Bye Bye 2019

It is rewind time once again. It is the occasion to look back and search for milestones and millstones in the year that is set to disappear into the archives of time. Year 2019, resorting to a cliche for want of an apt option, was a mixed bag for Odisha. It had its highs and lows, and heartwarming moments and heartbreaks. The state fought its battle with the nature and emerged scarred yet triumphant. It witnessed another pitched battle, a political one, with far- reaching consequences. Somewhere along the line sprinter Dutee Chand shook off inhibition and shocked the state by announcing that she was lesbian. In summation, it was a happening year.

It was a happening year for us too. At Odishabytes, we experimented with many interesting ideas and a new design, keeping with our persistent endeavour to offer readers quality experience. For 2020 we make no resolution. We want to take the good work of 2019 forward with greater energy.

Bye Bye 2019

Odisha Introspective


Have we stagnated as a society? The question does not render itself to easy answers. Any attempt at one is likely to get enmeshed in subjective assessment, personal prejudices and stubborn opinions. With thousands of voices demanding to be heard, we may get chaos in the end instead of a clear answer. But societies need to step beyond their comfort zones from time to time to introspect and put themselves under harsh scrutiny. From the chaos will emerge the path to rejuvenation.

We at intend to kick off an immersive conversation on the state of our society with Odia asmita (pride) as the guiding theme. Our series of articles will examine Odisha from a myriad angles. Not all will be flattering to the collective ego. Some will be uncomfortably candid. We would be happy to receive equally sharp rebuttals, logically argued, devoid of personal attacks and expressed with coherence. We invite thought-provoking articles from readers too.

We promise to make it an intellectually-stimulating exercise and provide our readers a never before experience. Welcome to the chaos!

Odisha Introspective

Alumni Meet To Boost Utkal University Platinum Jubilee Show

For an institution marked for eternity, 75 years is not such a long journey. By the measure of time Utkal University may still be a toddler, moving ahead in unsteady babysteps, its tiny feet trying to explore the ground beneath. Or it may be in early adolescence, a tad unsure of itself but impatient to march into the uncharted future. As milestones go, three quarters of a century may not mean much to the institution, but for thousands of those whose lives it has shaped it matters. Jubilee celebrations are their way of saying thanks. Without the university they wouldn’t be at the stations which they occupy in the universe. Without it they would be aimless flakes in the wind.

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Bali Jatra

Odisha Of Yore

Cuttack Heritage Walks: Going Down Historical Lane At Maratha Barracks

Cuttack: There is a lot to explore in Cuttack and what better way to do it than be a part of Cuttack Heritage…

Of Hazy Memory And Inadequate History

Communal memory is more powerful than history. Our ancient maritime glory lives on in collective memory through the…

Puri In Egyptian Mythology

Egyptian mythology offers strong hints of maritime links with ancient Odisha. The land it mentions as Put or Punt…

In Odisha’s West, A Different Bali Jatra

In Sonepur, the land of Shakti worship, Bali Jatra assumes a different meaning altogether. According to tradition,…
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Bali Jatra

Memories Hazy And Vivid

Eighty-two years old now and his memory of the first visit to Bali Jatra is a bit hazy. "It was around 1957," says…

Dry Fish Special

What makes a fair special? It has to be the fascinating mix of smells, sounds and sights. It was true half a…

Old Habits Die Hard

Food is what attracted many to Bali Jatra. The range of eatables was wide. "Dahibara and aloo dum sold the most.…

Bali Jatra With A Tinge Of Nostalgia

"Nothing would stop our trips to the Jatra. A bunch of youngsters would set off on cycles from our hostel in…
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