gesture by another woman, when she spotted a bra-strap, to acknowledge her of sliding it inside the blouse or a top. Well, it is an old-school now. Confidently exposing the straps appears quite charming then letting the collar bone get bored without an accomplice.

Abusive Lingo

Either it is a workplace, where Indian working women have to deal with the uncouth and sometimes debauched labour-men or generally catching up to the bumchums, slangs are equally a part of women’s speech as it has been with men.


Discussing Periods

You will encounter multiples of advertisement campaigns supporting a sanitary napkin brand as you put on the television to eliminate the day’s drudgery. These expressions are indeed significant as far as spreading the awareness to remote and rural zones of India. There, the usage of the pads is not common. I support the cause of eliminating the taxes on the sanitary napkin.

Male-Driven Jobs

Career is indispensable to stabilize the finances thereby making a woman independent and non-diffident. It is very encouraging to see the number of women in Indian cities and towns opting male-driven careers like an Auto driver and Bus conductor. Kudos to these women who with their sole support of determination, walking out of their fears and stepping forward in myriad zones.

Live-In Relationship

In the movie Dear Zindagi, Jug explains Kiara,

“Hum itni Kursiya dekhte hain, ek lene se pehle. Phir apna lifepartner choose karne se pehle, options dekhne me kya problem hai?”

There is no harm in living together to check the pros and cons of compatibility thereby concluding a so-called divine bond of marriage. There are lot of Live-in Indian couples who are open about their status and liberally expressing them.

Showing Off The Waist

In India, Sari is okay but a small glimpse of your kamar (waist) while you keep a bag on the luggage rack in railway-train will draw the attention of all the fellow commuters. But the fact is it is no more a matter of any ogles or stares, it is indeed cool to adorn and flaunt yourself by a crepe top.

Taking A Stand

It is commendable to see Indian women and girls not keeping mum over the issues that even slightly bother them. Taking a stand for their own decisions in either moving out of a relationship, or managing household and official chores, or pushing their limits in numerous streams, Indian women are definitely rocking the Universe!

If you relate to the above observations, gimme a thumbs-up in the comments and lets us keep breaking the records!

 

Top 5 Future Technologies that will Change the World

Future Technologies

In recent times there was an explosion of innovation in what has to do with virtual and augmented reality as well as the Internet of things or the concept of Smart Cities. The growth was so vertiginous that still many do not finish understanding what is behind all these Future Technologies.

Here, a detail about the scope of the Future Technologies and what direction they will take in the next five year.

1 – Robotics:

 

For a while, it has been talking about robots and that is invested in the development of different devices that do multiple tasks. There are currently around 25 million mobile robots worldwide. In the not so distant future, a more exponential insertion is projected in both domestic and industrial environments. “In the next 15 years, it is estimated that 4 out of 10 people will be replaced by robots to perform repetitive tasks such as cutting the grass or collecting products at the supermarket cashier,” explains experts.

2 – Virtual Reality, Augmented and Mixed:

This year began to live with greater intensity what has to do with augmented reality, virtual and mixed. They began to sell the virtual reality helmets in a massive way and more alternatives were developed, within the framework of the software, to be able to live these digital experiences that have multiple uses. In addition to being used in video games, virtual reality is also used educationally and to treat certain conditions such as phobias.

Therefore, it is not crazy to think that, in the coming years, there will be more immersion helmets than TV screens in homes. The interesting thing about this is that it changed the way we consume and generate content; the cinematographic language is being modified; now we have to think about the story in 360 degrees and know that in virtual reality different senses are stimulated. More is appealing for now is the visual and auditory, adding devices that incorporate sensors for touch, smell, etc.

3 – 3D Printing:

This theme, which has already been installed on the agenda, is going to progress more and more. The most interesting thing, according to the specialist, is that this implies a decentralization of industrial production. The possibility of printing almost anything is put at massive reach. In some way, the productive process is democratized. In five years it will be possible to print forks, plates and cell phones, and when they become massive, the price of equipment will be greatly reduced.

4 – Smart cities Drones and Autonomous Cars:

Smart drones and autonomous cars reconfigured the way they live and look at the city. The perspective and the form of mobility took a new perspective. To this, we must add the automation sensors that multiply. As everything that is related to the Internet of Things, the goal is to optimize processes. In a smart city, we want to have a record of how the services work the different facilities and thus be able to make better decisions, reduce costs and prevent problems.

5 – Self-employed Homes:

The same logic is behind smart homes. This is linked to home automation, i.e. the automation of different household issues such as opening and closing doors, air conditioning, and the use of electricity.” The idea is to promote savings, add sustainability and contribute to a more efficient consumption of energy.

So, here are the top Future Technologies that will change the world.

The Indian Hair Culture

‘Unity in diversity’, the chief feature of India that separates it from the rest of the world. People of this subcontinent are neither equal in respect of the food they eat, nor the language they speak. Also, there is a great diversity in their dressing styles and habits. But a sense of unity in them is what it makes them the people of India. In his book, ‘The Discovery of India’, Jawaharlal Nehru says that Indian unity is not something imposed from the outside but rather, “It was something deeper and within its fold, wildest tolerance of belief and custom was practiced and every variety acknowledged and even encouraged.”

Among many things, that bring about a diversity in India, one is ‘hair’. While some people regard hair as a sacred thing, some shave it off after the death of loved ones. Here’s a list of how people from different religion treat their hair –

1. Hair have a distinct place in Hindu culture. When there occurs a demise of a family member, the male members shave their heads while females do not.

2. When we talk about the importance of hair in Muslim culture, first of all, women come in mind. In a public place, Muslim women should keep their hair covered as it is believed that it is the requirement of Allah that women should cover their hair. Moreover, while worshipping, men wear a certain types of cap as a symbol of purity and divinity.

3. In Jainism, whoever wants to take a lifelong woe of monkhood must get his hair pulled out strand by strand. This practice is known as ‘kaya klesh’. And excruciatingly painful as it might be, it is willfully undergone as a form of penance.

4. In Sikhism, hair is one of the five sacred ‘K’s. It is known as ‘kesh’. The other four K are ‘kada’ (a steel bangle), ‘kangha’ (a comb), ‘kachha’ (underwear), ‘katar’ (knife). People of this religion never go to a barber. However, they tie their hair with a cloth called ‘pagdi’.

5. In Buddhism, when someone becomes a monk, it is a custom that he should get his head shaved because it is believed that shaving off hair means cutting of confusion, hostility and attachment. Shaving your hair removes the risk of vanity and allows you to focus on more important things than combing and fixing your hair every day.

6.In Christianity, men with long hair is something some Christians don’t like at all.In Bible, it is considered to be against the laws of nature.

Whatsoever religion they follow or howsoever hair they keep, they have their unique identity preserved since ages. This is what makes them diverse and distinct. But at the same time, people of different religion living in a particular area experience same geographical conditions and celebrate each other’s festivals. Hence, India is truly a land of ‘Unity in diversity’.

Gujrat to be Gandhied Again?

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Navsarjan yatra’ started from Jambusar on 1st November, covering major parts all over Gujrat. The coming state elections are seen by the Congress as a great opportunity to make a difference in the state’s power equations. Rahul’s rallies are specifically crucial under the light of newly emerged faces of political opposition of the BJP.

For political critics this new, multi-pronged opposition, is nowhere near sufficient to overthrow the BJP from power. Yet, it signifies a notable political wave against the hitherto dominant BJP. After the Reserve Bank of India claiming demonetization to be a complete failure, as well as the Prime Minister’s silence on crucial issues, it is widely realised that BJP has disheartened its massive reservoir of supporters which helped it win in the center.

Hardik Patel created a movement for Patidar reservation, and has thus developed a stronghold in his community. Rahul Gandhi’s rally will undoubtedly look forward to attempt a deal with Hardik, who has appealed his supporters to not vote for the BJP under any circumstances. Alpesh Thakor, with his majority of OBC supporters in tow, has already joined the Congress. Along with them, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is already rallying against BJP. This unusual alliance is known to dwell on hard lining issues which might introduce a new but significant political paradigm.

Rahul has opted for a mildly mocking campaign against the BJP. He has abstained from being too offensive in his criticisms, and seems to be still licking his wounds from his various mishaps in the past. It appeared as if he was employing some strategic tactics when he opened his Gujrat session with a neat remark about the Tata Nano project (which the Modi government had bragged much about). The project did not do well in Gujrat, which was vocally highlighted to invite attention of the media.

Rampur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with the farmers during a Khat Panchayat programme in Rampur on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI9_28_2016_000250B)

 

Economic policies of the Gujrat Model certainly have to be at the center of the BJP’s criticism, rightly focused on by Gandhi. In his upcoming rallies he might raise more issues with greater domestic importance, in which his recent allies from the Dalit and OBC communities can prove to be a great help.

Gandhi also highlighted issues such as electricity price hike, basic food, and LPG; another key area in which the BJP government has poorly performed. His Hindi tweet “costly gas, food items, stop delivering hollow speeches, fix prices, give jobs or quit the seat of power” has seen lesser backlash from the government and its advocates. It demonstrates a reluctance on the part of the government, suggesting they might be trying to prevent adding more fuel to the fire.

All in all, it can be said that Rahul Gandhi seems to be much better prepared for this term, focusing rightfully on more materially significant issues. He restrained himself from sentimentalising, a key aspect of Congress politics since a long time. This new strategy perhaps comes from the fact that intellectual criticism of BJP government is recently seen working more effectively than blatant whataboutery. And even if these rallies by Gandhi do not alter the government, they can play an important role in solidifying the weaponry against the BJP policies which might help the Congress in coming years.

Top 10 infrastructural projects around the world

We’ve come to appreciate movies that is set into the future. Although, some of these seem pretty terrifying to watch like post-apocalyptic, and dystopian ones, we can’t avoid thinking what it would be like if we were to have that state of life (and I mean the positive ones). Here are the top 10 infrastructural projects being built around the world.

1. Ziggurat Project

Ziggurat Project isn’t your typical housing community. In fact, its structure seems like a futuristic pyramid that shimmers when light touches its walls. It is a sustainable super building that is expected to house 1 million people. It will be powered by steam and wind turbines for natural energy.

2. Rawabi

Known as the First Palestinian Planned City, it is built to symbolize hope and confidence for the future. Although seen as a ghost city, it is seen as an eye-pleasing sight. Its objective is to be a functioning city that could be home to residents, as well.

3. Crystal Island

Since Crystal Island plans to shelter a whole city, this island is expected to be the largest building in the world. It’s called the “Christmas Tree” due to its awe-inspiring structure and was designed to be able to show the majestic view of Moscow. It is operated with solar energy and wind turbines.

4. X Seed 4000

Its name sounds like it was brought to reality from an animation, this structure from Japan is the World’s Tallest Building. It is expected to be 800 stories tall and to be inhibited by 1 million people.

5. Masdar City

The City heavily relies on solar energy and renewable resources; which they were able to bag the title of the World’s First Green Ghost Town. To keep it carbon-free, they banned cars from the city itself and have computer-guided pod cars as their means of public transportation.

6. Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)

GIFT is projected to be the central hub for business. It is one of the 100 smart cities to be built by 2022. An expense of 1 trillion dollars is believed to be invested in this revolutionary city. It has its own underground tunnely which would allow people to commute from one place to another, its own cooling system, and much more.

7. Bismayah

It is promised to be the ‘Biggest City Development Project’ in Iraq that will be able to cater to 6,000 residents with its own water, and electricity utilities. It will be able to fund educational sectors, as well.

8. Destiny Florida

Destiny Florida can accommodate 500 thousand residents which is planned to be the First Eco-Sustainable City’ if they were to surpass the issues presented to them.

9. King Abdullah Economic City

Situated near the Red Sea, this magnificent city is foreseen to be bigger than Washington DC. Like any other cities, it will be able to shoulder sectors for education and business. There will also be sea resorts and residential areas in the city.

10. Cite

Cite is primarily made to be a testing and simulation ground for new technology. In fact, its purpose of existence is to test out prototypes that can assist the state of living in the future and concocting a revolutionary discovery; because of this, it was known as the ‘rural laboratory.’

Apart from these 10 highly interesting infrastructural projects, we can’t help but to think what is more to come in the next succeeding years. So are you ready to have a taste of what is in store for us? Or are we going a little too fast? Anyhow, these infrastructural projects are sure to blow your mind.

Dubai: Home to the new world’s best projects

For a city that’s known to be the world’s largest gold market, Dubai never fails to satisfy our high expectations for them.
The modernity of their land seem to be on its peak already. However, they’re just beginning. Here are some of the world’s best projects that is expected to be built and finished in the future:

1. Museum Of The Future

With the rapid advances of technology in today’s era, the founders have decided that this is a great opportunity to have a hub for like-minded creative minds. In fact, voicing out each and everyone’s idea would lead to innovation which is a great way to promoting future entrepreneurs.

2. Jewel Of The Creek

Said to be complete by 2019, it is foreseen to be the landmark tourist destination that contains four to five star hotels, offices, shopping centers, and futuristic infrastructures that would strengthen the beauty of the Dubai Creek.

3. Alladin City

Inspired by the fictional heroes Alladin and Sinbad, the infrastructure is designed to have three protruding golden buildings that portray a lamp; the magnificent structure gleams whenever the rays strike its walls. The connecting roads (which will be air-conditioned and periodically move to connect other buildings, parking lots, etc.) represent mythological creatures like dragons and snakes.

4. Dubai Frame Project

Coated with golden cladding, its magnificent towers rise 150 meters high and is connected with a bridge that is 193 meters long. The purpose of the frame-like structure is to show how Dubai evolved over the years; modern Dubai is shown to the South, and old Dubai to the North.

5. Bluewaters Island

Bluewaters Island is a man-made island with the “Dubai Eye” as its main attraction. Dubai Eye is labelled as the “World’s Largest Ferris Wheel”; beating the New York Wheel by 19.5 meters in height.

6. Mall Of The World – Dubai

Although the title as the “Globe’s Largest Mall” was removed, it still looks promising to visit. It is still expected to be the world’s first domed city and will still include the largest indoor theme park in the world.

7. Jumeirah Garden City

Considered to be one of the world’s best projects, this city will soon bag the title “Venice of the East”. Jumeirah Garden City will be having three canal waterways which will link districts and the rest of Dubai.

8. Dubailand Theme Park

With the initial plan to open its doors in 2019, it is expected to be twice as big as Disney World, and Dubai may yet again will be home to the “World’s Biggest Amusement Park.” Inclusive in the theme park are 45 mega projects that promotes leisure and entertainment that targets any age group.

9. Al Maktoum International Airport

This airport is expected to be able to accommodate 240 million passengers in the future. Nonetheless, Dubai plans to claim the title “Biggest Airport in the World. It is expected to continue its expansion this 2018 and surpass Dubai International Airport, the World’s Busiest Passenger Airport.

10. Dubai Waterfront Project

Dubai Waterfront Project will be the “Largest Man-Made Development in the World” wherein its district will be the center hub for retailers with high-end branding and a refuge for leisure and entertainment.
It was promised to have “69 mid-rise residential buildings of 13,000 units of one bedroom, two-bedroom, and studio apartments, and a four and a five-star hotel” by Azizi Riviera.

Need to say more? In fact, who wouldn’t want to go to Dubai which seems to conquer the world titles for decades; they are globally-competitive.
I believe we better keep our pockets checked and savings monitored. These are some of the world’s best projects, and I’m sure that you’d love to see it in person.

India To BEAT China: Will Emerge As The New World SUPERPOWER With THIS Highway Mega Project

Are you ready for the revolution? Extending from Delhi to Mumbai, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor will be a Mega Project in every sense of the word, with an estimated cost of $90 billion, making it one of the most expensive such projects in the history of humankind!

The project will pave the way for India becoming an industrial superpower- one of the greatest the world has ever known. This is happening fast, even as you are reading this right now, and will reshape the Indian economy in the coming two decades.

It’s All About Mobility

When it comes to national progress, a well-maintained network of roads, national highways, expressways, and of the course, the humble streets is of utmost importance. People and goods can freely move from one place to another when there is extensive connectivity between places- from the rural to the urban areas.

A vast network of freeways and roads was one of the chief reasons America emerged as the world superpower. China followed suit and began expanding its transport infrastructure.

The Power of Democracy Takes India Miles Ahead of China

Remember, it’s all for the people, by the people, and of the people. Democracy and democracy alone has the power to make India stand miles ahead of China, for the Indian people are truly free in mind as in spirit, which gives them a strategic advantage.

So, when China closely followed America in revamping its transport network, India has nothing to fear. With the Government supporting mega projects and their execution at a massive scale, India will soon emerge as the Global Superpower in a matter of no time.

Paving The Way To The Future

India needs to strengthen her transport infrastructure and the revolution has already begun with the Delhi-Agra Expressway already completed. The $2 billion project has reduced the travel time between the cities by up to 4 hours, thanks to the controlled access, which prevents slow-moving vehicles from entering the express highway.

As per the latest update, the Government plans to spend Rs. seven lac crores to build an 83,677 km network of highways by the year 2022. This will push economic activity and development even more. The new highways, expressways, and state highways in India would reduce the time taken for goods’ transport from the manufacturing sectors and hubs.

What’s more, it is not just about mega highway projects connecting industries to the national network. It is also about the upliftment of the rural regions and ensuring they stay connected with the central spine, 24 x 7. Over the next 3 years, the Government would spend another Rs. 88,185 crores towards building rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (The Prime Minister’s Rural Road Scheme).

The Bharatmala Project Will Garland The Nation With Economic Prosperity

The ‘Bharatmala’ project aims to link to Gujarat to Mizoram and Maharashtra to West Bengal. True to its name, ‘Bharatmala’ (“the garland of roads”) would garland the nation with an extensive network of roads and highways spanning 24,800 km- linking coasts, borders, ports, and tourist as well as religious places.

These new road projects, the upcoming mega highway projects are a garland of prosperity indeed!

Conclusion: Marching Ahead

The next two decades will see India rise as the new world superpower. Not only will highways and expressways increase the industrial growth, the rural connectivity would change the lives of common people residing in India’s numerous towns and villages forever.

The world is watching. India knows the power of democracy. We, the people.

The transformation has already begun.

 

Save the Tiger. Know Why and Know How!

Kala, a 2-year old female tiger kills two and injures four others near a village in Maharashtra. She is captured, radio-collared, and released in the Bor Tiger Reserve. She again kills two more people. A court in Maharashtra upholds the order to shoot to kill the tigress. The hunt for the tiger is on, even as wildlife activists oppose the order and prepare to move higher courts in a bid to challenge it. The villagers, however, are apprehensive and anxious knowing that a man-eater is lurking somewhere close. The high-tension drama around the fate of Kala comes to a tragic end when she dies of electrocution in the wee hours of October 15th, days after the order to shoot her was given.

Kala was found dead by the villagers

Kala is not the first tiger to die of electrocution, and neither the last. Earlier this year, Sriniwas, a 3-year old tiger was electrocuted, just like Kala, after coming in contact with an electric fence used by a farmer to protect his farm from herbivores. And the latest big cat to fall prey is Ravina, who lost her life this month near the Chaprala wildlife sanctuary. The anger in conservationists is justified.

Why we need to save the tiger

The tiger is a magnificent beast, yes. But that is not the only reason why it needs to be saved. In the food chain, the tiger is at the top. It helps manage the equilibrium of the ecosystem. If tigers were to go extinct, the herbivore population would shoot up threatening to drastically bring down the forest vegetation. And we all know what that could mean.

The statistics

According to 2016 tiger census figures, the world tiger population stands at 3890, out of which India has the highest number, 2226. Thus, it’s only natural that India is expected to take necessary measures to ensure the big cat’s conservation. The number of tiger deaths this year was 76. Even though most deaths were natural, there are at least 18 unexplained deaths. At least 19 tigers lost their lives to poaching and deaths due to electrocution are also rising. This animal-human conflict is unsettling and there is a need to sensitize people around the issue today, more than ever. Conservationists also have raised the issue of the impact that unchecked and often excessive tourism in tiger-dense areas has on the tiger population. It becomes easier for poachers to approach tigers who are used to seeing tourists around them all the time.

The way ahead

India has succeeded in the past few years to bring up the number of tigers, but there still is room for improvement. Educating people about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of tiger conservation, stricter law enforcement and more transparency in the tracking of tigers is the need of the day. To tackle the problem of accidental electrocution, Nitin Desai, of the Wildlife Protection Society of India has suggested that the current in the electric fence be regulated. He says that farmers could be given devices which could reduce the current so that the animals are kept away but do not die if they come in contact with the fence.

It’s high time we took the conservation of our National animal seriously!

Cricketing nation to date: is there a future for other sports in India?

India is an emerging country with a huge potential. However, when it comes to growing sports, we certainly lack the competency. Known to be a cricketing nation for decades, this is a country which had no eye for other sports. A change was inevitable and it’s happening right now.

Cricket! Cricket! Cricket! That’s what we are used to hearing all the time. I’ve observed that we see this word appear on media – even on newspapers!- quite frequently that it has already become synonymous to “sports”. Cricket being the god of all sports in India, surely hampered the growth of other sports.

Through time, fate has brought India to the record books yet again. But this time it comes from the most unexpected source, and it even eclipsed cricket while achieving this feat. The 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup saw India’s name engraved on to the record books for the most attended U17 World Cup ever.

 

Furthermore, it proved beyond any doubt that other sports can definitely grow in this cricketing nation. The numbers may look small on paper, but it certainly does matter a great deal. Hosted by India, Bangladesh, and Sri lanka, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup saw an average attendance of 25,098 spectators for each game. Be that as it may, the FIFA U17 Tournament had seen better success and managed to gather an average of 26,000 people for each game.

These statistics are welcoming and it brings new hopes for other sports in India; the youngest country in the world could definitely achieve its dreams. There will be fans to cheer for every sport in India. In fact, even for cricket, the fans turn up in numbers to cheer for their country. The recent FIFA Tournament had proven this fact and it’s a good incentive to moving forward.

It’s not just football, but sports like tennis, badminton, and even our own hockey seems promising in recent times. Badminton had made India proud in present-day occasions, and seeing the media taking on these news with great interest, gives us a very assuring nod.

What does this mean to the future of other sports?

The signs are promising for the future. Every sportsperson are getting the name and fame they once dreamed of; people like Kidambi Srikanth ,PV Sindhu ,and Saina Nehwal! They are all getting the attention from our media, and it should be noted, this was not the same case a couple of years back.

We have a Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and a Mahesh Bhupati! How many times have you seen their success on TV or newspapers? How many times have you heard of their name echoing through the radio? They all represent our country like cricketers, but why were these names overshadowed?

Well, it’s better late than never. This time, Indians will make history through the sports we’ve come to appreciate. With enough determination, we could make it to the record books more frequently than ever. The future certainly looks bright, and this cricketing nation surely has its interest set on other sports as well.