Different Test, Same Story

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Tough to remember the days when Indian Cricket Team last won an overseas test series excluding West Indies for obvious reasons. A lot was promised upon this time by the young Indian side led by a fiery captain Kohli. One thing which needs to be studied closely upon is despite having all resources covered, where does this No. 1 test side lacks winning overseas tests?
When Team India landed in Capetown on 28th December last year, expectations were pouring out from every corner. For the first time in the last 5 years India was considered for winning the series that too against the mighty Proteas. Coming in with a wonderful two years of home cricket have a dead runner in almost all series played the Indian team was ready for the challenge. With all the time and preparations India had, the team crumbled in the first two tests leading to another overseas series loss. In the midst of this Captain Kohli was under the cameras when he was found bulging out on reporters when questioned on his team selections.
Leading all this and India entering the field in the third test, things started on a better note when the coin finally fell on India’s side. But much to the dismay of the experts Kohli decided to bat first under conditions which seemed to be a blessing for the pacers. What the day witnessed further would have been a shock to captain Kohli after his decision to bat first. India getting all out for 187 again failing to put up a fighting total.
The question which needs the answer here is despite having everything covered, what India lacks? One might say that what India lacks is the intent. But why is another question. Coming into the third test, India making the expected changes to the side where expected to do better. The problem that might surrounding the Indian players is the kind of approach they take. Virat Kohli from the very beginning has talked about playing aggressive cricket. What one needs to know is the kind of aggression required. Players like Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have build up reputation of being the test specialists and playing that typical conventional waiting game, which is against the approach Captain Kohli takes. Thus, forcing players like Vijay and Pujara to play against the natural flow leading to their downfall. Vijay, considered to be the better leaver of cricket balls outside off has been getting out in similar fashion driving flamboyantly outside off and edging them to slips or the keeper. Pujara too has been found in the quest of getting quick runs playing those loose shots. Kohli himself has been getting out in this series in that region where he was troubled in England outside off, all playing those heavy cover drives and backfoot punches. 
MS Dhoni, the former Indian captain in his last press conference as test captain stated that India from the very start is not known to play the aggressive cricket and such changes need to be brought and the local level in order to succeed at international level. The individual approach of Captain Kohli being forced onto the players looks a serious concern. On the other hand, constant failures to make the right decisions have cost India too whether it is exclusion of Rahane or this time the decision to bat first. 
With the coming overseas tours in England and Australia the Indian Management has a huge task of taking steps towards what needs to be done because while it has been witnessed that the Kohlistic approach is not working what other measures India have need to be looked upon.

India’s First Blind and Sighted Tandem Cycling Expedition to Himalayas by Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation

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Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation is an organization rooted in the belief that sport has the power to catalyze more inclusive, accepting, healthy societies. Using adventure sport as a platform to promote inclusion between Persons with Disability (PwDs) and the able-bodied community, ABBF believes that change starts at the individual level and nurturing friendships that go beyond markers of disability is the key to shattering stigma and stereotype. To this end, ABBF works in five verticals currently – tandem cycling, scuba diving, mountaineering and trekking, paragliding, and marathons – and since inception in 2014, has been able to reach out to 3500 PwDs and over 1.5 lakh people from the mainstream community. This is only the beginning.
In August 2016, our founder Divyanshu Ganatra set out with a sighted captain to pedal from Manali to Khardung La in the Himalayas, a length of 550 kilometers that the team completed in just eight days. He became the first blind tandem cyclist to accomplish the feat. Divyanshu, who lost his eyesight to glaucoma when he was nineteen years old, previously became the first blind solo paraglider in 2014. His thirst for adventure and love for adrenaline sowed the seeds of ABBF, and the community is only growing by the day. When Divyanshu and his captain successfully completed the expedition on September 4th, 2016, ABBF decided this would only be the beginning of our annual tandem cycling expedition, In Sync. Tandem cycling had so much more to offer.
Built to support a minimum of two riders, a tandem cycle is a perfect solution for accessible adventure. On the heels of last year’s success, this year’s edition of In Sync, #M2K2017 has drawn the participation of blind, sighted, as well as amputee cyclists from across India and beyond. Cyclists are as diverse as one can imagine, with professions ranging from corporate giants to language teachers, from the armed forces to motivational speaking. The age bracket ranges from around fifteen to about seventy years old. The experience on board spans seasoned cyclists to those getting on the pedal for the first time ever. With such diversity in lived experiences comes the opportunity for conversation, camaraderie, and personal growth. At ABBF, we have seen time and again that we climb the mountains as strangers and come down as friends. We are confident In Sync will be no different.
The key to the vision of ABBF is involving as many people as possible, inviting them to join us on this journey. For In Sync to be truly path-breaking, paving the road as India’s first inclusive tandem cycling expedition, we need your support and media coverage.

Check out how you can be a part of it here or contact Ms.Yashasvini Rajeshwar
                                                                                     (yashasvini@adventuresbeyondbarriers.com)

Real People, Real Stories- Interview with Mr. Harshad Fad, Organizer, Human Library Hyderabad

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Arguendo has a tete-a-tete with Mr. Harshad Fad, Organizer of Human Library Hyderabad (HLH)






Sourya (S): What inspired you to start the Human Library movement in Hyderabad? Please tell us something about the history and origins of the Human Library movement.


Harshad Dinkar Fad (H): I have always believed in and experienced the power of meaningful conversation. The positive change it can bring to an individual. When I came across this meme on Facebook talking about Human Libraries the first thing I did was frantically search for one in India as I was intrigued by the concept and its potential. This was in 2016 when we had no Human Library in India which was quite surprising to me as I thought if there’s one country that needs Human Libraries most it is our plural democracy where lifestyle changes every 50 KM’s you travel. So I visited the Human Library Organisation’s website and applied to be an organizer. During this time, probably in November Mrs. Amrita Goel conducted the first Human Library event in India at IIM Indore. It was wonderful to see the concept finally being introduced in India and the positive reception it had there. Finally, it was in March this year that we had our first Human Library event conducted in Hyderabad with 10 wonderful human books and around 70 readers gracing the occasion.
You can read about the history of Human Library Organisation’s origins and how Ronnie Abergel, the inventor of Human Library concept took the concept across the globe here: humanlibrary.org


(S): Did you expect the kind of response you have received?


(H): I expected it to be received well by everyone but certainly did not expect it to become a national phenomenon.
It all started with a really nice article by TheBetterIndia on Human Library Hyderabad’s first event and the movement worldwide that went viral. I guess that gave us a very good reach and identity all over the world and not only India as there were calls from UK, Mexico, Columbia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and many other countries. What it did in effect was that many people were willing to start a Human Library in their cities and today we see the number only growing every month.

(S): Which book/author would you say has had the most impact on your life?


(H): Jim Corbett. His writings made me fall in love with nature, people, and life. Unconventional choice but it’s in his writings that I found solace. 


(S): Can you tell us how does a Human Library work?


(H): Human Library works like any other standard library, the only difference is that the books are replaced by humans, reading is actually a conversation and you have to return the ‘books’ in half n’ hour. (borrowing time differs event to event)
A reader can walk in, check out the human libraries book catalog that has the titles and synopsis of the books and borrows one of those human books for a conversation session. 


(S): Is there any one story in Human Library Hyderabad which you consider special for you?


(H): There are many. One of our books was a domestic violence survivor and she told me how not very long ago she wanted to end her life but today after talking to so many strangers and feeling the care and warmth from them, she was glad to have lived for that day. Her smiling face has stuck in my memory forever now. 


(S): How do you think has the Human Library movement benefitted people or society so far?


(H): People after being a reader at the Human Library have been able to understand the differences in our society. When we don’t understand something we fear it, we have insecurity about it on our mind, Human Libraries have helped reduce that insecurity and people have become more compassionate and as a society at large more integrated. 

The Human Books at the Human Library Hyderabad
Second Edition



(S): Do you feel the HLH can help breakdown stereotypes?

(H): Yes, it is already doing that. The framework works. We have had people coming and telling us how deep the impact has been on them and they found themselves living with many misconceptions about a certain issue their entire lives until the time they actually met and spoke to someone representing that topic at the Human Library.






(S): Can anyone become a Human Book?


(H): People who have experienced prejudice due to issues such as race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion/belief, lifestyle choices, career choices or other aspects of who they are or represent can be a Book.

(S): How do you make sure that the “Human Books” are in a safe environment at Library?


(H): So far we have experienced that the readers who came to our library came with an open mind to listen and understand what the books wanted to say. We have been lucky to have a very disciplined and receptive crowd that way. However, on our side, we make sure the readers are informed that this framework is based on mutual respect. The books are informed to categorically deny questions that might be uncomfortable to answer. The librarians also try and talk to the books after every session to see if they are all right and need anything. 


(S): Do you have plans to see that the Human Libraries spread all over India?


(H): Yes, of course, there are Human Libraries in Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Surat and now Banglore as well. In the next five years, I guess we will have a Human Library in every major city and town in India. 


(S): What is the story in the “Human Book” titled “Life of Harshad Dinkar Fad”?


(H): It’s a story of a perseverant and a tidsoptimist. A story of the best student and a dropout. A story of sincerity and rebel. The story of a genius and an idiot. 🙂


I Can Flyy – An Initiative which helps Special Needs Individuals in Kolkata

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“Some of the most wonderful people are the ones that don’t fit into boxes.”

~Tori Amos





The writer Gabriel Garcia Marques, had once woven a beautiful story called ‘I sell my Dreams’ about the prophetic Frau Freida who made a living by selling what happens to be the most innate part of one’s soul, she sold her dreams. And god, what a life she lived! Much sought after, as people flocked to know what unfolded in her last siesta. Some made a living out of dreaming, and for the rest of commoners like us, we find an antidote to the malaises within our dreams. When the reality appears too harsh to be accepted, we dream of a better future, a hopeful tomorrow. But then, what happens to the ones who haven’t learned to see a tomorrow for themselves?


They say that to rob someone of money is wrong, but to rob an individual of their dreams is probably a graver sin. In a hedonistic society, like ours, we commit such sins every day. Segregating and branding people ‘unworthy’ of an opportunity. Sometimes on class, sometimes on color, and sometimes on the way one is abled. I Can Flyy is an initiative, whose Founder refused to walk by the  ways of this world challenging society’s cruel ways of branding people. We are born with our destinies, and as humans, we all deserve an equal chance to shape it. 
We know that time, empathy and compassion is what we lack today. We do not stop by for the ones who might lag a step behind. Because well, we are all in a fight. Darwin led the way and we fight along to be the fittest.

Amazing goodies created by the I Can Flyy members.

However, there are places on this very planet which form a warm cradle of a comforting space and within the walls of one such warm cocoon, lies an initiative called I Can Flyy – a center for vocational training for Special Needs individuals. It aims to empower the young minds, arming them with an arsenal of know how in crafts, baking, data entry, launderette operations etc. The knowledge is not only intended to benefit them monetarily but instills in them a sense of vision in this competitive world. They are taught to create things fit for a demand in the market, the market of commoners. To say that it instills in them a sense of self-worth, may not be the best way to put it. So, we settle for saying that at I Can Flyy, we tell them of their right to dream, we remind them once again, that, while everyone may not be abled the same way, we’re all able nonetheless. And that’s the only factor that matters. Food and goodies made by Special Need Young Adults are sold and they are rightfully handed over what their creation fetched, ensuring a steady occupation on the lines of what their real calling was.
The facility’s latest addition is slated to open doors in August 2017. Watch this space for more on this brand new member of the I Can Flyy Family!

The Initiative houses itself on 4B Valmikee Street, Kolkata 700026.
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About the Author: 



Esha Meher is a post graduate student of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She nurtures a keen interest in feminism and human fights and can be found painting or reading when not engaged in matters of the day.

The Tale of Bengal – By Esha Meher

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Once upon a time, she was the glory of the crown. The majestic jewel, the lovingly spoilt one. As the days went by, tales of her valor and glory traveled far and wide, wayfarers from the distant lands sang her praises, a curious yet brave bunch amongst them reared a dream, and armed with ambitions, they crossed the 7 oceans and 13 rivers to catch a glimpse of the undeterred beauty. And then, it happened.


The land of Bengal which took great pride in her riches and fortunes gave in to a momentary lapse. A lapse of judgment induced by an exalted sense of superiority with immense faith in destiny, which apparently claimed that she was destined to rule Hindustan forever, and ages after forever. The Great Battle of Plassey proved them wrong, as Mir Jafar turned against his brother in faith, to give away Nawab Sirajuddaulah of Bengal, while Dewan Mohanlal fought swearing by the Khatriyapurana, doing his dharma of protecting his Ruler before the British army. 

Bengal is the land of Goddess Durga, it is the land of many pirs and imams who pray five times a day facing the Mecca. This is their holy place, as faith resides deep in their hearts hand in hand with love and devotion to our golden land. It is often said, in the Gita and Quran alike, that God only inflicts so much suffering as what one can bear. And this land has borne, more than others. It has cried tears of humiliation at Plassey, the sons of Durga and the followers of Mohammed alike, suffered centuries of imposed servitude as the British ruled the country headquartered in this state, The Brahmins and the Maulavis standing by each other, starved by the great famines – watching mothers in their black burqas and their red and white sarees beat their chests in sorrow, in unison. When history and nature couldn’t break her spirit, policy tried its hand. The bloodsoaked partition of the state, on the nonexistent lines of religion. And behold! That worked. It created the country of Bangladesh. But it failed to divide the hearts of the dwellers of this land, who were Bengalis by birth, by the soul. 
We Bengalis, are different from the rest of the country. We are ruled by our emotions and united by our love for art and culture. We Bengalis, are the most righteous of them all. We ask them questions. We stood firmly behind Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, and Surendranath Roy when they questioned Sati and a ban on widow remarriage when the Vedas were made to play the devil. We lent our ears to Kazi Nazrul Islam, when he revolted against the social ills, christening him the “bidrohi kobi” (the revolutionary poet). We were there when Binay, Badal, Dinesh challenged the British Crown for trying to divide us. We were there when Master Da Surya Sen inspired a generation of teenagers to challenge the powers and break down the Chittagong armory. The Crown divided our land, but they failed to fragment the pieces of our souls. 
We are all who listened to the great poet, Tagore. He was taught by his motherland to believe in a soul which stood without traces of fear, he called upon his brothers and sisters to march alone, if no one came along. And we heard. And we believed. And we lived by it. 
From housing the glorious erstwhile capital of British India to being called a city which lives in an era behind the country, we saw it all. Today in the year 2017, when the nation faces grave crises in the name of religious divisions, once again Bengal stands at the crossroads of witnessing history. The modern cynic says we won’t escape. The cow politics and the skull cap fanaticism will finally tear us apart. And yet the old and wise, smile. We’ve withstood the Conspiracies of the most dreaded colonizers of the world, the sons and daughters of Bengal have refused to cower under the terror of the known devils and the unknown ones. Distortions of democracy can never shake our roots.
Yes, the old and the wise smile. They smile with the memories of yesteryears on their eyelids, the sound of the counch of an evening puja reverberates on the tall white walls of the old building, slowly diffusing into the call of azaan of the neighborhood mosque. Cause Bengal is not just a State. It is a feeling.

About the Author: 



Esha Meher is a post graduate student of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She nurtures a keen interest in feminism and human fights and can be found painting or reading when not engaged in matters of the day.

From The Heart Of Kosovo: Interview with Jamie Donoughue, Oscar nominated Director.

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Jamie Donoughue
Jamie Donoughue is an Oscar-nominated British film director, producer and writer. He is best known for directing short-film Shok that earned him critical appraisal and multiple international awards including Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination at the 88th Academy Awards. In 2016, he directed two episodes of the critically acclaimed BBC / Netflix drama The Last Kingdom. Here is an interview with Jamie, focusing on his moving short film, Shok.

[This interview was originally published by the Red Elephant Foundation and can be read here]


Could you start by telling us a little about yourself? Your growing years, education and professional trajectory, perhaps? 

Ever since I was young my true passion was actually Judo and for many years this is what I wanted to do professionally. The first bit of filming I ever did was to film a local Judo contest and I guess this is where I got the bug. After finishing school I worked for a production company in my year out and then went to University to study TV & Film. During this time I worked at a local TV station, camera operating and directing. After leaving Uni I set up a production company making music videos. We were fortunate to grow quickly and had a lot of success working with some incredible artists around the world. However, my true passion was always in drama. So after a (very early) midlife crisis, I decided to move in that direction, starting with my first short film ‘Shok’. Shok has since provided me many incredible opportunities. I have just finished directing on season 2 of the BBC/Netflix Drama ‘The Last Kingdom’ and am currently in development of my own TV show with NBC Universal. 


What inspired Shok? 

Back in 2010 I randomly visited Kosovo to shoot a commercial as a favor for a friend. It was planned as a three-day trip. Then the Icelandic Volcano erupted and I found myself stranded there for five weeks. I say ‘stranded’ but the truth was it was the most incredible time of my life; I didn’t want to go home. I met some amazing friends and was overwhelmed by the generosity and hospitality of the Kosovar people. Over time they began to tell me their stories and I could not believe what had happened less than ten years ago on my doorstep. It’s only when a person looks you in the eye and tells you their story that you fully understand the true meaning of the word ‘war’. What inspired me most, however, was that there was no anger, rather just a desperation for their stories to be heard. I wanted to give something back to them and tell as many people as possible about what I had learnt. 

A Still from the Film “Shok”

 

What kind of preparation went into dealing with something so nuanced and painful? 

I knew very early on that I wanted to tell a true story based around people not events and most importantly relate to an audience by exploring the lives of the children during this time. One of the biggest challenges however was choosing what story to tell. Literally ever person in Kosovo had been affected by the war and each of their stories are as painful and inspiring as the next. One key story I landed on was of my good friend Eshref Durmishi. He survived the war and became an actor and actually ended up playing the part of his aggressor in film. My main concern however was to create a film that was true to the people of Kosovo, but yet appeal to an international audience. I did not ever want to be seen as a foreigner coming over and ‘using’ the country for its stories. The only way to overcome this was to truly understand the culture and the people. I therefore spent the next four years learning and researching everything possible about the country. I stayed with many families, meeting and interviewing hundreds of people. I ate, drank and lived Kosovo, even learning the language (granted very badly). Only after all this did I feel the time was right and I could represent them in the most honest and respectful way. 


A Still from the Film “Shok”

What was your experience filming like? Do you have any particular anecdotes to share? 

It was an extremely difficult and logistically problematic to get us to the production stage. No one in the UK wanted to fund us and producing a coproduction between the two countries was not easy. I have to thank my amazing producers Harvey Ascott and Howard Dawson for making it possible. However, once we actually got to the stage of filming it was an incredible experience. I had a mixture of UK and Kosovo crew and everyone involved had either been directly affected by the war or had spent time in Kosovo to truly understand what we were trying to achieve. The film had many difficult scenes but the truth is we kept the shoot light hearted and most importantly for me was that we all had fun. We were attempting something that had not really been done before and most people were working for very little money. It was a passion project for everyone. However, one particular scene will stay with me for the rest of my life. When filming the raid on the house I first ran a rehearsal with just the actors in order to work out the camera movement I wanted. The entire crew plus the hundred or so onlookers were outside waiting. We rehearsed the raid of the house and removal of the family. I was in the midst of it and it was so real I was physically shaking. I walked outside to find everyone else in tears, traumatized from hearing the sounds alone. It was at that point I questioned everything I was doing and whether I was wrong to be playing with people’s emotions in this way. Then the neighbor from upstairs came over. She too was in tears. She said to me that the exact raid had happened here in that property. She then told me as and hard as it was to believe she wanted to thank us all for taking on this story and enabling others to know the truth of what had happened. 


What have your biggest challenges been? How have you dealt with them? 

Trying to make it in the Film & TV industry is incredibly hard. People always tell you this but you have no idea. Probably my biggest challenge was after leaving my company. I had spent years building it up and now had to start again from scratch. I risked everything on making Shok and put every last penny I had into the project. I had to take a job with a friend laboring on building sites. In fact I found out I have been long-listed for an Oscar whilst constructing a garden shed. All this was great training though. It allowed me to stay humble and realise patience, persistence and hard work is key. Also that once in a while it’s good to take a risk. 


As a filmmaker, you are a storyteller who takes fact out into the world through an observer’s lens. When you deal with difficult subjects, how do you retain your objectivity? 

Normally with Film or TV there is an understanding of using ‘creative licence’ i.e. manipulating facts and reality in order to benefit and enhance the story. However with Shok this was not something I ever wanted to do. These were people’s lives, and indeed deaths. The film dealt with war and atrocities and by its nature could appear extremely one sided. I was therefore very conscious of keeping my objectivity. I spent time in all other areas of the Balkans including Serbia, speaking to locals and hearing their experiences. I learnt that the truth is war is complicated and dirty and there is rarely a simple answer to who is right and wrong. However this film was never about the ‘events’; it was about the people and the true victims of war, whoever they are and wherever they are from. 


You’ve been the voice of those that are otherwise not heard, considering how information on the situation in Kosovo is relegated only to a statistic. How does that feel?

When I set out to make this film I gave myself an objective; if just one person watches this film and decides to find out more about Kosovo then it will have been worthwhile. We have been incredibly fortunate that due to the success of this film Kosovo has been put on the world map. As well as its nomination for an Oscar®, over a million people have see the film along with vast international press exposure. We have done Q&A’s across the world, presentations in schools, been discussed at the United Nations, met the Royal Family and even our two child actors were invited by the Pope to perform at the Vatican for the consecration of Mother Teressa. This is not only proof of the power of film but also the power of people. How do I feel? Honoured, humbled and extremely grateful. It’s incredible to think that although Shok highlights the negativities in this world, its success has highlighted the positives.


What goes into making your creative process what it is? What inspires you? 

I spend a lot of time researching a subject and finding out as much as possible. It’s about the little details that you put into a film. Grated many of the audience may not pick up on these but overall it creates a richer and more impacting viewing experience. I have a clear idea of what I want but at the same time I realise most of the creativity is done ‘in the moment’. I like to empower the actors and crew and all work together to create something unique. For me inspiration can come from anywhere but I guess I am mostly drawn to true stories. This is especially the case if the subjects of these stories are still alive and I am able to talk with them. I think we have become desensitized to war and violence. Words such as refugees, displacement, famine, etc have become just that… words. I like to try bring meaning back to this by putting a face and personal story to these events. If an audience can relate to it then they can see in fact we are all actually not too dissimilar.



More on the film

Twitter – @shokshortfilm

Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission awards Compensation to man tied to the jeep.

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Jammu & Kashmir: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairman Justice Bilal Nazki on Monday, 10th July 2017, directed the Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide Rs.10 lakh as compensation to the civilian allegedly used as a human shield by the army earlier this year. 

Mr. Farooq Ahmad Dar, the civilian in question, Mr. Dar was allegedly tied to the bonnet of an army jeep and paraded through several villages on April 09 in Budgam during the by-polls of the parliamentary seat of Srinagar.


The State Human Rights Commission, however rightly refused to issue any directions against the army as it observed that it does not have any jurisdiction or authority over the army. 

IMP: This picture has been received via WhatsApp and its authenticity has NOT been confirmed as of yet. 




The Indian Army had carried out its own internal investigation and had declared that Major Gogoi, who lead the Rajputana Rifles unit which allegedly tied up Mr. Dar to a jeep, took the best course of action in front of a huge mob of stone pelters and handled the situation without a single loss of life, and decided to award Major Leetul Gogoi with a COAS Commendation Card.

Carnival Music Festival in Hyderabad – 15th July, 2017 – Performances by Skrat, The Ragamuffins and Last Known Surroundings.

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Carnival typically involves a public celebration and/or parade combining some elements of a circus, masks, and a public street party. People wear masks and costumes during many such celebrations, allowing them to lose their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity.


Neon Black Productions and Infinite Cartwheels Hyderabad are organizing Hyderabad’s first ever Carnival Music Festival, called the Infinite Cartwheels, on the 15th of July, 2017.


The Line Up For the Music Performances include;


Skrat:

Having headlined stages like NH7 and CAD, Skrat is a 3 member powerhouse hailing from Chennai whose members individually play for already established acts like Jhanu, the movie score band who have scored for Rajnikanth’s movies, Sapta, the drum-electronic duo, etc.
This would be Skrat’s second time in Hyderabad after NH7 Hyderabad!
Listen to them here

The Ragamuffins:

Currently, the biggest band hailing from Hyderabad, the Ragamuffins will make their debut at the gig after a 4-month hiatus. They have played shows like the Red Bull Tour bus, NH7 Weekender, etc.
Listen to them here

Last Known Surroundings:
Currently based in Australia, LKS is a one man project turned into a band. They are post-rock oriented and have been the primary and sole post-rock band in Hyderabad for years.

Listen to them here



The Event shall also include multiple pre-show games including Air Guitar Competitions would goodies ranging from a free beer to an entire bottle of free Whiskey on the line! There shall also be a “BackYard Sale” where patrons can put up anything from an old guitar to an old hoodie for sale! 



The Event will take place at FUBar Live Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad and is powered by Bnjara and would be covered by Arguendo!

For more details and Tickets check HERE

For an opportunity to win free entry passes email shredder.india@gmail.com

Mr. Jairam Ramesh launches book on Indira Gandhi in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad – The elite of the city, on the 7th of July, 2017, witnessed former Environment Minister, Mr. Jairam Ramesh discussed the launch of his book on Indira Gandhi, which showcased the former Prime Minister’s lesser known traits as a conservationist.
Mr. Ramesh stated that the World had known two Indira Gandhi’s. One as the “Durga”, as named by Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee,  who helped Bangladesh Independence, and brought about the Green Revolution and the other as the Indira of Emergency, who seized power and also let Sanjay Gandhi start a Maruti plant which never produced cars. 

Because of the presence of the two contradictory pictures of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr. Ramesh stated that he had attempted to write this book after going through numerous letters Mrs. Gandhi had written during her lifetime, to determine what kind of person she actually was. 
Mr. Rameshj went on to speak about how Mrs. Gandhi was essentially a reluctant politician, one who loved nature and its inhabitants and how the Green Revolution was an example of how she had converted a personal passion into public policy. Mr. Ramesh further shed some light on Mrs. Gandhi’s stay in Santiniketan and her admiration for the noted Bengali poet Sri Rabindranath Tagore, which led her to convert some of his poems to English. 


Noted author & columnist Mr. Sriram Karri discussed the latest book of Mr. Jairam Ramesh, ‘Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature’, after its launch in Hyderabad at Park Hyatt. The event was organized by TSR Foundation Hyderabad and saw many noted celebrities like Md. Azharuddin (Ex Indian Cricket Team Captain), Mr. T Subbaramireddy among others. 



Drug Wave in Hyderabad? Children as young as 13 years found buying LSD

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Hyderabad, India: The Telangana Excise and Prohibition department has, in a raid last week, seized substantial quantity of drugs including MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ecstasy’ worth Rs 30 lakhs which has a market value of over Rs 1 crore from the drug peddlers.
The investigation has revealed shocking details and Excise department believe that the gang was mainly supplying drugs, including LSD and MDMA, to the students, as young as 13 year old, of several high profile corporate and international schools in the twin cities where the children of celebrities, politicians and police officers study.
LSD is sold in tablets or in liquid form, and is said to be one of the most potent narcotic drugs while MDMA, commonly known as ‘Molly’ or ‘Ecstasy’, is extensively used in parties and were apparently sources by the dealers from the US. The drugs were brought over the Deep Web and paid for in bitcoins. The dealers would revive orders via whatsapp and deliver the products in crowded places such as malls. 
LSD is sold in small patches or dots which are to be kept under the tongue. The drug is supposed to dissolve in 30 minutes. 
Representative image of a LSD Blot


The excise sleuths got information about after analysing phone details of the arrested, which revealed that hundreds of school and college students were purchasing drugs from them. The officials had seized 700 dots of LSD worth `20 lakh and 35gm of MDMA worth `1.4 lakh from the trio.



While the Excise Department has formed a two member special investigation team (SIT) it has also sent instructions to 20 Schools and 16 collage requesting them to sensitize its teacher and students about the issue of ‘substance abuse’.
It has also asked to watch out ‘erratic/deviant’ behaviours of students and also monitor the use of cash and cards by students in school premises and nearby shops.