Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mamata Banerjee interview in CNN IBN a total mess due to CNN IBN’s traditional biased approach

The show ‘Question Time Didi’ which was so much hyped about due to the walk out by CM Mamata Banerjee had been grossly misinterpreted by most sections of newspapers and media. The channel CNN IBN, known for it’s biased approach towards Kolkata and Bengalis, had the complete set-up to annoy the CM to the limits. Read on to find out why.

In a set-up like this, the atmosphere should have the perfect spirit of harmony, where people are willing to accept other’s points of views. Questions like whether you are given due credit for your achievements are fine. But people should learn to go soft on sensitive areas where they know it had hurt before. People should frame their questions intelligently, so as to disguise it amongst pleasant facts. Why was the issue of freedom of expression being repeatedly asked by different persons in different ways? If you have questions and topics at hand, then why not move on instead of waiting for the other person to react! What was most surprising was that in the 10th minute 16th second Sagarika tried to bring out from Mamata’s mouth that she was giving out the message of ‘intolerance and dissent’! If the show is on ‘Question Time’ then why not also ask about the exceptional progressive policies and ideologies CM Mamata has taken up for the state. What is most hilarious is that someone says she came back to the state after 20 years to serve the common people, but she has decided to go back after observing for 1 year. Is she completely out of her minds?? Can the mismanagement of 34 years be removed over an year? And what an aggressive pessimistic bunch of audience, Kolkattans are really amused at what CNN IBN is doing show after show with Kolkata!

India has very few ministers like her to boast about. True she sometimes comes out with sentences we feel would have been better had she not said, but such small matters happen when your head is crowded with ambitions sky-high and you are surrounded with petty politicians and nagging media channels who constantly keep on defaming you. Moreover, every condition and crime in the state today is being blamed upon her. What an age and mental condition have citizens and media come to! Infant deaths, water logging, farmers suicide, things which probably happen more than Kolkata in the most developed cities in the world are being hyped with no basis. Have these things started happening suddenly since May 20th 2011? Was everything hunky dory prior to that?

Mamata Banerjee does the absolutely right thing, ignore them totally and throw away such provoking and negative topics down the drain. When you are asking questions to the leader of the state, it’s best to leave it open-ended, and not question in a way where the answer is implied. Phrases like “Don’t you think…” are like asking on petty issues to just anyone around you. When you are aware, that this situation has created a furor previously, why not the students frame the same question in a better way! Rather than taking the names of specific politicians and expecting the CM to bow down and admit guilt is the most stupid way I can think of asking. Add to it the elderly people barring Suvaprasanna, Amit Mitra and some others, CNN IBN surprisingly had yet again set up a killer interview set-up, deliberately organized with pre-determined one-sided questions to say the least,  to malign the image of Kolkata and Bengalis at large. I really would have wanted to watch CNN IBN but have shifted to TIMES NOW recently. At least TIMES NOW is not biased against a state and community.

CNN IBN was not in a state to acknowledge the achievements of Mamata Banerjee at the very least I believe. Today only when I was watching this channel, the first thing they started saying on the topic of ‘Mamata’s 1 year completion’ was the plight of a farmer in Singur. How this poor farmer had been living his life since he lost his land. The reporter was someone called Sougata Mukhopadhyay, I mean, come on!! There is a limit to this isn’t it? You mean to say this is what represents all the efforts of the Mamata Banerjee government over the last year? What really really surprising is how a national TV Channel can be so much biased towards a particular community and state! True, the facts you are stating, but where is the other side of the coin? CNN IBN, I believe you are going to see an increased viewership in Kolkata pretty soon, the figures might just match with that of a local opposition party CPM channel called 24 Ghanta.

Mamata Banerjee is the only leader to have ousted the hugely powerful CPI(M) with her lone struggle. Coming out from grassroots, without having any political past, it’s a Herculean feat! Indira Gandhi had Jawaharlal Nehru, Sonia Gandhi had Rajiv Gandhi, but Mamata Banerjee had no one with her. West Bengal is the most happening place to be right now. Old age mentalities and fixed mindsets will no doubt take time to change. But in the run, people and even channels like CNN IBN will realize what they are doing is poor journalism. Mamata Banerjee’s walking out of CNN IBN show is thus absolutely justified. I believe this is just the right kind of treatment this show deserved with such fixed mindset and pre-determined notions.

Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, a small message to you and all other editors, if you are not at fault, then team who is providing you with information is surely not providing you with the correct data for Kolkata at large. If you have correspondents in Kolkata, please ensure they are capable enough to get the vibes of the local people and not follow some pre-conceived notions before anchoring and reporting.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Flickr photo upload feature just took a huge leap forward with awesome HTML5 interface

Flickr is sitting on top of the photo sharing world for over quite a few years now. As it watches from the top, people have been trying to jump and reach them ever since, but failed to topple them. Unlike many services that become complacent, Flickr, with it’s fresh employee infrastructure and management is moving further high. So much so that, it will become impossible for others to even think of reaching them.

Flickr launched it’s mind-blowing interface to upload photos recently. It goes as far as beating it’s desktop uploader hands down. With the tremendous simplicity embedded into it, and the options for editing various attributes of the photos before uploading makes it so much dearer to the heart. No doubt why camera enthusiasts and professional photographers will stick to Flickr for a long time now.

Madhyamik 2012 Exam Results West Bengal

Results for Madhyamik examination 2012 are due to be announced any time starting from 21st May, 2012. This was the first time that students had to appear for the exams based only on Class X syllabus instead of both Classes IX and X unlike previous years. Students are at the end of their patience now since it has already been about 75 days since the exam ended. One of the most important exams of their lives, the Madhyamik examination is virtually an examination of the entire family of the candidates. But hopefully since this is the first batch of the new system, there is not going to be too much strict marking.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dropbox vs Google Drive - The War Begins

When the emperor is proudly marching forward conquering everything that comes it’s way, can he leave behind a kingdom that is being defended securely by its rivals over the years? Definitely not. Despite rumors that kept on emerging over the last few years, Google did not launch it’s  Google Drive until this year. And launched it has, with seamless integration into all it’s services making it right away the cloud storage candy for computer lovers.
But the war is yet to be won, it’s just the army that has been prepared and war has been declared. Stiff competition is being faced from it’s closest rival, Dropbox (not to mention Skydrive here which finds itself difficult to  enter the scene in the absence of a desktop app). With the existence of an already huge reader-base, Dropbox is going to face it’s biggest challenge in recent times. No doubt they are going to cope with it strongly as they have proven to be supremely loyal, stable, perfectionist, professional over the years. But Google is going to come with guns blazing down as this is the territory that was pending from them over a long time, and with all of their services integrated into it, they already have an edge since so many of potential users might already been having a Google account. 

There are a lot of scenarios and facts that needs to be taken into consideration to analyze the battle between these two hugely powerful services. Every aspect has to be looked at from more than one point of view. So here you go with a face-off between the two giants:

Google Drive
Free Storage  18GB (2GB initially, for every
friend you refer, you get 500MB
bonus space, i.e. 32 friends)
 Sign up for Dropbox here and
get 500MB bonus space
 5GB (no referral system)

 Sign up for Google Drive
 Availability Dropbox is available for iOS,
Blackberry, Android, Mac OS X,
Linux, and Windows.
Google Drive is available on
Android, Mac OS X.
 Sharing Dropbox allows you to share 
your folder very very simply, it’s 
like the same folder exists on
your friend’s machine.
Google allows you to choose
every single id with whom you
want to share your stuffs.
 Linking Dropbox seduces you with it’s
awesome feature that instantly
generates a link to a file.
Google allows you to share the
file too but it takes a few seconds
and clicks/tapping more.
 Sync Drop has an array of apps, and
Dropsync will do magic in
syncing your Android phone with
your Dropbox folder.
Google Drive allows sync, but it’s
not yet at par with the vast
number of apps that Dropbox can
boast about right now.
Dropbox has taken extra step to 
prevent this very common 
activity in shared files. It keeps
30 days history of all your files
Google also keeps a revision 
history of all your files for 30 days.
 Paid Storage

Storage – Rate/month

82 GB - $9.99
132 GB - $19.99
Dropbox Team feature:
Unlimited Storage -

for first 5 users (i.e. $66/month)
$125/year for each additional

  Storage – Rate/month

25 GB - $2.49
100 GB - $4.99
200 GB - $9.99
400 GB - $19.99
1 TB


2 TB - $99.99
4 TB - $199.99
8 TB - $399.99
16 TB - $799.99

So to decide a winner is definitely a tough choice. But for now I will be sticking to Dropbox because of it’s simplicity and no-frills professional service but keeping a close watch on both Dropbox and Google Drive to see how they both progress and come up with new features to stay in the competition.