The debates on what rights women want, the impact of feminism, the ills of oppression of a gender have been going on since forever, with plenty of people giving their individual opinions on them. In this article, let’s look at it with an unbiased view. What has been happening in our society forever? How much longer before we turn to look at the little things that contribute in big ways?

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The image on the left is an artwork by Anurubha Pradeep

We are all familiar with the fact that the people we spend time with, and the environment we live in, all influence our beliefs, thoughts and ideas to a great deal. Most of our beliefs and stereotypes can be attributed to the cognitive biases we have in our brains. …

With everyone stuck at their homes in these trying times, quarantine has put a limit to a lot of the events and activities we could hold. But the fact that most of us spend our days glued to our phones and laptops, opened to us a whole new range of opportunities. A treasure hunt in this lockdown, initially sounded impossible. But TrailHeist, set forth as one such venture. Team Make-A-Ton decided to give this virtual treasure hunt a go. In layman’s terms, very similar to an online treasure hunt, TrailHeist is a ‘Capture the Flag’ (CTF) contest. The player gets to live through a whole adventure, being part of an exciting story. Each player has to seek answers to all the challenges present on the way to the final destination. …

When we speak of hackathons, the first thing that usually comes to a layman’s mind, is that of a room full of computer geeks, with their eyes glued to lines of code. However, reality is known to only the few who have actually taken part in them. A hackathon is a fun event, where participants from different fields gather, and brainstorm solutions for any problem statement. Usually within a day, they come up with optimal solutions, learning a lot more in the process, and return with a wider network of friends.

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Make-A-Ton — Edition 1 Participants

In the beginning, Make-A-Ton, a 24 hour hackathon was held at the Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, Kalamassery, on the 19th of January 2019, as a pre-event for Dhishna 2019, the annual tech-fest of SOE, CUSAT. What initially started out as the brainchild of Siddharth Shivkumar and Akul Santhosh, ended up being a huge success, and with it came the resolve to hold it again soon, in the following academic year. Make-A-Ton turned out to be a brand name on its own, being the first hackathon in Kerala with participants from all over India. In fact, the first edition was open to school students as well, giving them a glance into the budding tech game. …

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Photo by DDP on Unsplash

Months after the beginning and spread of a global pandemic, here we are. While there is a large part of the population struggling to get through the disease, the rest of us are locked up inside our homes, quarantined.

Quarantine has probably become the most used word of this year. Social media opens up to simply numerous memes and jokes on this, constant complaints about being locked up at our homes, about introverts having the time of their lives and extroverts struggling to make it through. …

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“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” — Dante Alighieri

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I have my own, and you have yours. People live in harmony only as long as their opinions do not hurt one another. …

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The title speaks of a word that has gained entry into the lives of every person alive today. Fifty percent of the readers would confess their fear of commitments, a thirty percent would proudly claim they have commitments, and a twenty percent would agree that they aren’t quite familiar with the concept. A commitment is as simple as a promise made. A form of dedication pledged to someone or something. Not to be taken lightly of course, ‘commitment’ is a big word. And so are promises, though not many of us realize it.

Commitments are often seen as the pillars holding a relationship together. Any relationship between two people is simply incomplete without this prime ingredient. When you pledge your commitment to someone, you devote a part of you to them. You pay attention to their needs and wishes, and accept them as partly your responsibility. It does feel special to pledge your commitment to something or someone, because that hands you a sense of responsibility. Your commitments form a great part of your goal, and pave the path to your future. But what most of us tend to ignore is that, you don’t always need to be committed to another person for a healthy relationship. The first commitment one must build is to oneself. …

From the start of every day, every beginning, it is one hectic run for most of us. At the end of the day, the only question that pops in our mind, with or without us knowing it, is whether we’re at peace with ourselves. Are we content or satisfied with what we have? Does it feel peaceful within the complicated corridors of our mind? In a world so unfair, where most things just don’t work the way they should, the shortcut to find this peace, could be detachment.

Human life is a highly advanced level representation for fragility. Despite being one of the best creations on earth, more advanced than a great percentage of the universe’s population, the slightest change in things could disappoint a human and play games with his mind. Living on a planet that has been alive for ages, with an average life span of around 70 years (which is almost zero compared to how long everything else has been here), the period man stays alive is quite insignificant. The transience of human life is itself a reminder that detachment from other things is perhaps the easiest way to maintain neutrality and to help the mind maintain emotional stability in times of a crisis. …


Farha Salim

A believer in listening to the unheard, finds happiness in being the voice of reason and justice, and wields the weapons of emotion and imagination.

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