Firstly, my honest confessions. “Jeans” is not the name of a lady. Please don’t misunderstand me for there are many girlies and ladies by the name of “Jeans”. Actually, the name was derived after the city of Genoa in Italy, a place where cotton corduroy called either Jean or Jeane was manufactured.

Human civilisation is susceptible to change and change could gradually be brought about through human or natural action. The unflinching human propensity to achieve more and more within a short span of time is undeniable and has, so far, proved to be recalcitrant. In order to fulfill such an unsustainable want of stubborn perceptive, humans have made tough demands on the nature. Rapid industrialisation, deforestation, burning of fossil fuels, increasing number of free riders, etc.

Leafing through the pages of history in the world of music, legendary artists lived fast and died unusually young. Most of them at the unripe age of 27. Some mention may be made of Jimi Hendrix(the Guitar God), Janis Joplin(The Queen of Psychedelic Soul), Amy Winehouse(the soulful singer), Jim Morrison(The Lizard King) of the Doors, Ron McKeman of the Grateful Death (also known as “Pigpen”), Dave Alexander(a punk rock pioneer) of the Stooges, Kristen Pfaff(bassist for Courtney Love’s band “Hole”), Brian Jones(former guitarist of the Rolling Stones) etc out of which Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana is one. Each one of them made enormous contributions to music and were among the most talented minds of their time.

It’s true. Manipur, the small daughter state of India has been decapitated bit by bit, just like an animal in a slaughterhouse. Firstly, the first Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru gave away the naturally resourceful Kabaw Valley to Burma including the Ningthi Turel, a bountiful river in terms of precious elements such as gold, other metals and varieties of precious stones as a way of negotiating a truce of peaceful-co-existence as a neighbouring country with Indian Union as well as flaunting that India has embraced democracy since its independence from British Colonial Rule. Like an on and off affair or an illegitimate relationship, the valley remained a bone of contention between Manipur and Burma. As per historical facts Kabaw valley, no doubt was a part of Manipur during the 18th century when Manipur was a princely state.

Photography is something that always enchanted and awed me since I was a childhood. During those yonder years there were instances of many urges from my gut to be a photographer. Not having the resources, I deviated my path from it. In fact, I really love photography. It is said that “It’s never too late to learn” but to me, I kinda think that I am old school for photography and I don’t want to foray amongst these herds of youngbloods and young breeds as a newbie for I’d find myself too out of depth.

The poll for the Manipur Legislative Assembly is knocking at the door and newspapers are getting more and more devoid of charms with the two goliath political entities i.e. Congress & BJP splashing political maxims and slogans praising their own party in the mean time criticising the other, that also in the front of all newspapers of the state occupying almost the whole page. I wonder whether it is the right to information or right to misinformation which we are being privileged with.

Teaching is an ever evolving process. Traditional system of education has become old school. Nowadays teaching has become a creative and interactive vocation with many technical aides contributing to the process. As per my opinion, education is “Preparing a learner for a better tomorrow”. Even though, I, being a novice in the podium of education put forward my humble views in the process of education viz-a-viz the teaching-learning process.

Parliamentary democracy in India is hailed as one of the largest democracy in the world. This may deem theoretically sound, yet functionally, this system is permeated with many ills that are eating into the very vital foundations of its being. Democracy implies norms and values which are enshrined in our Constitution. However, these are getting eroded day by day. Saddest aspect of this erosion is the systematic weakening of democratic institutions, especially the Parliament.

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings” – Socrates
The Supreme Court’s opening up of the Euthanasia debate asking for opinion from states and union territories alongwith the Times of India launching an online campaign in line, a year back, with the apex court’s decision to throw the issue open for debate can be considered a bold initiative. Now that the apex court wants government and legislature to examine the issue, it is expected that the matter be pursued with more vigour and thrust till it comes to a tangible result.

It is said that Old is Gold. Course, taking from a different perception, the attribute of an object or an entity that has become old is taken to be quite precious, some considered priceless. Likewise, human beings also get older with the passage of time and it is said that that life begins at forty.