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SRK’s Jawan grips the nation

The response to Jawan has been historic and unprecedented. It has shattered all the box-office records and is on its way to creating new unimaginable records. Though it was expected that the movie would do great business considering SRK’s fan following, what is unprecedented is that it has gone beyond all expectations. Atlee has presented SRK on the massiest avatar possible that no other director could have done till now.

SRK has not only reinvigorated Bollywood with a fresh lease of life, he has established that there is no star bigger than him. The records that he is creating are literally insurmountable.

Jawan is expected to do unimaginable numbers and is expected to rewrite the record books. Pandits are unsure as the eventual numbers can be beyond any predictions. The movie has gripped and stirred the conscious of the nation. Time will only tell what will be it’s final business.

This is the era where SRK rules. He has become bigger than the game itself.

Why Ravichandran Ashwin is going on a public rant for not being included in the World Test championship?

Since India lost to Australia in the WTC final, a lot has been said about the team composition. Many experts raised questions regarding Ashwin’s exclusion from the team. Many advocated that Ashwin merited a place in the team and that his presence could have made a significant difference. Ashwin has also given several interviews in the media expressing his disappointment with the captain and the coach.

Here is what netizens feel regarding the story.

Why Dhoni and Yuvraj could never be real friends despite being great colleagues

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have a chequered history. Both are one of the great finishers that India has ever seen. There were incidents such as Dhoni not calling Yuvraj on his wedding and others that sparked rumor about the rift between them. Dhoni was also blamed for not utilizing Yuvraj’s full potential.

Here are some of the reactions of the netizens about the two:

Resenteeism: Why people are hating their jobs?

After the Covid 19 pandemic, the job market has undergone lot of changes. Companies are facing challenges in reopening offices. Employees are demanding greater flexibility and some companies haven’t developed models to meet the increased employee demands. This seems to have created a sense of disenchantment among employees. Resenteeism is a word that describes this phenomenon.

Girl attacked with machete in Pune

In a horrifying incident, a girl was attacked in broad daylight in Pune. The locals intervened and saved the girl. The attacker was apprehended. The incident has drawn comparison with a similar incident of Delhi, where the girl unfortunately died.

Here are some reactions of people:

Titanic Submarine Casualty: Reminder that we all are human and helpless

Twitter was flooded with messages about the casualty. Following are some tweets:

Top tweets for Adipurush

Singer Choi Sung-bong dies by suicide

To win the world cup, India should look carefully within

The first match of the Ashes made us fall in love with test cricket again. It was test cricket at its best. Both teams were a match to each other in terms of skill and patience. I wonder why India could not put up a similar fight against Australia in the recently concluded World Test Championship. I also wonder why this upcoming world cup is not a cake walk for India. Here is my conclusion:

India team is overconfident

To be honest, India largely derives confidence from its performance in IPL. However, what is important to understand is that IPL is not a domestic league. It is an international league that has foreign players too. The match winners, more often than not, are high value foreign players, winning matches through their performance. Though the league helps build Indian talent for the T20 format, it does not do a great deal to hone local players on technique, temperament, and patience. It is simply making young batsmen throw their bat at everything. The bowlers are also trying to save runs rather than take wickets.

India team is overrated

This is a truth that is hardly spoken but is as true as it can be. Indian team has some great cricketers, but we tend to make them much bigger than what they actually are. Though the records suggest that we are right at the top, but those records have always come on extremely friendly pitches. Extremely batting friendly pitches for one dayers and super spiny tracks for Test matches put us at a great advantage while playing under home conditions. Not that we shouldn’t utilize the home advantage but playing excessively under such conditions only makes our life tougher when we travel abroad. More importantly, it is the overconfidence that we carry from these wins, that affects our game outside of India.

BCCI only bothers about money

BCCI with its politics and misplaced priorities has only made matters worse. There must be something grossly wrong in the board if a former test captain of the Indian team resigns and give statements in the media to contradict BCCI. It suggests that not all is well within the team.

How England groomed a T20 team is a very good example

Everything is about priority. I still remember how few years back England was purely a test playing nation. They weren’t up to scratch on one day and T20 format. They invested in T20 cricket and now we see how strong they have become in the format. India needs to follow the same strategy to improve its performance in One day and Test cricket. Having different teams for different formats and grooming players accordingly is a good way. Resting players when necessary is needed. Most importantly, we should stop creating superstars that we want to see playing every format and BCCI should understand that making money is not the only objective it should be working towards.

YouTube is keeping us hooked, and we are losing it because…

It pains me greatly to see how the youth is squandering time on social media platforms particularly on YouTube in the lure of some easy money. When I see the kind of content and the number of views some videos garner, it amazes me and makes me question ourselves. We are gorging on sub-standard and dreadful content with great delight. I wonder if our consumption is an indication of our standards and choices. If it is, then I guess we cannot stoop any further.

I am not against consuming content for entertainment. I understand that entertainment comes in different forms and shapes and getting entertained is one of our core needs. But since YouTube is an open platform, it serves you any kind of video that its algorithm finds best serves your needs. Most of the content that is served is below par and obnoxious to say the least. The content is served to you and most of the times you go with flow and tend to watch the video. It is very difficult to suddenly unwatch something even if you want to. That is what the catch is.

When I reflect after watching such videos, I feel that a precious amount of time of my life is wasted. Most of the times, I don’t derive the entertainment or learning that were my initial goals. The videos are extremely below average and cringe-inducing. It feels disgusting to have spent time on the endless scrolling and binge watching.

YouTube with its platform can be dangerously addictive. So much content, carefully or uncarefully crafted in videos, most which are extremely poorly censored, is enough to drive you mad. You have so much to consume, that you don’t know where to stop. This greed of consumption is a great motivator for filth creators who know they can create anything and that anything has the potential to be consumed. The platform is where the magic happens.

This huge consumption opportunity incentivises young people to jump on this bandwagon creating a deadly cocktail of huge consumption and creation. Precious young talent is being wasted on this platform. It is laughable that being a Youtuber is considered some sort of a job.

I am not suggesting that the platform has only degraded the quality of our youth and people in general, it has done potential when it is correctly utilized. But who the hell cares about how it is utilized when the money lies elsewhere.

I am also against the rise of cringe content and the creation of celebrities riding on the success of that. Many cringe creators have become successful and such people are increasingly being celebrated. When your success, popularity, love etc. is determined by algorithms and measured only by money, people will do anything to achieve these metrics. Can YouTube create algorithms that measure decency, respect, quality, humility, and humanness? Until and unless we create algorithms that measure the fundamentals of goodness, we will only be creating poor platforms that will create poor content and poor creators.