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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thus,Capital : Volume 2

 The night lamp was flickering like a reptile's tongue. Or maybe, just maybe a trembling flicker of thunder. The other side of the room was flooded in mudwater and the mangroves growing out of it were peeping through the holes in the ceiling. The night around began creeping on the body like a shrimp. The doorbell rang twice. Footsteps were heard from inside, as he made his way towards the door. 
"It's me, Yalina."
"Oh, certainly. Again. What do you want, Yalina?"
"Open the door, please."
A thud is heard as the city lights black out in the distance. The midnight blues were softening against the river current and the motioning shadows carried the limp body towards the escalating door. The night lamp was flickering like a reptile's tongue in the absolute darkness. Its design was Venetian. Down in the emptiness, it almost shook its head in deep dismay, like an alienated poet in the monsoon months of terror. 

Photograph Source : Pinterest 
Still from Hail,Mary!

The coronation died on the paper trail, to where it was brought from, at the first place. The shadow lines at the end of the room stared at the essence of the corpse in sheer terror and apathy. Another doorbell was heard, this time in complete, terrifying silence. The sound was followed by shattering of glass. The curtains were flying in the wild morning breeze.

He who was commemorating his own ashes in coffins and dead flowers woke up and sat on the top of the table. "A walking corpse!", they yelled. Yalina took a step backwards. She tried to reach out for the door only to find nothing at her back. She almost collapsed but gained strength in her feet and stumbled upon the wooden cabinet before her left hand touched the doorknob. Caught in the frenzy, she fanatically tried opening it but the door just wouldn't budge. The room, filled with guests of all kinds,
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Thus,Capital : Volume 1

The namedroppers in the university campus are excelling in their business every other day. What I mean to say by business is precisely what the term is supposed to decipher into the foggy ruins of what is left in the academic space the world over - an exchange of resource that unfortunately includes a commodity called money. Money has an intrinsic value, and a real value that is printed on it. The ink that is used to print the paper notes and the seal that leaves its impression upon the face (one that has a value) of a coin comes with the presence of capital. It is like an endless relay race taking over the world by a sleepy, silent storm. The more cancerous it gets, the stealthier its footsteps sound - the better off the controllers of the game are. Now, who would not suggest God's name when it comes to inventions as great and unformidable? Sure, the good, God-fearing men would bow their heads twenty-two and a half times in a quarter of despair moulded with three-fourths of pain in the heart for not having to compromise it for those who are responsible for building what they term is a civilized lifestyle in the modern rendition of a thick book called a dictionary. 

The bookbinders think they have been blindfolded by law. The copyright auditors think they are sane. The bankers are all the more tranquil at heart than the weathermen who forecast calamities that take place at the heart of the sea. A good, God-fearing bunch of men who do not mean to spread phobia, you see? 

The annexation of land is a surreal form of art - the annexation of an economy, which in turn consists solely of the relay race mentioned in the early part of this post is a sheer addiction to the goodness of fate. War is as deadly and dreaded as leukaemia and recession sends chills down the bravest of hearts. The glory is in the hands of fate, more than one whole of a sky is in the hands of patriarchal feudal lords who believe rape is fun to the victim and the dying child, with his head dumped in the mellow sand is queer and unhappy to analyse his condition and accept his destiny. The good, God-fearing bunch of men are bootlickers of the sort who would sacrifice their hearts, minds and genetical organs before the deities as mentioned in the holy books in exchange of a beautiful dose of a lifestyle they couldn't afford prior to that. 

The armours are hidden in El Dorado, so no one makes a hushing noise when the rampant judges march throughout the city - the protectors of law, they say! The destiny is built on clamour and ice. The needles prick one's eyes the moment they mention their eternal quest for moonlight.The newborn baby with wild wolves all around it transcends the dinner table for the suckers of the riches. A light flickers in the middle of the show. 
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Something Very Interesting is Coming Up!

Since my exams are coming over, I have had to keep and maintain a certain distasteful silence for the past two weeks or so. I have been keeping in touch with a lot of academic material that is eerily hungry for synthesis as of now. A series of posts on a paper that I have been writing will be up on the blog sooner than you think it will - and this time, the emphasis is all on Economics. Beginning from classicists to collectivist anarchism, from Keynesian economics to Marxist vision of parliamentary politics - this is something I have been looking forward to since a really, really long time. Stay tuned!
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Three Muslim Women Who Would Shatter Your Ideas of Islamophobia (In Less Than 30 Minutes!)

1.Maysoon Zayid 

Born in New Jersey, Maysoon Zayid is a comedian and actress of Palestinian descent. Words would cease to describe the powerful, lively, wonderful woman she is! She is by far one of the best stand-up comedians I have come across till date. She is live proof of what empowerment might look at its best forms. This video should shatter your adaptiveness to Islamophobia in less than 15 minutes! 

2.Anusheh Anadil

Anusheh Anadil is a woman who lives her life through the work she does and the cause she promotes. Unlike the PopXO and iDiva videos that showcase women performers who talk about baseless, blatant individualism for no reason at all, and promotes the Asian philosophy of unification of one's soul with that of the collective unit of existence instead.
Anusheh is one brilliant woman who knows how to relate the concepts of music, philosophy, and existence and live it far more brightly than exhibiting the superficial part of it.

3.Farzana Wahid Shayan 

Shayan sings in Bengali but the words in between have (thankfully) been spoken in English, which should allow a lot of people to realise the basic essence of philosophy in her words.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gregory Alan Isakov : The Underrated Torchbearer of Meaning in Music?

It began with 'The Universe'. It could be a rainy evening, resonating to the tidal glory of clouds and an open verandah that rang the memories of lost wind chimes and tattered pages of old, yellow books. It rained even harder that night. Rain - in the eastern part of this country is yellower than blue. The streaks of dust and glory impregnate times that do not fit into hours. The child now borne out of nowhere, reminds you of home, of lost gardens, a paradise and a messiah's footsteps in the dark. It rained throughout the night, and the next morning - you could still hear the song whisper in your ears as often as it wanted to, touch your waistline, wrap its arms around you, ring like an anklet on your right foot and then, like old afternoons of the bygone times, lay next to you in complete stillness. 

That lavish, luxurious feeling of depth never left anytime sooner. Not that it was supposed to, either. 
The next time you would come across the essence of homecoming, hiraeth and ignore the precedence of past into the categorisation of sheer absurdity, 'If I Go, I'm Going' could be the 
next song you have met.

And if something has to strike the final blow, it would be 'Amsterdam' and 'The Big Black Car'.'The Empty Northern Hemisphere', 'The Weatherman' and 'The Sea, That Gambler' are albums that would look like old photo albums out of a navigator's long-lost chest at sea now revealed to the rest of the world to take a look at. 

But the deal is that enough time is paid during each listen. These are not the kind of highly sold albums in the market for a beaming audience to dance to for a good 45 minutes. This would take time to settle, sediment and change colour. Make sure you pay attention when you listen
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

একটি আপাদমস্তক (বস্তুত কল্পিত) স্বপ্নের গল্প / A Neurotic's Delirium (2)

শেষ রাতের দিকে চোখ খুলে গেলো প্রচন্ড শীতে।আবছা আলোয় 'টেক দিস ওয়াল্টজ' বাজছে তখনো।নাজিম হিকমেটের "I love you,like waking up at night with high fever and drinking water with tap in my mouth" মনে এলো একবার। পরের দিন পরীক্ষা এবং একটি ইন্টার্নশিপের ইন্টারভিউ।
সকাল থেকে বৃষ্টি নামলো খুব। কোনোরকমের ইউনিভার্সিটি থেকে বাসস্ট্যান্ড অবধি যেতে পুরোটা ভিজে গিয়ে বসতেই একজন ব্যাচমেট এসে বসলো।খানিক কথা হওয়ার পরে আরো দুজন পাশের সিট্ দুটোয় বসলো. ব্যাচমেট গান শুনতে বসলো হেডফোনে, চাহনিতে খানিক অস্বস্তিই হচ্ছিলো। "স্বাধীনতা তুমি শ্রাবনে অকুল মেঘনার বুক...." মনে পড়তে একটা অস্ফুট হাসি পেলো বোধহয়. রাস্তার ধারে চায়ের দোকানে কাজ করে যে ছেলেটা,একটা ছেঁড়া গেঞ্জি পরে আনমনে ভিজছিলো দাঁড়িয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে.রাস্তার ক্যাকোফোনি,ছাই রঙের শহর ছাপিয়ে গিয়ে তখন শুধু " জলভরা মেঘ বৃষ্টির বেদনাকে,বুকে চেপে ধরে থমকে দাঁড়িয়ে ছিল" মনে আসছে ।হরতাল হয়না এই দানবসম ব্যবসাকেন্দ্রে বহুকাল. বাস থেকে নেমে বড়োজোর ১০ মিনিট পায়ে হাঁটা পথ. মেঠো আলপথ নয়,ছায়াঘেরা মলিন বাসস্থান নয় - ঘিঞ্জি,গমগমে মেট্রোপলিটনের পথ। আচ্ছা, "Where do all these highways go now that we are free?" কোথায় যাচ্ছে পথ? কোথায় যাচ্ছি আমরা? ক্রস করবো ঠিক এমন সময় দেখলাম একজন রাস্তার ঠিক মাঝখানে বসে আছেন শান্ত হয়ে। যিনি বিধাতার সঙ্গে সাপলুডো খেলেন। Rimbaud -র কথা মনে এলো, ওই দুটো তীক্ষ্ণ চোখ। তারপর ফিদা হুসেনের মন কেমন করা দৃষ্টি,তারপর যামিনী রায়,তারপর আরো - আরো যত নিরেট বোকা মানুষ জন্মেছিলেন এই পৃথিবীতে।
কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে গিয়ে যখন বসলাম তখন রাস্তায় জমে থাকা জল বরফের মতো ঠান্ডা ঠেকছে।কোনোরকমে বসে অপেক্ষা করতে করতেই একজন এসে অপেক্ষা করানোর জন্যে ক্ষমা চেয়ে ভেতরে নিয়ে গেলেন।প্রথম প্রশ্ন, "তুমি তো খুব প্যাশনেটলি লেখো? তাই তো?"
আলগা হাসলাম।"ইউ হ্যাভ গোট পোটেনশিয়াল,সে নিয়ে সন্দেহ নেই। আচ্ছা,আমরা কি চাই বলো তো? আমরা চাই তুমি আমাদের হয়ে লেখো,তোমার লেখা বিভিন্ন ইউনিভার্সিটিতে ছড়িয়ে যাক,আর অন্যরা "ইন্সপায়ার্ড" হোক। ইউ ডিডন্ট টেল মি লন্ডন স্কুল অফ ইকোনমিকসে কি লিখতে দেয় ইন্টার্ন হিসেবে? তো আমাদের সংস্থায়,এই মডিউলে যাতে বেশি মানুষ লেখে। ইউ সিম টু বি সিক,ইউ নো? তো উই উইল ক্রিকেট এন আর্মি অফ হিউম্যান রিসোর্স।বোঝাতে পারছি? তো হ্যাঁ,যেটা বলছিলাম।তোমার লেখালিখি একটা স্ট্যান্ডার্ড হয়ে দাঁড়াক? মাত্র এই ক'ঘন্টা কাজ করে আর কি লাভ? প্রত্যেকদিন স্লট নিলে পারতে তো। " তখন সুভাষ চন্দ্র ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং কলেজের এক ছাত্রের বয়ান পড়েছিলাম সদ্য
 বাবা অন্যের খেতে খেটে পয়সা রোজগার করে কোনো মতে লোন নিয়ে ছেলেকে পড়ান. সেই পোস্টে "হাহা" রিয়াক্ট করছেন কোনো এক সরকারি চাকরিজীবী। কিউবিকেলের ভেতর থেকে আকাশ দেখেই শুধু "ধূসর পাণ্ডুলিপি" মনে আসে "সো...যেটা বলছিলাম,হঠাৎ ইকোনোমিক্স ক্যানো?" "ওয়েল,এই কথাটা এই অফিসে এই কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে বসে বলাটা কতটা প্রাসঙ্গিক জানিনাএখন সমাজব্যবস্থা যে পর্যায় পৌঁছেছে,তাতে এই অর্থনৈতিক কাঠামো কখনোই মানুষকে হতাশা ছাড়া কিছু দেবেনাতবে ইন অর্ডার টু নো দা ক্রাইসিস,ইউ নিড টু স্টাডি দা সাবজেক্ট।"
"তুমি কি করতে চাও পরবর্তী কালে?"
"অন্তত কিউবিকেলের মধ্যে বসে এই কাজ আমার পোষাবেনা।উইল স্টিক টু একাডেমিকস।"
"ডিডন্ট সি দ্যাট কামিং। বেশ। আচ্ছা, আমাদের বিজনেস গোলটা তোমায় বুঝিয়ে দিই? আমাদের স্পনসররা আমাদের ফান্ড করে প্রত্যেকটা স্টুডেন্টকে মার্কেটের মতো করে তৈরী করে নিতে।এই অপরচুনিটি কিন্তু অন্য কেউ দেয়না।বুঝতে পারছো তো? ওকে। ইন্টারভিউ ইস ডান।কমপ্লিট দি এসাইনমেন্ট এন্ড ইউ আর ওয়েলকাম।"
" আই এম জাস্ট নট ইন্টারেস্টেড।"

ফিরে করুণাময়ী বাস স্টপে ঠাঁয় আধটি ঘন্টা দাঁড়িয়ে রইলাম। ঠান্ডায় বৃষ্টিতে অবস্থা প্রচন্ড শোচনীয়।আরো দেড় ঘন্টা বাসে এক মহিলা তার ভিজে ছাতা গায়ের মধ্যে রাখতে রাখতে এলেন।তখনো "রাস্তার নাম পাল্টায় একদিন/ধারা পাল্টায় মাও সে তুঙের চীন..."পাল্টায় মত,পাল্টায় বিশ্বাস/স্লোগান পাল্টে হয়ে যায় ফিসফাস/ফিসফাঁসটাও পাল্টে যেতে পারে/হঠাৎ কারো প্রচন্ড চিৎকারে/অন্য বাতাস নিয়ত পাল্টে দিচ্ছে/এমন কি সব পাল্টে দেওয়ার ইচ্ছে"..." কানে বাজছে অনবরত। ট্রাফিক সিগন্যালটা লাল হয়ে এলো।আচ্ছা আরো লক্ষ যোজন দূরত্ব পেরোলে কি তারপর বিপ্লব আসবে? কতটা পথ পেরোলে তবে পথিক হওয়া যায়? লাল বড়ো প্রিয়,লাল বড়ো আপন। যারা তার মর্ম বোঝেইনা,খানকতক পতাকা নিয়ে বিপ্লবের স্ট্যাম্প মেরে দিতে চায়,তারাও কি সত্যিই আর কখনো,ভুল করেও স্বপ্ন দেখে? যখন রাস্তায় নামলাম,তখন নখের রং ধূসর হয়ে গেছে। ঠান্ডা লাগলেই হয়।আবছা করে মায়ের কথা মনে পড়লো।হাঁটার সময় বুঝতে পারলাম আমার পা-যুগল আর আছে না নেই বুঝতে পারছিনা...এতটা ইনটক্সিকেটেড
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Free Verse Scribbles : Cartographer's Dreams

'Nightfall on the Thames' by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1880
(Photograph Source)

Night, like a whisper 
Slips down the hair 
To the curve of the bosom 
To the knees 
And the path below 
That grows out into foliage 
And antique caves 
As old as time. 

The creak of a door 
Or the gravitating musings 
Of the solidarity 
Of footsteps in the dark 
The clamour of dishes 
The unsaid words 
Turn up like swings in the hold 
Of a lovely summer breeze 

Another winter is crawling below 
The doorsteps of a decade 
Another call is hanging low 
In the gardens of the shore 
Where the earnest winds 
Weave wallpapers in rain 
And sadistically cross each other's path

A cosmic show grows old
Galactically - as in lover's
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Can Happen with Our Economy in the Future? : Guest Article by Stephanus Malan and Joshua Robinson

What Can Happen with Our Economy In The Future?

While the economy can be very difficult to forecast, due to the continual fluctuation of the stock market and varying factors that affect economic growth and fall. According to research, there are many predictions of what may happen to the future economy of the United States of America. There are many theories and economic predictions currently circulating around American economists. Regarding an economic forecast of the American economy, there are predictions which include the following:

An economic boom followed by an economic crash

It is predicted by the Federal Reserve that the economic growth which is measured by gross domestic product will fall between the ranges of 2 and 2.4 percent every year until the year 2018, falling perfectly in the ideal scope of 2 to 3 percent. However, many workers have now dropped out of the labor force throughout the recession and these people have not returned. Furthermore, that the Federal Reserve has not incorporated the policies set by Donald Trump’s promise of boosted growth into consideration yet. Trump has promised a 4 percent boost in growth which will dramatically trigger a “boom and bust cycle”. If growth is to hit that level, it is very likely that a recession could be created by the year 2018 or later.

The possible collapse of the US dollar

Currently, the weakness of the US in comparison to the euro and the large amount of debt that has been racked up by the US government places the country at a greater risk of seeing it’s economic collapse. Currently, the US dollar is used more throughout the world than the euro, hence it still remains fairly strong. However, if another currency such as a cryptocurrency were to become a popular form of exchange instead of the US dollar, there is a likelihood that the US dollar may eventually collapse. Finally, if a huge event occurs, which destroys the worlds confidence in the US dollar, an upcoming failure and crash of the American currency can be expected.

A growth in federal debt

In the year 2017, the US debt has now exceeded over twenty trillion dollars. With Trump's current policies that are in place, an increase of approximately 5.3 trillion dollars can be expected. Ultimately this will result in government spending cuts and thus it will negatively affect the people of the United States.

American inflation will be controlled

As oil prices now slowly begin to reach a normal range, fears of hyperinflation are being raised throughout the US. However, the Federal Reserve is currently and actively vigilant about ensuring the reversal of quantitative easing and increasing the rate of federal funds as necessary. A huge part of this job is managing the public’s expectations of inflation. This will keep core inflation at a rate below, or at 2 percent. The cost of living for the average American can be expected to be at the same level as it is in today’s current economic climate.

An increase in American jobs

It is believed that production within America will be returning soon. Resources and productions such as fuels, chemical, and cars are all expected to move back to American shores in the future. For example, the US production of oil has nearly surpassed that of Saudi Arabia. It implies a positive impact on the job market and economy of the united states.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

About Me (Updated)

My name is Titas, and I would go by the untraditional weirdo genre as far as norms are concerned.I was born on 15th June 1999 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. 

I am passionate about Social Sciences, Maths, Economics, Literature and Philosophy.Politically, I would define myself to be a left-leaning freethinker.
I started this blog when I was fourteen years, three months, eighteen days old on 3rd October 2013.Besides academics, I am interested in music, photography and intense travelling.
I passed my CBSE Class X board examinations with a CGPA 10  and secured the 23rd place in my state in the Higher Secondary examinations conducted by WBCHSE in 2017 before I began my university life at one of the best universities in the country right now - the Department of Economics at Jadavpur University.

By June 2015, a few artists (musicians, basically) had started following @blogperspective on Twitter. There was no stopping ever since then. The Perspectives consists of contributions by Noam Chomsky, several other scholars, and philosophers, a bunch of richly written guest articles, and is followed by Grammy winners to leaders, magazines, show hosts, actors, and authors - and even an Academy Award-nominated artist! The blog has now been read across 188 countries in over 90 major languages.

I have contributed at The London Economic, Youth Ki Awaaz, Anarchimedia and am currently an intern at The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE and Global Daily Tribune.

Going by the Meyer Briggs Jung test, I represent an INTP-T.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Find Us on Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA)!

It has been 5 months since we have been contributing articles at YKA. But it has only been in recent times that the readers are responding really well to our content (unfortunately the articles have gone up with my name in the author's place; whereas, I am the mere typewriter typing stuff faster than most of the population out there) and we have been asked multiple times by the administrative team to keep contribute.

In order to keep our confidence level fairly high, kindly head to this link, read our articles and kindly keep the share pace to 100+ (Otherwise in this era of hoaxes and "The Times", we would not be able to leave the slightest impression anywhere).

The next article should be up soon! 

If you want me to write about a special cause - say about the distress small businessmen and manufacturers around Leh are having to go through or the condition of meat-sellers after Yogi Adityanath and his followers' mega-rant about the "the Hindu Shastra" and the impact of "why to rape Muslim women by bringing them back from their graves" in the twenty-first century, at the heart of "the largest democracy in the world".
If you would like to keep your identity hidden from the public or would like to write under a pen name, you are welcome. We will ensure your safety before our own, and we will make sure your voice is heard. 

Until next time, stay tuned!

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