International 

Syria : Where the world’s greatest risk-takers live

We all have a sense of acclaim for risk takers in life.”Greater the risk, greater the reward.” Haven’t we heard that saying all our lives?  But sometimes risks are taken when they carry no rewards even at the cost of life. They are still taken because they are necessary. Eastern Ghouta is home to 15-year-old Muhammed Najim. In a land where 153 journalists have been killed since the Arab uprising, a 15-year-old boy yearns for the world to know what is happening in Syria. Although the government has defended itself numerous times labeling…

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International 

The case for Syria – A testament to ‘Power without the People’

Three years ago, my father went to Al Hal market to work, a shell hit him and he died. – Ibrahim (12 years old) Ibrahim lives in Damascus, the capital city of Syria – a land and its people torn by war for the past seven years. In a calm voice, he goes on to say, “…I feel grown up, now that I am the family’s breadwinner. They have no one else but me to look after them.” Although Syria is a witness to an extensive history of war in…

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Technology 

It may be difficult, but its not impossible : An Insight on Smartphone addiction

Many might admit that they are addicted to their phones or certain applications like Facebook or Instagram. But only a few would acknowledge it enough to make a change. Only if we look more keenly, can we realize how much of our time is gulped down by the virtual world. It wouldn’t have been so detrimental if it did just that. It not only feeds on the limited time we have each day but it affects our ability to focus, to comprehend and to use our creativity. We become dependants…

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Technology 

Why is it so difficult to put down your Sleek Smartphone?

Have you ever wondered why is it so difficult to stop procrastinating and to put the phone down to resume the task at hand? Well, so far you must have blamed your mind for getting easily getting distracted and your lack of ability to exercise self-control. Although these accusations on the Human mind are not all wrong, it’s not entirely our fault. Though many of us do not realize this immediately but the most popular apps we use today are designed to be engaging and sometimes addictive. Let’s take the…

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Culture 

Call me “Human”

  A nationwide uproar was heard in March and April 2018 due to the supreme court order to dilute stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under Scheduled Tribes/Scheduled Castes (ST/SC) atrocities act.   Although the law was established in 1989 in the wake of growing crime against the SC/ST communities, many emerging instances of its misuse have surfaced. The new order was passed with the objective to protect innocent civilians reported under false cases from facing legal actions and framing. The courts’ rule did not intend the dilution of the act…

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Our Story Shikha 

The Brevity of Life

I bet no one goes through life thinking about the day they’re going to die. Yes, a part of our conscience is aware that death is a certainty, someday it will come to pass. Yet the knowledge of the inevitability of death seems to slip away effortlessly through our minds. It’s something we have made peace with because we know we can’t escape it. It’s just another day, the morning chores are done and a woman after sending away her husband and kids, leaves her house for work. She walks…

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Culture 

Its a girl!

What if someone told you, “You are going to have a baby girl!”  What would you do? Would you host a celebration, or would you be enraged so much so to nullify the existence of that child, killing it before it was born? Would this act be considered a murder? Well, that’s a whole other matter. In the eyes of the world, India stands as a diversified nation rich in color and culture, several people and communities proliferating throughout the land. Its music as if describing an ancient tale, its monuments as a…

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Technology 

A World without cameras?

What would your life be like if there were no cameras around? What if there were no cameras in all of history? what if there was no way to “capture the moment”? The word of mouth would be the only source for us to know what the world before us was like. The other source would be the eyes of the mind, our IMAGINATION. Because of the uniqueness of our minds, our imaginations differ and so would have our perception of the past. Great moments in history could never be…

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Technology 

Is it just a network?

  It has been named the network of networks, a networking infrastructure which being virtual to our eyes is still massive and evergrowing. Its the Internet. A long way from when the first email was shared between 2 computers we now stand amidst astounding possibilities. The impact of this development is so great that availability of this network has become near essential. Things seemingly impossible to people about their own selves are seen turning into reality through this network, a hobby turning into a profession, a talent leading to millions…

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