Paralympics and Coldplay – Baar Baar Dekho!

The last week has been a newsy one in almost all areas -politics, controversy, sports, entertainment and much more. And it’s the prerogative of Buzzing Blogosphere to bring all these news items to you, packaged with the opinion of blogger, in their own words. So presenting this week’s update – Paralympics and Coldplay – Baar Baar Dekho!

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Stories of triumph at the Paralympics

The fifteenth Summer Paralympics didn’t create too much of a buzz when they started, but with news of India winning medals, this sporting event kgot the much deserved coverage. Mariyappan Thangavelu started off the medal tally by winning India’s first gold in the high jump. As proud as India is for this glorious achievement, the story behind his triumph gave the win a different sheen altogether, as the Prasar Bharati Parivaar blog explains.

Deepa Malik made history when she became the first woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. This silver medallist in shot put is a master of many trades, and a motivational speaker to boot! She, along with the other athletes in Indian contingent, are making sure the Indian flag flies high in this edition of Paralympics. Get the list at the iTimes blog.

Priyanka Yoshikawa becomes Miss Japan!

Another Indian, well part Indian, is making waves globally. While Priyanka Chopra is making India proud on the cover of almost every international magazine, Priyanka Yoshikawa bagged the crown of Miss Japan 2016, opening up the debate on multiethnicity and acceptance in the Japanese community. A hafu, or half Japanese winning the crown has also stirred up controversy, which Anju Goyal writes about.

This win means acceptance for Priyanka with her mixed roots and also that more and more people in Japan will be open to the idea of expanding their definition of ‘being Japanese’, and not set mixed race people apart. Priyanka also opened up about her experience of being a hafu while growing up after winning.

Fighting with fire for water

The Cauvery (Kaveri) river dispute has been a simmering issue since before independence. While the government and the courts have been trying to reduce the tension between the states by distributing the Cauvery water, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu still seem to be sentimentally attached to the river, staking claim on more cusecs of water than they are already getting. The recent bandh in Karnataka, which took on riotous proportions, has shown that the river dispute is far from being sorted out.

While Karnataka claims that the less than average rainfall has left it with just enough water to provide drinking water to major cities, Tamil Nadu’s crops are dependent on the Kaveri too. While the courts and commissions do their bit to solve this deadlock, is it really necessary for people to make the situation worse by setting public and private property on fire?

The reports of the recent protest are enough to shock any citizen. Here’s a first person account of the protests that can send a shiver down anyone’s spine.

The Cauvery river dispute is one of the longest running issues between two states in India. While one can say that the resolution has been prolonged because it has the involvement of three states, it is also unacceptable that an issue about a basic need like water has been stretched out for so many decades. K Balakumar takes the satirical route to explain the issue.

Coldplay concert heats up Twitter

Coldplay coming to India has been a rumour ever since they shot parts of their Hymn for the Weekend song in Mumbai. The rumours were finally confirmed last week, giving rise to new rumours that the tickets for the November 19 show will be in the range of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 1 lakh, making them inaccessible to most of their fan base. Well, the prices were thankfully a false news item, and Global Citizen has now announced that fans will have to be a part of a certain number of relevant social issues to earn tickets for the show, along with a line up of celebs expected to perform.

Baar Baar Dekho – worth a dekko?

The much awaited movie Baar Baar Dekho released last Friday after creating much hype through its songs and promotional events. There was a lot of excitement about the story of time travel and the chemistry of the good looking pair of Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra. Did the movie manage to keep people excited even after its release? Check the reviews of Baradwaj Rangan and Amodini.

So this was the round up of things that kept the headlines busy in the past week. Let us know your opinions on all the issues covered in the comments section below!

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