ICC World Twenty20 2016: Participate in the Indus Youniverse Blogging Contest

 

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It’s time to bring out the SPORTS BLOGGER within you!

Unleash your creativity by sharing your T20 World Cup Cricket 2016 experiences and views with us in our Indus Youniverse Blogging Contest and stand a chance to be featured among top 100 entries. If you can make it, we’ll feature you as a published, recognized blogger.

All you need to do is, write an amazing “500 word blog” on any creative topic related to this year’s T20 World Cup Cricket and send it to “contactindusblog@gmail.com” on or before the 30th April, 2016. Please remember, we do not require match reports or any on-field technical analysis of the game.

Topics can be like. For example:

  1. AWESOME facts about Brendon McCullum
  2. Lots of flaws in this Indian team
  3. 7 Things that AB de Villiers (Mr. 360) can do
  4. Why LBW has a new meaning for Sachin Tendulkar?
  5. Is Bangladesh overrated?

Rules of the Game:

1) The content must be original, innovative and credible. Copied articles would be rejected.

 

2) Your blog will be judged based on choice of topics, originality, innovating thinking and style of presentation.

 

3) The blog should be free from spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

 

4) One can send a maximum of 3 entries.

 

5) Blogs sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

 

6) Indus Youniverse panel of judges hold the rights to accept / reject / choose the top 3 winners along with top 100 entries of the competition.

 

**Terms and Conditions Apply

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Top 10 Lip-smacking Bengali Dishes that will make you crave for more

[Cover Picture Courtesy: Aaheli – Authentic Bengali Cuisine Restaurant]


Written by Ujjayini Pal on March 22, 2016

Bengalis have a love for various types of things. Among them intellect and food go hand in hand. At some point of time or the other, every Bengali must have tasted various dishes made by their mother or grandmother. Some tastes heavenly and lingers in your memory for long while others just fade away. Here are ten such dishes which may not be prepared in every household daily, but are a must try.

1. Luchi

This is the most popular Bengali dish and is a form of the popular dish ‘puri.’ A Bengali breakfast is incomplete without a plate of hot, deep fried and fluffy luchi. Like puri they are also made with maida, but there is a light golden color of luchis. Luchis tastes best when served with dry, spicy veggies or gravies.

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2. Aloor torkari or Aloor Dum

You are sure to forget any other type of curry if you once taste a spicy bowl of aloor torkari or aloor dum. This is the most popular Bengali dish and makes the perfect combo with luchi. These two dishes together make a grand breakfast at the time of the Durga Pujas.

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3. Cholar Dal

This is a typical Bengali dish made with channa dal and is a hot favorite of every bong with luchi once again. The dal tastes slightly sweet and also bears a mouth watering fragrance due to the use of rich spices such as cinnamon and bay leaf while preparing it. Bits of coconut are also added to give a delicious taste and a crunchy texture to the dal.

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4. Shukto

After breakfast, it’s time for the main course and you just can’t think of starting your lunch without shukto. This is also an authentic Bengali dish and is also considered to be very healthy. It is prepared with bitter gourd, brinjals, crunchy drumsticks, sweet potatoes and last but not the least bori. Some fresh, grounded spices and a little milk are also added to it to create a paste like gravy.

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5. Aloo Potol Posto

This is a light and quick yet tasty preparation. Potol or Pointed Gourd is mixed with coconut puree and thick poppy seed. Green and red chillies are also added to give a rich taste to the preparation. It tastes best when served hot with rice.

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6. Lau Chingri

This dish is a lip smacking combination of prawn and bottle gourd which will please you like anything. This dish makes its visit in every Bengali household once in a while but tastes heavenly if cooked properly. Do try it today if you haven’t till date.

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7. Dhokar Dalna

This is the most famous Bengali dish and something Bengali’s are really proud of. This is a vegetarian dish and is considered the best a bong could offer if any vegetarian visit’s their home. Lentil cakes are cut into diamond shape and are cooked in a tasty curry.

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 Also Read: ‪‪5 Everyday Struggles only a Bengali Girl can relate to

8. Tangra Macher Jhal

Bongs are a great lover of fish and this tasty catfish curry is a big hit among Bengali’s. The gravy is full of flavors, thick and is made with spices that are grounded freshly. Some red chillies are added to this to give it a fiery taste. It tastes best when served with steaming hot rice.

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9. Ilish Mach

You cannot spot out a single Bengali who doesn’t love hilsa fish and there are actually lots of preparations made with this hilsa fish. Hilsa cooked in rich mustard oil gives the dish a tingly taste. To add some twist, spices like fine ginger paste, Nigella seeds and chillies are added to it.

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10. Malpoa

Bengali’s can’t even survive without sweets and this is the most famous Bengali sweet made by dipping pancake in sweet saffron syrup. This mixture tastes heavenly when cardamom is added to it. This famous sweet dish tastes best when taken hot.

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Make sure to try all the 10 dishes once in your lifetime.
Did we miss something? Tell us by commenting below.

 

Top 3 Secrets to Writing an Awesome Blog Post… Even if You Are Not a Talented Writer

Written by Ujjayini Pal on March 17, 2016

A certain layout of a blog can help you to add more content in a short span of time. Even if you are not a good writer, you can end up writing a great blog post by using a great layout. A structure can really overshadow your minor faults as a writer. Showcasing your individuality can now be fun if you follow the simple tricks discussed below. You will end up writing great blog posts in less time.

Give a good heading

Writing a good heading can now and then require as much exertion as composing your whole post. The heading of a post is the primary thing the visitors see, and this is the first thing that will bring more visitors to your post. It’s a tiny bit like a decent strip tease; it abandons a few things to the creative ability yet unquestionably stands out enough to be noticed.

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Make use of available white space

Keep in mind that every reader out there is an information junkie and they spend time on the internet quite too much to get some useful information. So, just think about it. If you visit a blog page which is flooded with images, big texts and loud colors. The page might contain the required information, but the writing style and the total scenario will repel you from reading it carefully. Too little white space in your page can result in loss of interest of the visitors.

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Include Images or Videos

People are more interested in looking at pictures and videos rather than reading an entire post. All people want is to be entertained and feed their overenthusiastic brains. However, this does not mean you will incorporate unnecessary videos into your post. To make your blog post more interesting you can include some images as they also help to give paragraph gaps.

The main thing of a successful blog is the visitors. So, external links of some other websites that matches with your topic of the blog post is also a useful weapon of writing a killer blog post.

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Give Us Freedom to Choose Our Future

As soon as you finish off your ICSE and get into +2, the war starts. The struggle between the parents’ wish & your own dream takes a rough shape. Lots of confusions, lots of frustrations and the continuous peer pressure crush you. Is that what you wanted? Rishav Ojha hits back.

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As soon as we reach class 10, ICSE haunts. Although the fact is, it is quite easy, but it does. But it is actually the parents who suffer more. For, the thoughts of Engineering already start invading their minds.

So, basically there are 4 kinds of students.

1) Who know what to do with life – Engineer or Doctor
2) Who know what to do with life – Chartered Accountants
3) IAS and IPS officers.
4) Others. As for myself. Who is studying commerce even though I want to become a journalist.

What happens next? 7 out of 10 engineers go on to have a banker or IT chaakri. 6 out of 10 Chartered Accountants fail.
The IAS and IPS officers are mostly from Bihar and UP, so bunk it. And lastly, us, who no one gives a shit about.

Now let’s talk a little about the 4th type.
Me…. And the others.

As I said, I am a journalist in the making, who is studying commerce and, naturally, hates Maths. (No kidding, my math grade is lower than Kenya’s GDP). And I know there are many other ‘misfits’ who are studying commerce because either they were rejected by science or humanities has been termed as arts and is thus, disgraceful to be studied. Now let’s not get into society matters, I am just a 17 year old kid. Duniya daari I don’t know. And people still expect me to pass in Maths. *sigh*

So, one question that is hurled at me every time I go to a family party, is, why Journalism? “Beta CA Karo, paisa aaega, sirf 4 saal ka mehnat hai, fir arram Hi arram”
And I am like, No.

I want to become a journalist, because, nowadays, power is everything, and media is power. It’s simple.

I mean obviously, I don’t want to be someone who will be reporting about why Virat Kohli broke up or get some masala news as to get Rakhi Sawant to speak for Indrani Mukherjee or cover Radhe Maa for the past 8 days.

I want to be someone who can exploit the problems of India from the root cause.
Why is it that only the rich are in the news? Why always are the celebrities in the news?
There are so many things about India that needs to be changed. But, one thing I know, and that is, that India needs no change. It needs a revolution.

Why should a news channel always favour a particular party? What does India have to do with the colour of the underwear Salman Khan is wearing? Nowadays, news is nothing but the views of the media.

As I said, India needs a revolution. What if people like Shashi Tharoor rule India instead of people like The Gandhi’s?

People hate Chetan Bhagat because he isn’t one of those people who writes about rivers, moons or alien attacks in USA, he writes about the general Indian Society. The people hate his books, but love the movies made on his books. I was not someone who reads books. But ‘The Three Mistakes of My Life’ was the first book that I read. And I liked it.

Why are people with a different mindset considered to be “bad” and “anti social” and stuff? Why do I always have to do things in a manner that would please the society?

India has rights, We, The People, have rights. But no freedom. We have the right to education, but no freedom for education. We have the right to express our feelings and thoughts, but no freedom to do it. Rights without freedom is like, to Quote Mr. Desouza, “You can go to the toilet, but you May not”.

Coming towards the end, I, a teen of 17, truly believe that India can become a developed country only when people allow it to be. Only when people put down social barriers (remove them) and become one can India achieve the tagline of “A Developed Country” and for this to happen, it’s the parents who have to grow up first.

I’m a “Vanilla” Person!! Aiming to be an Entrepreneur

A young grads from College of Wooster in US looks for freedom. But how? Listen toTeddy10 

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Indus New LogoHello everyone! I hope to be learning a lot about in the coming weeks. First, let me introduce myself. Well…I guess the best way to start off is to give you a physical picture. Imagine a senior in college who is about 5′ 8″ tall (1.72 meters) and weighs about 150 lbs (68 kgs). He’s got scruffy facial hair like an overgrown lazy teenager and hasn’t changed his clothing style since grade 8. Now throw that image away because that’s nothing what I look like. Actually, it is, but I wanted to add a plot twist. In the US, someone like that might be called “vanilla” or “plain”. They don’t look all that exciting from the outside. This is an interesting situation. You may have heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in reality almost everyone judges instantly based on what they first see. It’s classic psychology at work. With that being said, I pretty much fly under the radar. My friends know me and my personality, but other than that I’ve a well-kept secret that blends into the rest of the crowd.

With that being said, I don’t imagine that I will be that type of person much longer. I am well on my way to being an entrepreneur. In fact, in the next few months I will file my legal documents for my first business. I am extremely excited about this! My first venture may fail, and possibly my second, but eventually I will have a business that succeeds. With that, I will have freedom, a freedom from that everyday monotonous life that so many people live. If I want to travel the world, I’ll travel the world. If I want to visit friends and family that are far away, I will be able to do that. Most people think that they are motivated by money, when really they are motivated by freedom. What would you do with your life if money wasn’t an issue?

Lots of Avenues…So Where You Start Shouldn’t Necessarily be Where You End

Do not stick to the cliché saying…This is an age of innovation where you can discover yourself in a different way every singly morning — Blogs Studley James

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Indus New LogoYesterday was quite a relaxing day, which ended in me, finishing the novel I was reading (a small but enjoyable victory).  The novel I finished was “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien: the book was arguably a work of fiction but his fascinating recollection about the Vietnam War was extremely intriguing. It also invoked in me the urge to read again since I’ve always been an avid reader. In fact, I can’t vouch for everyone but reading almost always makes me feel empowered — Empowered to think about my own life, my own battles and my own way of thinking.

Right now, what I am thinking about would most definitely be where my life is going to look like after graduation. I have so many interests and passions (and yes, one of them is English) that I feel torn about where to take my life, whether I want to stay here or go back home, whether I want to do research or public outreach or continue my studies or pursue literature (or all four? At the same time? Ha ha, now you know my dilemma).

However, as I drone about what every other 20-something year old drones about, I realized scrolling down my LinkedIn profile that there are so many avenues you can take in life that where you start shouldn’t necessarily be where you end.  I know it’s the most clichéd saying of this century where everyone is harping about interdisciplinary knowledge, job skills intertwined with writing, research, outreach, networking, analyzing, and critical thinking. But it’s also very hopeful. At least it is this hope I am riding on as I search for work and internships so I can be successful (whatever that means: could be topic for another time).

The idea of success brings to mind; the next book I am reading is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Let’s see what thoughts this book will incite and inspire.

 

Great Enthusiasm at DBS, Liluah: Mozilla Showed the Way

Super Saturday!!! And the Indus Blogging Community made a kick-start in association with Mozilla Firefox. Let the honeymoon continue….reports Subhasis Chatterjee 

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The atmosphere became electrifying when sixty three dazzling faces brimming with confidence and extreme inquisitiveness flocked in front of me on a Saturday morning (7th Nov, 2015), at Don Bosco School, Liluah, for the event “Firefox Download: The IndUS way.” The very body language and the attitude of the XI Science students were so inspiring that it instantly spurred me to be more proactive to match their spirit.

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A student’s life is full of experiences, some of which not only enlighten them but also prove to be a beautiful opportunity for students to interact and be a part of something new and enriching. The best experiences are the one’s that remain in their minds etched forever. Those experiences give the students a sense of immense pleasure whenever they think about it. It is these experiences that help them in their future. “Firefox Download: The IndUS way” was one such opportunity for the young minds where they did learn different nuances of blogging backed up by some amazing technology knowledge sharing platform from Mozilla Firefox. 

The Introduction

It all started with the wonderful inaugural speech by the Principal, Father Sunit Kiro, followed by a small introduction of the event by their computer teacher, Mr. Suman Roy. Then I took over and started explaining how ‘IndUS’ was born and what its mission is, its long term plan and where exactly we intend to culminate.

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In India, many stereotype career options coexist where you can be successful only if you are a doctor or an engineer, but we tried to prove otherwise in an awesome way. Our aim delves deep in enthusing them about content writing, blogging, e-book writing and lot of creative activities. We strive to make them understand that this is a wonder world, which is no less than the conventional professions like medical or engineering. We analysed the importance of blogging and the IndUS projects. We went on to share the blueprint on how IndUS will help the students to shape up their careers if they want to take up content writing or blogging as their career options. No sooner did I start speaking, than I found the students hooked on to this interesting and rather new topic. The computer lab suddenly became a multiplex and I could see the enthralling crowd glued to my words with all ears.

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The Mozilla Co-Relation

The next phase was planned to demonstrate Mozilla’s tremendous mission and activities to bolster the knowledge of the participating students. We emphasized on the how Mozilla understood the concept of bridging the inter-communal gap between various communities of India since India is an amalgamation of various cast, creeds and languages. Thus, in a very dynamic and fluid way we introduced the new initiative taken up by Mozilla to download the Firefox browser in 90 different languages.

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The students got pleasantly surprised at Mozilla’s efforts to bridge the gap between various people in India and connect the world through technology updation. The students were also shown how to download the Hindi browser. A good number of 63 downloads took place within next 60 mins. The two hour knowledge sharing fun reached its climax when the attending students got free goodies from Mozilla. It was really encouraging.

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Kudos to Mozilla! It was really nice to be a part of this wonderful Mozilla initiative.