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Powerful poems on the agonizing effects of drugs

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As they say, behind the prettiest smiles lay secrets deep and dark, every individual carries their own set of tragedies and despairs their way. While some resolve it with their coping abilities, others tend to suppress it amidst the veil of drugs. Although these mind-altering drugs thrill the person with a euphoric surge at one end, they hijack the brain’s reward pathway, thereby compelling the person to engage in compulsive drug seeking habits. However, in the long run, these addictive substances trigger their effects by impairing the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Let’s gaze through some of the heartbreaking and powerful verses that will shock you with the emotional miseries attributed with these drugs.

This is Your Life

(A Poem About the Inevitable Cycle of a Meth User & Maker)
by Robert G.

 

This is your life, it’s so fucking intense;
it doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t make sense.
Your mom and dad told you about the birds and the bees.
Do a fat blast and I’ll show you the feds in the trees.
Whether you snort it, shoot it, or suck a glass dick;
it doesn’t matter, it’s just fucking sick.

In your house you will stay, your friends you’ll avoid;
you’re a spun fucking monkey; straight paranoid.
Forget who you were. You’ll become a thief and a crook.
Then the best idea ever! You learn how to cook.

‘Till one day, when you’re home minding the store.
The feds come and kick in the door.
Bum-rushed and slammed on your chest;
don’t move you fucking maggot, you’re under arrest.
Now you’re in court with a public pretender;
you would be better off with your dick in a blender.
The judge says, “No deal son”, it’s twenty to life.
And your best friend is home, fucking your wife.

Crystal Meth Kills Me

by Brandon T.

 

Closely I watch as you claim another
Restless mind to steal its soul.
Years of pain leave me threadbare
Searching for for the serenity I once
Took for granted.

I am lost I can’t
Afford the things I need anymore, I’m
Left more sick than ever before
Making it so hard. I hate thinking of
Everything I lost no telling how much?

The ones that I depended on there
Hopelessness and choice to believe
All the lies no one can hear the cries I
Make asking for someone to stop this

Pain that flows through me. I need
Help. I need to feel the sting of rain
Entering my vein the emotions are
Dying as the stream of life drips
Into a rag I hold under my arm
Making stains as my mind is set free

I no longer fear the harm I’m causing,
Nothing helps anymore.
Even the pain I endure everyday
Know’s And leaves me alone.
Insanity is my new friend .

Light pierces my eyes and causes me to
Loose my focus on the problem. it is the
Stains on the rag I dropped on the floor
Making me do this to myself again.
Everyone knows I’m playing a game.

Black honey

By: Liliumfrost

 

I stole it from all the bees
I’ve emptied out every single one of my lilies
Crushing the stems
Footprints on my memories

I paid too much
And didnt get enough

I m falling down by the wayside
I m too lonely to be in love all time
Its shiny how i paint my own hell
I m dissolving under your spell

Black honey wont you be sweet to me
I dont want to feel a thing.

The Scars of Ice last for Life

by Some Chick
Poem submitted by: Yusuf L.

 

It’s been days since I slept
Can’t remember when last I ate
I’m consumed by anger and hate
Meth is leading me to hells gates…

Even tho I put it behind me
Everything I do constantly reminds me…

The wounds are so deep
The climb back to the top so steep
How did I ever get so deep…?

It disturbs my sleep to hear
The erratic beat of my heart
My breathing is shallow
But of no concern
I’m happy meth made me mellow…

I don’t want it to end
But I have to defend
The little morality I have
Still intact…

The dribbles run thru your head
While you lay in bed
Some good and some bad
All reminders of things you’d rather forget…

Chop it long chop it short
Be cunning enough not to get caught
Chop it fine make that line
Dnt you see the meth makes you blind?

But it’s not over yet
You’ll deceive those that care
Still challenge meth?
You better be aware …

I’ll make you cry
At times you’ll wanna die
You’ll turn on your friends & family
Love the ones you hate
for in their arms
On a plate
is da thing you crave
Yes it’s a line but it’s also a way to your grave …

You sold wat you owned
Just to get high
Still you wonder why u getting the awkward eye…

Meth is not a joke
Harsher den coke
You continue to use
Even tho you broke

It’ll make you beg borrow and steal
And never will you heal
The person you were is now dead
All that’s left is jus a thought in Ur head
So tell me now dear friend
Will you let meth lead you to the end?

30 Inch Gauge

© Emma

 

How were the shrooms? The Beer? The LSD?
I’ll show you something more worthwhile than weed.
I can show you how to steal and lie.
Trust me, it’s all you need to get by.

Why go to school? Don’t turn another page!
I’m so much easier, and I come in a 30 inch gauge.
Heroin’s my name, I’ve been known to destroy lives.
Takings out actors, teenagers, fathers, and wives.
People will leave you, that’s just fine.
Follow me, you’ll be all mine.
Try to get rid of me? What a joke.
Pretty soon you’ll have a needle, looking for a vein to poke.
Need some love? That’s gonna be hard to find.
But don’t worry, cause I’ll always be in the back of your mind…

Drug addiction is a serious issue that has paralyzed millions of innocent lives worldwide. Talk to your dear ones about your addiction problems and yes, don’t hesitate to reach for a helping hand. Want to share your story? We are here to listen and publish your story.

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Poetry sources:
http://somechicksblog.com/
https://allpoetry.com/poems/about/Drug-addiction
https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/crystal-a-poem-by-a-recovering-addict
http://www.digitalpoet.net/drug-poems

Check out these awestruck doodles by Kerby Rosanes

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Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes, who mainly works with ink, fine lines and markers to illustrate his doodle world, considers his art as a personal hobby. Subsequently, his art became his part-time freelance work after being recognized by various design blogs, international magazines, and online art communities.

In 2014, Kerby left his job as a graphic designer in order to pursue his passion for art. He started working on personal projects, as well as for clients, while at the same time also collaborated with other artists, global brands and design agencies around the world.

At the age of 25, Kerby had already published five books including The New York Times’ best-seller, Animorphia in 2015. The success of his books paved way for him to travel the world making art and appear on television shows like in BBC World News and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Take a stroll through some of his amazing skilled works of art:

1) This is known as the EXPEDITION

2) This one is called PERFORMANCE

3) This is RED

4) Here goes the GREEN MAN from mythomorphia

5) He named this BEYOND THE WAVES

6) TOTEMPLE

7) Some more intricate multiliners

8) My gosh!

9) Oh wait, there are more

10) *Slow claps*

Besides being known for his splendid work, he is also recognized for his reflection of vibrancy in his art. You can check out more of his works at Kerby Rosanes

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Craziest places to party in Guwahati for New year 2020

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2020 is round the corner and how beautiful would it be to welcome in a grandeur manner. The party epicenter of Northeast India, Guwahati, has witnessed a rapid progression in the past few years in terms of food, fashion, nightlife, or lifestyle. The launch of numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants, and bars gives one a comfy space to celebrate. From offering special discounts to unlimited drinks, Guwahati has never failed to amaze its people and lure them out of the home to grace those parties.

People here love to toast to every important day, which subsequently made the eateries and pubs here to relatively engage themselves to make those days special. However, it is finally the season of celebration and how joyful it would be for the nightclubs to host their guests with engaging activities every time. From treating one with the tastiest beers, sumptuous food, groovy DJs, and a cozy nightlife, Guwahati is all buckled up to thrill its guests with awe.

Here’s a handpicked list of 5 best places for you to hop around in Guwahati:

  1. Nuts and Brew:

    nuts and brew The quirky ambiance, delectable food, and groovy music is a perfect ingredient to welcome the new year. Yes, you got it right! Two stages, one venue, and six artists are all geared up to thrill you with their beats. Bring together your partners or come as a couple and celebrate the evening.

nuts and brew

  • Venue: Nuts and Brew, 3rd Floor & Rooftop, Novotel Galleria, Opp. Down Town Hospital, Guwahati
  • Time: 7 pm onwards.
  • Entry: IMFL Package– Stag: 3000 AI, Couple: 5000 AI FL Package- Stag: 5000 AI, Couple: 8000 AI
  • Bookings: 6901267854, 7002218274
  1. Taika Lounge and Bar:

    taika lounge and barLocated in the affluent sphere of Guwahati, Taika Lounge and Bar is the sums of all your new year party bafflement. A new entrance to the nightlife of Guwahati, this place holds in abundance the charm to entice its guests. Cherish a new year evening in its beautifully decorated space highlighting a Persian theme while you groove to the beats of your favorite music.

taika lounge and bar

  • Venue:1st Floor, Bibekananda Complex, ABC, opp Rajiv Bhawan
  • Time: 6 pm onwards
  • Entry: Unlimited Package: 3450/- couple, 2350/- stage, 1650/- girls A-la-carte: 1500/- couple, 1000/- stag, 500/- girls
  • Booking:8723083177, 6001631348
  1. The Whiskey:

    the whiskeyLocated above Central Mall, The Whiskey is a cozy and vibrant space that’s known for its exclusive choice in food, music, and interiors. An exclusive party vibe has set the lounge in excitement. To celebrate the new year’s eve, the lounge has planned an exhilarating party with appetizing starters and drinks.

the whiskey

  • Venue:191 Exotica Greens, 6th Floor, 604, North Block, R G Baruah Road
  • Time: Free walk-in for all till 8:30 pm.
  • Entry: Girls free entry!!! Rs.2000 (cover charge, fully redeemable with the bill)
  • Booking– 7578910263
  1. Hotel Palacio and NYX:

    NYX, hotel palacioNYX is not quite an unknown name for partygoers in Guwahati. Loved by many and cherished by Guwahati, this place has hosted some of the grandest and exclusive parties over time. However, this year, the hotel has organized two venues to host its guests. While Harmony Banquet is for family get-togethers with kids, NYX is more for a hard-core party lover.

For Harmony

  • Venue: Hotel Palacio, G.S. Road, Opp. Farm Gate, Khanapara
  • Time: 7pm – 12am
  • Entry: 3000/- couple, 2500/- Stag (Includes unlimited starters, 2 complimentary drinks, gala dinner). Kids below 8 years free
  • Booking:9508555554, 9508555558

For NYX

  • Venue: Hotel Palacio, G.S. Road, Opp. Farm Gate, Khanapara
  • Time: 7pm – 12am
  • Entry: 6000/- couple, 4500/- stag (includes unlimited starters and drinks)
  • Booking:9508555554, 9508555558
  1. Underdoggs Sports Bar and Grill

    underdoggsProviding a wide-space thronged with amusement for a sports lover, this trendy bar is located in Christian Basti, Guwahati. From offering a lavish surrounding to tickling one’s party senses, this is an apt place for youngsters, sports lover, foodie, and party freaks. Shivoham the Bollywood band from Mumbai is all geared up to enthrall the crowd for the NYE.

underdoggs

  • Venue: Central Mall, GS Road, Christian Basti
  • Time: 8 pm onwards
  • Entry: —
  • Booking:9864176636, 9954977862

Besides these, there are a number of other places in Guwahati hosting equally trendiest and striking new year parties. Xtreme Sports Bar and Grill, Brooklyn Blues, Bulls and Beers, Keiko Ultra Lounge, Madiza Ultra Lounge are to name a few. Explore, Hop, drink, eat, merry and make memories. But hey, don’t forget to share your experiences with these crazy places.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Artist draws self portrait everyday under influence of different drugs

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It has been 23 years, Bryan Saunders‘ Drug-Influenced Self Portraits still garner contemplation on the internet. The artist had locked on to create at least one self-portrait every day and continue until the rest of his life.

From March 30th, 1995 he has created over 11,200 of them. Like fingerprints, snowflakes, and DNA they possess disparate properties. No two of his daily-self-portraits evoke similar features.

Artists, for hundreds of years, put themselves to represent the world around them. Whereas, Saunders believes in creating a paradoxical world. He places the world around him to represent himself. As he says, “I am more concerned with channeling experiences than I am collecting memories but I do both and much more.”

What’s inside an artist’s mind?

Creative minds, call it of an artist, a poet, a musician, or of a writer’s, are rarely tidy. The road to producing something unparalleled or exclusive is stuffed with inexhaustible rumination. Consequently, taking that imagination to reality require chewing over several predicaments. Over time, they are trapped in a cycle of undiagnosed mental health issues and addiction with mind-altering substances.

Saunders was another such artist who channels his anxious mind to visual art and musical performances. A way to deal with his demons.

He experimented with different drugs each day and sketched his portraits under its influence. The portraits narrate a powerful message- the power of addiction.

Here are some of the illustrations from his “Near Death Experience” album.

  1. Crystal Methartist on drugs

  2. Ablifyartist on drugs

  3. Absinthartist on drugs

  4. Adderallartist on drugs

  5. Bath saltsartist on drugs

  6. Busparartist on drugs

  7. Butane Honey Oilartist on drugs

  8. Cocaineartist on drugs

  9. Dilaudidartist on drugs

  10. Hashartist on drugs

  11. Heroin (Snorted)artist on drugs

  12. Huffin Gasartist on drugs

  13. LSDartist on drugs

  14. Marijuanaartist on drugs

  15. Morphinartist on drugs

  16. Ritalinartist on drugs

  17. Salvia Divinorum

    artist on drugs

  18. Valiumartist on drugs

  19. Viagraartist on drugs

Is The Fashion Industry of Assam Losing Its Glory?

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The fashion industry of Assam, compared to the past decade, has cultivated quite a positive ground in Assam. Numerous fashion personnel, whether they are designers, models, or consultants, have made a mark in the international scenario. Fashion designer like Sanjukta Dutta flaunted her creations at the Cannes Film Festival this year while models like Monikangana Dutta landed for numerous international brands, commercials, and magazines.

During the 1990s or early 2000s, there were a handful of models, about 15 to 20, who had to buckle down societal prejudices, redundant stigma, and all other odds to acclaim themselves as a model or land themselves in a music video, or a movie. The scenario has evolved with time.

Raaz Matazzo, the first fashion show of Assam, curated by Vikram Rai Medhi in 1994 was one of its kind that Guwahati witnessed. The show presented models like Miland Soman, Shyla Lopez, Shamolee Verma, Rohit Roy, among several others.

model walking the ramp in assam, model walking on ramp, NEIFT

Poor pageants and shows affecting the industry

But amid this prosperity, it is not quite easy to build oneself in this industry, especially when the invasion of substandard beauty pageants and fashion shows have deteriorated the industry. Iconic magazine pages, a circle of followers, a glamorous lifestyle, and a glaring Instagram profile packed with glitzy party photographs tempt numerous young minds to pursue a career in the fashion industry. But beyond this glitziness, is the glamor industry of Guwahati smooth enough for a person seeking a career option here?

“In Assam, the fashion industry did not win much attention a decade back or two, albeit it was in the course of progression. The ones who surpassed that phase to reach this industry were strong models who know their work and its value. But now, there’s a beauty pageant or a fashion show almost every alternate day. Everyone is a model. This, unfortunately, bemused the industry. People began questioning the credibility of the people of this industry,” retorted Medhi, a senior fashion curator.

In another instance, an established model (anonymous) narrated, “The modeling ecosystem is turning faulty every day. Most newcomer models pay the organizers to walk the ramp and nobody seems to be complaining.”

model walking the ramp in assam, model walking on ramp, NEIFT

A career in modeling is observed as a selection of class, elegance, and excellence. Seemingly, people now looked down upon the same as a “clouded choice.”

“When the supply increases, demand drops. Similar is the situation here in this industry. Without proper eligibility or grooming, anyone and everyone have become a model and a pageant organizer these days. There should be a proper forum or an association to look into these things and safeguard the respect and identity of the ones who have been working hard for ages to build a name or help the industry grow in the true sense of the term ,” added Stuti Choudhury, former Miss North East, anchor, and an actor.

How does the payment aspect affect models’ growth

Compared to the tier I cities like Delhi or Mumbai where an established model gets up to Rs. 60,000/- per show, the payment here is mediocre. And oftentimes, it becomes difficult for an aspiring model to depend only on shows and assignments for their daily bread.

 

Whatsoever, Mr. Medhi further added that despite this imbalance, models who are confident, well groomed, and gained healthy knowledge about their profession are celebrating their career with apposite assignments and payments.

It may not be much of an arduous task for models with a good academic graph and communication skill to place themselves. But for the inefficient and untrained ones, it is equally challenging as well as distressing to survive in this industry.

Retaining the lost glory with appropriate measures

The people representing this industry should carry out strict scrutiny and measures of its members and representatives. While the fashion industry is evolving with several new faces, original ideas, fresh paths, offering vivid horizons to the generations, it is equally important to set certain limitations and standards to retain its glory.

Fashion and style exist in the DNA of northeastern people. However, people need to be practical, have knowledge about the profession and industry they are representing. If placed on the right track, this industry can create a revolution in India.

Photo Credits: Sualkuchi Utsav and Celebrating Northeast by Vikram Rai Medhi

Why are Zouk’s bags an ideal choice for every trendsetter woman

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Accessories within an accessory! Isn’t it just fascinating? Yes, Zouk’s bags are all about spacious compartments, elegance, and sturdiness.

Women, over time, have evolved with their possessions. They have become more precise and strident with their choices. Be it their life decisions or petty preferences, the color or quality of a particular product, they are much oriented than before.

You will hardly come across a woman who hasn’t matched her outfit with her accessories or paired her perfectly manicured nails with her jewelry. From their floral scrunchies to their motif handbags and plaid footwear, they cherish every belonging with pride. 

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Conversely, with several prominent brands rolling in the market, there’s a gamut of options to embrace. While some may prefer contemporary quirky designs and colors, some may find classic patterns and shapes intriguing. There’s a sea of choices to favor. In any case, it has become a challenge for brands to meet the expectations and demands of their target group. 

However, Zouk’s timeless bags are unmatchable beauties. For the trendsetter woman, Zouk’s collection, ranging from pretty slings, backpacks, tote, office bags, laptop, and handbags are an absolute muse. Read on!

Zouk’s bags- the perfect piece to adorn any occasion

Create that seamless statement with the varied flo motif, Mughal motif, or abstract patterned bags that are just perfect to dazzle any occasion. Stylish yet affordable, the handbags give an absolute experience to express yourself amid the crowd. 

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Moreover, the bags are designed keeping in mind one’s daily convenience. So, don’t worry if you have to carry your beauty essentials, sanitizer, extra masks, wipes, chocolates, and more to the parties or office meetings. Zouk holds it all. 

What the modern women prefer vs what do Zouk offer

Accessories within an accessory! Isn’t it just fascinating? 

Gone are those days when women looked out for just bags to carry their essentials. Now, they lookout for a number of aspects. Of course, everyone loves pockets in their dresses and a lot more pockets and compartments in their bags!

From being the trendy pick to incorporating all the key features like being spacious, lightweight, sturdy handles, pretty designs, and having generous pockets, Zouk is simply the best choice for anyone who is looking to invest in a good handbag.

And more for the office goers

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Most women spend their time out of home or in the office. Accordingly, a bag that is functional, sturdy, as well as elegant is something women always hunt for. This flo motif laptop bag comes with a detachable strap which makes it versatile. The padded laptop compartment inside along with front, back, and inbuilt pockets make it an ideal laptop bag, office bag, messenger bag, and daily use bag.

More about Zouk’s bags

Talking about sturdiness, Zouk’s bags are made of 100% vegan leather. That is, they are PETA-approved, completely cruelty-free, and responsible. So, when you are grabbing affordable handbags online from Zouk, you are buying ethically manufactured products that hurt no one.

Luxury to fast fashion, the trend of chicest handbags is bucking up. And Zouk, with its high-end styles in vogue, is reveling in all the attention. After all, won’t you cheer for a bag that holds your big club sandwich, a laptop, your scribble notepads, all your skin essentials, and also that pair of extra sleepwear for your weekend sleepover plan with your bestie!?

Note: Check out https://zouk.co.in for more bags and accessories.

Romanticizing the female menstrual cycle

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A great number of articles on women seeking gender rights, or a feminist trying to clear the clouds of hypocritical blurs, revolve around the web almost every day. From dawn to dusk, you will definitely stumble across a piece of news or even a placard in social media, of a female seeking her rights, complaining against the odds of the chauvinist society she lives in, and more. There are a number of stories that narrate the skeptical mindsets of the society overlooking a girl as an object of malediction- be it her clothes, her way of interacting with people, her thoughts and ideas, or her personal affair.

“Menstruation,” snared in a paradoxical affair of curiosity, ignorance, exaggerated abhorrence, and stereotypical beliefs is one of those popularly romanticizing words of all centuries. Remember how our mothers would abstain us from going out or indulge in outdoor activities during those days?

However, a recent news about a woman named Kiran Gandhi jaw dropped everyone when she completed 26.2 miles running for London Marathon during her periods, bleeding freely with blood-soaked thighs without a tampon. She did it as a means to raise awareness for those women, who lack basic reach to feminine care products.

But menstruation is still a taboo in India

The Ambubasi Mela, which is being celebrated in the advent of monsoon, is a celebration of “Menstruation of Mother Earth”. During this period, the female cycle is being celebrated and worshiped. But in other days, it lies in the dark tunnels of societal norms, frightened and dejected.

In many regions of the country, a menstruating woman is treated like an “outcast.” Once on my visit to granny’s place, I had noticed my aunt staying aloof from the rest of the family members. On being asked, she claimed of having her periods and that for about five days she shall have to wake up before dawn, sweep the house, wash all the clothes she had touched, abstain herself from religious stuff, from the  kitchen, even out of homes, eat on separate utensils and sleep on the floor.

Oh! Haven’t you noticed how the shopkeepers wrap the sanitary pad packet with 2-3 layers of newspaper and handing it on a black-colored polyethylene bag, despite the fact that the pad making companies manufacture with sealed packages (of course not broken or singled out)?

What’s so fancy about period blood?

We live in a society where social media can accept Kim Kardashian’s nude pictures but not the menstruation blood. An earlier hype made by a temple official’s sexist comment “Women would be allowed access to temples only if the machine that can detect her purity would be invented” outraged a section of the society to protest against his sickening statement with #HappyToBleed campaign.

In another instance, an Instagram picture of a woman with stains of period blood on her pant portrayed the gross mindset of people, when the website censored and removed her post twice, claiming a violation of their policy guidelines.

It is said that during Ambubasi, Mother Earth is extremely powerful and is in a process of regenerating and purifying her body. She is being bathed, dressed with new clothes and served with whole devotion. The Prasad (blood-soaked pieces of clothes) distributed on the fourth day is considered as sacred and is being kept in temples or other worshiped areas of the house.

Unveiling the secret

During those times, a female is often seen prohibited from doing physical activities or moving out of the house. Know why? Let me break the ice.

In olden days, it was believed that doing physical activities such as cycling, playing, or engaging in outdoor activities may break their hymen, the “purity claiming license” of a female; which would eventually pull them to the dock. Typically, concealed under layers of vague beliefs, the underlying truth is that exercising or involving in physical activities like hitting the gym, engaging in yoga and meditation ( except for the inverted postures), is actually beneficial in boosting mood, killing extra fatigue, and lessening the symptoms of period cramps.

A woman is never impure when she bleeds. It is a natural process that rejuvenates a female’s womb, making way for a divine life. Instead of nurturing the misogynist beliefs, pamper her during those days. And ladies, when you have won the race against those 100 million sperms and dared to break the amniotic sac to find your place on this earth, why do you hesitate to break the face of stereotypical beliefs if it hinders your way?

Health risks associated with vaping e-cigarettes

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Electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes or vapes) is a kind of electronic device that is used by heating the liquid that contains nicotine. The liquid then becomes vapor and stimulates the sensation of smoking a cigarette. Compared to a traditional cigarette, e-cigarettes does not comprise of the hazardous cocktail of compounds found in tobacco.

In recent times, e-cigarettes have gained much popularity mostly among the younger generation. But little did they know that vaping extensive amount of flavored smoke produces a high level of toxins.

However, according to a study from the University of California, San Francisco, e-cigarettes, which are sold in a variety of flavors, produces the excessively hazardous level of Formaldehyde and carcinogenic compounds that are known for causing numerous health hazards.

Highlighted below are some of the health risks that may subsequently affect one due to unseemly use of e-cigarettes.

1) Chemicals such as benzaldehyde and vanillin, used as flavoring agents in these cigarettes are known to cause respiratory issues. Besides, the World Health Organization reported that vaping kills more than 7 million people each year.

2) There are about 7,000 different varieties of flavors available for e-cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspective, highlighted that the flavoring substance, diacetyl, is linked with “popcorn lung” disease. Popcorn lung disease is a serious disease that causes coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It is a condition that causes scarring of tiny air sacs in the lungs thereby resulting in thickening and narrowing of the airways.

3) Even a single puff of any of the flavored e-cigarettes can produce the unacceptably higher level of dangerous chemicals like aldehydes.

4) Vaping causes inflammation in the lungs and over time can result in serious lung disease.

5) A study conducted by the University of Connecticut found that nicotine e-cigarettes and unfiltered cigarettes are corresponding to produce significantly higher levels of potent tobacco carcinogen that are likely to cause substantial damage to one’s DNA.

6) According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, people who vaped fruit flavors had higher levels of acrylonitrile, a highly poisonous compound that is extensively used in manufacturing plastics, adhesives and synthetic rubber compared to those, who did not use those flavors.

7) Vaping can inflame cells of the mouth in such a way that could severely elevate one’s risk of getting tapered by gum disease. Consequently, gum diseases carry the risk of destroying tissues of the teeth, thereby leading to loss of the tooth.

Although e-cigarettes are considered less harmful than traditional cigarettes, they still carry the risk of causing chronic and stern damages to one’s health. In fact, a recent report shredded light on the risks carried by these vaping devices. The report said that although e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine, youngsters who smoke e-cigarettes expose themselves to substantially higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

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Glamor of the hills- Meghalaya

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The morning beams that penetrated through the gauzy curtains interrupted my dreams. It was late morning when I woke up. Although I was never a morning person, hectic job schedule and demand to maintain punctuality in office compelled me to dispose off my late-night routine.

And thus, weekends became my savior. I would sleep my heart out, keeping myself aloof from all the earthly pleasures. I would always ward-off the plans for joining someone for coffee, hanging out for parties or shopping, or mingling for a weekend getaway with friends with my lame excuses.

Likewise, it was another weekend of my life. I made a cup of hot chocolate, and augmented the tempo of my newly bought JBL Bluetooth speakers. Life would have been such a comfortable bed without any responsibilities, I wondered, trying to warble the Spanish lyrics of Despacito.

The phone’s beep depressed the sound of the song.

“Pack your bags; we are leaving at 6 pm,” Prasanta texted.

And before could I write my excuse text, he interrupted with another one.

“Don’t take it as a request. Because I am not going to listen to any of your post- menstrual mood flicks. Get ready; I am coming to pick you in an hour. Biswajit and Sarvanu will join us too.”

It was around 6.30 in the evening when we headed to, well, we did not have a map to Cherrapunjee or Dawki, so Meghalaya would be precise.

Meghalaya, as they say, is all about floating in abode of clouds. As we waved goodbye to Guwahati, a dark night, stirred with a blanket of mist and grey glimpses enveloped us in no time. Although I had been to this peppy paradise before, the experiences are vastly different on each call. Remarkably, every time I pick a trip to this paradise, I grab a story along with me.

It was late November. The roads were inundated with fog. Visibility of the surrounding dimmed with each rotation of the car’s tires. A little later we realized how terribly the clouds had convoluted us.

Prasanta uttered, “When confusion strikes, go left!” Unable to decide which way to take, we decided to pick the road less traveled.

Prasanta, deciding which way to take.

It was late midnight, around 2 o’ clock. Subsequently, we got the picture of a grey blanket of fog that had covered us, completely. Even the white divider line that we were following, became indiscernible.

The fog became denser with each passing moment. After much contemplation, we grasped that there was no way to surpass the thick mantle as one could barely see the other person or object standing near them.

Biswajit stopped the car. Everyone got down. It was a No Human Land where the hills came alive with its giant spells.

The sight of an indistinct light at a distant, landed us to an eerie-looking house at the cliff of a majestic hill. Being an ardent fan of horror movies, stroked me to envisage how the house carried every trait of an eerie scene. Dimmed lights, indistinct chirps of birds, drops of water tripping at a vessel from the roof, four torn-out couches at the veranda, a dog loitering around and sniffing, reminded me of psycho killers of the Wrong Turn movies.

Anxiety started knocking us, brutally. Before long could we wait for any of us to get hit with a panic attack, we rushed to our car. Although it was difficult and risky to drive with such hazy visuals, nevertheless, Biswajit decided to take the risk as it was a better option than getting our heads chopped and bodies minced.

After driving for nearly three hours, we saw some lodges, lights, and heard voices of people working. That was a huge heave of sigh for all. Biswajit halted the car and we decided to rest our weary eyes for some time.

I woke up at Sarvanu’s boisterous voice, “Yaay! We are finally in Dawki.”

It was an absolute respite for all. While Biswajit and Prasanta yearned for few minutes of rest, Sarvanu decided to get tea for us.

Morning tea at Dawki

The latter part of the day followed with a series of amusing adventures, capturing breathtaking views, gobbling with traditional delicacies and street food, and more. This was one of my wildest adventurous trip that snarled in my memoir cozily, until date.

Below are some of the snaps from the rest of our journey.

Dawki

Meghalaya Dawki

Meghalaya Dawki

Dawki meghalaya

Meghalaya Dawki

Meghalaya Dawki

Meghalaya Dawki

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Call of the Colliery

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Amid the fast running and incessantly competing world, we could barely realize when we lose our existence and become one of those prime partakers in the race of survival. Thus, it becomes an essential responsibility to take a break and breath for a while.

I have always made it a point to take a small weekend break whenever it’s possible and come back rediscovering myself over and over again. While hanging out in a cafe in Guwahati, three of us friends were planning one such revitalizing weekend trip. Options like Cherapunjee, Shillong, Tawang, Ziro flashed out in our minds. But I was thinking of doing it off the beat this time.

Why go to the same common places where we have already been so many times! Suddenly something popped up in my head. I flashed back to one of the school picnics we were taken to, a place called Tipong, near Margherita. It was in the year 2002. The lovely place surrounded by gorgeous hills and frothy streams came alive in my imagination. And we decided to relive that school picnic again; this time in a better and more elaborate fashion, and for three days.

DAY 1:

Summer was at its peak in Guwahati. We packed our bags and boarded the evening train to Tinsukia at 7:45pm. Three of us snored away the 13-hour train journey overnight, and we finally reached Tinsukia the following morning around 9am. Following some refreshment at a nearby restaurant, we hired a cab to the small town of Margherita.

The small town in Upper Assam is merely 50kms from Tinsukia. But the views are breathtaking! As we crossed the town of Makum, and were gradually approaching Margherita via the NH 38, we witnessed a road that was no less than a spectacle.

Our car raced along a geometrically precise straight road with the deep green lustrous tea gardens festooned on both the sides of the road. In fact, the road is considered to be one of the longest stretches of straight roads in the world.Digboi-tipong

Driving through that stretch would any day be paradisiacal. I soaked myself in the sights, sounds, and smell of nature that pervaded the journey. Following one of the most pleasing drives, we finally reached Margherita at around 12pm. We checked in at Hotel Bluemoon on the NH 38 because of its strategically convenient location. By then we started feeling jaded and realized that we were starving. So, we took a quick shower and went to the Singpho Villa restaurant, famous for ethnic delicacies.

And the Villa stood up to its fame! The steamed rice wrapped in an aromatic leaf called Tora paat, the chicken salad and the traditional Singpho pork curry simply blew our senses. As we walked out of the ethnically designed huts of Singhpho Villa, our filled appetites promised to head back to the place soon.

From there, we decided to take a trip up to the oil town Digboi, which is only 17kms from Margherita. To be specific, we took a trip to the Digboi centenary Museum. Located close to the Historic Discovery Well No. 1 in Digboi, this museum is a one of its kind in India.

DAY 2:

Day two started with a heavy breakfast as we expected some desolate hours in the unconventional area of Tipong. Looking forward to reliving that school picnic, we packed our lunch boxes and set out to explore and embrace the tranquility of Nature.

Digboi-tipong

Tipong Colliery is located near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, and is operated by the North Eastern Coalfields division of Coal India Ltd. It is listed among the operational underground and opencast collieries in the Makum coalfield, which was first commercialized by the Assam Railways and Trading Company in the 1880s. The coal mines were nationalised in the year 1973. Tipong is only 20kms from Margherita. Hence it took us hardly 40 minutes to reach the area in our cab. Tipong is unconventionally beautiful.

The medium hills, the thick wood, and the river crisscrossing at the bottom of a steep valley are nothing less than eye-soothers! The colliary that remained suspended for a while was about to be re-opened shortly during our visit. The broken metre gauges were under reconstruction. And the haggard little coal trains were getting a new makeover. It was an entirely new experience to explore the old tainted machineries used in the colliery. Imagining the kind of work that must have been carried out in the colliery with the help of those machines brought about a feeling of joy and amusement. How it must be to witness the work there, I thought!

The Tipong colliery has a community life respond of its own consisting of hillside housings, schools, Hindu temples, mosque, shops, post office etc. And how can I not mention about the beautiful picnic spots, the memory of one of which is still ingrained in my mind since childhood.

Digboi-tipong

The surrounding hills, the deep green woods, and the shallow streams flowing over a legion of river stones, make for a surreal experience. As our eyes scanned through the wild timbers and berries and the captivating aroma of the wild orchids and dancing butterflies, “Aaahh……Paradise on Earth” was what went whirling in our minds. We paved ways towards the narrow pathway that opened up to the stream. SPEECHLESS!

For the next few minutes we stood there numb and dumb. It was like the scenario from Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” that unfurled before us. With the August sun blazing over us, surrendering my body full flat into the stream was a welcome relief! The clear cool water of the stream coupled with the rustling sound of the leaves had a spa-like effect on all the senses. We sat in silence listening to the sounds of Nature, breathing in deep and absorbing the quiet depth of the surroundings.

The silence was broken by a curious passerby who stopped by us and indulged in a friendly acquaintance, telling us about the whereabouts of the locality. A while later, a few other locals joined us too. While sharing our lunch box with them, the extremely amiable and effervescent locals introduced us to their ethnic food habits, especially the rice been It was during our lunch together that we got to know from then about the suspended colliery waiting to get resumed soon! It was heart-warming to see how excited the locals were about the restart of the colliery. It appeared as if their dreams and aspirations were deeply rooted to the resumption of the colliery.

The trip to Tipong surely broke my myth that the summers aren’t cool in the plains. When the endowments of Nature are respected, nature blesses us back. Following a full day of rejuvenation at the Tipong colliery, we made our way back to our hotel in Margherita in the evening.

DAY 3:

We packed our bags and made our way back to the town of Tinsukia. We decided to put up for the day in the tea town dedicated to shopping, good food and movies at the ATC Mali. While the day passed off spending some fun buddy time together, we boarded the train to Guwahati at 8pm the same day. The 3-day trip was enough to pump me up for another few months of non-stop labor and mundane life before my mind, body and heart called for another weekend break.

 

Submitted by: Abhijit Boruah

Edited by: Satarupa Mishra