UNESCO recognises Chennai’s rich musical tradition; in a horrendous act Indigo staffers were caught on camera assaulting elderly passenger at IGI terminal Delhi; Niantic Labs, the developer of the once immensely popular Pokémon Go, is now making a Harry Potter AR game; Sophia is Saudi Arabia first robot citizen and during his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square Wednesday, the Pope slammed the use of cell phones during mass. Shail reports on the news that was in the past week, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.
Music to the Ear
Already known world over
for its appealing, appetising food
Chennai goes global creatively, dude!
Now part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network
for its amazing contribution in the field of music;
incorporating culture, tradition- everything mystic.
Consistently creative in its endeavour,
Chennai city now flaunts an international recognition
a music mission brought to an ultimate fruition.
The next time you have a vendetta
simply board the person on Indigo airline operetta;
the enemy will have just the right place to go.
‘India-Go’ is what literally reads of Indigo,
the infamous airline that beats its passengers,
a unique customer service-
a disservice you just cannot miss!
A cinematic pinning on the ground;
a behaviour erratic, unexpected,
the shocked customer would have found.
Throttling of the neck, dragging on the tarmac
all anti-heroic feats
airline rules insist before you get your seats.
Lucky for media, the whistleblower provided news
that went viral,
sadly he lost his job for providing fodder so spiral.
Harry Potter Gamer
Mixing the real with the imaginary,
a Harry Potter game set to launch
magic in the air
with a mobile app spectral, ghostly and fair.
Harry Potter fans can revel in this supernatural news
‘cos it will take away all your unnatural blues.
‘Fighting legendary beasts,
Taking down enemies’
part of this awesome game
came as predicted after the Pokémon Go game
to bring Harry Potter more fun and fame.
An AR based magical game for the young and old.
Play it fellas, innumerable game treasures sure to unfold.
Robot Sophia one-up on Saudi Women
And you thought that AI was a fantasy?
A fear now, innovative as it may sound and appear
a fast becoming reality
when superficial, inanimate objects
barge into human realistic space
to claim their place
predicting a human doom
created unfortunately by humans themselves
who pride in a technology waiting
to overtake human creation –
by a humanoid nation.
How crazy can it be
when a female robot gets citizenship
by a country that refuses to grant legal status
to children born of mixed race.
Oh! What hypocrisy! What a disgrace!
when human women considered less
than humanoid ones.
No hijab, no male guardian
for this female robot.
What an ugly dot!
Pope Berates Mobile Clad Bishops
Don’t push the Pope against the wall
or else, using the mobile might become a sinful call.
Slamming mobile users by locals, bishops, priests alike
‘Lift up your hearts, not your phones’ he derides.
‘Put down those smartphones’ he tells them.
But, are people listening
in a world obsessed with recording events
instead of being part of it;
In a world trapped into celebrating technology
instead of using it to connect;
Disconnecting with themselves, others
instead of enjoying life, the moment?
Does it need the Pope to make us realize
that prayer, mass is for religious fervour
not picture clicking frenzy?
Hasn’t the mobile obsession crossed its limit
for the Pope to ask mankind to keep off limit?
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Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.