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Tag: Offbeat

World Autism Awareness Day: Let's pledge to accept them and show support

‘If they cannot learn what we teach, let’s teach them the way they learn.’ The World has united to celebrate the diversity. On April 2, the World Autism Awareness Day was observed to create awareness about autistic persons and acceptance of their presence. While a normal baby smiles if someone looks at him/her, tries to […]

Writer can bring a change in society, but not necessary always: Paresh Patnaik

Famed short story writer and Odisha Sahitya Akademi award recipient Paresh Patnaik notes history has several examples wherein someone can find considerable changes in a society after a writer raked up the issue while expressing his/her reactions to erroneous things. At the same time, Paresh tells Surya Narayan Pradhan a society never solely depends on a writer to […]

Govt recognition still faraway for blind cricketers: Jafar

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling Indian blind cricket team member Md. Jafar Iqbal as ‘My friend from Odisha’ in a Twitter post while sharing a photo with Jafar on the social media site in recent past put the spotlight back on the Bhubaneswar-based blind cricket allrounder, who played a crucial […]

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Are phone users in Odisha going to ditch smartphones?

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: Remember the first phone you owned? Yes, nostalgia is enlivened watching the launch of reboot Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year at Barcelona in Spain. Nokia 3310 made the comeback and drew the attention just like our favourite hitter Virat Kohli who is hitting 6’s and […]

Reflections on 2016, the year gone by

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: The Year 2016 ended after ups and downs, twists and turns and happenings which made Odisha as one of the trending topics in national as well as global media. Be it Dana Majhi of Kalahandi carrying wife’s body on his shoulders from the Bhawanipatna hospital due to denial of a […]

City hotels on toes for zero night celebration

By Dillip Kumar Pradhan Bhubaneswar: As the countdown for the New Year has already started, preparations are in full swing for the Zero Night celebration on the night of December 31 to welcome 2017. City hotels, clubs and pubs have left no stone unturned to provide revelers a chance to enjoy the night amid full […]

New Year’s Resolution for 2017: Investment must be top of mind

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: After the Christmas, people usually make a New Year’s Resolution with glee and delight to fulfil aspirations and better their life in the year ahead. Be it quitting smoking from January 1, eating less quantity of junk food or start an exercise programme, people take a pledge for a meaningful […]

Odyssey of Jatra parties: Acrobatic dance, bike stunts, what next?

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: At a time when producers of Ollywood and Bollywood movies are struggling to get back their money invested, owners of Jatra groups in Odisha are raking in the moolah. Be it sizzling record dance, light decoration or fully air conditioned tents, managers and owners of the Jatra groups are leaving […]