April 1, 2011 Off By Editor

Dear Readers,

Greetings once again with a brand new edition. Holi is gone and a somewhat cooler weather is back, examinations over (or almost are) and India is on a wonderful spree in the cricket World Cup (though not without raising several suspicions over staged “performances”). The country is riding on a wonderfully enthusiastic and free spirited synergy at the moment. Doesn’t it seem so?

Wherever you cast your glance the newspapers are full of the buzz of life this fortnight. Japan’s tragedy awakened organizations like Greenpeace into leading a march to the Parliament on 25 March demanding reviews of nuclear plants in Jaitapur, Maharashtra. Teachers all over the north of the country are decrying arbitrarily imposed higher education policies as another tension filled academic year draws to a close. The North east has seen some good news to cheer for the last month one of the most important being the proposal to set up separate high courts in the states of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Of course you will say, dear readers, that we need not talk of serious matters on the first of April when the world is turned into a well meaning playground of pranks and mischief. As Mark Twain had sportingly put it, “the first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year” and perhaps it will be worth our while to not let go of being aware of the sensitive issues of the day even as we engage in the jest-filled spirit of the day. The excitement of the World Cup Final match tomorrow has the whole nation biting their finger nails and not for the love of the game alone. Several larger socio, political and economic concerns have a stake in the cup tomorrow. The flurry of action doesn’t end tomorrow for the lay citizen of the nation either. The Assam Assembly elections, for instance, are slated just around the corner and it is time once again for the people of the region to exercise their democratic rights in shaping the region’s political course in the near future thus ensuring a very busy civic life in the coming days.

This issue in keeping with the mixed spirit of the month of April, we bring to you two lovely pieces of fiction by Manjil.P Saikia. As a build up to the coming festivities of Bihu, we bring to you the simple yet tricky recipe of the mouth watering tilor ladoo from the kitchen of Chandan Kr. Das Continue keeping in pace with the Cricket World Cup with our special review. In keeping with the spirit of joy and sensitivity this weekend, we at Fried Eye join our friends world over to celebrate another very special day tomorrow: The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with in their own unique ways raising funds and spreading the word. We thank Lipika Saharia in helping us do the latter by sharing her experience with autistic children with us and our readers.

Hope you have an enriching reading experience.

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