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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Wet days in December

Well, it’s the wedding season and so, time for celebrations. All weddings in the city witness months of rigorous planning so that these significant milestones in any family remain as memorable events for both the hosts and the invited guests.

Swapnil Bharali | December 10, 2018 11:30 hrs

Disturbed, confused!

There was a disturbing video on a certain profile on Facebook yesterday. We at office managed to catch it and download it before it was swiftly removed.

Swapnil Bharali | December 01, 2018 16:38 hrs

Hollering opportunists

Hollering, shouting, yelling, “biting”… I checked the thesaurus: synonyms galore to describe the basic activity that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is indulging in right now.

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:10 hrs

HR challenges

Around a month ago, I got a call from a good friend of mine who happens to be the chief editor of a leading English news channel. The slight edge in his voice suggested that he was indeed desperate in trying to hire some quality copy-writers for his channel and he was seeking my recommendations for a few people who could meet his standards.

Swapnil Bharali | November 18, 2018 12:33 hrs

Flipside of the Gunotsav exercise

A follower of G Plus from Guwahati, who also happens to be a good friend of mine, had to visit the Kazaringa Circle Office for some work related to his plot of land that happens to be located within the jurisdiction of that Circle.

Swapnil Bharali | November 10, 2018 18:10 hrs

Not ULFA (I)? Then who?

The crazy piece of news that came in about 5 non-Assamese people being killed by militants in battle fatigues at Dhola near Tinsukia was reminiscent of those troubled times that Assam went through in the 1980s.

Swapnil Bharali | November 03, 2018 14:40 hrs

An impassioned plea

This is Volume 6 Issue 1 of G Plus that you are holding in your hands – a singular opportunity for me to thank each and every one of you, our readers, for allowing us to see this day when we have completed 5 years of publishing. Yes! And I thank you from the bottom f my heart.

Swapnil Bharali | October 28, 2018 11:58 hrs

A damp puja

Whether we want to admit it or not, Durga Puja this year was basically a damp squib and just did not stir the social bonding that Guwahatians are used to at this time of the year. The reasons are not far to seek actually.

Swapnil Bharali | October 24, 2018 11:21 hrs

Denying the digital journo

Himanta Biswa Sarma uses it. Sarbananda Sonowal uses it too. In fact, it was started by Narendra Modi in one sense. A national election was won based on its usage.

Swapnil Bharali | October 16, 2018 13:01 hrs

The Gau-Guwa confusion

The honourable Gauhati High Court (GHC) has asked a pertinent question and its confusion is justified given that its own nomenclature bearing the word “Gauhati” is in direct conflict with its location which is Guwahati.

Swapnil Bharali | October 08, 2018 13:09 hrs

Piggybacking on the star

The talking point in the city this week is of course Rima Das and her monumental cinematic work, Village Rockstars. As the media partner helping her to promote and market her product to the masses, the G Plus team went through a series of activities that included a press conference and finally the premiere show at Cinepolis, Central Mall – both on Thursday last.

Swapnil Bharali | October 01, 2018 18:28 hrs

Messy VC appointment

Whatever is happening at Gauhati University is not nice. Period! It has never happened before and the unprecedented nature of the occurrences is akin to a touch of indigestion – a feeling that someone somewhere is tinkering around and compromising the quality of education dispensation of the apex institution.

Swapnil Bharali | September 26, 2018 14:00 hrs

Something isn’t right…

Would you agree with me if I tell you that dear ol’ Guwahati is slowly effusing a sense of discomfort for its residents? Some situations make good examples.

Swapnil Bharali | September 18, 2018 11:46 hrs

Helmets (Y), Seatbelts (Y), Life Jackets (N)

That perilous river journey undertaken by hundreds, for work or otherwise, is one massive panga taken with the mighty Brahmaputra River on a daily basis - always ominous of a disaster waiting to happen.

Swapnil Bharali | September 10, 2018 15:51 hrs

Deciphering the MoHUA tweets

I am not really surprised at the recent tweets of the union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) classifying Guwahati, along with other NE regions, as unique in its geographical and demographic conditions. In fact, it could well have added the governmental and administrative uniqueness too.

Swapnil Bharali | September 01, 2018 18:20 hrs

Cr‘ease’s of Living

It seems in India, Pune is the best city to live in, while dear ol’ Guwahati is among the worst at a lowly 85th rank, according to the Ease of Living Index rankings published recently by the central government.

Swapnil Bharali | August 29, 2018 16:31 hrs

Selective rebukes

I hold the Supreme Court of India in reverence and awe. Actually, every Indian does. After all, it has been successfully putting the checks and balances on the corrupt elements of the Indian Executive...

Swapnil Bharali | August 11, 2018 19:32 hrs

An exercise in futility?

To all appearances, the mammoth NRC exercise seems done and dusted for the moment. Such was the scale and enormity of the task that at one point we wondered whether the Register...

Swapnil Bharali | August 04, 2018 16:10 hrs

Being NRC negative

A friend’s office caretaker is an “Assamese Nepali” – the same variety of people that the more famous Mani Kumar Subba is. Not too educated and without much societal clout as is expected from people...

Swapnil Bharali | July 28, 2018 16:11 hrs

A diamond forever

The last occasion when Assamese hearts swelled with pride was when singer Debojeet Saha, of Silchar, buoyed by the huge SMS support and the good wishes of AASU, won a singing...

Swapnil Bharali | July 21, 2018 18:26 hrs

Un’advise’able duo

Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal needs to be wary or at least start getting worried about the advice he is getting from his two trusted advisors – media advisor Hrishikesh Goswami and legal...

Swapnil Bharali | June 27, 2018 16:51 hrs

System update required

Mob mentality: something that is difficult to comprehend in that a large number of individuals come together to think alike and be destructive to the point of being murderous...

Swapnil Bharali | June 16, 2018 17:20 hrs

Point driven home?

The first thing I do on waking up is of course scan the newspapers. Yeah, I know that’s part of my job. But more so these days, the progress or rather hopefully, the lack of it, as far as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill...

Swapnil Bharali | June 02, 2018 19:30 hrs

Masking the Development

Remember how around this date two years ago, we Assamese had voted – for change? Poriborton was the basic operative word. What that change would be was never explicitly spelt out by the harbingers...

Swapnil Bharali | May 19, 2018 18:59 hrs

Poriborton = demographic change, mind it!

All this while, I had thought that the cry of “poriborton” from two years ago meant development and progress. I had not bargained for “poriborton” to mean drastic demographic change!

Swapnil Bharali | May 12, 2018 12:17 hrs

Irrelevant ULFA’s relevant issues

It is Rebati Phukan’s disappearance rather than his existence and efforts as a peace interlocutor that has made news, more so because of the interest that the chief minister himself has taken towards verifying his fate.

Swapnil Bharali | May 09, 2018 12:53 hrs

‘Congressizing’ the BJP

A gentleman I know loved to ride a Harley Davidson; unfortunately he was not a competent rider. The bike was too heavy for him and handling it was kinda cumbersome. But he loved the bike’s power...

Swapnil Bharali | April 28, 2018 16:22 hrs

GMC and GMDA: glorified scavengers 

If these civic bodies do not get their act together, this so called smart city is going to the dogs and they will come only with their last minute contingency plans and continue...

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:36 hrs

Justice delayed, justice delivered

Salman, as an inmate at Jodhpur Central Jail, will be in the company of rape accused godman Asaram, Rajsamand's hate-murder accused Shambhu Lal Raigar

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:33 hrs

‘Mentoring’ our ministers

An all women’s university, clearly established in haste, with a “Mentor” for a Vice Chancellor, a chief minister for a Chancellor, professors contracted and not appointed - on ad...

Swapnil Bharali | April 06, 2018 20:29 hrs

A ‘SORRY’ picture

Over time I have learnt that human intelligence has two variants. One is academic in nature where “intelligent” people excel in their academic pursuits but then turn out to be failures in...

Swapnil Bharali | March 27, 2018 19:13 hrs

Biscuit Blunder

Dogs demand attention, more so pet dogs. Pidi is no different. And I cannot at all blame him for choosing the wrong moment to seek his master Rahul Gandhi’s affection...

Swapnil Bharali | March 14, 2018 17:33 hrs

Modis Operandi

Three Modis, over time, have really taken us in Guwahati by storm – each in their own unique way. While Narendra has given us enough reason to discuss, debate and argue on how...

Swapnil Bharali | February 22, 2018 20:29 hrs

Mukeshbhai’s DODO, COCO & CODO 

Mukesh Ambani committed an investment of Rs 2,500 crores during his maiden visit to the state for the Advantage Assam summit. Brilliant! Retail outlets to...

Swapnil Bharali | February 10, 2018 17:53 hrs

Batting for 1951

To keep things logical, the cut-off year just has to be 1951 simply because 1971 does not have the requisite credentials to be so important. An accord signed as a culmination of a 6-year...

Swapnil Bharali | February 07, 2018 18:58 hrs

Road rage repercussions

Cases of this level of extreme road rage are rather uncommon in Guwahati and so, this comes as a real shocker.

Swapnil Bharali | January 23, 2018 18:32 hrs

Igniting the sporting spirit

A look back at the year brings to the mind the sheer variety of international sporting disciplines that the city hosted right from cricket and football (being the two most popular disciplines in India today) to other international events in badminton and boxing. 

Swapnil Bharali | January 02, 2018 17:00 hrs

A Requiem to Ajay Chetia

A peek through the usually open door of my cabin at my workplace had, so far, allowed me the wholesome sight of four young minds busy peering into their monitors, mouse in hand, at what we term as the creative/layout desk. It had become a habit with me and one of them missing from his chair would invariably make me raise questions about his whereabouts.

Swapnil Bharali | December 25, 2017 13:39 hrs

Deciphering the bizarre analogy

The anger against the health minister was massive and was mainly dissipated through social media. Cancer survivors especially felt that their health was mocked at and they responded by saying that they refuse to take such an abominable insult. “Shame on him!” was the war cry. 

Swapnil Bharali | November 27, 2017 18:52 hrs

Corruption no more fashionable

As a layman pondering, I kind of felt that Guwahati had seen a phase in time when it was fashionable to be corrupt. The more you flaunted your ill-gotten wealth, the more upfront respect you got from all and sundry. And you just had to develop that thick skin to ignore the backbiting.

Swapnil Bharali | November 22, 2017 15:48 hrs

Inglorious “rockstar”

My worst fears - from my last editorial – came true. No, it doesn’t make me feel at all like Nostradamus; I was not on any prediction spree.

Swapnil Bharali | October 15, 2017 17:02 hrs

Opinions

What it takes to be GTF

3 days, 4 plays! The G Plus Guwahati Theatre Festival (GTF) 2018 (the third edition of the festival) offered a unique mix of theatrical enactments to the extremely discerning audience of Guwahati.

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:19 hrs

OPINION | Swachhta is more than just toilet construction

After four years of a Mission as serious and massive as Swachh Bharat, launched under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister of India, if it is still about building awareness on cleanliness in Guwahati, I guess somewhere, something is going terribly wrong.

Swapnil Bharali | October 08, 2018 13:17 hrs

Fiction

The Mian-bhai

Seven excruciating days passed since his daughter disappeared … and in those seven days, Prabhakar began to notice that Mian-bhai had not come for work. His last memory of Mian-bhai was him consoling Niharika after his slap! An acrid air of debauchery wafted in! What the bloody hell had actually happened?

Swapnil Bharali | October 31, 2018 17:32 hrs