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Saturday, 23 March 2019

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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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinions

10 features of the Swadeshi Samriddhi Sim Cards by Patanjali Ayurved that are too good to be true!

Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved has recently unveiled a new 'Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM', in partnership with state-run BSNL

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 01, 2018 21:32 hrs