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Sweet Social Media & Rasagola Dibasa

What began as a Twitter hashtag suggestion in the ides of March, 2015 became a leading Twitter trend in two years time. It spiralled from tweets to newspaper articles, from historical literature search to heated debates, from confines of a…

Of alien animals and black sheeps

It has all the components that a worst rated movie would have. Mysterious killing of sheep, anecdotes of sighting an alien animal, skirmishes with human beings, circulating videos and photos on social media, officials visiting, ministers…

Is Raja just a symbolic festival

Twitter trends are among new ways of gauging popularity. #RajaParba has been one such twitter hashtag that has trended last year and this. Having settled for the spelling ‘Raja’ and pronunciation as ‘raw-jaw’, it has been letting the world…

Airlifting Odisha’s Tourism – Part 2

So it has been some time that the Part I of this piece was written. It dealt with outlining few of the major problems with tourism in Odisha. In this second part of the essay I shall attempt to delineate few measures that can offset these…

Airlifting Odisha’s tourism – Part 1

With Air Asia, the low cost international airlines announcing operations from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur, there has been a buzz of excitement in Odisha, for those who can afford to and for those who can dream to make that international…

Ground the Carrier

So let me begin by telling you a small story. There was once a businessman who started his business by borrowing money from a public bank under a government scheme. However his business did not take off. He owned only a small house, had no…

The killer roads of Odisha

Three high-school going young boys, driving a motorbike, got killed when they hit another car yesterday. Irate people blocked the road, demanded sound compensation for family and awaited assurance from district authorities to end their…

Let’s dismiss Katju’s comment as a ‘poor’ joke

By Sandeep Sahu By now, everyone who knows him knows his ways. Maverick former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju revels in offending people, communities, states and everything else that one can think of. So, aren’t we Odias falling…

Can WTO legitimately make global trading rules?

By Amit Dasgupta The last quarter of 2001 saw two dramatic events that had a transformational impact on the global community: First, the terrorist attacks on the US in September, followed by the launch of the Doha Development Round…