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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gregory Alan Isakov : The Underrated Torchbearer of Meaning in Music?

It began with 'The Universe'. It could be a rainy evening, resonating to the tidal glory of clouds and an open verandah that rang the memories of lost wind chimes and tattered pages of old, yellow books. It rained even harder that night. Rain - in the eastern part of this country is yellower than blue. The streaks of dust and glory impregnate times that do not fit into hours. The child now borne out of nowhere, reminds you of home, of lost gardens, a paradise and a messiah's footsteps in the dark. It rained throughout the night, and the next morning - you could still hear the song whisper in your ears as often as it wanted to, touch your waistline, wrap its arms around you, ring like an anklet on your right foot and then, like old afternoons of the bygone times, lay next to you in complete stillness. 



That lavish, luxurious feeling of depth never left anytime sooner. Not that it was supposed to, either. 
The next time you would come across the essence of homecoming, hiraeth and ignore the precedence of past into the categorisation of sheer absurdity, 'If I Go, I'm Going' could be the 
next song you have met.





And if something has to strike the final blow, it would be 'Amsterdam' and 'The Big Black Car'.'The Empty Northern Hemisphere', 'The Weatherman' and 'The Sea, That Gambler' are albums that would look like old photo albums out of a navigator's long-lost chest at sea now revealed to the rest of the world to take a look at. 


But the deal is that enough time is paid during each listen. These are not the kind of highly sold albums in the market for a beaming audience to dance to for a good 45 minutes. This would take time to settle, sediment and change colour. Make sure you pay attention when you listen
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

একটি আপাদমস্তক (বস্তুত কল্পিত) স্বপ্নের গল্প / A Neurotic's Delirium (2)

শেষ রাতের দিকে চোখ খুলে গেলো প্রচন্ড শীতে।আবছা আলোয় 'টেক দিস ওয়াল্টজ' বাজছে তখনো।নাজিম হিকমেটের "I love you,like waking up at night with high fever and drinking water with tap in my mouth" মনে এলো একবার। পরের দিন পরীক্ষা এবং একটি ইন্টার্নশিপের ইন্টারভিউ।
সকাল থেকে বৃষ্টি নামলো খুব। কোনোরকমের ইউনিভার্সিটি থেকে বাসস্ট্যান্ড অবধি যেতে পুরোটা ভিজে গিয়ে বসতেই একজন ব্যাচমেট এসে বসলো।খানিক কথা হওয়ার পরে আরো দুজন পাশের সিট্ দুটোয় বসলো. ব্যাচমেট গান শুনতে বসলো হেডফোনে, চাহনিতে খানিক অস্বস্তিই হচ্ছিলো। "স্বাধীনতা তুমি শ্রাবনে অকুল মেঘনার বুক...." মনে পড়তে একটা অস্ফুট হাসি পেলো বোধহয়. রাস্তার ধারে চায়ের দোকানে কাজ করে যে ছেলেটা,একটা ছেঁড়া গেঞ্জি পরে আনমনে ভিজছিলো দাঁড়িয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে.রাস্তার ক্যাকোফোনি,ছাই রঙের শহর ছাপিয়ে গিয়ে তখন শুধু " জলভরা মেঘ বৃষ্টির বেদনাকে,বুকে চেপে ধরে থমকে দাঁড়িয়ে ছিল" মনে আসছে ।হরতাল হয়না এই দানবসম ব্যবসাকেন্দ্রে বহুকাল. বাস থেকে নেমে বড়োজোর ১০ মিনিট পায়ে হাঁটা পথ. মেঠো আলপথ নয়,ছায়াঘেরা মলিন বাসস্থান নয় - ঘিঞ্জি,গমগমে মেট্রোপলিটনের পথ। আচ্ছা, "Where do all these highways go now that we are free?" কোথায় যাচ্ছে পথ? কোথায় যাচ্ছি আমরা? ক্রস করবো ঠিক এমন সময় দেখলাম একজন রাস্তার ঠিক মাঝখানে বসে আছেন শান্ত হয়ে। যিনি বিধাতার সঙ্গে সাপলুডো খেলেন। Rimbaud -র কথা মনে এলো, ওই দুটো তীক্ষ্ণ চোখ। তারপর ফিদা হুসেনের মন কেমন করা দৃষ্টি,তারপর যামিনী রায়,তারপর আরো - আরো যত নিরেট বোকা মানুষ জন্মেছিলেন এই পৃথিবীতে।
কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে গিয়ে যখন বসলাম তখন রাস্তায় জমে থাকা জল বরফের মতো ঠান্ডা ঠেকছে।কোনোরকমে বসে অপেক্ষা করতে করতেই একজন এসে অপেক্ষা করানোর জন্যে ক্ষমা চেয়ে ভেতরে নিয়ে গেলেন।প্রথম প্রশ্ন, "তুমি তো খুব প্যাশনেটলি লেখো? তাই তো?"
আলগা হাসলাম।"ইউ হ্যাভ গোট পোটেনশিয়াল,সে নিয়ে সন্দেহ নেই। আচ্ছা,আমরা কি চাই বলো তো? আমরা চাই তুমি আমাদের হয়ে লেখো,তোমার লেখা বিভিন্ন ইউনিভার্সিটিতে ছড়িয়ে যাক,আর অন্যরা "ইন্সপায়ার্ড" হোক। ইউ ডিডন্ট টেল মি লন্ডন স্কুল অফ ইকোনমিকসে কি লিখতে দেয় ইন্টার্ন হিসেবে? তো আমাদের সংস্থায়,এই মডিউলে যাতে বেশি মানুষ লেখে। ইউ সিম টু বি সিক,ইউ নো? তো উই উইল ক্রিকেট এন আর্মি অফ হিউম্যান রিসোর্স।বোঝাতে পারছি? তো হ্যাঁ,যেটা বলছিলাম।তোমার লেখালিখি একটা স্ট্যান্ডার্ড হয়ে দাঁড়াক? মাত্র এই ক'ঘন্টা কাজ করে আর কি লাভ? প্রত্যেকদিন স্লট নিলে পারতে তো। " তখন সুভাষ চন্দ্র ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং কলেজের এক ছাত্রের বয়ান পড়েছিলাম সদ্য
 বাবা অন্যের খেতে খেটে পয়সা রোজগার করে কোনো মতে লোন নিয়ে ছেলেকে পড়ান. সেই পোস্টে "হাহা" রিয়াক্ট করছেন কোনো এক সরকারি চাকরিজীবী। কিউবিকেলের ভেতর থেকে আকাশ দেখেই শুধু "ধূসর পাণ্ডুলিপি" মনে আসে "সো...যেটা বলছিলাম,হঠাৎ ইকোনোমিক্স ক্যানো?" "ওয়েল,এই কথাটা এই অফিসে এই কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে বসে বলাটা কতটা প্রাসঙ্গিক জানিনাএখন সমাজব্যবস্থা যে পর্যায় পৌঁছেছে,তাতে এই অর্থনৈতিক কাঠামো কখনোই মানুষকে হতাশা ছাড়া কিছু দেবেনাতবে ইন অর্ডার টু নো দা ক্রাইসিস,ইউ নিড টু স্টাডি দা সাবজেক্ট।"
"তুমি কি করতে চাও পরবর্তী কালে?"
"অন্তত কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে বসে এই কাজ আমার পোষাবেনা।উইল স্টিক টু একাডেমিকস।"
"ডিডন্ট সি দ্যাট কামিং। বেশ। আচ্ছা, আমাদের বিজনেস গোলটা তোমায় বুঝিয়ে দিই? আমাদের স্পনসররা আমাদের ফান্ড করে প্রত্যেকটা স্টুডেন্টকে মার্কেটের মতো করে তৈরী করে নিতে।এই অপরচুনিটি কিন্তু অন্য কেউ দেয়না।বুঝতে পারছো তো? ওকে। ইন্টারভিউ ইস ডান।কমপ্লিট দি এসাইনমেন্ট এন্ড ইউ আর ওয়েলকাম।"
" আই এম জাস্ট নট ইন্টারেস্টেড।"


ফিরে করুণাময়ী বাস স্টপে ঠাঁয় আধটি ঘন্টা দাঁড়িয়ে রইলাম। ঠান্ডায় বৃষ্টিতে অবস্থা প্রচন্ড শোচনীয়।আরো দেড় ঘন্টা বাসে এক মহিলা তার ভিজে ছাতা গায়ের মধ্যে রাখতে রাখতে এলেন।তখনো "রাস্তার নাম পাল্টায় একদিন/ধারা পাল্টায় মাও সে তুঙের চীন..."পাল্টায় মত,পাল্টায় বিশ্বাস/স্লোগান পাল্টে হয়ে যায় ফিসফাস/ফিসফাঁসটাও পাল্টে যেতে পারে/হঠাৎ কারো প্রচন্ড চিৎকারে/অন্য বাতাস নিয়ত পাল্টে দিচ্ছে/এমন কি সব পাল্টে দেওয়ার ইচ্ছে"..." কানে বাজছে অনবরত। ট্রাফিক সিগন্যালটা লাল হয়ে এলো।আচ্ছা আরো লক্ষ যোজন দূরত্ব পেরোলে কি তারপর বিপ্লব আসবে? কতটা পথ পেরোলে তবে পথিক হওয়া যায়? লাল বড়ো প্রিয়,লাল বড়ো আপন। যারা তার মর্ম বোঝেইনা,খানকতক পতাকা নিয়ে বিপ্লবের স্ট্যাম্প মেরে দিতে চায়,তারাও কি সত্যিই আর কখনো,ভুল করেও স্বপ্ন দেখে? যখন রাস্তায় নামলাম,তখন নখের রং ধূসর হয়ে গেছে। ঠান্ডা লাগলেই হয়।আবছা করে মায়ের কথা মনে পড়লো।হাঁটার সময় বুঝতে পারলাম আমার পা-যুগল আর আছে না নেই বুঝতে পারছিনা...এতটা ইনটক্সিকেটেড
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Free Verse Scribbles : Cartographer's Dreams


'Nightfall on the Thames' by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1880
(Photograph Source)


Night, like a whisper 
Slips down the hair 
To the curve of the bosom 
To the knees 
And the path below 
That grows out into foliage 
And antique caves 
As old as time. 

The creak of a door 
Or the gravitating musings 
Of the solidarity 
Of footsteps in the dark 
The clamour of dishes 
The unsaid words 
Turn up like swings in the hold 
Of a lovely summer breeze 

Another winter is crawling below 
The doorsteps of a decade 
Another call is hanging low 
In the gardens of the shore 
Where the earnest winds 
Weave wallpapers in rain 
And sadistically cross each other's path

A cosmic show grows old
Galactically - as in lover's
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Can Happen with Our Economy in the Future? : Guest Article by Stephanus Malan and Joshua Robinson


What Can Happen with Our Economy In The Future?

While the economy can be very difficult to forecast, due to the continual fluctuation of the stock market and varying factors that affect economic growth and fall. According to research, there are many predictions of what may happen to the future economy of the United States of America. There are many theories and economic predictions currently circulating around American economists. Regarding an economic forecast of the American economy, there are predictions which include the following:

An economic boom followed by an economic crash

It is predicted by the Federal Reserve that the economic growth which is measured by gross domestic product will fall between the ranges of 2 and 2.4 percent every year until the year 2018, falling perfectly in the ideal scope of 2 to 3 percent. However, many workers have now dropped out of the labor force throughout the recession and these people have not returned. Furthermore, that the Federal Reserve has not incorporated the policies set by Donald Trump’s promise of boosted growth into consideration yet. Trump has promised a 4 percent boost in growth which will dramatically trigger a “boom and bust cycle”. If growth is to hit that level, it is very likely that a recession could be created by the year 2018 or later.

The possible collapse of the US dollar

Currently, the weakness of the US in comparison to the euro and the large amount of debt that has been racked up by the US government places the country at a greater risk of seeing it’s economic collapse. Currently, the US dollar is used more throughout the world than the euro, hence it still remains fairly strong. However, if another currency such as a cryptocurrency were to become a popular form of exchange instead of the US dollar, there is a likelihood that the US dollar may eventually collapse. Finally, if a huge event occurs, which destroys the worlds confidence in the US dollar, an upcoming failure and crash of the American currency can be expected.



A growth in federal debt

In the year 2017, the US debt has now exceeded over twenty trillion dollars. With Trump's current policies that are in place, an increase of approximately 5.3 trillion dollars can be expected. Ultimately this will result in government spending cuts and thus it will negatively affect the people of the United States.

American inflation will be controlled

As oil prices now slowly begin to reach a normal range, fears of hyperinflation are being raised throughout the US. However, the Federal Reserve is currently and actively vigilant about ensuring the reversal of quantitative easing and increasing the rate of federal funds as necessary. A huge part of this job is managing the public’s expectations of inflation. This will keep core inflation at a rate below, or at 2 percent. The cost of living for the average American can be expected to be at the same level as it is in today’s current economic climate.

An increase in American jobs

It is believed that production within America will be returning soon. Resources and productions such as fuels, chemical, and cars are all expected to move back to American shores in the future. For example, the US production of oil has nearly surpassed that of Saudi Arabia. It implies a positive impact on the job market and economy of the united states.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

About Me (Updated)

My name is Titas, and I would go by the untraditional weirdo genre as far as norms are concerned.I was born on 15th June 1999 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. 

I am passionate about Social Sciences, Maths, Economics, Literature and Philosophy.Politically, I would define myself to be a left-leaning freethinker.
I started this blog when I was fourteen years, three months, eighteen days old on 3rd October 2013.Besides academics, I am interested in music, photography and intense travelling.
I passed my CBSE Class X board examinations with a CGPA 10  and secured the 23rd place in my state in the Higher Secondary examinations conducted by WBCHSE in 2017 before I began my university life at one of the best universities in the country right now - the Department of Economics at Jadavpur University.

By June 2015, a few artists (musicians, basically) had started following @blogperspective on Twitter. There was no stopping ever since then. The Perspectives consists of contributions by Noam Chomsky, several other scholars, and philosophers, a bunch of richly written guest articles, and is followed by Grammy winners to leaders, magazines, show hosts, actors, and authors - and even an Academy Award-nominated artist! The blog has now been read across 188 countries in over 90 major languages.


I have contributed at The London Economic, Youth Ki Awaaz, Anarchimedia and am currently an intern at The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE and Global Daily Tribune.


Going by the Meyer Briggs Jung test, I represent an INTP-T.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Find Us on Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA)!

It has been 5 months since we have been contributing articles at YKA. But it has only been in recent times that the readers are responding really well to our content (unfortunately the articles have gone up with my name in the author's place; whereas, I am the mere typewriter typing stuff faster than most of the population out there) and we have been asked multiple times by the administrative team to keep contribute.


In order to keep our confidence level fairly high, kindly head to this link, read our articles and kindly keep the share pace to 100+ (Otherwise in this era of hoaxes and "The Times", we would not be able to leave the slightest impression anywhere).

The next article should be up soon! 

If you want me to write about a special cause - say about the distress small businessmen and manufacturers around Leh are having to go through or the condition of meat-sellers after Yogi Adityanath and his followers' mega-rant about the "the Hindu Shastra" and the impact of "why to rape Muslim women by bringing them back from their graves" in the twenty-first century, at the heart of "the largest democracy in the world".
If you would like to keep your identity hidden from the public or would like to write under a pen name, you are welcome. We will ensure your safety before our own, and we will make sure your voice is heard. 

Until next time, stay tuned!



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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Queries Solved : 'Asleep In The Valley', 'The Poetry of Earth' Questions (Class XII WBCHSE Board) asked by Soumili

1. What is the attitude of poet Arthur Rimbaud in asleep in the valley about futility of war?2. Explain the poetry of earth by Keats as a romantic poem.



1. Throughout the poem,Rimbaud has described a very comforting scenario in which a soldier is sleeping in a lush,green valley where a slow stream flows and the silver in the shine of the leaves around leaves an air of serenity. His head rests in a bed of fern and his feet are among the flowers ; even the humming insects don't disturb his rest. But just when you are about to perceive the beauty in the description,the harshness of death is portrayed in the "two red holes" that denote bullet wounds.
 In  just a couple of lines,the poet describes how tragic the fate of war is. It claims all that we have and are capable of. It claims our humanity,conscience along with millions and millions of innocent lives. 

2. 'The Poetry of Earth' is all about the perpetuity of a flow that ties together the intertwined seasons,that come one after the other. As you delve deeper into the inner meaning of the poem, you will find that the poet has indeed portrayed a concept this serious with the help of little things linked to nature - soft sounds, a cricket's call, a grasshopper's rest and the timid grass.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

So,Where is the Blogger Now?

To be honest and specific,I am sitting in an AC couch in Kalka mail, on my way to Shimla. Last month around this time, I was sitting on 24A 527E on my way to Bangalore. In the next 6 months, if I am not wrong - I will be travelling to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Mumbai and Goa!

Reasons behind this sudden change :- 

1. First,and foremost - I have seen people care. Even if I stop writing, even if I am lost, even if I stop replying, people keep on asking and expecting. And there is no driving force stronger than inspiration of that sort. 

2. Travelling opens you up right in front of yourself. Things left unsaid, projects undone and done again, midnight smoke, the taste of leftover harissa allover your much loved noodles, lemongrass and infinite spirals of upheveals and stakes so held all throughout your life. 

3. I have been extremely busy lately. Somehow I managed to get an internship at the London School of Economics and Political Science this month and I couldn't have gotten busier. Also, my first semester at the university is up around the corner already and its presence is chilling me upto the bones and deeper still.





4. I got the first offer to offer my work as an educational publishing at the end of this year and I am presently working on it every single instance I am able to retain from my (possibly tight) schedule.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Recuerdo y Dignidad, asociación memorialista de Soria, opta a los Premios Derechos Humanos 2017/Memory and Dignity, memorialist association of Soria,for the Human Rights Awards 2017

Versión Española/Spanish Version


La APDHE (Asociación  Pro Derechos Humanos de España), organización creada en 1976, convoca los Premios Derechos Humanos 2017, con los que pretende reconocer y estimular a aquellas personas, colectivos y organizaciones, que hayan destacado en la difusión y defensa de los Derechos Humanos, la Paz, la Solidaridad y la Justicia.


En la categoría Premio Nacional DDHH 2017 ha sido seleccionada la Asociación soriana Recuerdo y Dignidad, (ASRG), fundada en el año 2005, compuesta por voluntarios y familiares de desaparecidos­, cuyo objetivo es la recuperación de la memoria histórica desde la perspectiva de los derechos humanos​.

Sigue leyendo​ y apoya esta candidatura​:

http://www.buscameenelciclodelavida.com/2017/10/recuerdo-y-dignidad-asociacion.html


English Version

APDHE (Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España), an organization created in 1976, convenes the Human Rights Awards 2017, with which it seeks to recognize and encourage those individuals, groups and organizations who have excelled in the diffusion and defense of Human Rights , Peace, Solidarity and Justice.

The Asociación soriana Recuerdo y Dignidad,(ASRG), founded in 2005, was formed by volunteers and relatives of the disappeared, whose objective is the recovery of historical memory from the perspective of human rights.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dark Day for Democracy in Malta : Assassination of Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Noted investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a strong car bomb blast a day back. Described in the words of MaltaToday's editor Saviour Balzan, "Definitely a brave journalist...courageous - most of the times,reckless too."



A significant part of the Maltese journalist community and her own family have reckoned to the fact that the establishment had a major role to play behind her assassination. The 53 year old woman authored a blog called 'Running Commentary',which was read more widely than all the top newspapers and e-papers in the country combined. 




Daphne had been exposing the loopholes in the governmental administration and the contrast between the extremely luxurious lifestyles adopted by the officials and that of the common masses in Malta. She had also been active in reporting the crooked intentions of the big businessmen and industries. 


Photograph Source : Euronews




The mafia style murder that has been devised to eliminate her voice have left the people of Malta in sheer shock. The direct question to the purity of the functioning systems have been questioned repetitively ever since "the dark day of democracy" surfaced up on 17th October. 
Extremely similar to the Indian state authority's response on the murder of investigative journalist Gauri Lankesh,
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