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(Un) RELIABLE MEDIA

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​In today’s technological emotionless trending world, where every bit of a news spreads like a wild fire, I came across a Short Film on Youtube which pierced its strong tremorising message in my mind and forced me to pen down this blog.

A hindi short film titled “Breaking News” on youtube ( Youtube Link https://youtu.be/NhLWruDLLDQ I recommend you all to watch it once you you are done reading this blog), merely a 9 minutes video gave out a strong message about our current insensitive hunger striken media. Media is just hungry for, “The Front Page News”. No matter what, how, who, what matter the most is just the Front Page news.

One of the greatest achievements of Independent India was our free and vibrant media. This was an accomplishment of direct relevance to the working of democracy. But as per the current scenario, today’s media is not interested in their…

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The Key Maker 

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The Key Maker The Key Maker

The KeyMaker, aka chaabi-waala. There’s one in every neighborhood, out here in Bombay at least. Absolute life savers, these guys are magicians. They sit by their small stall, working through heat, noise, rain & grime. Offering their services on a round-the-clock basis, they’re in regular demand by locked out home owners.

There is however, a second group that’s heavily reliant on the KeyMaker & that’s the forgetful biker. Typically spotted on some road trip with a motorcycle Laden with luggage & frantically searching for the missing key. It is in these situations that the KeyMaker comes across like a Godsend. After one such incident where a KeyMaker 10 kilometres away came to the rescue on a trip, i needed no convincing of the KeyMaker’s existence in my life. 

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The gambit – women, motorcycles and empowerment

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I’ve been riding motorcycles for a fair amount of time, two decades to be precise. And in this 20 year long relationship with bikes I’ve met many women motorcyclists; some of them beginners, while some having logged thousands of miles on the saddle, not just in India but also abroad. When I started riding there were very few women around me who rode. The one’s who did were usually commuters who’d merely use motorcycles as a mode of transportation. I’d consider it a lucky day if I saw even one woman motorcyclist in Pune 10-15 years ago. It usually came as a surprise for most, although it does even now.

But things have changed gradually; more and more women are now riding motorcycles not just as a mere means of commuting, but out of passion. You don’t see women ride puny 100cc motorcycles handed down by the men of the…

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Transportation woes #2

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Rickshaw Meter - 3rd Sep

Last evening was a trying one when it came to transportation. Having had a tough time getting to the east-central part of the city, i decided to take a app-cab home. A quick check on Ola, gave me a fare that was almost 100 Rupees higher than usual. Uber gave the lesser fare & i hailed their cab. But 15 minutes later, upon calling Cab driver #1, he refused to arrive, citing that my destination was too far away for him. He also asked me to cancel my booking, which i did. Not a problem, shit happens.

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