While we see the ups and downs in currency rates around the world, we must remember that Knowledge is the most dependable currency. There are hundreds or probably thousands of magazines published every month, but not all of them are knowledge magazines. While there is nothing wrong with reading other genres for the entertainment purpose, one must remember to read the magazines with a substance. Safari is one such magazine. And thus, we read it on regular bases.
It is sad that the English edition of the same was unable to survive and only Gujarati edition is available, making its reach limited. With that, I want to draw your attention towards an interesting magazine named Sudharama – which is the only Sanskrit magazine published in India as of now, as far as I know. I have talked about it in this article, and insist you go for it. Such magazines are like cultural inheritance and we should do our bits to keep them functional.
June 2018 issue of Safari Magazine hit the newsstand quite on time, I was, however, caught with some other stuff and thus the review is a little delayed. So, without wasting any more time, here we go.
Because the editorial lets the editor create a direct connect between him/her and the reader, it is always essential. It allows the editor to share his/her vision for the respective media and content published and respond to some of the reader reactions as well.
In this month’s editorial Harshal Pushkarna talks about data snooping and mobile phones. Mobile phones are now considered as “smart” phones and they became almost an integral part of our daily lives. In order to provide best choices to us (and to target us for more curated advertisements) they track our activities, and thus invades our privacy. Knowingly or unknowingly, being a part of the rat-race we allow the devices to do the same! When a whistleblower talks about it, or when a specific data-leak incident surfaces, we talk about it on social media, upvote it, and then forgets about it. It is definitely dangerous.
Remember the sarcastic dialog in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, where a character asks something like, “since when the phones became smart?” We needs to be vigilant to keep our privacy and data safe.
We’ve talked about Facebook’s data leak in a review article for Safari – April 2018 issue. You may like to read about The Fifth Estatate movie as well.
The best part of this segment is the tips provided to limit the apps from accessing unnecessary details from your smart phone(s). And, yes, Tinu Abraham’s case of using Amazon’s Echo device, and what happened to him, is a must read.
To answer some curious readers who want to know more about Time Travel, there is a detailed article about Time Travel.
If you love reading articles about science, you must have known about the theory of relativity. As per the theory the time also travels following the same theory. So it is quite possible that when you are travelling at super sonic speed, the time passes slowly. This basic concept is explored in many movies in dramatic manner and is often referred as Twin paradox.
Rather than talking more about it, I will suggest you to read a very detailed article in this issue which is studded with graphics, illustrations and photographs to make the theory easy to understand.
In the “incredible India” segment, this time Sushil Bhatiya talks about Bali.
The article talks about ancient names for various South-East Asian countries, Bharat (that is India)’s relations with them and how people from India went there and how the culture there is influenced by them. The article talks about the many ancient Indian traditions alive there, which are even on the verge of being forgotten in India.
The article is quite interesting. It could have been longer to provide more information. Definitely worth reading.
Captain Vijay Kaushik’s article about the no-entry places around the world is something you don’t want to miss. Especially, the spectrum he has covered. While some of the places are restricted to enter due to security reasons, the others are for the secrecy and other reasons. Some of the places are removed from the maps intentionally. You cannot find such interesting information anywhere else.
To keep your interest alive, I will restrict myself from talking more about the places and the reasons why they are restricted. I can simply name them.
Wittenoom : Australia
Arctic Doomsday Vault
Metro -2 : Russia’s Nuclear Bunker
Coca Cola’s Strong Room
Freeport : Geneva : Switzerland
Google’s Datacenter in Lenoir, USA
Curious to know more about these places right? This 9 page article tries to do justice by providing illustrations and graphics where possible. If you love to explore the world and curious to know interesting facts, than this article is for you.
We all know about the tragic incidents of World wars. The atomic bombings on Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki made these places famous (wrongly) around the world.
Ace author Nagendra Vijay comes with a very detailed article on how this incident ws planned and executed and more importantly, the aftermaths of the same. You can learn from this article that how a political decision can prove to be harmful?
The article is studded with historical photographs which are rare to find.
The author knows how to talk about some serious stuff in interesting manner, and the way he integrates the making of the film “The Conquerer” with the series of nuclear explosions, is something out of the box.
This 11 pages long article is like a treat, don’t miss.
There are many other interesting and detailed articles in this issue, which puts it into not-to–miss category.
- Global warming and its adverse effects on India
- Africa continent is breaking down physcally
- The fact-finder and Q/A section
Definitely a worth reading magazine by all means. The only downside is, it is written in a region language making its reach limited.
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