Arunachal Pradesh is the extreme north eastern corner of India and Gujarat the Western most corner. What connects them? Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes and 100 sub tribes, one of the tribes is the Idu Mishmi. They proudly claim that Rukmini, wife of Lord Krishna is their daughter and consider him as their son in law or Magbo as they call in their language. They had sent their daughter to Dwarka in Gujarat and another interesting fact is that even now in Arunachal Pradesh there are people with the surname Modi.

This for me is among the many stories…


After reading the unputdownable ‘Our Moon Has Blood Clots’, I decided to mail the author Rahul Pandita and express my heartfelt gratitude for writing the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. He was gracious by replying to my e-mail. I have a similar feeling with this book too and its importance can’t be stated enough because of the unnecessary controversy that the Pulwama attack was mired in!

Rahul Pandita’s latest book ‘The Lover Boy of Bahawalpur’ gives a wonderful insight into the much talked of Pulwama terrorist attack and keeps the reader glued almost like a web-series. The book is a crisp…


‘Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest’ by Ambassador Vijay Gokhale is an Indian perspective on the build-up to the much discussed ‘Tiananmen Square’ incident of 1989 in China. Much has been written & discussed on the brutality of the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese Communist Party. Vijay Gokhale was posted as an official at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, China at that time and has presented the sequence of events as they unfolded based on his first hand experience. He gives the historical context of the major players who were involved or may have been a trigger to this…


‘Through the Looking Glass’ is a ringside account of Akhilesh Tilotia’s three year journey working with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and it tells India’s growth story from the perspective of society and state. Akhilesh worked with the corporate sector before he was invited by Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to work with him as an Officer on Special Duty. …


Republic of Hindutva: How the Sangh is Reshaping Indian Democracy authored by Professor Badri Narayan focuses on contemporary Indian politics, relationship between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and dynamics of caste in current times. Badri Narayan starts by saying ‘RSS as an organization is both a reality and a myth. There is no final word on it.’ The book, thus, brings out the evolving nature of the organization and how it has renewed itself with changing times. Another observation that stands out is how the political opposition targets that image of RSS which is not its…


Healing Touch?

As we struggle with the physical and mental trauma of Covid19 (Wuhan Virus) there are a few observations that I wanted to share. I have compiled them based on my personal perception!

1. Denying failure of the machinery to predict and mitigate this wave is living in a fool’s world. There can be varying explanations for this but a broken system is broken! As a society we cant hide behind reasons like ‘health apparatus was always in poor shape in India.’

2. It is an earnest request to give people space to express grief and anger. Your statistics…


This is an incredible story from March of 2009 which has since shaped the ideas and probably future choices for some of us at Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur. Before I narrate this story, there is an important disclaimer that one must put out- this isn’t about the individuals who played a part here but about how conviction of an idea can bring together people and make things happen. (The format I have used is mostly diary and some narrative.)

We were all in our second semester, hopping from one department festival to another, trying to make our time and…


‘Because India Comes First’ is a collection of essays that Ram Madhav, pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and leading thinker of India has penned over a decade’s time. The title of the book is drawn from the May 17, 2014 article that the author had written for the Indian Express, a day after the historic mandate for the 16th Lok Sabha was declared and Narendra Modi was elected as India’s Prime Minister. The author explaining this mandate wrote, ‘The challenge came from not just the divisive politics of caste and…


While I was watching India lose to Belgium in the QF of the Rio Olympics & shifting between tabs, saw this update on Facebook ‘Menon Sir is no more. This loss is too big for us’

SVG Menon or fondly called Menon sir was our Maths teacher in classes 9th and 10th. He did not teach in our school or any other school, he taught at ‘The Institute’. To call The Institute a coaching class is to demean everything for which Menon sir stood. He encouraged creativity, discipline and yes there was fear…everyone feared him. But the love he had…


Vision of the future cannot be devoid of hindsight. Bharat in 2047 will be what we want to create today. The challenges that we project for the future in the current situation may not remain relevant then, what will remain relevant even then is the character of this nation. Swami Vivekanand used to describe this as Chitti and called धर्म प्राण भारत. Dharma is the essence of this civilization that is Bharat. My dream for Bharat in 2047 is a country where every individual has the liberty to follow their Dharma (स्वधर्म) according to their nature (स्वभाव). …

Aaditya Tiwari

शब्द के आडम्बरों में अर्थ मेरा खो न जाये. Engineer,Ex-Fellow-Teach for India,Quizzing enthusiast, Runner, Like to write poems...and proud Indian.

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