Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016 Pallav Gogoi No comments
Joey, a writer in his 30s was going through a major creative crisis after he shifted to his new apartment. He never had an experience of staying in a skyscraper, his room had a balcony but he couldn’t see anything but few walls and a faint corridor. He couldn’t look down as he was extremely fearful of heights. He constantly cribs for some sunshine and fresh air but the space around the city is already so polluted that he hardly felt like going outside. Whenever he goes to work, he wears a mask; he takes his cab directly from his apartment which drops him in front of his office. The city is run by few mercenaries; the government has already fallen after the uprising. The metropolis where he dwells is now under constant security radar.
Away from the current milieu, Joey dreams about living in a place that had everything. From water to food, from greenery to friends, the constant progress of human life has made the planet so lifeless that Joey always felt suffocated. The society where he stays had few oxygen cylinders left, while water became so expensive that he couldn’t afford. Joey avoided those self-driving cars to commute as they became very cruel. The androids handling the cars were mostly arrogant by-products of the city’s topmost management. Those cabs always cancel his request as Joey is for all time few minutes late hence he preferred those old country cars driven by humans which became a rarity after the civil disobedience. Most of them are either killed or deported to some other place to work for the androids. Joey is the only human left in the advertising agency where he works. Most of the employees are either androids or holograms of dead copywriters. Joey never showed his disapproval to the machines while writing the advertisement for products which are used for the new breed of humanoids created by them. Actually, he can’t because he is a minority in the place.
The humanoids are superior beings, they have powers hence they are the target audience for most of the companies. Androids are utterly cold-blooded machines; they have algorithms for designing billboards, and the TV commercials. Humans are staying in few degraded societies. The city where Joey stays is touted to be the most advanced place. Few humans were left to work in the city because they had the power to feel the emotions, unlike the androids. The humans in the city were some kind of lab experiments for the mercenaries to understand the emotion mechanism. Joey and other humans were interrogated and tested regularly. They were just scientific projects for the androids.
Most of the developed countries are already taken over by the machines. The onslaught of these superficial beings kept increasing as they started manufacturing huge army for conquering the mountain people, the tribes that never allowed the machines in their territory. Those places were marked extremely dangerous for the androids because they have snake poisons that could destroy the machines within a second. The mountain people are living in peace however they are warned for not embracing new technologies. Joey always wanted to be a part of them but he wasn’t allowed to cross the territory. Life for Joey is just about survival, to teach emotions to the androids although he knows he will be destroyed after they learn the skill from him.
It was 10 am in the morning and Joey was ready to go this workplace so he called his driver who is also human.
“Hello Sam, will you be able to take me to the municipality office after my work?” - Joey asks him restlessly.
“Yes Sir, why not? I will be there in front of the office at 4 PM” - Sam says.
At 4 PM Sam picks up Joey from his office and starts his trip to the municipality office.
“Are you having some important work sir?” - Sam asks Joey as he hardly goes to any place after office hours.
“Yes Sam, I want few documents from them. My colleagues need them for some research work. I already spoke to them and do you know there are few humans as well. They are working there as security personals. It would be fun to meet them too.” - Joey replies with excitement.
“Oh really? Humans, that’s amazing” - Sam says
On the way to the place Joey asked Sam to stop at a location that looked like a library. Joey was surprised to see the library name dedicated to his idol who was a futurist.
“I am utterly surprised to see a human name otherwise it’s always in some weird codes.” - Joey tells Sam
Joey enters the library and sees lots of books instead of empty spaces with big screens. The quaint-looking old librarian walks towards him and asks him about his favorite book. Joey couldn’t remember the last time he read a novel however he managed to tell him about a writer who was lately killed by some alcoholic android in a pub. The librarian gave him a book called “Beyond Humanity” as a gift and walks mutely towards the door. Joey saw few shadows of androids walking towards him from the back door so he decided to leave the place as soon as he can.
“Are you done, Sir? Shall I start?” - Sam asks Joey with little discomfort.
“Yes Sam, please”- Joey tells him to start
On the way to the municipality office, Joey couldn’t see any android in the streets. Sam began to drive faster as he saw few self-driving cars trying to bully him by constant honking.
“Those cars are possessed by the most powerful androids of the city hence you have to be very careful while driving. There are many cases of road rage where many humans are killed because they tried to drive faster than the androids.” - Joey warns Sam to drive slowly.
The municipality office was still too far. During the journey, Joey and Sam talked about many things from new scientific discoveries to the downfall of mankind.
“Oh look, that’s a river?” - Joey points his finger towards a beautiful river which he never expected in the city.
“That must be a virtual one” - Sam says with utter disgust.
Wait, let me check? Joey gets down and starts walking towards the river and saw fishes and birds. He went further and saw real water.
“Hey look, Sam, this river is real!” - Joey holds few water drops and tells Sam about the reality.
Sam didn’t reply anything but asked Joey to come inside as they are getting late and the office will surely not entertain them after it’s closed. Now they are almost near the municipality office, Joey felt relieved as he on time and there’s still some time left.
The municipality office looked like a country style house and full of humans. It was very surprising for Joey to see so many people there and the most shocking thing about the place was there were no androids. Only humans and all looked very happy. The office had no computers but only files fully cluttered space and few telephones that look so archaic. Joey couldn’t believe that a place like this ever existed in the city of androids. After taking all the documents, Joey called Sam to take him back but Sam didn’t pick up his call. Joey tried to find him but he couldn’t be seen anywhere.
“Did you see my driver?” - Joey asks one of the human employees
“No Sir, I haven’t seen anyone around” - the employee says with a polite smile.
Joey kept searching for Sam throughout the campus but couldn’t find him so he decided to book a self-driving car instead for going back home but he couldn’t find the app for booking machine driving cars.
“What is happening?” Joey was shocked to see more and more humans around him. “What is happening with me? Am I hallucinating?” - Joey asks himself.
Everyone started staring at him. Why is everyone looking at me so inquisitively? Why am I afraid of the humans? Joey started getting paranoid
“Hey, where are you from? - An old lady, asks Joey.
“I am from the city” - Joey tells the old lady.
“Why you have those metallic eyes?” - The old lady asks him.
“Oh, those are my eye glasses?” - Joey smiles
“But why they are glowing?” - The old lady asks him again
“They glow when you see a human.” - Joey says
Joey after saying that suddenly collapses. His body parts were dismantled by the human security guards.
Joey never lived in a city of androids; he was very much amid the humans. The whole country is still very much lively and there was no onslaught of machines. The transformation of Joey from a human to an android was a part of Joey’s own experiment that he always regretted. He wanted to get back to the reality but his transformation made him numb. He was highly influenced by the technology. Sam was not human too; he was only Joey’s hologram who always accompanied him to the very humane workplace he worked. Joey’s extreme greed to incorporate the expertise of machines actually made him a lesser human. He was unable to feel anything. He often visited the place that he called lab was actually a psychiatric centre which was trying to instill human values into him again.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Superhero movies are rarely made in India but lately we are seeing few well-made films hitting the screens. One of them is A Flying Jatt that adds a new dimension to the Indian superhero space. Directed by Remo D'Souza, A Flying Jatt features Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Nathan Jones. Few anecdotes of the Indian superhero Aman Dhillon / Flying Jatt includes his ability to fly and perform jaw-dropping martial art moves, has a Supermom, he dances like a pro and has an extreme consciousness about the mother nature. A Flying Jatt will surely blow your mind however you should remember one thing that this is just the beginning of an era. More Indian super hero movies will be released soon to amuse you. Get ready to watch our superhero fighting with the super villain Raka played by Nathan Jones and romancing with Kirti played by Jacqueline Fernandez on Zee Cinema on 22 Oct at 8PM.
The youngest Indian superhero is coming to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatt on 22nd October 2016 at 8PM. Don’t miss it!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Imagine a city in future where everyone looks identical. The females have no one to be jealous of and the males look muscular and uniformly handsome. Everyone in the city looks indistinguishable. Imagine a man entering the city of clones and finding everyone staring at him because he looks like an alien to them. The man makes his way to the church and finds clones everywhere. Human cloning is an unethical process of going against the nature to subdue uniqueness but what if the residents of the city of clones never knew about the outer world where everyone looks different.
The place is surrounded by an invisible layer of killing laser lights and anybody trying to cross the city gets automatically electrocuted and destroyed into ashes. The man from the outer world accidentally slips into the City of Clones when the laser boundaries got disabled for a minute for maintenance. Although the city of clones look extremely ordinary in terms of lifestyle, the clones had a unique habit of making distinctive sounds from their nostrils to call somebody. The man was taller than the clones but his skin was slightly darker. As soon as he enters the realm of clones, the man was surrounded by the inhabitants.
He was questioned about his identity. The man had no idea how he entered the place because he was deported by a country and he crossed the boundary by mistake. The clones take him to the lab for an experiment. During his stay in the lab, the man learnt that the clones are created through 3D printing and they are supplied to the city as workers. All the skills are embedded into their bodies. During his stay in the clone factory that looked like a laboratory was actually operated by humans from other parts of the world. The whole concept of creating the clone city was designed by humans for producing intellectual manpower for the other world which is very influential. The clone city can't be tracked by satellite and the operation takes place in a pure confidentiality.
The man, however, was released from the laboratory as he was found harmless for the clones. The man starts exploring the City of Clones and found factories where clones worked like machines. There were various categories of clones and as they looked similar they were differentiated based on the smell of their body. You can't spot them from a distance. Someone who smells like lavender is considered to be attractive while someone smelling like garbage is rejected and dumped hence the perfume company is the prime organisation in the city of clones.
The man had a chance to meet the perfume maker who is like a Casanova and attracted all the female attention. The perfume maker gave him the paramount perfume to woo the ladies. Although the clones don't have the power to reproduce but they can enjoy everything else like a normal human which kept the man happy. Clones entertained him that kept him busy. Suddenly the man became the sole attraction and clones started coming from various corner of the city to get a glimpse, however, one day man became homesick and tried to cross the laser barrier and dies.
His sojourn to the clone city ends there but his experience was transferred by something called electronic telepathy to his friend who knew everything about his journey. He was actually trying to help him by contacting the government about this but nobody actually believed his tale as he was staying at a mental asylum for incessant hallucinations. The City of Clones may be a work of fiction for now but what if the Human Cloning becomes real. There are many unanswered questions about the pros and cons of cloning, however, there's a strong probability in future. If human cloning becomes a reality, many things can be possible; clones will be sent to other planets for work. The real ones stay on earth while their clones travel. Whenever the real gets old, the clone replaces them to prevent grief. With the advent of 3D printing, clones can be ordered online. The ability of science to produce a miraculous world is no big deal but the extreme greed to conquer the nature with scientific intervention can create mayhem. With great power comes great responsibility and misutilisation of powers may lead to total collapse. What if human cloning becomes a reality? The answers depend upon your perception.
First Published Here: The Assam Tribune | 05 August 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Pallav Gogoi No comments
Written By: Ritika
Men too are complicated!
Let us be honest with you on this, men too are complicated. It doesn’t matter how many times they deny it but it indeed is true. There are certain things that they would not make a mention of but implicitly expect of you. In fact, there would be times when they themselves would not know what exactly makes them feel thrilled or sad.
Men, may be, for their not so obvious hidden reasons, do not express their needs or at least not as clearly as women. Some men are also afraid to open up about their needs because they are afraid that it might have an impact on the relationship. Whatever the case may be, there are certain things that men expect you to understand but might not tell you:
1. Just Stop Nagging
“Why can't you just…” Do you find yourself starting every conversation in the same manner? Yes? Congratulations, you have classified yourself to be called as a “nagger”. Nobody likes to be controlled. He understands your concern but forcing things on anyone is frustrating. You may have to look for ways to make him listen to you but nagging is surely not one of them.
2. What’s with the word “Fine”
Well, honestly, this is a serious issue. Men really have to battle through this word every day and are never able to understand what this word actually means. Sometimes, just make it simple for them to know when the word “fine” has to be taken literally and when it means “not fine”. It’s a little complicated, you know!
3.Surprise Him a Bit!
And by this, I not only mean surprising him in the bed, which of course you should once in a while but also outside the bedroom. He too sometimes expects you to order flowers online with a love note to be delivered at his doorstep or the watch he was planning to buy a week ago. After all, who doesn’t love surprises?
4. Yes! Personal Space!
Men do want their personal space every now and then. In fact, not just men, even women want their personal space. There are times when you wish to do something which your partner doesn’t like to do, maybe like watching a TV show or going out to a certain place or simply playing video games. Men strongly expect their women to respect their space.
5. The Chase - Keep it Simple
Someone rightly said, “The more challenging it is, the more exciting it is” but when challenges appear to be impossible to accomplish, it becomes annoying. So, you need to understand this game. If he’s chasing you, you need to slow down a bit and let him catch up.
So ladies, now that you know, what your man expects of you even though he doesn’t clearly speaks of it, make sure to keep a hold on these things in order to make him fall for you more and of course, to make your relationship last forever.
Image Credit: pixabay
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Pallav Gogoi 2 comments
While everybody is talking about the Rio Olympics, Jagwinder Singh also known as Super Singh is silently following his dream to participate in the Asian Para-Cycling Championship 2017. He is passionate about cycling but participating in such a big event can't be possible if you don't have a quality bicycle. This man from Patran, a small village near Patiala in India needs your help in generating funds for transforming his childhood dream to become a champion of the world. His passion for cycling is recognised by many but still he isn't funded well. No one ever thought that this man without hands will be able to cycle 25 km daily. Maybe, he is born to rule the track. He developed an immediate liking for cycling when he saw his sister cycling in front of him during his childhood and the rest is history. Supporting him to represent our country gives me immense pride and I hope others will also help him to get his wings back.
Jagwinder Singh is a gold medal winner at 25 KM Para-boys Challenge, a State Cycling Championship but he lives a dream of participating in the Paralympic Games. Let's make Super Singh's dream of winning the Asian Para-Cycling Championship 2017 real by helping him buy the new customised bicycle. Let's help him to get training on time. The bicycle will cost him USD 6690 (INR 450,000) and with our support, he will not just cycle but fly in the forthcoming games.
migme, a global social entertainment company initiated a campaign for supporting our superhuman cyclist. You can read more about the campaign which tells you how you can offer funds/gifts to Super Singh here: Support Super Singh
Friday, June 10, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016 Pallav Gogoi 4 comments
|Image Credit: The Conjuring 2 Official Website|
The supernatural elements are appropriately supported by facts and debates within the movie that makes The Conjuring 2 an interesting watch however elements like demon sounds, levitation, mysterious knocking, moving swings, strange voice recordings and other poltergeist activities gives us a sense of déjà vu as we have seen most of these elements in other horror movies. Things that makes The Conjuring 2 a successful horror movie is its legacy, plot and cinematography. The simplicity of the narrative and the bonding between Ed and Lorraine Warren is something that takes this movie to another level.
The film qualifies to become a sweet family drama especially with tender moments like Ed playing the guitar to entertain the kids and Ed and Lorraine both sharing their fondness for each other to Janet (played by Madison Wolfe). The biggest plus for this movie is its direction and James Wan made it a point to highlight best little fright elements of its prequel in this movie. Most of the movie is shot in low light however just like other horror flicks most of the fear-provoking things happen during the night.
The background score of this movie is terrific but as I have said before, there’s something not quite right about the movie because if you are a horror movie fan you will surely not get that cinematic jolt as everything that appears are predictable and clichéd. Even English rhymes and gross painting couldn’t make me quiver. The movie may get a good opening due to its previous success but I am sure, you won’t be horror-stricken after watching this movie like you did after watching Paranormal Activity and The Ring.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
The Curious Case of Sadistic Comedy: If Tanmay Bhat’s latest Video is Comedy Then I Seriously Have Problems with the Rising Mediocrity
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Pallav Gogoi 1 comment
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You see a sense of sadistic pleasure in the so-called comedian’s action when he was performing the whole act and insult seems to be his modus operandi to go viral. It looks like a professional trying to be amateur just to attract the younger social media crowd. Comedy is a lighthearted activity and it propels laughter however I am seriously against humor that insults people. The ability to generate laughter with a hint of satire and subtleness is what most loved comedians do and I am sure everyone doesn’t possess this skill.
The real burning issue of India is not poverty or draught anymore, it's Tanmay Bhat's latest Snapchat video. The infantile comedian is trending on the Internet with his mimicry and the gloomy part is he mocked Sachin Tendulkar - the God of Cricket and Lata Mangeshkar - the Melody Queen. There's an intense debate going on between pro-bhats and anti-bhats but I could only see AIB (A YouTube Comedy Channel) and Snapchat getting all the publicity for free.
The advent of face swapping apps like Snapchat and MSQRD are undoubtedly becoming addictive for the younger generation but do you think using such apps to affront somebody with below the belt criticism is right? The whole controversy is adding perplexities for the youth of our country who thinks it's cool to follow AIB and TVF on YouTube and it's perfectly alright to do anything in the name of Freedom of Speech and democratization of Internet that AIB supports. Unquestionably, AIB is a wacky comedy group and I am following them because of their urban humour however I am against their latest stunt of offending people to gain recognition. It's easy to make a headline by doing controversial things at the age of Internet and people like Tanmay Bhat is exactly doing that.
They are perfectly exploiting the power of digital masks/filters to hide their face and do mimicry. Face Swapping Apps are allowing the introverts to do video blogging because when you are inside a mask, you have no fear of condemnation. Unlike yesteryears, video blogging is becoming a modish activity. Youtubers are making a living from advertisements and sponsorships and being an uncensored platform, you have the freedom to be original. I am passionate about this drift but I am not supporting Tanmay for his latest gig. So, what's next? The answer is, the whole comedy is actually increasing Snapchat downloads and AIB’s YouTube views, which is an irony of our generation, though. After the whole chaos, most people will forget this issue and Tanmay will resume making videos. We are living in a halfway society and if we are not guided, we may be doomed for our mistakes. The intellectuals slammed Tanmay for his act; however, he won’t feel guilty because he created that much-required buzz to augment his career goals to become a known comedian at least in India.