Today when I suggested our contractor to buy a JCB machine for doing the lifting work, he promptly replied “But then what will the labour do”? And from the back under a veil said a worker, “We will watch the JCB do the job and go home taking our daily wages”, to which everyone cracked up. What intrigued me was that a woman said it, which is a very rare voice on the site, perhaps for the first time. I was impressed by her street smartness and wanted to know more but then she smirked and sneaked away. …


Rajasthan's politics has been toxic for years, a quintessential 2 party BJP vs INC competition. We’ve been alternating the name of chief ministers from Raje to Gehlot for the past 22 years. Despite continuous reins of the two governments, the state hasn’t drastically changed over the years. We couldn’t develop the modern-day engines of growth like Bangalore’s and Gurugram’s. With an abundance of minerals, a tourist paradise, and an agricultural hub, Rajasthan still totters abysmal human development indicators. It stands at position 29 in the country, compared internationally, we are at par with East Timor (its capital is Dili). …


When I decided to study commerce after 10th, far-flung relatives called, I was taken for walks and was left no tactics to be persuaded. Most people will not understand the gravity of the sin I was going to commit, but here in Kota if you score above 90% and not take science, you are a nutcase.

I am glad I did not listen to each one of them for having lived all my life in this city, I could say with some observation that this Kashi is neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.

Kota is again under the limelight…


Get a horse! Get a horse! A pessimistic chant of the early 20th century was a common site, drivers of motor vehicles often armed themselves with guns. Laws were passed with immense vigor to stop these vehicles from coming on-road and motor maniacs was an illness neuroscientist of that age worried the most.

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What drew me back to this horseless carriage story was the recent pushback against Zoom, the video conference site. MHA issued an advisory saying it’s not safe for the official communication but The Hindu quoted several cabinet ministers including the defense minister are themselves zooming their way…

Ritul Gaur

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