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Saturday, 16 January 2021



Taking the Brunt of a Protest

While the scenes of riots were shameful for other Americans who were saner with the likes of Michelle Obama tweeting strong notes of regret, the American society comes across as somewhat racially divided today. 

Swapnil Bharali | January 10, 2021 16:04 hrs

Guwahati Adda: New Year Resolutions

What happens if the top leaders of the world were sitting by campfire, discussing their ‘New Year New Me’ goals?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 01, 2021 13:05 hrs

Crazy 2020, Hope Filled 2021

2020 has indeed been the craziest year in my 50 years of existence on earth and I am inclined to believe just about everybody would agree with me on this.  

Swapnil Bharali | January 01, 2021 13:11 hrs

Partying Responsibly

Writing about the pandemic seems redundant because readers now think, “Oh, not another moral lecture. We know, wear a mask and maintain distance.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 20, 2020 16:31 hrs

The Parents’ Consent

With schools, colleges, universities (including hostels thereof) set to open January onwards, the operative words crucial to the return of normalcy on the campus are “with parents’ consent.” 

Swapnil Bharali | December 20, 2020 16:37 hrs

Brand Sustainability in Guwahati

What remains a matter of concern is Guwahati’s inability to sustain the great brands from continuing their operations in the city and eventually closing shop.

Swapnil Bharali | December 13, 2020 15:34 hrs

Crime Riddled Guwahati

Guwahati is clearly not safe from petty crimes. Period. G Plus, this week, has reported at least two incidents of burglary that were clearly planned missions done by professionals; the operations were so neat! 

Swapnil Bharali | December 05, 2020 21:57 hrs

Congress after Gogoi

To be very clear and without mincing words, Assam Congress has lost its one and only grassroots leader and the party’s death knell has been sounded.

Swapnil Bharali | November 29, 2020 09:29 hrs

Vigilantism Against the Pandemic

To all appearances, the worst of the pandemic in Assam seems to have passed thanks to the very rigid protocols that the government has chosen to tenaciously enforce.

Swapnil Bharali | November 22, 2020 13:19 hrs

Democracy Sans Vibrancy

As a media person seeking a vibrant democracy, the current political trends are a tad worrying, nay very worrying actually. 

Swapnil Bharali | November 22, 2020 13:14 hrs

Peace on the Cards

For Diwali and the days leading up to the otherwise mindlessly noisy festival, the 2020 version has been rather quiet in Guwahati.

Swapnil Bharali | November 15, 2020 14:24 hrs

A Sombre Diwali

I remember when we would give quantified and hand-written lists of firecrackers to our parents and as kids, the list would not seem to end.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 14, 2020 18:10 hrs

Fanning the Char-Chapori Flame

The controversy of the week – the one closer to home and not in faraway Mumbai - has remained the demand for showcasing the char-chapori culture in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.

Swapnil Bharali | November 08, 2020 13:55 hrs

Creativity, Imagination & Elections

A little creativity and imagination in every sphere – more so in election campaigns – would go a long way in us having something worthwhile to talk about. 

Swapnil Bharali | November 01, 2020 18:52 hrs

Society Sans Loyalty

For long since the country has fragmented into fiefdoms of many (not all) corrupt politicians, politics and political patterns have often seen a complete departure from the virtue of loyalty.

Swapnil Bharali | October 04, 2020 13:00 hrs

The Normalisation of Rape in India

While rape is a brutal and heinous crime the Indian psyche seems to have normalized rape to the extent that it has lost its shock value.

Nehal Jain | October 04, 2020 12:47 hrs

Infected or Not: The Mental Agony

Various patients have thrown up a wide variety of infection stories even as government data has currently pegged the death toll at roughly 600 in the state.

Swapnil Bharali | September 20, 2020 14:24 hrs

Yet Another Friday

As we dwell on ideas to put pen to paper, the one topic that continues to take centre stage is COVID-19. The narrative, however, changes. So does the perceived notion around it. 

Nehal Jain | September 19, 2020 17:44 hrs

Bollywood’s 'High' Stakes

I had never given the security categories much thought – be they SPG, Z+ or Z until Y+ category security for Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut hit the headlines.

Swapnil Bharali | September 13, 2020 12:24 hrs

‘A Barking Dog without a Tale’

Are we to blame newsrooms who chase stories that sell or just the viewers/readers?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 13, 2020 11:47 hrs

The Political Potpourri

Everything continues to remain fluid on the political front in Assam which is gearing up for the assembly elections in 2021.

Swapnil Bharali | September 06, 2020 12:31 hrs

Quarantine the COVID Negative

While the weekend lockdown and night curfew have been lifted, the current COVID scenario of Guwahati city is such that all COVID negative persons need to be quarantined immediately.  

Swapnil Bharali | September 06, 2020 12:09 hrs

Artists and Elections

Be it music, cinema, or theatre, our artists have made names for themselves and many of them have acquired celebrity status making a huge impact over social media with their posts and opinions.

Swapnil Bharali | August 30, 2020 17:10 hrs

The Show Must Go On!

Given the pandemic and the disruptive situation arising in the country thereof, the big contentious issue today is the resumption of educational activities.

Swapnil Bharali | August 30, 2020 13:10 hrs

The Importance of Being Masked

Folks, these are Unlock times, not post-Covid times! The difference is huge and we need to understand this.

Swapnil Bharali | August 23, 2020 12:40 hrs

Time to Use Our Common Sense

As the world comes to terms with dealing with “Unlock” it is important to appreciate the things that kept us going through the COVID times and will do so in the months ahead.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 16, 2020 13:45 hrs

Vigilantism by Hooligans

I was privy to a piece of CCTV footage that revealed that a gentleman had somehow, with reasons unbeknownst to him, provoked a large group of youngsters who happened to be travelling in an SUV.

Swapnil Bharali | August 16, 2020 13:22 hrs

Guwahati Unlock Timing: Stretch It By An Hour

The timings of the current Unlock plus the weekend lockdowns have given rise to a new spate of problems for the Guwahatians it seems.

Swapnil Bharali | August 09, 2020 10:43 hrs

Guwahatians and Day Time Drinking

I guess I understand why the administration decided on opening up bars in Guwahati after keeping their doors remaining shut for over 5 months. 

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 09, 2020 10:29 hrs

Ambiguities In The New Education Policy

The reforms in the education system of the country have finally come in the form of the New Education Policy (NEP) that seeks to overhaul the current education system which, at best, could be termed as inconsistent with the demands of the modern world. 

Swapnil Bharali | August 01, 2020 22:47 hrs

Battle Now, Bicker Later

Despite the repeated bombardments on various media about observing basic safety protocol, ‘COVIDIOTs’ have shown only apathy much to the frustration of the saner section.

Swapnil Bharali | July 25, 2020 20:03 hrs

Weekend Lockdowns Should Be The New Normal

In Guwahati, there’s a weekend lockdown in place, at least for the time being. But this brings to light a culture that is yet to make its way into this city or this region.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 25, 2020 18:38 hrs

Lifting the Pall of Gloom

Today it seems that Covid-19 is the only disease that the city is grappling with and all other diseases – fatal cancer included – have taken a backseat where treatment is concerned.

Swapnil Bharali | July 18, 2020 17:16 hrs

Where is The Money to Fight Assam Floods?

While awareness is a key element, there have also been thousands of crores of rupees ‘donated’ to Assam’s Flood Relief Fund. The question is where is the money?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 18, 2020 17:09 hrs

Keeping the Media Motivated

News gathering and dissemination has never been more stressful and hazardous than during these Covid times.

Swapnil Bharali | July 11, 2020 15:08 hrs

Do You Really Care About Being a COVID Victim?

As Guwahati sees a rise in COVID positive cases, there is a growing sense of uneasiness among people and the status of the lockdown thereafter.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 11, 2020 15:04 hrs

Promises Meant To Be Broken?

The BJP conquered Dispur in 2016; many promises made since by the Sarba da led government. However one of his ministers is living proof of the adage: “Promises are meant to be broken.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 04, 2020 16:25 hrs

The Simple Mantra

At the halfway mark of the lockdown in Guwahati, things do not look very positive; ironically, there have been more positive cases through the week than ever before. 

Swapnil Bharali | July 04, 2020 16:11 hrs

Lost the plot?

Guwahati had 'unlocked' much ahead of the rest of the nation, and so you ponder: why another 14-day lockdown for Kamrup(M)? 

Swapnil Bharali | June 27, 2020 19:06 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Try and ‘Boycott China’

Bro I’m serious. I destroyed my phone once I heard about the “Boycott China” movement!

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 20, 2020 23:38 hrs

Nepotism in Bollywood

Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide has raked nepotism up to the effect that Bollywood has come across as a wheeling-dealing world controlled by powerful families who have been in their dominant positions and keen to retain that control at any cost.

Swapnil Bharali | June 20, 2020 23:18 hrs

A Distinct Disconnect

Of late, despite these good tidings about Assam, one is however beginning to feel a disconnect of sorts as far as the flow of news from the government is concerned.

Swapnil Bharali | June 13, 2020 13:43 hrs

Back to the Old Normal?

People are back out on the streets spitting, urinating and defecating. As nature’s vacation comes to a halt, the open roads, chirping birds and cool air is getting replaced with jammed streets, honking cars, rising temperatures, filthy roads and soon enough, Earth will be back to the version we’ve known for decades.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 10, 2020 17:27 hrs

Country Sans Assimilation

The phenomenon of people returning to their home state has thrown up a number of stories – some heart-rending, others satisfying.

Swapnil Bharali | May 30, 2020 11:47 hrs

COVID Lifestyle in the Harsh Season Ahead

Now that we’ve all accepted that the “COVID lifestyle” is our new normal, the pressure of being careful about what we eat/do/touch is kind of overwhelming.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 30, 2020 11:33 hrs

The Quarantine Ordeal

With airlines resuming operations and airports reopening across the country, it is expected that the LGBI airport of Guwahati will also be operational soon

Swapnil Bharali | May 24, 2020 14:50 hrs

The Dehing Patkai Damp Squid

What started off as a matter of great concern for Assamese society that caught the imagination of many towards protecting the fragile ecology of the Dehing Patkai rain forests

Swapnil Bharali | May 24, 2020 09:36 hrs

Old Wines, New Bottles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last longish address to the nation was about the announcement of a Rs 20,00,000 crore relief package to revitalize the economy

Swapnil Bharali | May 16, 2020 11:16 hrs

Assamese Crusaders Without a Cause

As the world battles the deadly Coronavirus, I’m writing this piece to bring things a little closer to home – to talk about another virus, of sorts.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 16, 2020 10:37 hrs

Guwahati Plunges Back into COVID-19 Paranoia?

It looked like Guwahati was one of the markets which were eager (and hopeful) to recover from the Coronavirus slump that hit markets all around the world.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 09, 2020 10:23 hrs

Tax Spikes on Petrol

The consumer in Guwahati is paying more than almost four times the price of petrol than its actual base price, thanks to tax policymakers

Swapnil Bharali | May 09, 2020 10:13 hrs

Guwahati’s Mental Well-Being

Guwahati topped the list with its mental well-being index reported at 84%. This is of course in regard to the mental state of the urban folks during the current prolonged lockdown.

Swapnil Bharali | May 02, 2020 14:43 hrs

The Facebook–Jio Merger

The Facebook–Jio partnership showcases one of the strongest ‘user capital’ acquisitions in the telecom and technology industry over the world.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 02, 2020 14:38 hrs

Where is our CM?

I could be wrong about Sarbananda Sonowal not doing anything, or at least that’s what it looks like.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 30, 2020 15:57 hrs

Knee-Jerking Around

As we follow the news of the day [and midnight which is when the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) seems prone to drop the latest bombshells]

Swapnil Bharali | April 29, 2020 13:22 hrs

The Minister’s Confusion

Comments on social media, made especially by prominent personalities, tend to create major confusion and the latest by the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Swapnil Bharali | April 21, 2020 12:43 hrs

Coronavirus’ Burden on the Economy

As the lockdown enters phase 2 and now India is discussing relaxations starting April 20th, we have to realize that we’re in this for the long haul.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 21, 2020 12:21 hrs

The PM’s Magic

His magnetic personality has some amazing traits and most admirable is his ability to galvanize his countrymen with whatever he wants us to do.

Swapnil Bharali | April 04, 2020 17:13 hrs

Who Dirtied our Clean Slate?

All started on March 31 with a frantic tweet by Himanta Biswa requesting for voluntary disclosure and reporting of all the Markaz attendees who had returned to Assam.

Swapnil Bharali | April 04, 2020 17:06 hrs

A Superman Among Us

On a cold, wintry night of January 2019, I was granted an interview by Himanta Biswa Sarma (HBS) at his Zoo Road residence.

Swapnil Bharali | April 01, 2020 20:31 hrs

A Commendable Job

The steps taken by the Indian government with the country’s Prime Minister leading the charge in combating the Covid-19 is eminently laudable.

Swapnil Bharali | March 21, 2020 12:28 hrs

Danger from the Coronavirus-Ignorant Lot

Amidst the growing tensions for the Coronavirus, there are two kinds of people you typically might have met.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 21, 2020 12:22 hrs

Not a Storm in a Teacup

The flavour of the week, besides of course the novel coronavirus, has been political – the speculations surrounding the Rajya Sabha elections and the candidates thereof.

Swapnil Bharali | March 14, 2020 13:18 hrs

Coronavirus: Opportunity in Adversity

The WHO declaring the Coronavirus as pandemic has triggered a chain of events which include a dip in global travel (by ban and by choice)

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 14, 2020 12:49 hrs

COVID-19 and Chinese Disposition

The concern of the week has of course been the Coronavirus – technically called the COVID-19.

Swapnil Bharali | March 09, 2020 14:24 hrs

Messing Around with GS Road

What is GS Road to Guwahati? Like, what does this street mean? To say that it is the city’s lifeline would be a big understatement.

Swapnil Bharali | March 07, 2020 19:06 hrs

The Taj Paradox

Over the last week, two gentlemen who make no pretences about their dislike for Islam, happened to meet.

Swapnil Bharali | February 29, 2020 12:44 hrs

India Facing the Worst of Times?

As we come complete two months into 2020, India might just be living its worst days in a long spell of time.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 29, 2020 12:07 hrs

The Madrassa Contradiction

The government would not “fund” religious teaching – be it Islamic or Hindu – the UP government, on the other hand, has gone on to allocate a massive Rs 479 crores for the same.

Swapnil Bharali | February 22, 2020 14:41 hrs

Ticket Politics

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is believed to be playing a major role in recommending candidates for BJP tickets.

Admin | February 22, 2020 14:22 hrs

ILP in Assam: More a Futility Than a Utility

The ILP is a strange logic in controlling the influx of “outsiders” unless the government has reasonable intelligence inputs that suggest that it can expect more such illegal migrants in the future.

Swapnil Bharali | February 19, 2020 15:49 hrs

SEBA Gaffes

What is it with the premier education board of Assam that it finds itself being part of some embarrassingly wrong kind of news virtually every year?

Swapnil Bharali | February 15, 2020 16:04 hrs

A Missed Chance?

The common Assamese sentiments were so badly hurt by the promulgation of the CAA that people spared no occasion to protest – be it vociferously or silently.

Swapnil Bharali | February 08, 2020 13:09 hrs

Hopes for Peace

The great news of the week is of course the Bodo Accord; it brings hopes of long lasting peace in the strife-torn four districts

Swapnil Bharali | February 01, 2020 15:15 hrs

Filmfare Awards: Government’s Diversionary Tactics?

Filmfare is something that seems to have drawn massive public attention, so much that most of the public has forgotten “CAA ami namanu.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 01, 2020 14:21 hrs

Safety First

The week saw one of Guwahati’s biggest tragedies where a fire accident killed two young kids as they remained trapped in the first floor of their home.

Swapnil Bharali | January 25, 2020 14:32 hrs

Is Guwahati in Safe Hands?

After the induction of two ministers in the Assam state cabinet on 25th January, some ministerial portfolios where reshuffled

Admin | January 25, 2020 14:25 hrs

Third Party Possibilities

Assamese nationalism is on a new upsurge with the feeling of having been betrayed by all and sundry

Swapnil Bharali | January 18, 2020 16:44 hrs

Is 'Clean India' Going to be a Reality?

Movements like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Clean India and plastic ban have not really seen desired results; this is because our literate youth is still uneducated.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 18, 2020 14:59 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Mission “Barshapara”

Yeah man! Got drenched in the rain though..Sang “Vande Mataram”, shouted anti-CAA slogans, had a gala time

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 11, 2020 16:51 hrs

Celebrity Intentions and Confusions

From out of the blue and without any precedents of any similar endearments, Dadlani chose to write about the Assamese society

Swapnil Bharali | January 11, 2020 16:43 hrs

Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

It has been interesting to observe the comments and feedback to the news of Rahul Gandhi’s placating visit to Guwahati on our digital channels.

Swapnil Bharali | January 04, 2020 15:51 hrs

New Year 2020: An Expensive Affair

The month known for aggressive market spends and high spirits has seen an all new low point, and all this marks the end the end of the decade.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 04, 2020 13:55 hrs

Who will Vote for BJP’s Century for 2021 Elections?

The State Finance Minister’s claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will only gain seats in the 2021 State Assembly polls

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 28, 2019 15:07 hrs

Weekends Against CAA

A great year that was 2019 in terms of Assam being in the news for all the right reasons – be it for Hima Das, Lima Das or Rima Das or for the other glorious events

Swapnil Bharali | December 28, 2019 13:49 hrs

A Chastened Government?

Folded hands while seeking votes and an arrogant attitude thereafter do not go hand in hand although, in these complex times

Swapnil Bharali | December 21, 2019 14:44 hrs

Do We Really Have the Luxury of Being Apolitical?

In a country that is not safe for its own people, the government wants to welcome foreigners.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 21, 2019 14:37 hrs

Spruced up Guwahati

Guwahati today has come a long way from being a city where there was the occasional VIP visiting once in a blue moon.

Swapnil Bharali | December 07, 2019 12:23 hrs

Dirty Politics Ruining the Country

Onion is selling for Rs 140 to Rs 150 per kilo and the prices of petrol, diesel and other impactful products are gradually increasing in India.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 07, 2019 12:17 hrs

Guwahati Adda | If Gutkha is banned, who is going to spit?

Will Guwahati be finally free from that "Chick-Chick" sound of mixing Gutka-Pan Masala?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 30, 2019 15:04 hrs

GTF – Guwahati’s Tallest Cultural Edifice

Come December and Guwahati’s most awaited cultural landmark will be on show once again – for the 4th year in succession.

Swapnil Bharali | November 30, 2019 14:51 hrs

The Unwarranted IIT-G Mess

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (or IIT-G) has always been regarded as an example to emulate by other state and national universities of the region.

Swapnil Bharali | November 23, 2019 15:52 hrs

India’s College Campus: Politics, Protests and Classrooms

Two of India’s largest educational institutions have grabbed the headlines, as their campuses have become a hotbed for protests

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 23, 2019 14:55 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Bidding Adieu to SM Fakers

These bloody influencers with their fake numbers have ruled Social Media for far too long. Now even Instagram has decided to end this menace.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 16, 2019 14:55 hrs

Blocking the Flowing Contamination

In the name of a religious festival namely, Brahmaputra Pushkar, the Bharalu River – the city’s premier drainage channel for all practical purposes – has been blocked at its mouth.

Swapnil Bharali | November 09, 2019 14:42 hrs

A huge Responsibility as we Turn 6

This time, I choose to digress and talk about a 6 year long exercise. G Plus recently turned 6 and in the last week, also touched 165,000 odd organic fans on Facebook.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 09, 2019 13:03 hrs

PSUs sans Assamese

Sushil Chandra Mishra has taken over as the Chairman & MD of OIL marking the first time in several years when there is not a single Assamese on the Board of Directors of the PSU.

Swapnil Bharali | November 02, 2019 13:41 hrs

Guwahati Adda | The Myth of Mild Diwali Celebrations

I remember calling the police officials to report a “hazaar wala patti.” By the time they arrived, well, the hazaar was long silenced.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 02, 2019 13:06 hrs

Lessening The Diwali Pollution

As we go to press with a fresh volume of G Plus today (this edition is Vol 7 Issue 1), it is on the celebratory occasion of Diwali.

Swapnil Bharali | October 26, 2019 13:15 hrs

What’s a Good Decision?

The government kept busy this week and made some announcements that seem to have upset some people.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 26, 2019 12:10 hrs

The Shaky Banking Sector

Given the PMC Bank crisis and its fallout thereafter, the concern today is whether banks in India are safe keepers of our money.

Swapnil Bharali | October 19, 2019 18:32 hrs

Guwahati Adda: The Pretentious Diwali

Rahul catches up with his “fancy-strong accented-South Delhi” friend who is a strong advocate of Green-Diwali.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 19, 2019 17:23 hrs

Guwahati Adda: Thanda-Munda Puja Celebrations

This time puja went by without much hullabaloo. I mean pandals were less crowded, roads were less chaotic and people just seem to have disappeared

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 12, 2019 15:27 hrs

Animal Sacrifice And Rituals

Sacrifice of tens of thousands of innocent animals in the name of puja ritual is something which can’t be digested if we call ourselves a civilised society.

Raul Mathews | October 12, 2019 12:39 hrs

Lessening The Plastic Peril

I recall an endearing television commercial from the good old Doordarshan days by Steel Authority of India Ltd which showed the magic of steel through the perspective of a school boy and how it is all-pervasive.

Swapnil Bharali | October 05, 2019 12:35 hrs

Puja And The Responsible Guwahatian

Notwithstanding the various pressures the nation seems to be in currently, be it with its economy, borders, internal political issues et al

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 05, 2019 10:58 hrs

‘Managing’ The Plastic Ban

Come 2nd October and single-use plastic products are set to be banned – nationwide.

Swapnil Bharali | September 28, 2019 17:05 hrs

Guwahati And The Seriousness Of The MVI Act

People are making a bee lines to pollution testing centres, the helmet stores and the DMV to get their papers in order.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 28, 2019 15:46 hrs

Hindi, English and Amit Shah

Wonder if Amit Shah has ever had ‘sah’! Never I guess, because he usually has ‘chai.’

Swapnil Bharali | September 21, 2019 15:54 hrs

Vishwakarma Puja: Roadside Celebrations, Roadside Idols

As the festivities of Vishwakarma Puja come to an end, it leaves behind a familiar trail of idols along the roadside.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 21, 2019 15:18 hrs

Guwahati Water Project Just A Dream?

Guwahati’s fast growing water crisis is what makes the JICA underground water supply project so very important in the fast changing landscape of the city.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 14, 2019 17:00 hrs

Enabling Digital Payments At DC Court

My initial negative assumptions were justified because visiting government offices for work has traditionally never been great experiences for anyone.

Swapnil Bharali | September 14, 2019 15:26 hrs

Our Well Greased DTO

Visiting government offices located in Guwahati for personal work is often considered a potentially daunting experience; such visits are often procrastinated upon, kept in abeyance.

Swapnil Bharali | September 07, 2019 16:55 hrs

Slump Of The Automobile Industry

The automobile sector is down, but is it a real indicator of how poorly the economy is performing?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 07, 2019 12:59 hrs

It’s NRC Day

The US media sought to paint the entire NRC exercise as a picture of Hindu-Muslim enmity.

Swapnil Bharali | August 31, 2019 13:32 hrs

What Happens After The NRC?

After failing to meet several deadlines, the ill-fated NRC is finally going to be out. The question is, will this document sort the confusion around the identity of the people in Assam?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 31, 2019 12:29 hrs

Right To Dignity

Needless drama. Precisely what the whole Chidambaram arrest was all about. The news and the “sensationalism” surrounding it however, gripped the country like nothing else this week.

Swapnil Bharali | August 24, 2019 15:52 hrs

What Happened To The Funds For Assam floods?

An important question that needs an answer is how have the funds been disbursed for the rehabilitation of those affected by floods.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 24, 2019 15:44 hrs

The Mandatory NE Stint

The union government can now offer its undivided attention to overhaul the northeast and bring it at par with the rest of the country.

Swapnil Bharali | August 17, 2019 14:39 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Celebrating the Spirit of Independence in Troubled Times

For me, freedom is staying home on a National holiday and driving on G.S Road at 60 kmph on a Thursday afternoon.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 17, 2019 12:29 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Kashmir and Jai Shree Ram!

Kohli charges more for an Instagram post than the annual transaction between India and Pakistan.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 10, 2019 13:46 hrs

The Surprise Tactic

While the fate of Jammu & Kashmir has changed forever with one stroke of the President’s pen, in quick succession, the nation has lost one of its tallest leaders – Sushma Swaraj.

Swapnil Bharali | August 10, 2019 13:38 hrs

The Silent Recession

Every business establishment comes with its own liabilities of paying salaries, rent, taxes, electricity bills, interests on loans etc.

Swapnil Bharali | August 03, 2019 15:28 hrs

Wrath of Nature

They often say that public memory is short. Well, I beg to differ although I am as much public as anyone else! When it comes to our floods and the annual misery that it brings to our lovely state

Swapnil Bharali | July 27, 2019 15:43 hrs

Unused Life Jackets

It is high time that the law is enforced for public who are not being responsible enough towards their own lives.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 27, 2019 12:29 hrs

The worst ever floods

The proverbial silver lining to this dark cloud is that Assam continues to be a water-surplus state unlike most of the rest of India.

Swapnil Bharali | July 20, 2019 13:40 hrs

The ‘oldie’ flood on FB

Assam flood is clearly one of them and the second one is the flood of “old people” photos on my social media timeline.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 20, 2019 12:24 hrs

The ‘Duck Worth Less’ method

Is there a blame game on in the midst of the praises for Dhoni and Jadeja? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Swapnil Bharali | July 13, 2019 18:25 hrs

Seize the opportunity

For once, the Gandhi scion, Rahul, has been right. Or rather has taken the right decision.

Swapnil Bharali | July 06, 2019 15:28 hrs

The other no-good Rahul

The nation has otherwise come across two Rahuls – one a forever struggling politician and the other, a supposedly promising cricketer.

Swapnil Bharali | June 29, 2019 12:46 hrs

Kabir Singh ka thappad

It seems like a scene from the movie Kabir Singh has become the most debated topic in the past week.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 29, 2019 12:08 hrs

Missing a Mayor

Let me recall for you “Ward Talks.” It was an initiative of G Plus where we took accountability to the micro level of the wards of the city and discussed issues pertaining to each ward

Swapnil Bharali | June 22, 2019 13:32 hrs

Driving in Guwahati; A motorist’ nightmare

For a city that still hasn’t understood the correct use of the ‘hazard light’, the fact that people have started giving way to an ambulance on the road, seems to tell us that all is not lost.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 22, 2019 12:31 hrs

World Cup woes

The first thing one would think of when it comes to the Cricket World Cup is the nagging, persistent and incessant rains especially because India is the clear favourite to win the Cup and has performed in its opening two matches as the champion designate.

Swapnil Bharali | June 15, 2019 15:20 hrs

Guwahati this June - traffic snarls, water-logging and Ambubachi Mela

With the temperatures soaring in Guwahati, the city has let out a cry for help this summer. Temperatures have already peaked to 38°C with the “real feel” exceeding 45°C.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 15, 2019 13:19 hrs

Fallen grace: No humanity, no mercy

Recently, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was brutally murdered by two full-grown men in a town in Uttar Pradesh.

Harshita Himatsingka | June 08, 2019 12:10 hrs

A ‘slap’ on Assamese hospitality

Guwahati clearly has untrained people who do not know how to extend warmth and hospitality to a patron seeking a paid service.

Swapnil Bharali | June 08, 2019 11:46 hrs

No orchids for HBS

Politicians have ambitions and there is nothing wrong in that. This has been amply reiterated by Amit Shah’s elevation from party president to union home minister in the new Modi cabinet.

Swapnil Bharali | June 01, 2019 13:30 hrs

The deserving loser

The smooth and peaceful retention of power – something that makes us all proud to be part of the Indian democracy, the world’s largest – is done and Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to power even stronger than before. A stronger mandate, bigger numbers.

Swapnil Bharali | May 25, 2019 15:44 hrs

The Victory of Good Advertising

Let’s be clear about this – the victory of BJP is the victory of good advertising, impeccable marketing strategy and great communication skills.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 25, 2019 14:47 hrs

Fund shortage ULFA (I)?

So our so-called “respectable” morality and societal monitor, the biggest well-wisher of Axom desh, is at it again huh!

Swapnil Bharali | May 18, 2019 14:20 hrs

Do marks really matter?

The results are here and students have the marks to show for it. There are a lot of hoorahs going around and at the same time, a lot of disappointed parents and students.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 18, 2019 13:36 hrs

The novelty in the routine

With the onset of the holy month of Ramzaan, you must be waiting for an iftaar invitation or to the grand feast on the 5th-6th, and if my Muslim friends are reading this, you must have already started hearing, “Bhai, tere paas aayenge Eid khane.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 11, 2019 13:41 hrs

Stray ‘pets’

The recent incident of a mad stray dog turning ferocious enough to bite 50 people on the streets of Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar and Lakhtokia and thereafter simply disappearing from the scene brings an uneasiness to the mind.

Swapnil Bharali | May 11, 2019 13:34 hrs

Memorable moments with Malka

I, along with many others, was privy to a great piece of lecture delivered as a keynote address by the Ambassador of Israel to India, Dr Ron Malka.

Swapnil Bharali | May 04, 2019 13:48 hrs

Assamese actors & fear of the English language

I am privy to the insecurity of the “Assamese folk and their language,” brought forward after two recent incidents I witnessed.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 04, 2019 13:44 hrs


The elections in Assam are over and as we await the results while following the electoral activities in the rest of the country, we have nothing but indignation for at least three incidents with regard to the elections in Assam.

Swapnil Bharali | April 27, 2019 12:26 hrs

Avengers Assemble!

With the election fever now over, I was thinking about watching Avengers: Endgame. You want to join?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 27, 2019 11:24 hrs

The final phase

Come 23rd April and Guwahati city will go to polls to elect its Member of Parliament. The first two phases of polls have seen an encouraging turnout with voting percentage touching 80% in some centres.

Swapnil Bharali | April 20, 2019 14:12 hrs

The most effective political campaign?

With the elections set to end in Assam on 23rd April, it calls for political parties to see whether they have spent their money wisely – an ROI assessment if you will.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 20, 2019 13:35 hrs

The CAB promise and its repercussions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a massive election rally in Bengali-dominated Silchar on Thursday, has once again reiterated his promise of bringing in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 if voted to power.

Swapnil Bharali | April 13, 2019 13:26 hrs

Urban-rural voting patterns

Phase I of the grand Indian elections has now concluded leaving us all to ask just one thing – a somewhat low voter turnout; is this going to be the trend across the rest of the phases?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 13, 2019 11:16 hrs

Dignity of politics

What was the need for Queen Ojha to do what she did! To “falsify” something as stark as your educational qualification, whether deliberately or by oversight, amounts to lying through your nose to your voters.

Swapnil Bharali | April 06, 2019 11:10 hrs

Wanna be a chowkidar?

Though the BJP claims that the Twitter hashtag campaign #MainBhiChowkidar is a massive online hit, it did not brainstorm enough as to the impact such campaigns might have on the public, especially on children.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 06, 2019 11:05 hrs

Fresh faces, old battles

It seems a long career in politics with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not the best of options for the party’s politicians.

Swapnil Bharali | March 30, 2019 15:39 hrs

The dearth of leadership

As the elections draw near and the political drama has engulfed the nation, we are once again at the crossroads of “who do we choose?”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 30, 2019 13:29 hrs

Prolonging the suspense

The conversations in the coffee shops and clubs of Guwahati these days are invariably of the Gauhati Lok Sabha candidates; the suspense kept up by the various political parties in declaring the names of their respective candidates.

Swapnil Bharali | March 23, 2019 11:27 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Holi pe “Chowkidari”

The following is an excerpt from a conversation between a young chap from the city and a cop at a traffic point.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 23, 2019 11:14 hrs

Spoilt for choice?

The current political scenario in the city is fraught with speculations like: Himanta Biswa Sarma is contesting from Tezpur. Oh no, he is Gauhati’s candidate.

Swapnil Bharali | March 16, 2019 13:45 hrs

Guwahati Adda | Political analysis of the Oversmart

Litu: So we’re so close to the LS Polls. I wonder who is going to take the throne. Bitu: Who do you think?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 16, 2019 11:56 hrs

Conrad and Assam

The new regional leader today with some great credence is undoubtedly Conrad Sangma. He championed the lapse of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha

Swapnil Bharali | March 10, 2019 11:11 hrs

The final ‘Shoe-down’ before the Elections!

Racing to beat the model code of conduct that is going to kick in after the Election Commission announces the general election schedule, the central government is making a last ditch effort to “book its goodwill” for the upcoming elections.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 10, 2019 11:03 hrs

Pilot is back, what next?

Hurrah! Prime Minister Narendra Modi bags an international award – a prestigious one at that. The PM has become the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize. Peace award at Seoul for being a “soul.” Get it?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 02, 2019 11:09 hrs

India, Pakistan … some random thoughts

How seriously do I, along with the rest of the world, take certain recent utterances of US President Donald Trump? Utterances like “reasonably attractive news” coming from India and Pakistan and that it’s “coming to an end?”

Swapnil Bharali | March 02, 2019 11:02 hrs

Papri ka Chaat

In the World Wide Web your post of something which may be controversial (to some or many) can easily come back to haunt you. I call it digital karma.

Chetan Bhattarai | February 23, 2019 11:27 hrs

Gauhati’s Nadal connection

With the extremely interesting political times ahead, let me be a bit speculative this time with no intention of rubbing anyone wrong. The thing is I am just armed with some rather chewy information which enables me to draw some potentially provocative conclusions.

Swapnil Bharali | February 23, 2019 11:19 hrs

State machinery collapsing?

Well, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill fracas seems to be momentarily over; one can safely assume that peace has returned to Assam.

Swapnil Bharali | February 16, 2019 12:48 hrs

Guwahati Adda: Dharna Masters

Amar, iyate bor action hua hoise! (Lots of action happening in our region). Ek pine Citizenship Bill got lapsed, which was our victory! (Random strangers cheer, “hurray”)

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 16, 2019 12:36 hrs

A pack of milk and a small red stool

Are illegal vending zones back? A quick drive around town would clear this question. Often, the narrow lanes of Sarania and the wide lanes near the DGP office seem to be clogged with vendors occupying most of the area on the footpath.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 09, 2019 12:31 hrs

Questions for the indigenous Assamese

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” wrote William Shakespeare famously in The Tempest. The modern adaptation of the same is, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”

Swapnil Bharali | February 09, 2019 12:24 hrs

How much Saffron is there in Assam?

The Bajrang Dal seems to have captured a lot of people’s attention after a recent video surfaced of a Bajrang Dal member threatening KMSS Leader, Akhil Gogoi.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 02, 2019 10:42 hrs

No sympathy for Ms Daimary

Flashback 30th October, 2008! When the sunny morning turned dark from smoke billowing out of bombs that blast serially at the busiest localities of Guwahati…

Swapnil Bharali | February 02, 2019 10:38 hrs

Poor PR exercise

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and its attempted enactment into a law seem to be coming across as a rather poor exercise in public relations by the government.

Swapnil Bharali | January 27, 2019 10:39 hrs

#Guwahati Adda | If Political Parties played PUBG

(Scene: 4 guys, sitting at home, phones out, headphones in; the PUBG theme plays… and action!)

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 27, 2019 10:11 hrs

The ultimate CAB ride

Is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 a permanent solution to the complex demographic issues of Assam? No, by a long margin, if we are to believe the words of its vociferous propagators. So what is a permanent solution?

Swapnil Bharali | January 25, 2019 11:32 hrs

Celebrating Mediocrity

It is often said that we as people enjoy celebrating mediocrity, and of all the states, I couldn’t emphasize more that Assam emerges as the star here.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 25, 2019 10:35 hrs

“Joi Aai Axom” and the Assamese Identity

At a first glance, I certainly don’t look ‘Assamese’ leaving aside that fact that there is no definition set for looking like an Assamese either by appearance, features, attire or language.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 13, 2019 10:23 hrs

‘3 states’ of Affairs

Two formidable rivers forming two expansive valleys, some magnificent hills, lakes, forests et al make for this wondrous land called Assam - a state of the Indian Union whose boundaries were carved out by the States Reorganization Commission in 1956 on linguistic lines as was any other state.

Swapnil Bharali | January 13, 2019 10:13 hrs


At the outset of this first editorial of the New Year, let me wish you, all my dear readers on print and our digital channels a very happy 2019.

Swapnil Bharali | January 05, 2019 12:35 hrs

Sounding the Poll Bugle in NE

Prime Minister Modi has kick started his 2019 poll yatra with a bang. His campaign in Manipur will start off 8 new projects and by laying the foundation stone for these projects, the BJP has made their intention towards the Northeast, more “concrete.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 05, 2019 12:33 hrs

Guwahati Adda

Happy New Year ke Resolutions – ek fake katha! Enthusiastic ladka: Eyy Happy New Year! Balanced dost: Thanks man same to you

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 29, 2018 11:27 hrs

Procrastinating then, sulking now

Saraighat, Dhola-Sadiya and now Bogibeel! All these bridges bear testimony to the improving infrastructure of the state of Assam besides also improving the country’s defence assets in each case.

Swapnil Bharali | December 29, 2018 11:21 hrs

GMC’s ear-pulling exercise

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally taken an important, or rather a landmark decision of penalizing, if you’re caught littering the street.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 22, 2018 11:50 hrs

Rabble rousing outsiders

It’s a wonder how our Guwahati repeatedly gets violated by outsiders bringing the city to a standstill; the perpetrators (read instigators), in each instance, are none else but our politicians.

Swapnil Bharali | December 22, 2018 11:37 hrs

Guwahati – the unplanned child

I was in Dehradun about a week ago I was surprised that the city had so much to offer, compared to Guwahati. This was not because I went there for the first time, but more because I could see what was different about the city if I drew a parallel with Guwahati.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 15, 2018 12:57 hrs

Please go to Jail

How cool is it to double park? On Guwahati’s narrow streets? Or specifically in Fancy Bazar’s congested Kamarpatty Road? Right under a “No Parking” signage? Not really cool I’d say;

Swapnil Bharali | December 15, 2018 12:28 hrs

Satellite TV, toh life jingalala?

We’re living in times where virtually every rural household has a satellite dish despite a thatched roof and this is a smart initiative to educate more kids who lack resources.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 10, 2018 11:34 hrs

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

Guwahati beautification drive leaves commuters fuming

With due respect, the city beautification drive is most welcome. But, there are some issues that we should clear before we delve into the topic.

Chetan Bhattarai | December 01, 2018 16:54 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

Fashionably Unfashionable

A story by G Plus last week caught the attention of a lot of readers when the point raised was that of city beautification – “but only during VIP visits.”

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 24, 2018 14:14 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

Making something out of Nothing

“Tum doodh mangoge, hum Kiron Kheer denge...Tum insult karoge, hum cheer denge…” - Anonymous. The above is a quote sent to G Plus in response to the KaranKirron fiasco.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 18, 2018 12:37 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

Guwahati Adda: How was your Diwali?

Funny Man: The Supreme Court and I are the same. Apne ghar me, humari koi nahi sunta… No izzat we have. Sensible Man: Well I think that’s the entire learning this Diwali. Our country is just not fit for democracy and harmonious living.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 10, 2018 18:15 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

India: Making SIZE matter

A grand statement by the BJP Government last week was to erect the tallest statue in the world. The move, although strong, has been strongly criticized by people, which of course has become the norm these days.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 03, 2018 14:49 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


Regular is not fun. Regular is not hip. Regular is not exciting. Regular is well... regular. We are not in this to be regular. We set out on this endeavour not to be regular. We wanted to be unpredictable, instinctive, volatile, explosive.

Sunit Jain | October 28, 2018 12:07 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

Guwahati Adda: Diwali bomb or Puja bomb?

Sharma: Oi, eibar puja was really dull (This time puja was really dull). No one came out of their homes it seems?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 24, 2018 11:32 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

New in the market

We live in times when fitting into trends is more important than fitting into clothes, when just saying anything is more important than saying something relevant.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 16, 2018 12:59 hrs

Jail Bharo Aandolan

The businessmen in Fancy Bazaar area on Thursday, put up a small demonstration outside their shops in the area ‘requesting’ the administration to open up the old jail complex for parking during the festive season.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 08, 2018 13:14 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

Guwahati Adda: Revealing the Faux Pas

Ozit (Ajit): Abbey World Tourism Day gusi gol and our brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra didn’t do anything for the state did she? Bizit (Bijit): Hmm… maybe she’s busy with the wedding bells around her.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 01, 2018 18:19 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

Guwahati Adda: New Age Media

Random Human: Oh so I heard your column bagged some award in Delhi? Me: Oh yeah. Thanks. How’d you know?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 26, 2018 13:47 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

Guwahati Adda : Hitchhiking in Guwahati

Conversation from a 1.5 km long journey from point A to B which, in peak Guwahati traffic, takes 20 minutes to cover on a two wheeler.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 18, 2018 11:41 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

Owning up to a disaster

The distance between North Guwahati and Guwahati can either be traversed by a 15 minute ferry ride or a 40 minute drive over the Saraighat.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 10, 2018 15:45 hrs

‘Server Down’ at Janata Bhawan

The Janata Bhawan is the nerve-centre of all government operations in the state. All major government functionaries operate out of here.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 01, 2018 18:43 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

One act of random kindness

Assam is going to become infamous as the girlfriend who cries every time you miss her phone call. She thinks that you’ve forgotten her and you’re busy with someone else. Well, it’s time Assam grew up and stopped whining…

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 29, 2018 16:43 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

Freedom of speech and criticism 

I think people have taken “freedom of speech” for granted. No one seems to have any control over what they are talking about, what information they are sharing, both personal and official...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 11, 2018 19:36 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

Guwahati Adda: Namami Brahmaputra

Two people engage in a conversation after the end of the recent Namami Brahmaputra festival which was ‘washed away.’

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 07, 2017 22:02 hrs

Guwahati Adda: The Blue Hue - Guwahati Traffic Police's New Uniform

New uniforms for traffic police in Guwahati? So is that change just cosmetic or has the service upgraded too?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 26, 2017 21:00 hrs

Guwahati Adda: Guwahati, In-flght magazine and Awesome Assam

3 friends strike up a WhatsApp conversation after they get back to Guwahati from Delhi, and they discuss the Awesome Assam campaign featuring Priyanka Chopra that has been made available on several in-flight magazines

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 03, 2017 20:34 hrs

Guwahati Adda: 'Queue' pareshaan hai tu? - Demonetization and Guwahati

What a burden the entire Demonetization exercise was! People in Guwahati were holding to on to their spot at the ATM queue on to dear life. Here are the scenes from an ATM late at night. The colour of the clothes is how you remember people in a queue...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 18, 2017 18:50 hrs

Guwahati Adda: How fancy is your number?

What happened when the District Transport revised the rates for getting fancy number plates?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 13, 2018 18:00 hrs

Does Guwahati need a Mayor? 

Guwahati has a Mayor. This is information that a lot of people are not aware of. Let me begin with the premise that the Mayor is the highest-ranking official in the municipal department...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 04, 2018 16:14 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

Let’s Talk Guwahati

In this ongoing month of July, G Plus has possibly conducted one of the largest surveys ever done in the city of Guwahati independently. The survey titled 'Let's Talk Guwahati'...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 28, 2018 16:14 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

Guwahati Adda: GMC's Neutering Services

What happens when 3 Guwahati guys bring together pop-culture, headlines and administration together?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 09, 2018 18:48 hrs

A Gold for us khar khuas 

Hima Das, the name now every Indian should be proud of. This homegrown athlete has now taken Assam to the world, with a gold medal finally in the bag at an international...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 21, 2018 18:34 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

Is the public at fault?

In our run up to the second week of the FakeMat movement, it has been amazing to see the response and support that the campaign has received...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 27, 2018 16:54 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

Fekna bandh karo! Fake mat!

Someone in 2018 said that the words to live by are: ‘If it’s not on social media, did it even happen?’ But did someone ever wait to think, ‘What if it’s on social media, and it never...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 16, 2018 17:22 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

“No Country for Joke Men”

China ya Pakistan ka recce kar nahi paye so what? Mars hi sahi! Bhaijaan: Are you calling our Prime Minister a swindler? A fraud? A thug? You dare mock the great Modi ji? Did not you hear about...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 02, 2018 19:56 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

GDD’s love affair with DPRs

These flood preparedness meetings have done nothing but made the concerned departments lazy and laid back about actually dealing with the onset of monsoons. Instead of...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 19, 2018 19:01 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

History of Guwahati: The 60 year old Rani Chapari Manasa Puja

The temple has attracted the wrath of people for patronizing animal sacrifice in the name of culture, religion and traditions. But it is a debate to live up to that expectation as there is Section 428...

Kamal Baruah | May 19, 2018 13:48 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

Raasta khodo, Tender nikalo

Just for an on-ground check, both the newly appointed GDD and PWD Ministers should go for a drive on the Rupnagar-Kalapahar route and the Kharguli stretch.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 09, 2018 12:48 hrs

Cleaning up the mess from 20 years ago

Internal sources revealed that there are cases where the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) had identified possible foreigners and registered cases against them back in 1998. It was then that other machineries like the Police...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 28, 2018 16:26 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

Data breach and winds of change

Mark Zuckerberg’s public statement that was downplayed as a ‘breach of trust’ between Facebook and its users, while claiming that Facebook was unaware about this data theft, is one...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 27, 2018 19:16 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

Sex Survey Guwahati Today

A sex survey done by a reputed national weekly, across 19 major cities in India was the week’s highlight for Guwahati. While this survey has always been exciting and something that most...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 14, 2018 17:17 hrs

‘Wink’ Varrier redefines content barrier

Internet sensation and Malayalam actress, Priya Prakash Varrier, took the internet by storm this week. She caught the troll pages, meme makers and trendsetters by the scruff and showed them...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 22, 2018 20:32 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

Can we abstain from stains?

Three journalists are on a break from their grunt work. This is the conversation that follows...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 10, 2018 17:56 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

Shout and be productive...

Guwahati is on overdrive – a pace every metro city should be on. It is encouraging to see so much positivity around the city whether it is in terms of beautification, volunteer work or public announcements...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 03, 2018 17:12 hrs

Assam’s on ground Health check

These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 23, 2018 18:38 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

Bhakts stronger than parody

As we move into 2018, we should be looking at increased political liberty and the ability to voice opinions freely, but this ends the year on a sour note. 

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 02, 2018 17:04 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

Deferred till eternity

Preparing the NRC draft continues to be one of the most debatable and complex exercises that the country has undertaken, as proven by the recurring delays and deferred dates. 

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 22, 2017 16:26 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

Good etiquette doesn’t cost a penny

The recent video that circulated where an IndiGo employee physically assaulted a certain passenger has taken the internet by storm. The cause of the fight, whatever it may be, has made one thing clear; India does not believe in ‘Dignity of Labour’.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 15, 2017 19:57 hrs

Guwahati in A Year

We have been an unenthusiastic lot for a long time now, but this year Guwahati demanded the attention it deserved.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 31, 2017 21:59 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