The WhatsApp Constitution

100 messages and nothing to talk. 50 forwards and nothing to see. 40 Video downloads to delete , 30 good morning messages  to ignore, 20 jokes to filter, 10 random motivational links to yawn and  0 interactions with 100 people connected.

So, one day if you decide to change all that, and have a real conversation, what happens?

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Information Fatigue

2.5 Quintilian bytes of data is being generated per day.Information is exploding everyday, and we are doubling this every minute,you can’t run, neither can you hide from the effects of this data explosion. It will find you wherever you are on the planet , because the planet is running on this data fuel.

Ever wondered what it does to your mind?

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The Degrees Of Love

Choosing a groom has never been easier for the typical arrange marriage oriented family these days. They just head to the mall, look for the varieties on offer, choose the best product off-the-shelf after carefully evaluating the price tag, quality benchmarks and the country of origin.

If imported, it is certainly a big buy, even if there are minor quality issues who cares? But if degrees are premier,love is certain. Rest can and will be blissfully ignored. Compatibility ? Huh ? What’s that got to do with marriage?

So when  an elitist and sexist offensive advert  splashed on a national newspaper, it drew a huge backlash, I was taken by surprise. Didn’t we do this to ourselves?  The gentleman duly apologized for the mistake , but it is a classic case of shooting the messenger when the whole society or at least a large part of it is behind this mindset. But who’s listening?

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Raazi : A View

Its good such movies are made. Hopefully it opens eyes for people who thought Gadar was the only way to show Ind-Pak stories on celluloid. A mature way of story telling. It underscores the emotional upheaval of the protagonist which at times makes you question whether Raazi is an emotional spy thriller or is it a spy thriller with emotions?

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Incomunicado

Dramatic begets drastic, drastic induces madness, madness guarantees catastrophe! When you have a mix of madness, multiple communication platforms, low-cost technology easily accessible and mass usage,  it makes for a heady cocktail or shall we say, a recipe for disaster.

Hyper communication has changed the way we live and poses a threat to our future. Elections get decided on mass consensus, leaders are chosen on custom tailored messaging to appease masses and they, in turn, are influenced by the communication they see, read and hear on social platforms which being engineered by a few minds behind a computer.

Will an algorithm now decide the future of peoplekind?

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Shockingly News

Shock sells, sanity rolls its eyes over,yawns. Normal is boring. In recent social media backlash, outrage over News Channels’s shocking and insensitive coverage,  I wonder if we will ever watch a regular story? Will we ever have a contest which does not use the word explosive, dhamaka, or describe any superlative performance with killer instinct,extreme, insane, and similar examples?

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Parental Paradox

What you teach, could end up teaching you a big lesson in life. Especially when you teach the young ones, your children, it has a lifelong impact. Have you ever thought the value system you teach the child, with all the right intentions, could become the reason for their despair?

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20/20 Temptations

So the next time you doubt yourself to become great, remember to count the number of times you said, “its impossible” before getting to that point of a roadblock. As the world jumps into making resolutions, zoom out a bit, fix the mind, clear the temptation to slip into a negative mindset and then step out to become great!

Have a clear year ahead!

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2017 :Immediate Reality

Think about December of 2016  – what was different around you?  If you are a fellow earthling, not much.The usual suspects were there, in pun and reality. You had the same outrage, expression, vocabulary more or less, with minor additions and deletions here and there, otherwise, most things remained the same.

So is 2018 going to be any different? Let’s be different by not just hoping, but by doing. By changing things which are in your control for the betterment of your life. That said, then why wait till January 1? Change begins now.

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Case of Perception vs Talwars

The corrupt politician and the  lazy government servant, the conniving lawyer and the biased officer, the perverted boss and the proverbial night worker, the bitchy daughter in law and evil mother in law. The chauvinistic son and the dominating mother, the characterless artist and the hypocritical socialite, the patriarchal father and arrogant daughter, the dirty janitor and the frugal lender, the ruthless competitor and the office politician, the drunk driver and the brat rich kid, the arrogant star how conniving they are…so look around carefully, you are everywhere.

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Think Ahead

Sometimes, you need to zoom out of your life and see some of the trends around you that can potentially change the course of your life. Every 8 or 10 years there is a downturn, followed by a good run from a global economy standpoint.  The last one was in 2008 and it’s about time you brace up mentally and prepare well to tide over.

When the going gets tough, make the most of it.

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Breaking News : Peace Alert

People around the world are working at their piece. But are they  thinking of making these diverse pieces work together for an unified peace? Because if there is no peace, then each of the individual pieces will not work either. Zero sum game. We’ve reached a stage where a news report about something good and positive will become a breaking news alert instead of it being a way of life.

Let us join hands to celebrate a world #ceasefire day.  And this is not just for guns, but for anger, in mind and body.

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Climate Change Parenting

Dealing with Climate Change is quite like parenting a child.  you don’t know how they will turn out, but its not worth the risk to leave them unattended. Because there are few things in life, that you do not just for yourself, your future, but also for others and their future. Like it or not, we are all tied to the same planet.

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Zero Sum Game

Take a look at any newspaper, news portal, or channel. Conflicts in ideologies, belief systems, political views, arguments, outrage, simmering  anger , blazing rage, hurl abuses, injustice and intolerance, it seems we humans just can’t stand each other no more, just about everything is at war with each other. When will this mad world get tired of these constant contradictions and relax in peace?

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Rangoon – A View

When Hunterwaali meets Casablanca, when Ingrid meets Kangana,when Bogart meets Saif you know you are in for trouble.Yet you hope because of a name Vishaal Bardwaj. But like the say, sometimes in life, things don’t add up even if you are doing the math right. Rangoon is a movie which had all the elements of greatness, yet failed to touch a single chord throughout its duration. Find out why?

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Music & Platforms

The Bollywood hierarchy of playback singers , or the so called first family, royalty, would have names like Lata,Rafi,Kishore,Asha and Mukesh – they crowded the music scene back then.Yet, they were only five of them who ruled the roost. Imagine if there was a platform like Indian idol in the 50’s or ’60s what other names would’ve thrown up?

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Hope Stress

Is hope stressing you out this new year? Are you leading a life hoping that magic will happen someday? Are you mixing up being hopeful with expectations of a perfect result? What are you going to change to make hope a more relaxing experience?

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