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India’s Demonetization Exercise: 5 Eye Openers

India's demonetization exercise

India’s demonetization exercise


Since 8th November 2016 when the Indian Prime Minister made the dramatic announcement to de-legalize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in order to fight the huge problem of black money in the country, there have been views and counter views of all and sundry on each and every move associated with this major exercise.

While there is a lot of support among the general public, there are a lot many dissenting voices too with opinions ranging from the bizarre to ones that are much more thoughtful and balanced. Whatever be the case, this has been the major topic of discussion in news rooms, at bus stops, at shopping malls, at markets, at restaurants, at movie theaters, at hospitals and almost any either place you could think of.

Rather than going into the pros and cons of this move, I will list down a few eye openers regarding this exercise.

86% of cash

Before 8th November, did you all know that 86% (Rs 14 trillion) of the cash flow in India consisted of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes? This high percentage is also one of the key reasons that we have more than 90% transactions in India in cash making it a cash based economy. Now if I think of it, I almost always struggled to get Rs 100 notes from ATMs. There was always a constant need to get change from the nearest shop once the cash was withdrawn.

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Guest post: Madhya Pradesh – the best place to explore Indian Wildlife

The Indian subcontinent is substantially rich in biodiversity and Madhya Pradesh takes the lead maintaining 9 National Parks and 25 Sanctuaries. Spread over an area of 10,862 sq. km., its natural reserves provide much needed shelter to the wildlife species which are rapidly losing their natural habitats due to human encroachment and various natural disasters.

Five national parks of the state are managed as project tiger areas. Most of these national parks provide elephant safaris while a couple of them also have boat rides and jeep safaris as well. This ensures that wildlife lovers get to explore the best of nature without causing any harm to it. Below is a glimpse of the richness of Madhya Pradesh’s biodiversity.

Bandhavgarh National Park

It is often said that if you can’t have a glimpse of a tiger during your wildlife safari in Bandhavgarh, then you are not likely to see it anywhere else. Though, it might sound a bit exaggerated, but when a count of around 22-25 tigers resides in this area open to tourists, you are bound to hear such exhilarating statements.

Tigress in Bandhavgarh

Tigress in Bandhavgarh


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Book Review: Brutal

Brutal by Uday Satpathy

Brutal by Uday Satpathy


Brutal is the first publication to come out of the Bloody Good Book and Westland stable which is being lead jointly by Niyati Patel and Rashmi Bansal. This is a unique venture in the sense that it gives new and upcoming writers the chance to live their dream of becoming a writer.

Writers are required to send in their manuscripts of which 3 chapters are published online and they are rated and reviewed by the readers as well as go through an editorial process. The best ones are selected to be published. So does this thriller work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

You are in real, real danger’ – a school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he massacres eleven of his own students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit.

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Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

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Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy.

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The road trip that gave them a new perspective!


Their love for speed and adrenaline pumping bike rides had brought them close. But little did they know that the same love for bike rides was to change their thinking. Roaring away with their Royal Enfield’s, the two Enfielders loved exploring various locales across India. From the peaks in Ladakh to the plains in Madhya Pradesh, from the coastal rides across Goa to the journey around the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, biking took them places unknown, unseen and unspoilt.

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Movie Review – Chakravyuh

Prakash Jha has never shied away from making socially relevant movies which awaken the audience. Whether they are hits or misses, he is never afraid of moving towards uncharted territory. His accomplished repertoire of works includes movies like Gangaajal, Apaharan, Raajneeti and Aarakshan to name a few. And now he’s back yet again with Chakravyuh. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The story revolves around three friends – Adil (Arjun Rampal), Kabir (Abhay Deol) and Rhea (Esha Gupta) who join a police academy together. But Kabir, the hot – headed guy he is, drops out much earlier and disappears for 7 long years only to reappear at a college reunion. Rhea and Kabir who get married are high ranking police officials by then. Adil gets transferred to Nandighat , an area so badly infested by the Naxals that even policemen fear for their lives. His mission – Capture their leader, Rajan (Manoj Bajpai). When all of Adil’s efforts go in vain, Kabir comes up with an interesting plan. Does Adil succeed? What’s Kabir’s plan? Is the Naxal movement extinguished? The rest of the flick talks about all this and more.

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Movie Review – Paan Singh Tomar

With movies like ‘Haasil’, ‘Shagird’, ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster’ among his works, director Tigmanshu Dhulia has created quite a space for himself in Bollywood. With ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ he takes his legacy forward. Long in the works, this is the story of the forgotten steeplechase runner who became a dreaded dacoit in Chambal after the authorities betrayed him.

Being a biopic, the story begins from the time ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (Irrfan Khan) joins the armed forces. Coming from Madhya Pradesh, where he had seen his uncles turn into rebels, he himself has brushes with his seniors. When they realize that he would be more adept at concentrating his energies in athletics they send him to the Army Sports Center. From there his journey begins to stardom. Winning medal after medal in steeplechase at national and international levels, he becomes a hero. But closer at home, problems like land grabbing by his cousins force him to leave the army. With no help from the police as well as the government, he finally takes up arms and builds up his own gang in Chambal.

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