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AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” may have an unusual title, but it is his most assured and emotionally gripping story. He knows how to get hold of his readers with intense emotions. This story of a brother and sister, Abdullah and Pari, who are children of a broke day labourer surely get tears rolling down our eyes. 

INTRODUCING MINIMALISM

To sum up minimalism in one line: Keep It Simple! When talking about minimalism designs, they are all about playing with lines, fabrics and basic elements. When concentrating on minimalism, designers and fashion lovers concentrate on the most basic aspect of clothing. It could be the choice of fabric, choosing a fabric which provides comfort rather than a tacky fabric, can be called minimalism i.e.  fabric over function.

QATAR EFFECTIVELY DISMANTLES THE ‘KAFALA’ SYSTEM

The International Labour Organisation said that the reforms effectively dismantle the “kafala” system and mark the commencement of a brand new era for the Qatari labour market.

GREENLAND, ICE-LOSS AND THREAT

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND – JULY 30: Free-floating ice floats jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on July 30, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. The Sahara heat wave that recently sent temperatures to record levels in parts of Europe is arriving in Greenland. Climate change is having a profound effect in Greenland, where over the last several decades summers have become longer and the rate that glaciers and the Greenland ice cap are retreating has accelerated. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Greenland is the world’s largest island which is sandwiched between the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans. Along with breathtaking beauty and sceneries, Greenland also has a whooping ice cover.

BREAST CANCER

“October is observed as World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mainly to raise awareness about the prevention and also the need for early diagnosis of cancer, to reduce the risk of mortality due to the disease.”

Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breasts, and it can occur in women as well as men, but still, it is more common in women. Nowadays, survival rates from Breast Cancer have increased, and the number of deaths is also declining, due to various reasons such as timely detection of cancer, personalized approach to treatment, and understanding of the disease.

AMPLIFYING THE VOICES

BY SATYARTH AND CHIMATA SHRIYA

Revolutions aim at bringing about significant changes and educating important concepts. The French revolution’s major contribution was the concept of ‘Fraternity’ . Fraternity is the idea of a group of people sharing common interests regarding religious or secular affairs. Over the years,
this term has revolutionised with novel meanings added to ancient ones. The term Fraternity conveys a feeling of Brotherhood. Ever pondered upon the question ‘How to practice Brotherhood in India: The nation of diversity? People in India are divided amongst each other based on caste, class, sexuality, religion, etc.

WHY KILLING RAPISTS IS NOT THE SOLUTION?

Tragic cases like those of Nirbhaya, Dr. Priyanka Reddy or the recent Hathras victim, time and again highlight the unacceptable reality millions of women in India are forced to endure. Violence against women is endemic- the only silver lining it presents is the enormous outcry from the Indian society in its support.

Amidst the many reasonable and constructive calls demanding immediate justice for these victims are strong echoes of voices calling for death penalties of such perpetrators of crime. While the anger felt is understandable and the imposition of stricter laws is needed the most now, the voice of reason stating that such punishments perpetuate a series of violence gets lost somewhere.

Social Media Activism – The new face of revolution?

“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

What brings about a revolution? Is it the recalcitrant tenacity of the undignified ‘upholders of justice’ doused in a delusional hangover or is it the unyielding voices of the victimized populace whose liberation is a prospective bound goal for the nation and society at large? Turning back in the pages of history, we will come across numerous examples in which the latter acted as a trigger for reform; however, with social media evolving into a new zone of outcry and dissent, the former argument seems more relevant in the modern era.

THE PROBLEMATIC NATURE OF #NOTALLMEN

By Chimata Shriya and Kamalika Gunasekaran

The kind of society that we are living in has primarily been a male dominant one, despite the argument that times are changing and equality is present everywhere, all women around you would have experienced male dominance at least once in some sphere of their lives. Women have almost always been treated unequally or even inferior to men in many cases. Now that, things have changed for the better, and women have become passionate than ever before, when we still identify some cases which reveal these disturbing acts of cruelty by men, the agenda of equality is severely questioned again.

VICTIM BLAMING AND MORAL POLICING

Society teaches “DON’T GET RAPED” rather than “DON’T RAPE.”

Rape Culture is a term for an environment in which rape is prevalent and where sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. This rape culture is being perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the glamorization of sexual violence, objectification of women’s bodies, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, trivializing rape, denial of the existence of widespread rape; thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.

WHY MENTIONING CASTE IS IMPORTANT?

Since ancient times, the Indian society has been stratified into different castes: the upper caste and the socially oppressed lower caste. The culture of marginalized communities forms the basis of a lot of economic, social, and political reforms in our country. There are special incentives and concessions provided to the lower castes in the field of education, employment, etc. Therefore, whenever you fill a form of any government or (some) private organization, you are required to state your caste.

Role of UP Government and The HATHRAS cruelty


As we reach the three-year mark of the BJP led rule in the most populated state of our nation, with Yogi Adityanath (“a Hindu – Monk” as described by Google) as the Chief Minister, there has been an upsurge in the number of allegations against the state’s government. These three years have also seen a tremendous hike in the crime rate, especially crimes that come along
with a “caste” tagline.

RAPE CULTURE IN INDIA

Rape culture is a notion of trivialising rape and sexual assault due to societal norms based on gender inequality and casteism. Moreover, it tends to emancipate the assailant and rebuke the scapegoat. It bolsters the use of misogynistic language and humiliates women. One of the hallmarks of rape culture is that it promotes a society where sexual violence is glorified and
women are deprived of following their passion and are confined to the four walls of their house.

ARAKU VALLEY: ANDHRA’S OOTY

Surrounded by lush green forests and high mountains, Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, is a stunner. This comparatively unexplored hill station is synonymous to serenity and tranquility. Mostly known as Andhra’s Ooty, Araku never fails to amaze tourists who come to visit this valley from different parts of the world.

PHUKET: THE LAND OF ANGELS

Phuket is amidst the world’s finest beach destination. With its soothing white sand, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns, Phuket is a fascinating mix of culture, heritage and modernity. It is called the Land of Angels as far as its startling natural splendor is concerned.

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