Monthly Archives: December 2011

Freedom of Speech..

The topic of censoring internet is a subject of heated discussion nowadays. Our telecom minister Mr. Kapil sibbal has offended all internet users by proposing such a ludicrous move of censoring the social networking sites that contain offensive material which may hurt or misled public. Millions of people spend half of their time on social networking sites and it is more like a second home for them. If he is talking about censoring the objectionable material or whatever then in some way he is suppressing our freedom of speech and is restricting people from their own houses . And talking about our freedom of speech, well,  we all know how free our free speech is! Our minds are already censored. For example- while we come across any objectionable scene in some movie, we may talk about it with our friends and colleagues but not in front of our children and younger ones. It is appropriate for us to share a dirty joke with our buddies ; but it is not suitable to share it with our elders or orthodox relatives. It depends on a person that how he maintains his thinking and his dos and don’ts. We are already subjected to a form of censorship and we censor our speech and behaviour all the time often without knowing about it. Our so called Free Speech is free only up to a limit and that limit is the ear of that person, we are intended to hear it.

The minister argues that he has received several complaints concerning the material being posted there which has offended a number of politicians and groups. And now when he has asked sites like Google and Facebook to monitor the data posted there which is of course not feasible enough, his statement could be considered as disreputable on the part of India as a whole. He must understand that it relies on our own minds to decide what should be seen and accepted and what is inappropriate. It is not a matter of strictness or censoring the media but of common courtesy and understanding of right or wrong. Human minds are fundamentally supervised by the sense of  morals and decency. Further censorship will only provoke chaos and can make the matter worse instead of bettering it.


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Street Food :P

Food lovers are everywhere. Indian cuisine is popular all over the world but in India itself the street food has its own essence. Despite of foreign food chains and restaurants, street food has not at all lost its consideration among people.  And now their menus are not merely restricted to Chaats and Bhel Puris and Pakoras  but ranges from Chinese, South Indian, Punjabi tadka, Maharashtra’s Vada Paos, Puri Bhaji to Spring rolls and Momos and different sweets and beverages. The food is not that hygienic though but is still okay because it doesn’t show its adverse effect if we eat weekly or monthly. It is fun going to the stalls and the aroma of dishes cooking up there  is so intriguing that you can’t stop yourself by just having a look or passing through without munching anything. Yes this is the magic of street food. Also the prices are way less even in the time of inflation.

Indian cuisine is incomplete without mentioning about the street food we find here. A huge variety is available on stalls and eating without proper  seating arrangement and experiencing the evening with the chaats, the Pani puri or Aloo tikkis has distinguished appraisal. One cannot argue about its nutritional value after once having it, that is why, because the taste covers up for the issues like non cleanliness , nutritional value , calories etc.  Nothing can beat the street food. Because even after the mushrooming of several foreign food joints , they are still there and the common man is still enjoying it all around as is apparent. The finger licking food offered by these stalls is awesome. They have out stretched the quality and varieties both so that it may not lost its value among people. People from every strata enjoy eating in streets. Though eating in a routine might cause food poisoning or such disorders but then it is the case with the hotels too, isn’t it?

For those who are still bothered about its oil content and are following a diet, Bhel puris and Chaats are a better option for them. I eat at such street corners on the weekends and trust me,  it seems more and more tempting every time. Winters are a good time to enjoy such street food , for when you take a bite of that crispy aloo tikki or samosa , all your distress slips away. When you see people eating , laughing, joking madly or badly around stalls and are enjoying the mouth-watering food,  then you will feel all your tension departing and will find yourself becoming a part of that crowd. I would like to say that everyone should enjoy such unhygienic food once in a month because it is outstanding and simply wonderful. It is actually a cool experience. Once you have it , you can never let it go through your mind and experiences. 🙂


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