THE NARROW ROAD

A narrow road divides St. Stephens’ and Hindu College. It is not more than 16 steps across, but speak to the students of either college, and they will have you believe that you were crossing a chasm to a different philosophy. All this is hogwash, of course. But there is a romance to college life, much of it in the heads of those who go to college.

It was 1991 and I crossed that road everyday. I did not have friends in Hindu. All my friends were in Hansraj, where I spent countless evenings. I have fond memories of Sanjeev (also a school buddy) who is now the MD & CEO of an upcoming cosmetic surgery brand, Arvind who is now a senior HR professional with the Taj Group, Anand who is remembered for loudly singing “we didn’t start the fire” when everyone believed that he obviously did, and Anurag who now directs violent movies. Anurag was not a friend but he was visible around the friends who I sat with, and with whom I wasted away much of my graduation years. Anthony, who ran the Hansraj canteen, believed that I was a student. I think I still owe Anthony thirteen rupees; if memory serves, I think it was a Thums Up and two samosas.

I had to cross Hindu College to get to Hansraj, and would sometimes run into this tall and academic looking young man. We never spoke. A smile and raised eyebrows were acceptable greetings. And once, we did speak. He spoke English with a precise accent, was aggressive yet polite in speech and his diction and pronunciation were spot on. When he spoke Hindi, it was with a very slight accent. Was it Bengali or Assamese? No clue. I left St. Stephens College in 1992 and joined the Indian Army in 1993. I kept in touch with Sanjeev and Arvind. I don’t know where Anand went. We all know where Anurag went.

I don’t watch much TV, but once I did tune in to watch news. It was a debate and the anchor was conducting it with a very familiar, controlled aggression. There was something about the way he looked and spoke, which triggered a memory. Then it struck me. He was the tall guy from Hindu College. One day in 2016, Burhan Wani was killed, and in sheer frustration of seeing multitudes worshipping a dead terrorist at his funeral, I wrote an article called “Open Letter to Burhan Wani” and posted it on Facebook before I went to sleep. Before I went to sleep, I had 530 friends on Facebook. When I woke up, there were 732 likes and friend requests. By noon, I was getting phone calls. By 4 pm, I got a call from Army Headquarters from a serving general in the Indian Army.

“Great article, son”, the general said.

“Thank you, Sir,” I responded. I don’t have much experience of speaking to generals and so I kept it short.

“Keep up the good work, son. All the best.” The general disconnected the call.

I accepted all the FB friend requests that I received. The next day, I got a call from a well-known English news channel, inviting me to a panel discussion on Burhan Wani’s killing. That was my first time on TV. I spoke like I always do – blunt and to the point. I was an infantry company commander in the Indian Army. You don’t get more rough-edged than that. The channel people were perhaps a tad disappointed. They were used to a certain finesse, which I obviously did not bring to the table.

Three days after that show, I was invited to another English news channel, and ushered into a swanky building at Film City, Noida. As I entered the studio, a familiar face rose from his chair to greet me. The same tall guy from Hindu College.

“Welcome to News Hour, Gaurav”, he said.

And so it started for me, the whole crusade of telling the brutal truth without pulling punches…. debate after debate, we did it. Those who would attack India were put in the dock. Arnab was telling the truth. I, in my very minuscule way, was trying to defend India. I soon realized that it was the same thing. Time passed and Arnab left Times Now. I did not hear from him for months. Last week, I received an unexpected call. The voice at the other end of the line said, “Gaurav, do you have a minute? Boss would like to speak with you”. So, Arnab and I spoke. And then I took a leap of faith.

In our very small, insignificant way, we will again stand up for India. We are unapologetically nationalistic. It is in our DNA. To sugar coat news would be to lie to you. And that is sacrilege. It is blasphemy. It will never be done.

For too long in the mainstream media, faux ideology has substituted fact. Sometimes, it has been money, sometimes special interest. No longer.

In the next few months, Arnab Goswami is bringing a hurricane to your doorstep. And I am coming with that hurricane. News will never be the same again.

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Recycled Aggregates

Recycled Aggregates

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We’re all encouraged to recycle in our houses and from; plastic containers, cans, papers and glass bottles we all find a way to help in cutting down on the extreme number of landfill waste we put together to create. We’re all assured we’re creating a huge difference to the surroundings from our little contribution.

All of us have use of areas to place our collective waste; we can visit our neighborhood supermarkets and discover areas to put our old cartons, glass bottles and old papers. We also can see our nearby waste-disposal stage and toss our old garbage into big dumpsters, secure in the information it’s going to be recycled.

What about recycling on an industrial scale, particularly within the building sector?

Aggregates like concrete have the biggest and immediate chance to be reused.

Concrete can be used in many buildings, for equally brand new houses and houses looking to be renovated. If the industrial sector can lessen their reliance with this merchandise by trying to find options, the long-term results will be enormous for our surroundings.

Other substances for example sand, gravel, and rock all find a way to be utilized again, for several businesses tremendous price savings can be created in-sourcing aggregates which were used formerly. The quality of the recycled stuff isn’t affected, and many businesses will place it through an excellent check to makes it of the highest caliber.

For illustration HBM (Hydrologically bond material) is produced from recycled aggregates was lately used in the building and surfacing of a lengthy expression airport car-park, it saved 50% of the stuff going to landfill. The Foam base stuff was produced up of 94% reusable stuff and used just 20% of the electricity when compared with conventional asphalt production.

In this case, because of the substance being re-used on-site, building traffic was kept to a minimum which assisted conserve on-air pollution within the geographic area. This is only one example of how business can affect our environmental footprint in one place of the United Kingdom.

Interestingly Foam base substance continues to be used worldwide since the 1950’s; widely prevalent in Canada, USA, and Australia. These states realized the advantages of recycled stuff to maybe not only save money but to minimize the influence on the ground and international environment.

You will find many businesses who now provide the opportunity to resource recycled aggregates; several will offer you high quality and approved re-useable stuff. It’s always an idea to see what authorized certification the firms offer along with assessing their quality test process. As all of US begin to realize the influence, the constructing sector can have on types. Hopefully, a growing number of businesses will appear to reusable stuff for his or her construction projects.

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