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Guwahati as a Test Venue

The big discussion over the Indian cricket team’s performance and its victories over England has been about the pitches on which the Test series are being played on, more so the last two test matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Swapnil Bharali | February 27, 2021 22:27 hrs

Wrong Regionalism Sentiment

As an alumnus of Cotton College one feels like hanging one’s head in shame given the recurrent indulgences of vandalism.

Swapnil Bharali | February 24, 2021 17:16 hrs

Gauhati East: A Problem of Plenty

It’s a problem of plenty for the BJP think-thank in Gauhati East with the wannabe MLAs going all out in the prestigious constituency.

Swapnil Bharali | February 14, 2021 09:52 hrs

Catching the Impulsive Spitter

The question arising today is how do we control or totally curb the Guwahatian’s spitting habit.

Swapnil Bharali | February 06, 2021 16:27 hrs

The Catch-22 Situation

The big news of the week was the reopening of a completely refurbished Anuradha Cineplex – the most popular standalone hall in the city with reduced seating capacity from its earlier days. 

Swapnil Bharali | January 30, 2021 21:05 hrs

When Gentlemen Play to Win

A second-string India indeed banged Australia so hard at what is termed as their fortress – the Gabba at Brisbane.

Swapnil Bharali | January 23, 2021 21:58 hrs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ‘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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

Wet days in December

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

Swapnil Bharali | December 10, 2018 11:30 hrs

Disturbed, confused!

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

Swapnil Bharali | December 01, 2018 16:38 hrs

Hollering opportunists

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:10 hrs

HR challenges

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 18, 2018 12:33 hrs

Flipside of the Gunotsav exercise

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 10, 2018 18:10 hrs

Not ULFA (I)? Then who?

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 03, 2018 14:40 hrs

An impassioned plea

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 28, 2018 11:58 hrs

A damp puja

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 24, 2018 11:21 hrs

Denying the digital journo

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 16, 2018 13:01 hrs

The Gau-Guwa confusion

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 08, 2018 13:09 hrs

Piggybacking on the star

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 01, 2018 18:28 hrs

Messy VC appointment

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

Swapnil Bharali | September 26, 2018 14:00 hrs

Something isn’t right…

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

Swapnil Bharali | September 18, 2018 11:46 hrs

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

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

Swapnil Bharali | September 10, 2018 15:51 hrs

Deciphering the MoHUA tweets

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

Swapnil Bharali | September 01, 2018 18:20 hrs

Cr‘ease’s of Living

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

Swapnil Bharali | August 29, 2018 16:31 hrs

Selective rebukes

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

Swapnil Bharali | August 11, 2018 19:32 hrs

An exercise in futility?

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

Swapnil Bharali | August 04, 2018 16:10 hrs

Being NRC negative

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

Swapnil Bharali | July 28, 2018 16:11 hrs

A diamond forever

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

Swapnil Bharali | July 21, 2018 18:26 hrs

Un’advise’able duo

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

Swapnil Bharali | June 27, 2018 16:51 hrs

System update required

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

Swapnil Bharali | June 16, 2018 17:20 hrs

Point driven home?

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

Swapnil Bharali | June 02, 2018 19:30 hrs

Masking the Development

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

Swapnil Bharali | May 19, 2018 18:59 hrs

Poriborton = demographic change, mind it!

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

Swapnil Bharali | May 12, 2018 12:17 hrs

Irrelevant ULFA’s relevant issues

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

Swapnil Bharali | May 09, 2018 12:53 hrs

‘Congressizing’ the BJP

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

Swapnil Bharali | April 28, 2018 16:22 hrs

GMC and GMDA: glorified scavengers 

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

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:36 hrs

Justice delayed, justice delivered

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

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:33 hrs

‘Mentoring’ our ministers

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

Swapnil Bharali | April 06, 2018 20:29 hrs

A ‘SORRY’ picture

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

Swapnil Bharali | March 27, 2018 19:13 hrs

Biscuit Blunder

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

Swapnil Bharali | March 14, 2018 17:33 hrs

Modis Operandi

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

Swapnil Bharali | February 22, 2018 20:29 hrs

Mukeshbhai’s DODO, COCO & CODO 

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

Swapnil Bharali | February 10, 2018 17:53 hrs

Batting for 1951

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

Swapnil Bharali | February 07, 2018 18:58 hrs

Road rage repercussions

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

Swapnil Bharali | January 23, 2018 18:32 hrs

Igniting the sporting spirit

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

Swapnil Bharali | January 02, 2018 17:00 hrs

A Requiem to Ajay Chetia

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

Swapnil Bharali | December 25, 2017 13:39 hrs

Deciphering the bizarre analogy

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 27, 2017 18:52 hrs

Corruption no more fashionable

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 22, 2017 15:48 hrs

Inglorious “rockstar”

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 15, 2017 17:02 hrs


Required: A Mayor and a GMC Council

From one general election to the next, the city has been deprived of its much required representation and the fallout has been disastrous; the city has been orphaned!

Swapnil Bharali | January 25, 2020 15:56 hrs

Aren’t we Guwahatians IDIOTS??

The dirty practice of spitting paan/gutka on the roads and especially the freshly painted road dividers has had every right thinking individual of the city scratching their heads to find a solution.

Swapnil Bharali | December 07, 2019 13:20 hrs

Content is KING!

Given the success of the Assamese movie Aamis, the author reiterates his conviction that despite the challenges and constraints faced by the Assamese movie industry, good content in terms and storyline and movie making skills is the way forward.

Swapnil Bharali | November 30, 2019 13:43 hrs

Consume With Caution

Consumerism is at its peak in Guwahati it seems. And a whole lot of consumerist activities are being done over internet – as is the way of life these days.

Swapnil Bharali | November 16, 2019 16:09 hrs

The CAB and being practical about it

In the last episode of In Conversation with Swapnil Bharali had a longish chat with Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma seeking some clarifications on the latest heartburn within the greater indigenous Assamese society with regard to the passage of the CAB in the Lok Sabha.

Swapnil Bharali | January 27, 2019 10:31 hrs

What it takes to be GTF

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

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:19 hrs

OPINION | Swachhta is more than just toilet construction

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 08, 2018 13:17 hrs


The Mian-bhai

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

Swapnil Bharali | October 31, 2018 17:32 hrs