Author: Anupama Jain

Anupama Jain’s Friday Five – The Week That Was [Feb 7th 2014]

A member of the Indian Diaspora breeches yet another glass ceiling, while the Racist mob Lynch takes the capital back to medieval times. India emerges as the small car auto hub, Kejri endorses Khap..A dichotomy called India thus oscillated between Zeniths and Nadirs of events   Satya's Summit Scaling: 'Yehi hai Right Choice baby' said the board and Hyderabad Born, Manipal University educated Satya Nadella, became the third CEO of Microsoft after 22 years of service. Microsoft, once the most valuable, hasn't kept up with the changing trends, letting Google and Apple overtake. As the Indian Media went overboard in it's vicarious pleasure over yet another Indian Success Story, the American media is already asking if an insider is the One, to change the course for Microsoft… Only time will tell! [pic courtesy: articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com ]   Delhi's Ugly Underbelly: Unlike the other three Metros, Delhi did not overtly flaunt it's rooted linguistic Jingoism. People from all over India, came to Delhi, made it, their own. Vibrant cultures and different tongues made saddi dilli a pulsating megapolis. But the tragic death of Nido Tania an arunachali, after he was beaten by a mob, because he objected to a racial taunt, brought out all the ugliness, prejudicing, and profiling. We wear a halo over a Khobragade, but the devil lurks very much within, flaring up at the slightest provocation….[pic courtesy: oneindia.in]   Millenium city Maximum woes: It...

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Anupama Jain’s Friday Five – The Week That Was

It looked like last week was unfolding with its own set agenda, unravelling at a rapid pace. We were inundated with events and more events The top attention grabber of the week was Gravitas in the making, Mr. Rahul Gandhi. His debut television interview with his 'Na Jawab' style sent the netizens, the tweeple into raptures of satirical censure and lampooning the 'shehzada'. A self declared Anomaly whose blood boils at the unfairness of it all, poured on about, overhauling systems and processes, corruption,women empowerment and RTI. As he pontificated about his pet peeves (Modi, Gujarat Riots), he came across as a person strangely disconnected with ground realities. Mr. Gandhi your curious lack of engagement and staying clear of specificities will not help your party at the electoral hustings. Next, grapevine has it, RaGa will unleash himself on NDTV…. you have been forewarned!! We as nation proudly celebrated the 65th Republic Day. The Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe was the chief Guest. India has invited Japan to invest and build infrastructure in NE, which is out of bounds to China. A welcome move indeed, now that even Obama has stopped saying that their jobs have been 'Bangloored'. President Pranab Mukherjee approved conferment of 127 Padma Awards including one duo case, though PadmaShree Vidya Balan was carrying it too far. In address to the nation, he said " Populist...

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Anupama Jain’s Friday Five – The Week That Was

What an eventful week that was! Each one of these 5 events captured people's imagination, prime time TV and endless reams of print media! 1)The week started on a sombre note. Sunanda Pushkar wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor was found dead in a suburban suite, after a bitter twitter fight with Ms Tarar, a pakistani journalist, over Mr.Tharoor . Autopsy suggested drug overdose. Couch critics were up in arms against the popular social media and their effect on the vulnerable human psyche in these stressful times. Pertinent? 2)BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi unveiled his plan for Brand India with focus on 5 Ts – Talent, Tradition, Tourism, Trade and Technology. Hopefully the campaign for elections 2014 should now move away from slugfest to meaningful debates on ideas and issues which matter to the voter. 3) Delhi's CM undertook a two day protest to demand the suspension or transfer of the five police personnel in connection with the three cases that rocked delhi – alleged drug and sex racket in khirki extension, gang rape of a Danish lady and burning of a woman by her in-laws. Finally warm Paranthas by L-G on a very cold day brought about peace…Mr.Kejriwal brought out extreme emotions in people with his dharna. Either with him or against him. Nothing less.. 4) The largest free literature festival in the world – The Jaipur literature...

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