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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.
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I guess I understand why the administration decided on opening up bars in Guwahati after keeping their doors remaining shut for over 5 months.
- Guwahati Bar
- Bars open
- Kamrup Metro
- Assam Government
- Bar Timings
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.
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?
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.
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.”
Bro I’m serious. I destroyed my phone once I heard about the “Boycott China” movement!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Facebook–Jio partnership showcases one of the strongest ‘user capital’ acquisitions in the telecom and technology industry over the world.
I could be wrong about Sarbananda Sonowal not doing anything, or at least that’s what it looks like.
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.
Amidst the growing tensions for the Coronavirus, there are two kinds of people you typically might have met.
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)
As we come complete two months into 2020, India might just be living its worst days in a long spell of time.
Filmfare is something that seems to have drawn massive public attention, so much that most of the public has forgotten “CAA ami namanu.”
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.
Yeah man! Got drenched in the rain though..Sang “Vande Mataram”, shouted anti-CAA slogans, had a gala time
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.
The State Finance Minister’s claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will only gain seats in the 2021 State Assembly polls
In a country that is not safe for its own people, the government wants to welcome foreigners.
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.
Will Guwahati be finally free from that "Chick-Chick" sound of mixing Gutka-Pan Masala?
Two of India’s largest educational institutions have grabbed the headlines, as their campuses have become a hotbed for protests
These bloody influencers with their fake numbers have ruled Social Media for far too long. Now even Instagram has decided to end this menace.
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.
I remember calling the police officials to report a “hazaar wala patti.” By the time they arrived, well, the hazaar was long silenced.
The government kept busy this week and made some announcements that seem to have upset some people.
Rahul catches up with his “fancy-strong accented-South Delhi” friend who is a strong advocate of Green-Diwali.
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
Notwithstanding the various pressures the nation seems to be in currently, be it with its economy, borders, internal political issues et al
People are making a bee lines to pollution testing centres, the helmet stores and the DMV to get their papers in order.
As the festivities of Vishwakarma Puja come to an end, it leaves behind a familiar trail of idols along the roadside.
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.
The automobile sector is down, but is it a real indicator of how poorly the economy is performing?
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?
An important question that needs an answer is how have the funds been disbursed for the rehabilitation of those affected by floods.
For me, freedom is staying home on a National holiday and driving on G.S Road at 60 kmph on a Thursday afternoon.
Kohli charges more for an Instagram post than the annual transaction between India and Pakistan.
It is high time that the law is enforced for public who are not being responsible enough towards their own lives.
Assam flood is clearly one of them and the second one is the flood of “old people” photos on my social media timeline.
It seems like a scene from the movie Kabir Singh has become the most debated topic in the past week.
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.
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.
Let’s be clear about this – the victory of BJP is the victory of good advertising, impeccable marketing strategy and great communication skills.
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.
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.”
I am privy to the insecurity of the “Assamese folk and their language,” brought forward after two recent incidents I witnessed.
With the election fever now over, I was thinking about watching Avengers: Endgame. You want to join?
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.
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?
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.
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?”
The following is an excerpt from a conversation between a young chap from the city and a cop at a traffic point.
Litu: So we’re so close to the LS Polls. I wonder who is going to take the throne. Bitu: Who do you think?
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.
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?
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”)
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.
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.
(Scene: 4 guys, sitting at home, phones out, headphones in; the PUBG theme plays… and action!)
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.
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.
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.”
Happy New Year ke Resolutions – ek fake katha! Enthusiastic ladka: Eyy Happy New Year! Balanced dost: Thanks man same to you
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally taken an important, or rather a landmark decision of penalizing, if you’re caught littering the street.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
Sharma: Oi, eibar puja was really dull (This time puja was really dull). No one came out of their homes it seems?
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.
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.
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.
Random Human: Oh so I heard your column bagged some award in Delhi? Me: Oh yeah. Thanks. How’d you know?
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.
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.
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…
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...
Two people engage in a conversation after the end of the recent Namami Brahmaputra festival which was ‘washed away.’
New uniforms for traffic police in Guwahati? So is that change just cosmetic or has the service upgraded too?
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
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...
What happened when the District Transport revised the rates for getting fancy number plates?
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...
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'...
What happens when 3 Guwahati guys bring together pop-culture, headlines and administration together?
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
- Guwahati Roads
- Road Condition
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
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...
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...
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...
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...
Three journalists are on a break from their grunt work. This is the conversation that follows...
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...
These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network...
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.
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.
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’.