Wednesday, 12 February 2020

E2: Because there is no Planet B..!!

Climate change is happening, and we all know about it. It is a proven fact. Global warming has caused changes to our planet. Rising sea levels, extreme weather events, deforestation, extinction of species are to name a few.
But, have we ever thought that as individuals, we all can slow down global warming? Yes. But the question is how? Is it possible for us?
What can we do in our daily life to better the condition of our planet? Of us?

We all can. Yes. Just by bringing small changes in our day to day life actions, we all can fight global warming.

Our Earth is on fire and it is high time for us to- act globally by thinking locally.

To make it simpler, I have collated a long list of extremely simple changes or modifications which we all can at least try to bring in our regular life and trust me- it will have a huge impact.

So here it goes:
A.  Obsess over every drop of water-
1.    Close the tap while brushing and washing utensils. There is no point letting after flow in the sink for no reason.
2.   Use bucket to bathe instead of shower. You can save enormous amount of water. Each bucket uses 20 litres of water whereas 3 minutes of shower wastes approximately 180 litres of water. Huge, no?
3.   Use cold to lukewarm water instead of hot water for washing clothes.
4.   Use the wastewater from RO systems for floor cleaning and car washing purposes. Don’t let that water to just get into the sinks.
5.   Use wet cloth to clean the cars instead of washing with bucket full of water.
6.   Avoid using water pipes as much as possible. Water your plants and garden using buckets.
7.   Serve half a glass of water to guests. Most of them do not drink it all. Rather, ask if they are thirsty and then serve. Don’t waste it in the name of manners.

B.   Save electricity, save life-
1.    Switch off the lights and fans when not in use.
2.   Switch off the Wi-fi router, T.V. switch and all the other switches when you leave the home. Just because a device or an appliance appears to be off does not mean it is not drawing power. About a quarter of all residential energy consumption is used on devices in idle power mode, which means "sleep mode" is costing upward of 20 lakhs in electricity bills. Things like your cable box, laptop and even your speakers may be using almost as much power when they are off but plugged in as and when they are on.
3.   Switch to energy saving appliances as and when you need to change the appliances. Energy efficient bulbs, tube lights are easily available these days.
4.   Hang clothes to dry whenever possible instead of using the electronic dryer.
5.   Use microwave rarely. Avoid wasting electricity. Instead, use your LPG.

C.   Say No to Plastic. Go green-

1.    Carry your own paper/cloth bag whenever you go for grocery shopping. Avoid plastic as much as possible. Don’t take plastic bags from any shopkeeper.
2.   Avoid using items which are in one-time use plastic containers or boxes.
3.   Use metallic straws at home which are reusable instead of plastic ones.
4.   Switch off the car ignition at red lights.
5.   Go green. Walk more and drive less. If you have to travel, travel more by trains and less by airplanes.
6.   Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle.
7.   Don’t waste food. Cook only the amount which is required. Throwing food is a sin right now. Not mythologically, but logically. There is a large group of people who die of hunger every year. Be sympathetic to them.
8.   If you are unable to finish the food at a restaurant, get it packed and give it to some needy person outside. It will be thrown in a bin otherwise.
9.   Distribute the leftover food from a party to the poor people around your home. Do that when it is fresh. Never give stale food to anyone. Use it before it gets spoiled.
10. Eat more meat-free meals.
11.  Save paper. Reuse and recycle as much as possible.
12. Get access to e-services for all the bills and try to make online payments.
13. Consume less, waste less, enjoy life more.

Spread this article and convince at least 5 people around you to start with at least 4 of these. Let us all make a chain and do it. Trust me, it will go a long way.

We all need to join hands and fight this problem together and not that we have to bring in major changes but small minor modifications in our lifestyle will serve the purpose.

How many of you are conscious of this major problem? Are you doing anything about it? Do you have any other solution to it?

Do share your ideas and feedback in the comment section below.

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Monday, 3 February 2020

D2: #Jamtara- a hit or a miss...!!

Jamtara- A Netflix original series
Cast- Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Sparsh Shrivastava, Monika Panwar, Aksha Pardasany
Director- Soumendra Padhi
Genre- Crime Drama
My rating- 2.5/5

Netflix’s latest release Jamtara: Sabka Number ayega, which is getting popular from a last few days, has done a genuine attempt to live up to the expectations of its viewers but has failed badly in reaching the hearts of its viewers.

The trailer gives an impression that the show deals with how cyber-crimes take place but all I found after an evening of binge watching was a feud between two rural parties trying to make money through phishing calls. All I kept doing was to wait for some serious thing to be shown which never happened.

Jamtara, revolves around an inspiring youngster, Sunny from the eponymous district in Jharkhand who is making huge money by indulging in phishing and eventually ends up in difficult situations. The first three episodes are really slow and tend to test the viewer’s patience. However, fortunately the fourth episode picks up with the interrogation sequences making an impact.

Led by Sunny Mondal (Sparsh Shrivastava), a 17 year old boy, a group of fraudsters, in Jharkhand are cyber criminals and run scams through phone calls. They are brilliant minds behind the feared urban nightmares of SMS scams and phone calls that lead to money disappearing from bank accounts. These boys take advantage of innocent Indians. From TV anchors to magistrates to police officers, who are lured by the natural feminine voices on the other end of the phone call, are fooled and robbed blatantly through phone calls. There is a hint of spilled milk and crying in vain as the story sets in. However, we all know how it works.

For all of us, it has happened at least to a friend or a friend of a friend or a neighbour. Isn’t it? But the question is- what happens when the money disappears? How do the victims deal with it? How do the police respond? And how exactly the technology of cyber-crime functions? We wanted to know this, and I wanted to see this in the series. But to my surprise, all of this is missing from the series. Absolutely missing.

I won’t say that the premise isn’t interesting. It surely is. The local language, the acting and yes of course the characters are well-rounded. The lacking part is the well-thought-out script. In spite of the missing known faces (except for Amit Sial), the cast has still managed to deliver an authentic feel. The series lets the viewers embark on a trip to Jamtara- its dry lands, fishy people and tall grasses through its 10 episodes of 25-40 minutes each. All the actors have given spectacular performances and the one which cannot be missed, and which truly gripped me is the performance of Monika Panwar as Gudiya. However, sadly it is truly hard to like the series overall.
However, the story kept on delving into the clashes between the corrupt politicians and the state police. The ending is abrupt giving us a cliched cue of a second season. I would have appreciated a more logical conclusion instead of leaving the viewers in a lurch.

The show writer lost the interest of the viewers as soon as it started showing the same old usual story of small-town landowner with political power and an honest cop trying to solve a crime. Perhaps, a little more research on the actual subject of phishing would have made Jamtara stand out.

All in all, I would say, Jamtara had the potential to be the ‘next big hit’ and could have stayed with the viewers for a long time but it just ended up being nothing more than just a one-time watch which too can be missed easily.

That is my take on the series.
Have you watched it? What do you have to say?
Would you like to watch it now?
Do share your views in the comment section below.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

To all the girls in my life

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-       A.A. Mine

Daughter, sister, friend, wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, mother, grandmother and the list is exhaustive. Girls, we play multiple roles in our lives and somewhere in the middle of fulfilling the duties of each of these roles, we forget to ‘being me’.
We are so engrossed in taking care of everything else around us that somewhere we forget to ‘take care of ourselves’.

So, here is a reminder from me to all the girlies out there.

You are special and no matter what people may have to say, you have to live your life for yourself first.
Don’t forget that!

Society will always have something to say. No matter how hard you try, even your best is not enough. So why fret? If the problem has to remain in all cases, why not live our life the way we wish to? Let them say.

The important thing is that we need to happy and content. Rest everything will fall into place automatically. And c’mon, even if it does not, do we really need to care?

You are the most important person in your life than anyone else’.
I read a great line somewhere- “khud ko khoya to kya paya”. And therefore, remind yourself- “khud ko nhi khona hai, chahe jo ho jae”.

So here are 20 things which you all must remember and remind yourself from time to time:

1.     Eat what you wish to. It is okay to eat that cheese burst pizza or drink a coke.
2.     Love everyone around you. Love is a reflective in nature. The more you give, the more you get back. Spread positivity and only happiness.
3.     Be independent. Whether you work or not, that is a personal choice, but it is extremely important to be independent. And there is no option to this.
4.     It is okay for you to have a lot of friends- be it girls or boys. It does not matter. Also, boys are considered to be better as friends than girls.
5.     Please for God’s sake- learn about investments and taxes. Not every time, your father or husband or a friend should be helping you to manage your savings and earnings.
6.     Pamper yourself. Plan and save for your own gift. You do not necessarily have to always gift others. Neither do you have to depend on others to gift you something. Gift yourself first!
7.     Be real you. You don’t have to smile if you don’t like someone. Period. You don’t have to accept what you don’t want to. It is about you as well.
8.     You are a girl darling. You are allowed to PMS 365 days a year. Absolutely fine. But don’t depend on others to pamper you. (Remember point number 6)
9.     If you enjoy travelling, travel as much as you wish to. Don’t let anyone stop you. Travel with people or solo but travel.
10.  Stop justifying your choices to everyone around. You have your own choice and it is absolutely fine. You don’t owe an explanation.
11.  Respect everyone- kids or elders- only if they deserve...! 😋
12.  Exercise and take care of your body. Your body is your only permanent partner. Do what makes you happy- walk, jog, dance, yoga, exercise or gym but you need to be fit and healthy. Not for others but for yourself.
13.  It is okay if you don’t know cooking or you don’t like cleaning. They are not necessities for survival. You can live a healthy and happy life without being a great cook or without cleaning the sink full of dirty vessels.
14.  You don’t have to play the victim always in difficult situations. Try to be balanced and think of figuring out solutions to the problems.
15.  Take care of your parents. Play an equal responsibility in that. It’s not acceptable to expect everything from your brother every time.
16.  Read, read and read. Find time for it. Keep yourself updated.
17.  Take time to do what you like to do- be it going out or shopping or watching tv or just sitting idle. Please don’t feel guilty because others feel it is worthless. Remember- people will have problems anyway :P
18.  It’s okay if you want to stay single. You don’t need a boyfriend or a husband always to prove your existence. It is just your own choice.
19.  Have a dream and follow it. Don’t sacrifice it for anyone.
20.  Believe in yourself or no one else ever will. Always remember- “You are amazing, just the way you are”.
P.S. More power to all the girls out there. Keep shining

E2: Because there is no Planet B..!!

Climate change is happening, and we all know about it. It is a proven fact. Global warming has caused changes to our planet. Rising se...