Critique's Zone

An Account On Modern Day Terrorism

Poverty is an outcome of terrorism not a precursor to it. As it is often pointed out. Studying the advent of terrorism in different parts of the globe: Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, and Syria; there is a similar pattern that led to terrorism getting entrenched in the region. Cover Image: orfonline.org

Politik-ing!

The Wide Net of Chinese Surveillance is Shrinking

Huawei and 5G. The tools and means of global surveillance for China. That dream has come crashing down as the pandemic crashed economies around the world. The antics of Chinese diplomats crashed the goodwill it enjoyed and now ban on Chinese products is in the pipeline. The dream of controlling the world through data control is just a pipedream. Image Source: Washington Post

Literature

Book summary- IKIGAI

Yukari Mitsuhashi did a good job in decoding the traditional Japanese concept of embodying happiness in human lives. It is unfortunate that there isn’t a lot of work on Japanese tradition and lifestyle in foreign languages. ‘Ikigai’ addresses this issue by presenting Mitsuhashi’s research on the key concepts in the Japanese lifestyle of the same… Continue reading Book summary- IKIGAI

People and Society, Poetry

Talk to Someone, Lest t’is too late!!

Shocking suicide of young Sushant Singh Rajput felt like a personal loss. Everyone is chasing a routine, ratrace, rivalry, competition, winning, victory, happiness, material. STOP. Let us be kinder, pause and ask if the person next door, acquaintance, friend, loved one is well, happy and okay. It may save a life!!

Critique's Zone

Is Twitter Encroaching On The Privacy Of Its Users?

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon the information Twitter has the authority to change user settings to regulate data. Digging a bit more into it, I found that Twitter changes privacy and safety settings of users for content control. Twitter needs to come clean on the safety of our user data. Image Source: Forbes

Critique's Zone, Literature

Cycling and social distancing

Barely Wise

With India slowly coming out of the Lockdown phase, I could no longer hold myself at home. And no, I’m not talking about running to my friends’ place and chill with people outside the confines of my home. Instead, I filled up the tubes of the tyres of my cycle, strapped on my helmet, reinstalled Strava, forgot charging my Action camera and mounted my phone on my cycle and pedalled in the direction away from my home while being a responsible citizen keeping the norms of social distancing in mind.

The sun, hidden behind the clouds at the horizon provided the most comfortable weather to cycle. I cycled aimlessly through the empty morning streets trying my best not to ride over tails of Buffaloes that have been subletting the streets for over two months with no concept of social distancing whatsoever. My muscles screamed in pain, for they seemed rusted…

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Literature, The Personal Touch

Hit and Run

June 4th morning body of 22 year Alysa Jade Kristjanson from Princeton NJ was found near Dunkin Donuts in North Brunswick. She was hit by a car and left alone for 7 and a half hours before anyone found her. She could be anyone’s sister, friend, child, partner, maybe a mother…how are humans capable of walking away to save own skin when someone is hurt due to their mistake? My tribute to the young lady..age of my own