Shut the Khap up!

Shut the Khap up!

The khaps of India, whose actual duty was to keep the society functioning has come to lime light after loads of vague comments on various issues. The khaps are doing everything but their work.

From blaming increasing rape cases on chowmean to proposals of banning cell phone use by women, they have crossed the creativity levels of the Roadies judges as well. Every point made by them sounds baseless, and resembles the script of a Tushar Kapoor movie.


Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation wanted ‘Ram rajya through Gram Rajya’. I’m sure he wasn’t aware that there was a place called Haryana in India, which had something called a Khap Panchayat. Because if he had a slightest hint of their existence, I’m sure he would prefer the Kardashians over the Khaps. I still wonder what the khaps meant when they said “because women are eating Chowmean, they are getting raped.” Chowmean? Rapes? In that case China should have been country with the highest rape cases! I wouldn’t be surprised if the Haryana Government comes out in their defence and say “it was just an attempt to promote the local cuisine over chowmean!”

Mean while, Digvijaya Singh, who has finally found company, said that eating Wada pav leads to global warming, and usage of full stops in a sentence is the reason behind the growing corruption in India. Sonia Gandhi is tight lipped over the issue as she has sent the script of what she wanted to say to Manmohan Singh. He will be reciting it to us (with invisible quotation marks from Madamji) in a press conference shortly.


Mamata Banarjee too has come out with a strong opinion on the issue of increasing rapes in the country. She, in a press conference said, “da inkaresing rdapesh arde bekozh oph the interadkshions betbeen the boiys and girdls!” (Read in the Didi accent). This was later decoded by a team of experts from Linguistic Research Cell of the Oxford University, members of all India Bangalee Sabha and a few TMC members close to Didi. After 9 hours of research, it was decoded and we understood what didi meant. The decoded version reads

“The increasing rapes are because of the interactions between the girls and boys.”

It is clear from the statement that Didi has to be ahead of anyone who makes a statement, be it  Khap or the Congress (that’s okay Mr. Singh, we understand). So, Didi proves her point, if the Khaps live in the 16th century, I’m one step ahead living in the 15th century.

And all the Mango man of the Banana republic can do is:



Roaming the highways


The frustration of routine jobs, the struggles with packing, the rush to the station all fades away when the first breath of fresh air hits you on the highway. I’m talking about journeying by bus. I bring to you India from the road.

Most of us would be annoyed at the sight of rickety buses and the sound of blaring horns but if you were to travel by them, the sight feels more welcome than ever. Though not as fast as trains or aircrafts, they do offer some solace from the noisy train and much more economical when compared to the soaring flight rates. Along with being calm and affordable, these buses promise you a ride across different landscapes. Here’s a list of bus journeys that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

Mohali to Kullu valley

Buses are readily available on th­is route. The comfort level of the buses depends on how much you are willing to pay. But this is one journey you wouldn’t want to mi­­ss. It kicks off with the smoo­th ro­ads of Mohali in Chandi­ga­rh and enters the highway. It pas­ses through the lush green fields of Himachal Pradesh and finally enters the Kullu valley. The sight of the mountains looming above is truly awe-inspiring. As you mo­ve on, slowly you can feel the chill set in. It is perfect for those who would like to savour the del­i­ghts of the valley without forsa­king the charms of this quaint town.

Chennai to Kodaikanal

Crowded Chennai streets and the sultry climate might haunt you initially but it would become better with time. Once out of the city, the bus gathers speed and the landscape becomes better. Dindigul is the stop where you can treat yourself to yummy south Indian delights. The prices are moderate and the taste, well it is fantastic. One thing that we suggest you to do is not take an A/C bus here, because to feel this place, you have to feel the air! No pollution, not even a speck of it in the air.

Cochin to Munnar

Journey from Cochin to Munnar (the highest city in South India.) Unlike Chennai to Kodaikanal, you have better roads, and faster traffic. If you are coming from crowded cities to take this journey, you will realise how much you were missing in the metropolitans. The temperatures always low, and chances of rainfall all the time would be the characteristic feature of this trip. The hilly terrain adds to the thrill of the journey and if you are travelling in winter, then fog is one thing you would have to fight. The landscape here comprises of a couple of waterfalls, tea gardens, and loads of greenery. You might just be teleported to the Avatar world.

Diu to Dwarka

If you thought that the best bus journeys can only be on the hills, then the next journey on our list might just surprise you. It is in the land of Gandhi, Modi and of course, Dhoklas! This journey commences in Diu and goes upto Dwarka, Lord Krishna’s home town. Now, the speciality of this journey (apart from dhoklas of course) is that the entire stretch is along the seashore. So, as your bus speeds on National Highway 52E, you would get a clear view of the Arabian Sea. Expecting to see dolphins might be too optimistic though! The journey would be a memorable one and definitely deserves a place in the top five.

Udaipur to Jaipur

Last on the list is the ride through the Deserts of Rajasthan. This journey from Udaipur to Jaipur surely is different from all the bus journeys listed up there. The mountains here are replaced by sand dunes, and the sweaters find a place in the bag. The temperature as expected is on the higher side and the

road is lined with small villages, a few temples and also forts. For once, you would think of the Arabian Nights as this place matches the description in the book. This six-hour bus journey gives you the flavour of Rajasthan. And if delicacies like ‘Dal Bhati Churma’ and ‘lal mass’ await you on the other end, then the journey becomes memorable automatically!

She’s dying, do we care?

Going green is the new mantra in urban India. But if everyone cared, there wouldn’t have been the need for such a movement in the first place. 


Tigers are going extinct, lakes across the world are drying up, ice in the Antarctic is melting but how does it even affect us. Do we really care? Even if we say we do, in what way do we contribute to protect it? Liking ‘Save the Earth’ page on Facebook hardly counts. But is that all we are doing and want to be doing?

Sourav Barua, a commerce student from Bhavans is the first to admit environmental degradation scores low on the list of worries in the world. “I don’t really care about the environment. It is like patriotism; comes only on Independence Day and Republic Day. If there is a marathon for saving Hussain Sagar, most of the students only go there to check out the guys and girls or to have fun. No one gives a damn!”

Echoing the sentiments of many of her peers is Sashwatha Sridhar, a student from St. Francis. “What’s the point if I stop using my bike or car or using plastics or littering the roads? The whole world does it. So why shouldn’t I ? I sacrifice my comfort and get what in return? The same pollution and the same dirty roads.” She then adds, “I know this attitude will not make our planet cleaner and better, but I am no great soul to give up on my comforts to saving the world.

Suraj Poolakkil a fellow student is equally, and brutally, honest. “I’m going to die in the next 40-50 years any way. I don’t really care what happens to the Earth after that. I’m sure that things won’t get worse till I die.” “It’s not that I didn’t try doing something. I did try. But every time I did something good, someone else ruined it. So there’s no point in slogging it out,” he added.

While indifference and self-interest might be the prevailing sentiment, there is, fortunately, still people who care for the future of the planet and doing their bit for its betterment. Gandharv Anand happens to be one of them. “It’s pathetic. I feel ashamed to call myself a part of this generation. All we do in life is to eat, sleep, booze and Facebook. We have become so selfish that all we care for is ourselves.”

On asking him about what he does to save the environment, “Come down to Sainikpuri and you’ll know what we do!

Our area is clean and green. This is because we took up several clean and green initiatives to make the area better. I hope the others will do the same,” adds a hopeful Gandharv.

So from what we could gather, most of the environment friendly walks and initiatives are just a part of Gen-X’s socialisation. Environment is the last thing in their priority list.

There are very few people who actually care about the environment and even they are losing hope.

If this attitude isn’t changed now, then our tomorrow looks dark. Seas will no longer be blue, trees would only be seen in books, sky would hardly be visible. Not to mention, water and food wars will be on the rise and our kids would have to face it all for no mistake of theirs. So, let’s wake up before it’s too late!

The Vespa is back!






Vespa started in 1945 and created many great models that came to India; most recently the introduction of its 100cc bikes. But after manufacturers like Honda, TVS and Mahindra swamped the market with efficient, low-cost two-wheelers, the scooter market crashed. But just when you thought Vespa was extinct, it has come back, and in style.

The all-new Vespa offers a vintage look at a time when every other vehicle in the city is doind the sleek, modern look to death. The scooter looks outstanding. Available in six colours — yellow, white, cherry red, brown, midnight blue and black, it is a show-stealer on the road. Sporting an Italian design that mixes classic and modern Vespa themes it really does catch the eye. The three-spoke alloy-finish wheels add to its class. The trademark headlamp and unique foot-board strips hark to a more innocent time, before the rat race. On the whole, it scores full marks on looks.

It has a standard 125cc engine, which can deliver a maximum power of 10.06PS@7500 RPM. The engine has a continuous variable transmission. It has a self-start as well as a kick-start option to add to its vintage look. The suspension is on a single-side trailing arm in the front and has dual-effect hydraulic shock absorbers. The bike has a good body balance and is not as heavy as it looks.

It also has a full Monocoque steel frame. The bike has a huge storage space under the seats and also glove storage in the front. The total fuel tank capacity is eight litres. The company also promises a mileage of 50-55 km/l after its three services are completed. This pretty good for our city slickers.

The additional features of this vehicle include the easy-to-mount centre stand, an auto-return side-stand, an electronic clock and broad and long comfortable seats.

This wonder from Vespa is priced at `78,000 (on-road price inclusive of all accessories) which is a bit on the expensive side. But considering the looks and the style it offers, it is worth the price.

While the Vespa, due to its price and retro looks might not knock the big boys off their per­ch, it will certainly be top of wish-lists among the City’s tren­dy set. Who said our parents’ ve­hicles didn’t have a ‘cool factor’.

Why you should invest in a Vespa

  • The style and the looks of the bike are totally different from others. It promises a vintage look.
  • You have an option of choosing between 6 unique colors which are not available with any other company.
  • The fuel tank capacity is of 8 litres which is way more than Honda Activa and Suzuki Access.
  • It promises a mileage of 55-60 kmpl which is much better than many other vehicles in the city.
  • The waiting period of Activa and Access is of 3 months whereas this comes to you in just a month.
  • The storage compartment under the seat in this bike is bigger and better than the others.

The Specs

Engine: 4 stroke, 3 valve Cylinder, air cooled.

Displacement: 125CC

Dimension (LxBxH): 1770x690x1140 (mm)

Seat height: 770mm

Mileage: 55-60 kmpl

Fuel Tank capacity: 8 litres

The Kisan Policy

India boasts about being one of the world’s largest democracy. With a population of 1.4 billion, ruling it becomes a tough job. But what is tougher these days is to elect the people to rule the country. With the corruption that characterizes Indian politics today, suffering of the people becomes inevitable. Continuous attempts of abolishing corruption have gone down the drain. So what do we do?! This is where the kisan policy comes to the people’s advantage.
No, this article does not say that corruption can be abolished by educating poor kisans. Instead this is a guide to a different voting pattern which would help us overcome the leadership crisis.

The Policy

In a farm, if a farmer grows rice for three years, the vitamins required for rice growth are gone from the soil. This directly affects his yield next year. So, instead of growing rice, he grows maze for the next three years. During this period the soil regains the vitamins for rice. Thus, the farmer gets a good yield again.
This formula would work very well with Indian politics. Lets take an example of 2 political parties, party X and party Y. Lets assume that the society here is facing 4 major problems. And since they both are Indian parties, lets also assume that both of them are corrupt. So when party X comes to power, to prove their efficiency to the people, it would take care of problems 1 and 2 and exploit people on problems 3 and 4. So if the same party is brought back in the next elections, it grows in power and would worsen the condition of the people. Instead if we bring party Y into power, it would do good in the areas where the former exploited the people (i.e., problems 3 and 4) and would exploit them on problem 1 and 2. And the process keeps going on in every election.

Evidence to support my theory   

During the first tenure of Y.S Rajshekhar Reddy, the state was on the path of success. Though there was corruption, the life in the state was more or less normal. Cases of exploitation and corruption came to light but the people voted for YSR again, and that is where it all went wrong. The second tenure of Mr. Reddy went horribly wrong and there were many disruptions in the state. Congress has had its worst tenure in A.P and is on the verge of being wiped off in the next elections. Instead if TDP would have been brought to power (or for that matter any other strong party to counter congress ) the state would have had a better tenure.
    To prove this st the national level, UPA I was a good government. Indian economy reached its peaks, and there was significant development. UPA II is a major failure. It, again is on the verge of collapsing in the 2014 elections to NDA. If NDA was brought to power, it would have definitely improved things that congress did not(keeping the fact in mind that it would have looted people in a different way.)

Places where it has worked

Human tendency is to believe what we see. So to substantiate my theory and to prove that this policy works, the best example would be the state of Kerala.

Here are the list of parties in power in Kerala:

1982 77 63 UDF (14)
1987 61 78 1 LDF (16)
1991 90 48 2 UDF (40)
1996 65 70 5 LDF (0)
2001 99 40 1 UDF (58)
2006 40 99 1 LDF (58)
2011 72 68 UDF (38)

LDF: Left Democratic Front; UDF: United Democratic Front

The above table tells the story of Kerala elections. This can be set as a bench mark for the Kisan Policy. Because of this policy, Kerala has flourished. It tops the list of the most literate state and the has the least Maternal Mortality as well as Infant Mortality Rate. We should not forget that Kerala is a Communist state and all the holdings are mostly under the state government. So, there is hardly any role of the private firms in gaining and maintaining the facts. Thus, Point proven!

This policy might sound like a ‘perfect textbook material’, but it is quiet practical and worth a shot!