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The horrifying facts about the zombie drug ‘Flakka’

The horrifying facts about the zombie drug ‘Flakka’

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- Sreedevi Rajesh   Today we find youngsters showing proneness to various anti-social activities, agitating state of mind, abusive activities, till the list goes on to depression and violence. It is well known to the world that all these puissance is not from a normal healthy brain. These delirious state is proffered by deadly drugs of which some are psychoactive. Youngsters now prefer to be in a mentally excited state for reasons that it may elleviate problems like peer pressure due to lack of parental care or study-related stresses. Anxiety is another reason. Have you heard of zombie drug which is of a psychoactive kind???!!! “Zombie” , as known, corpse who has no soul, but brought back to life by means of supernatural powers or witchcraft and is fictional. Zombie drug
Embrace Cultural Appreciation, not Cultural Appropriation

Embrace Cultural Appreciation, not Cultural Appropriation

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-Padmavathy Manoharan Most of the people remain confused about what the term ‘cultural appropriation' means. For anyone to whom the term seems obscure, it is when people take a culture for granted and adopt and follow its style and tradition. This is not the problem. We find this inappropriate because they tend to do this without any actual respect for the culture they imitate. This is totally unacknowledged because, if you see, only dominant people or society adopt such customs, practices and ideas from a subordinate society. This appropriation is mostly linked with racial and ethnic lines but with little understanding of the history, experience and tradition they borrowed. This cultural appropriation paves way to unnecessary stereotypes. Predominately, the African culture falls
The four day long Indywood Film Carnival closes at Hyderabad

The four day long Indywood Film Carnival closes at Hyderabad

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The much talked about Indywood Film Carnival, 2017 witnessed its closing ceremony on 4th December 2017 at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. The closing ceremony was blessed by delegates from different countries. The four day long festival wrapped attention of the media by business meets, Fashion show, Talent Hunt, and many other stage programs. Sohan Roy, Founder of Indywood told in his speech that he was immensely delighted by the way the festival shaped up. He said the festival has brought in many investor relations that can benefit the Indian Film Industry. He spoke about the vast marketing opportunities that lay ahead with several countries like Saudi Arabia and Africa where cinema theaters are not a common sight. He told that Saudi Arabia plans to launch about 1000 theaters across t
Air Pollution – The Wake Up Call!

Air Pollution – The Wake Up Call!

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-Padmavati Manoharan Pollution is a real hot potato in India. It has become a well-acquainted term for us. It never failed to alarm us with its appalling features. Nevertheless, what is our preventive strike? Is it on a large scale? The recent Delhi air pollution answers us “No”. In what has become a chronic condition for the city of 22 million, New Delhi is once again choking on extremely high levels of air pollution. Of late, the air pollution in Delhi has undergone many changes in terms of the levels of pollutants and the control measures taken to reduce them. A study funded by the World Bank Development Research Group was carried out in 1991-1994 to study the effects of air pollution. During the study period, the average Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) level in Delhi was ap
DEPRESSION: MELANCHOLIA DEFINED

DEPRESSION: MELANCHOLIA DEFINED

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-Kritika Anand “When everyone around me is on the shore laughing, I felt like a prisoner chained by my thoughts and being sucked into the chasm of the ocean” read the note of a person going through this illness. Some folks here are even scared to say the name out loud so here it is, “Depression” Let’s get this straight first. There is a lot of difference between being depressed and major depressive disorder. Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well being. It is basically seen as a normal human emotion and a reaction to traumatic life events. But this horror does not just stop here for some. When a person is depressed or in low mood for at least two weeks and across most situations it may hav
Formal Education in India – How far is it Flawless?

Formal Education in India – How far is it Flawless?

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- Shashi Sharma "Formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free” We’ve all been to schools and colleges, “learned” quite a lot of stuff from people there which are meant to be applied in our everyday lives. We’ve been taught things related to a variety of subjects, manners, social skills and other such stuff. We’ve all been there for the sake of attaining what’s called “Education” and ways to make use of it. This is what’s called Formal Education because we were made to follow a particular scheme, a particular manner to learn and take away all of that stuff. But are we really making use of what’s been taught to us in this “manner” of education? Ever thought about it? It is true that getting educated formally from deemed schools and colleges
Is squat just an exercise to define your thighs and abdomen?

Is squat just an exercise to define your thighs and abdomen?

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-Ridhima Mourya It is of no question that the older generation had rounder bums than that of us. They had curvy abdomen and sexy thighs. You would now say, it is all because they had better physical activities than us. Yes, that is true and that is the reason for their sexier physical appearance - agreed. So what was that they did so as to achieve it? What sort of physical positioning every time? Before answering it, let me say, if you are that 10 hour working (sitting) professional, and daunt for the gym, you would be told by your trainer that squat is the most efficient exercise for your bulky belly and dancing thighs. Squats are considered as primary exercise for developing core strength as well as increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks. Squats works on l...
Hubbub over the hijab: The tale of the headscarf in a democracy

Hubbub over the hijab: The tale of the headscarf in a democracy

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-Fidha Sherin Can a piece of clothing pose threat to democracy? Apparently, yes. The hijab that clad the believing Muslim woman has now become the shroud of the withering spirit of democracy. From a symbol of oppression to a feminist statement, the hijab has been there, done that. In the backdrop of growing Islamophobia in the west, the multiple-hued hijabs have come to be seen as the black-hued civil disobedience protest banner. In most Muslim-majority countries it is mandatory for even young girls to wear the hijab, sometimes against their will. The stark contrast in both the above cases has become a bone of contention between law-abiding ‘believing' women and freewheeling ‘believing' women. To clear the air, there is almost unanimous consensus on hijab as being sanctioned by th
Romanticizing Mental Illness : A cool trend by the ‘wannabe depressed’

Romanticizing Mental Illness : A cool trend by the ‘wannabe depressed’

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-Fidha Sherin Mental illness has been long subjected to stigmatization in our society. In the rural areas, it is not uncommon for people to associate mental illness with demonic possession and the like. While still being a hushed-up topic in urban areas, more and more people are being open about it. Then there is another interesting trend developing: the tendency to romanticize mental illness. Swinging between these extremes, our society clearly needs to take a balanced approach to this issue. About a year back, Bollywood's reigning queen Deepika Padukone candidly spoke about having been suffering from anxiety and depression. The news made waves as it established the actor as bold in real life as her portrayed characters on screen. Consequently, the revelation also inspired many ...
Chennai’s Love-Hate Relationship With Rains – Some Facts

Chennai’s Love-Hate Relationship With Rains – Some Facts

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-Fidha Sherin Of late, the riddle of the water problem seems to baffle Chennaites. A typical summer in Chennai revs up the mercury levels, followed by an acute water scarcity problem across different parts of the city. Come the monsoon season, and water again proves problematic – this time by causing inundation of roads. As a Twitter user cleverly pointed out - ‘Till November, water scarcity. After November, water scares city’. Earlier this year, there was widespread media coverage on the water scarcity faced by Chennai. Allegedly, improper maintenance of water bodies had caused a drought-like situation in several parts of the city. Albeit not entirely a new issue, this year’s drought was considered the worst in the last 140 years. Now enter the north-east monsoon. Reportedly, the
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