My experiments with “Jewellery”!

Jewellery forms an integral part of every woman’s life. Those dangling earrings, sparkling necklaces, jingling bangles, tinkling anklets et all. redefines and enhances the beauty of a woman, sure enough for a man to go “weak on his knees” for her.

Its a very common sight in India,to spot jewellery,donned by girls/women belonging to all ages,culture,religion,creed and from different walks of life. Husbands/boy friends,men in general,have had unsuccessful attempts and faced tough time,alienating women from jewellery. Jewellery brings pride,status and prestige to a woman, every time she flaunts it to her friends, at social gatherings,parties, functions or ceremonies.

I,being a woman,too have this fetish for jewellery. I had spent my fortune in amassing jewellery sets comprising of matching earrings, necklaces, bangles, anklets etc, in turn,turning my dad bankrupt,while swiping his card every time, on my purchases in India. The vendor used to always give me “Are you seriously gonna buy this much”? look, every time I dumped the jewellery pieces on his desk, during check outs.

After wedding, I was successful in convincing my hubby, the dire “necessity” in carrying my jewellery collection to USA, despite having to pay extra baggage cost. Now, my hubby has given up all hopes,of me abandoning jewellery, or refraining from purchasing them, even in US. 🙂

During recent “Beads show” in US, I successfully plundered different genre and colors of beads, with the acumen of creating jewellery sets myself. I also bought the necessary accessories to facilitate me in jewellery making, comprising of crimps, strings, fillers, earring hooks, hand pliers, etc.

Last weekend,being a long weekend,on account of “memorial day”, I started my experiments with “jewellery making. The beads, strings,fillers,earring hooks,et all, lay scattered on the floor, with me comfortably seated on carpeted floor, engrossed in my new adventure.

I was able to create few jewellery sets: necklaces and matching earrings, which I proudly flaunted,on emails,facebook,photobucket,picasa and twitter. I was amazed at the overwhelming response I received from family,friends and followers,on my creations. This has encouraged me to create more jewellery in future. 🙂

Thanks to all my friends and twitter followers who absolutely loved,appreciated and admired my jewellery sets. Thanks for all the encouragement! 🙂

Few “Jewellery sets” created by me:

1) Brown bead and White Swarozki set: necklace and earrings:

2) White bead and Blue Sapphire set: necklace and earrings:

3) Jade “double layer set” – First ever piece of jewellery made by me 🙂

4) Pure Jade combination set: necklace and earrings

5) Black bead and silver filler set: necklace and earrings

6) Me at work! 🙂

7) My bead box

Posted in 2011, Beads, Earrings, Jewellery, Necklaces, women | 5 Comments

“Hosa Diganta” PLAGIARISES my Comic!

Kannada daily, “Hosa Diganta” had published my comic sans my name on May 31st 2011 on Page 6.

I was shocked by their unprofessionalism. I shot emails to the editor,bringing this incident to their notice.

Before proceeding further,my heartfelt thanks to all my friends, followers, blog readers ad subscribers for sharing, commenting and retweeting this link on twitter. Thank You for ALL the help,support,love and encouragement friends!

My special thanks to @AvinashCKM @jemin_p @PunjabXpress @Krishnara for taking up this issue and writing an email to Hosa Diganta editors.

Below is the letter sent by me to the editor of “Hosa Diganta”, a Kannada daily for Plagiarizing my comic:

Their email ids are:, and


Respected Sir/Madam,

This letter is in reference to the article titled, “Bharatiyanenalu Rahuligey Naachike ante” carried on your reputed newspaper on May 31st 2011, on Page 6. This article was accompanied by a comic, featuring Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Link to your newspaper article:

I am writing this letter to you out of sheer disappointment and aghast, to bring to your kind notice, that, the comic used by your article is originally a comic done by me.

Link to my original comic:

I am Swathi Pradeep and I have been creating comics under the pseudonym “ARCHERS COMICS” for my comics blog since more than two years now.

I am extremely disappointed to see my comic feature in your reputed newspaper without any reference given to me , or my comics blog or my twitter handle @drone_gal (which can be seen on the left sidebar of my comics blog, quite prominently).
I would like to know why my name or any reference to me was skipped on your newspaper article, when you carried the translated version of my comic.

I would sincerely appreciate if “journalistic professionalism” is displayed by giving credit to me,where it is due.

Thanks in advance, for the understanding!

P.S: Screenshot of my original comic and the comic used by your article can be found here:

Top one is my original comic. Bottom one is the Plagiarized comic


Update on June 1st, 2011, 6:00 PM IST
Its been 18 hours since I wrote an email to them, I have neither received their reply, nor seen any rectification done. Am I asking for too much? or is this how a magazine gains popularity: “By ripping off content from blogs sans acknowledging the bloggers”?



Update on June 10th, 2011:

Hosa Diganta has rectified its mistake and given me due credit. Screenshot attached below:


The above screenshot translates to:
” In the article carried by Mrs Hilda Raja, there was a comic lifted from internet. We had forgotten to mention the creator’s name. Our readers have informed us that, the original creator was “SWATHI PRADEEP”. We apologize for our mistake”


By the way, they have not replied back to my email or sent me any apology letter. But “something is better than nothing”, ain’t it? 😉 😉


Follow me on Twitter: @drone_gal

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I support Anna Hazare!

Anna Hazare movement has ramified BOTH online(blogosphere, twitter and facebook) and offline community,into two spheres,where people from different strata,society,status,genre,age,religion and walks of life,in India and across the world, are frantically expressing their views “for” and “against” it. Indian media like NDTV and CNN IBN are trying their level best to save Congress’ skin,thereby maligning Anna Hazare and his Janlokpal bill.

Anna Hazare

What is Janlokpal bill?

Few stalwarts like Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, etc, formed an organisation called India Against Corruption to fight against the FARCE Lokpal bill proposed by the government. This organisation has gained large visibility and momentum, both on facebook(with more than 54,000 people) and twitter(more than 3000 people) supporting it. When this org was formed,least did they expect that,they would receive such tremendous support.

The salient features of Janlokpal bill are:

  1. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.
  2. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
  3. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.
  4. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.
  5. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.
  6. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
  7. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
  8. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

When Anna Hazare lead a march in January, they expected a crowd of 3000 people,but to their astonishment,they received an overwhelming response of more than 30,000 people.

A 72 year old man,Anna Hazare is observing a fast until death from April 5th,2011 at Jantar Mantar,so that we and our children can lead a better,corrupt free and quality life. Surprisingly,more than 12 lakh people have turned up at Jantar Mantar in support of his fast. They are patiently listening to his speeches, observing “fast” with him, cheering him and supporting the cause. The common elements seen in the supporters,(which comprise of youth,elders,men ,women,children,doctors,students,engineers,housewives etc) are anger,frustration,irritation etc. All are frustrated with the current functioning of government. People are frustrated with the speed at which new scam is cropping up,everyday,which will even override the rate of cropping up of mushrooms. Anger and frustration,bundled up,inside people’s hearts for more than 42 years are now being erupted. They needed an outlet to vent out their irritation,anger and frustration against this corrupt government,officials and politicians. They needed a spark,a podium, a cause.They needed a leader to hold their hand and lead them towards right direction,one movement to be worthy of the fight. They couldn’t have found something,more credible and apt movement,than the one,lead by a ethical and credible leader like Anna Hazare to change the fate and future of India, their own lives and the future of their children,for good.Anna Hazare’s supporters have even shooed away few politicians who had visited Jantar Mantar to have talks with him.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has called Anna Hazare childish. Many politicians are calling this non-violent movement,”blackmail”. CNN IBN and NDTV journos did not miss the opportunity of linking this movement to BJP and RSS,thereby calling Anna Hazare, a RSS man or a person belonging to Sangh Pariwar. Many believe he has been influenced and planted. Many tweeters are expressing their views against him and his movement. Ms Barkha Dutt, who recently had invited Kiran Bedi on her show,fight against corruption, changed tunes and is frantically tweeting hatred against Anna Hazare and his movement. Irony eh? Congress lapdogs like NDTV,CNN IBN are at their best,trying to churn out rubbish,and giving this movement a political twist.

Whether people like it,hate it,criticize it,condemn it or loathe it, Anna Hazare has been trending at #1 spot on twitter since 2 days,with more than 2000 tweets sent in support of Anna Hazare,every 2 seconds! Astonishing ain’t it? Times now is currently in favor of this movement.

What I fail to understand is the same people who sang praises of M.K Gandhi and called him “Father of the nation” when he held “Salt Satyagraha” , “Dandi March”, “Quit India movement” etc, are now condemning and criticizing Anna Hazare when he is following Gandhian footsteps of non violence and fasting until death,to fight corruption. They are calling his “fast”, blackmail. So,by the same yard stick,does Gandhi’s non violent movement also amount to blackmail?

Congress government’s apathy towards this movement is pathetic. Its been second day of fast,but still, neither Sonia Gandhi, nor Manmohan Singh or Prathibha Patil have visited Anna Hazare, or requested him to end the fast or proposed to have talks with him,regarding his fast or movement. If Anna Hazare faces any health issues,due to his fast, will it not prick the conscious of these apathetic people?

Also, if these corrupt people are not in favor of this movement,its fine. But instead of refraining from commenting,they are indulging in defaming,name calling,maligning,criticizing and ridiculing a 72 year old man,who is on fast,not for his own selfish needs,but for the future of India.

Lately,PM Manmohan Singh had falsely accused Anna Hazare for not having sane and calm talks with him, to solve this issue. But,Anna Hazare has denied and proved ALL those allegations wrong by writing this 5 point letter to Manmohan Singh.

Previously, Mr Sharad Pawar was appointed as the head of “government of ministers” to frame the lokpal bill. But,Anna Hazare criticized and questioned this decision of electing a corrupt minister, like Sharad Pawar to head a committee, designed towards forming a bill against corruption. The first achievement of Anna Hazare movement is “Resignation of Sharad Pawar” following this criticism.

Also,Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan,Diya Mirza,Juhi Chawla,Anupam Kher,Purab Kohli,Priyanka Chopra,etc have rendered support of Anna Hazare through their tweets,and also,pleading their followers to follow suit.

Do you ever lament,for not being part of freedom struggle, lead by Mahatma Gandhi? You can definitely compensate for it,by rendering your support to Anna Hazare’s movement. The only difference is Gandhi fought against Britishers,but Anna Hazare is fighting against pseudo-Gandhis and the corrupt system.

Please support JanLokPal and Anna Hazare on:
1) Facebook:
2) Twitter :!/janlokpal

Its NOW or NEVER!!!


P.S : A blogger,S.Sudhir kumar also writes why he fasts for Anna Hazare! His post can be found here

Another blogger, i_panchajanya has written his views, as to why he supports Anna Hazare here

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Throughout my life, I have witnessed various spectrum of “Sycophancy”. Some included,few classmates “buttering” teachers to procure “extra marks”, some employees in organisations, “boot licking” their bosses for “promotion” and “perks”, but,all, I can say is “Nothing,beats NDTV,(Hands down!!) in SYCOPHANCY”!!

When,billion Indians,around the globe were busy watching,tweeting,feebing,expressing, Team India’s brilliant performance during India Vs Pakistan,Semi Finals match at Mohali on March 30th,how could NDTV miss this “golden opportunity” of performing their assigned PR job for Congress’ prince “Rahul Gandhi”?!

NDTV and its journos were busy capturing and reporting various “moods” of Rahul Gandhi and frantically tweeting about his “presence” at the match,the moment they spotted the prince at the stadium. Tweeple were already frustrated with this irritating sycophancy,but the “last straw,which broke tweeples back, was this below MAIN banner on NDTV website after INDIA won Semi Finals”! Hang on, isn’t the man with dimpled grin,on the extreme right of the banner,Rahul Gandhi? Why is he juxtaposed along with Team India?!

So,according to this above banner, it was not Sachin’s 85 runs, not Yuvraj Singh’s and Harbhajan’s Singh’s terrific bowling attack, not Indian team’s performance, but it was “the auspicious presence of Rahul Gandhi,that India won”?!

Really NDTV? I mean, Really?!!!! How low,can you stoop in your “yellow journalism”?!

There were dozens of media,cricket,bollywood celebrities out there,who had taken a day off their busy schedule to be present at the stadium, and the ONLY person you spotted amongst the heavily packed spectators,was RAHUL GANDHI?!! Hmm… “Eagle eyesight,I must say”!!

If you desperately wanted to portray politics and cricket,you could have at least photoshopped the picture of Manmohan Singh,juxtaposing with Team India,after India’s win. Or,does Rahul Gandhi,hold more priority to you,than our own honorable Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh?!

With your every tweet,every news,every photo,every video and every link on your website,you are just reinforcing the fact that NDTV is indeed an acronym for “Nehru Dynasty Television”!

Why this level of sycophancy? Eyeing for “Padma Shri” or “Bharat Ratna”??

According to Newton’s third law,”Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. This sycophancy had an equal reaction too! Frustrated tweeple,threw “brickbats” left,right and center,at NDTV and their journos Barkha Dutt,Vikram Chandra,Prannoy Roy,Nidhi Razdan,etc,demanding explanation as to,what was Rahul Gandhi’s contribution to India’s win”!

Finally,NDTV had to “cave in” to tweeple’s demands and change their main banner. Find out how..

Few screenshots of tweets from frustrated tweeple: (These are just a sample,there are thousands of tweets out there, bashing NDTV for its “yellow journalism”!)

Believe it or not, within 20 mins of this avalanche on Twitter, NDTV changed its main banner to this:

According to ancient saying,people can be mended in three ways : “Saama”,”Beda” and “Danda”.

Some people mend by sweet words,

Some people mend by harsh words..

But NDTV mends by “brickbats”!”

P.S: If you are one,amongst the crowd out there,who still think Twitter is a place where people update statuses like “what they drank”,”what they ate”, “when and where,they took a dump”, etc, its HIGH TIME, you RETHINK! 😉

P.P.S: I still cannot believe that I wasted this space to give mileage to NDTV and Rahul gandhi..!!

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The word “Euthanasia” is sure enough to send a chill down the spine.Living in emotional and highly sensitive country like India, the utterance of the word euthanasia is considered as social or cultural taboo. Different religions preaches the “Right to LIVE” and it is a sin to kill.

On March 07,2011,Supreme Court of India,rejected the appeal for “Euthanasia” for Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse hailing from Karnataka. It allowed passive euthanasia, but rejected active euthanasia.



Before we get into the specifics of “Euthanasia”, lets revisit the story of this unfortunate woman, Aruna Shanbaug. Aruna worked as a junior nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital.She was planning to get married to the medico working in the same hospital.But, on November 27th,1973, all her dreams were shattered, when a ward boy, Sohanlal Walmiki brutally strangled her with dog chain and then sodomized her.These acts resulted in loss of oxygen supply to Aruna’s brain, leading to brain stem injury, damaging her cervical cord and leaving her blind. The police then lodged a case of robbery,assault and attempt to murder, but not rape(even though it was forced sodomy) fearing social stigma. The attacker was awarded seven years imprisonment. He was later released,changed his name and is now seems to be working in another hospital (according to few tweets from twitter). Aruna is living in PVS [Permanent Vegetative State] ever since this unfortunate incident. Her own family abandoned her after this fateful incident. Her fiance has married another woman and he now lives happily with his children.

Aruna has been living as a vegetable for more than 38 years now. The nurses at KEM are selflessly tending,treating and nursing Aruna like their own child. She cannot see,speak or hear. She is brain dead.Many doctors still insist that she responds to “touch”. Today,these nurses constitute Aruna’s real family,for having served her with great love,care,concern and compassion for all these years, when her parents and family had abandoned her 38 years ago.

In 2009,Pinki Virani the author of the book,”Aruna’s Story” moved SC for euthanasia. Since then,this topic has captured eyeballs of Human Rights groups,activists, philanthropists etc. On Jan 24, 2011  Apex court appointed a medical team to examine Aruna. On Feb 2011,The committee submitted a report that Aruna meets all the criteria for being in a permanent vegetative state”. Today, on March 7th, SC has rejected euthanasia petition and has awarded “passive euthanasia” instead of “active euthanasia”.

What is Euthanasia or Mercy Killing?

Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering.

Different forms of Euthanasia:

1)”Passive euthanasia” is usually defined as withdrawing medical treatment with the deliberate intention of causing the patient’s death. For example, if a patient requires kidney dialysis to survive, the doctors disconnect the dialysis machine, allowing the patient to die soon.

2) “Active” euthanasia or simply euthanasia is where the death is caused by the use of lethal substances.

3) “Voluntary euthanasia”– is euthanasia conducted with the consent of the patient is termed, which is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the US states of Oregon and Washington.

4)”Assisted suicide” -When the patient brings about his or her own death with the assistance of a physician

5)”Non-voluntary euthanasia”– is the term used, if euthanasia is carried out on a patient, who is not in a condition to express his or her desire to die.

Ever since the verdict,today,there has been an on-going debate on twitter. People are taking sides and are tweeting “pro” and “against” euthanasia,thereby giving their insights over this issue. The tags #euthanasia and #Aruna Shanbaug are trending on Twitter ever since SC’s verdict.

Few of the top tweets being:

The nurses of KEM were elated when SC rejected the petition. They danced with joy,cut cake and distributed sweets to celebrate their happiness. According to them, Aruna should die a natural death and should live till her last breath. At the same time, many renowned personalities and common people are expressing their anger over insensitive SC’s verdict and questioning as to how a person can live as a “vegetable” for more than 38 years? They are all “pro” euthanasia, who want justice for aruna and they want this tragedy to stop.

Frankly speaking, I am in a dilemma over this issue. I am neither “pro” nor “against” euthanasia, because, god forbid, I have not been in Aruna’s body to know how it “actually” feels.

Today, doctors and nurses are in such a helpless situation over this issue. They cannot understand or decipher whether Aruna wishes to live or die.

No one knows if every “breath” of Aruna is screaming,pleading and with utter dismay,asking for her death,saying,”I have suffered enough, please let me die at least now”. At the same time,no one even knows if every breath of Aruna is relentlessly and valiantly,fighting for her life,saying:”What was my fault? “Please let me Live”.

Some people want death for Aruna, some want life.. but, we don’t know what she wants… We can never gauge or understand what she wants, all thanks to this gruesome incident!!

In the meanwhile, during these chain of unfolding events of fighting “for” or “against” euthanasia for Aruna, we have all sidelined and forgotten the main culprit,Sohanlal, who is the sole person responsible for her pathetic plight today. Aruna is suffering for no fault of hers, while the culprit is moving freely on the streets,despite his gruesome act. He indeed served seven years imprisonment, but Aruna has been suffering for more than 38 years.

How does Sohanlal feel about Aruna’s plight today? Is his “guilty-consciousness” pricking him? Is he remorseful and sorry for her plight? or is he laughing his head off, at her plight? If he is not guilty for what he has done to her life, he is a disgrace to humanity!

Why should he be a happy and a free man,when Aruna is being punished like this? Why do rapists,murderers,criminals walk freely in our society, while the victims suffer? Why does social stigma,family,society etc prevent the victims from reporting such henious crimes? It’s high time, Indian laws are sanitized and newer and more stricter laws are implemented to severely punish the culprits and bring justice to the victims, thus enabling betterment of the society.

Everyone fighting for “justice for Aruna”, should also fight for “severe punishment” for Sohanlal. He should be made accountable for his gruesome act.

Posted in Aruna Shanbaug, Euthanasia, India, social issues | 11 Comments

The “DADDY” Returns…

“Oops, I did it again”, I played with your tweets, got lost in the game”

“Oh baby,baby! Oops, you think I’m genuine, holier than thou”

“I am not that Innocent”!! – [“Oops I did it again”- Britney Spears]

Previously,News Hour at Times Now had  twisted tweets of Twitter User, @sureshnakhua to substantiate their stand. Full Details can be found here:

My blog post on this issue was also mentioned by Huffington Post! Check the word startling discrepancies” in this HuffPost blog

Now,Times Now is back to its “old habits” of airing twisted tweets to justify their stand again.

Yesterday,the topic on News Hour debate by our beloved, Arnab Goswami was : “Politics as BJP says it will unfurl tricolor at Srinagar on Republic Day. Where do you stand? The News hour debate at 9:20pm”

Hashtags Lalchowkand Tiranga were trending at Twitter yesterday with thousands of Indians pouring over their thoughts on this issue.

Mr KanchanGupta, Associate Editor of Pioneer, also tweeted this:

The pic he was refering to was this:

Moving forward, my question is  “Is unfurling Tiranga at Srinagar, even a question or issue to be debated?” Since when did Times Now started to take Arundathi Roy’s words seriously?? 🙂 🙂

Many tweeple started to pour out their views,feedback, feelings,anger,disappointment,etc over this issue.

Times Now again,twisted few tweets on their show.

All the Original Tweets tweeted by tweeple and Twisted tweets aired on Times Now are attached below:

1)Malleshwara ‘s original tweet

1a) His tweet twisted on News Hour:

2)  Praween’s original tweet:

2a) His tweet “twisted”

3) Hemant’s original tweet:

3a)His tweet “twisted”

4) Chander’s original tweet

4a) His tweet “twisted”

Another user, @zoomindianmedia has also covered about this controversy in his blog:

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Congress’ “Jaw-dropping” Truths!

As an old joke goes:  “Since Pro and Con are opposites of each other,so are Progress and Congress”! 🙂

Disclaimer: This post contains explicit Truths that are not suitable for faint-hearted,congress/upa maniacs. Read at your own risk. 🙂

All materials presented here are virtue of articles found on various news websites and shared on twitter!

Here you go!

1)Lets start with Congress history: Nehru-Khan-Gandhi link:

2)Sonia Gandhi’s hidden trial:

3)Sonia Gandhi’s SHOCKING History:


5)Rahul Gandhi’s SHOCKING HISTORY!

6)”Schweizer Illustrierte” scan showing Rajiv Gandhi’s swiss account amounting to 2.5 million Franks from KGB.


Image: See Last Row,3rd column encircled in yellow:

7)Wikileaks on KGB

8)Digvijay says Hindu RSS are like Nazis; Confused what are Sonia brethren doing in these pics:

Hitler at Nazi’s Christmas Party during World War II

9)Congress all set to demonise RSS: By B RAMAN who is the former head of RAW’s counter terrorism wing and an expert on National Security issues.


11) ‎70 lakh crore in Swiss Bank belongs to INDIA! And they say,”India is a poor country”!

12)INDIA is on SALE:

Keep watching this space for more information! 🙂

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