Kendall Jenner Ad Is Not The First Time Pepsi Has Ridiculed And Demeaned A Protest — There Was FTII Before

While going through my morning dose of reading, I bumped into this medium piece about a Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner (suggest you watch the ad before reading any further). Whoa! It felt like I have been living under a rock in some Saharan desert. Little more reading and damn, this had in fact been huge. There has been so huge a backlash that the Pepsi has now taken down their ad. They say, “ Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologise for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.” Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. tweeted,
If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi. — Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 5, 2017

Most of the controversy, I hear is over the stark similarity of image the ad po…

Dear Flipkart, Providing Used Handset For New Isn’t Replacement But Thuggery

TL;DR Flipkart says, they understand my problem, that I have received a used phone and how they are sorry about it but won’t exchange the same. So like many on the big day (Thursday 16 March, 2017) I placed my order for Moto G5 Plus. I was told it will arrive after 5 days. Disheartened but I told myself to wait like everyone else.
Fast Forward.
I received my set on Monday 20 March, 2017. I used the set for a while and in the process noticed that there is some fault from the manufacturer. It was making the unusual ‘click’ sound if you press the section beside SIM card holder. Clearly some error from assembling unit. I then started cautiously checking other parts and noticed how power button was loose as well. It was a mess of sort. I then gave the handset into a friend’s hand who is more familiar with electronics. He was quite sure there was some hardware issue and suggested me I raise the replacement request.
Following day, on Tuesday 21 March, 2017 I placed a replaceme…

Another Women’s Day Another Round Of Wishes — But They Mean Nothing Until…

I’m tired. Tired of the wishes I read on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. Tired of how numb we have become to women’s issues and reduced it to a day where you send all the females you know paltry wishes, that heart-touching quote or that generic women-carry-men-for-nine-months crap and next day as night makes way for morning, we are all done with our drill. Back to normal. The real issues of how they are treated inside the four walls of their homes, how disproportionately they are paid at work, ways in which they are treated at workplace or outside, all things have found their permanent place in women’s day speeches (which I heard one in the afternoon) but come next day, we all cocoon back to being ‘normal’.

Domestic violence is commonplace in India. But how many do speak out? Forget about other homes, how many of us speak at our own homes for violence, abuse and misogyny? This numbness is not just confined to men but women as well. Most of them have taken the misogyny …

Why We Should Be Worried Of Google And Facebook’s Plans To Label Fake News For Us

As if gate-keeping was not bad enough, the big boys are planning to be our referees now
Remember that ‘breaking news’ when we woke up to Edward Snowden claiming Osama Bin Laden Is “Alive And Well In The Bahamas”? Well, that was fake news. So is Donald Trump, President of The United States of America claiming “72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN.” Then there’s news about Russia sending Snowden to US as “gift” to Trump which Moscow has recently denied. These examples are but recent and sort of tip-of-the-iceberg of what is now a behemoth empire of fake and clickbait ‘news’ business. It’s everywhere. From Facebook which can be called the mine of it all to Google to any other service you use. This is not just confined to news about Snowden or Trump’s lies but there are massacres ‘happening’ where there are none to people getting elected for NASA when there’s no provision …

You Don’t Know - A Poem

You don’t know
How blood races my veins
When you are closer to me

You don’t know
How louder my heart beats
When you hold my hand

You don’t know
How my body trembles
When you breathe closer to my ears

You don’t know
How fast I breathe
When you pull me to hug

You don’t know
The thoughts running my mind
When sun sets down and you’re about to say goodbye

You don’t know
The pain I go through
When you walk away and don’t look back

You don’t know
How tears roll down my cheeks
When looking at night sky all alone

You Don’t Know.

To Love And Have Sex Is One Thing, To Marry Whole Another

Our society and brain has a thing where it makes you think you are in love when you are not. It forces you into finding that person, to fall in love, propose because that’s what ‘all’ do at this age. You may be comfortable and enjoy someone’s company but partner? That’s whole different stuff. Love doesn’t need to occur to you just because it occurred to your friend.Here’s one such story. Read to know as they narrate their tale.

It all began in the college. Wait, not college but in school itself. Yes, it’s that old. I don’t remember who started it first. Given the fact that I was kind of recluse and shy back in those days (and still I’m. Don’t I?), we can safely say it was him. He was from a rich family, so was I. He was flamboyant, I was no less. I don’t know about perfect match but we were quite of a character back in the days. Our other classmates used to envy our households — born with a silver spoon if you may. It was certain for both of us to call ourselves made…

The Unexpectedly Kind Bus Conductor I Met In Bangalore

The bus conductors across India have problem of their own, from chewing pan to indecent language to not-so-warm behavior. But this one was not so cut-out for that definition.

Most of my traveling across the stretch of India which I have stayed and moved has been by bus, mostly public and sometimes private. Rarely on train and more scarcely by flight. Most of Indians will relate to this except for those staying in Mumbai for them bus can be replaced with local train! And this is where I have met people from different hues of life, old, young and those not-at-all charming end-of-the-world-loud babies. It’s great experience where you throw yourself to unexpectedness. But there’s one person you have interacted regularly while traveling by bus, ticket collector or bus conductor. Recently, few women have started to apply for the job of conductor and take up the challenging work which otherwise is a man’s world to move from one side of the (most of the times) crowded bus to other side shout…