The first thing that intrigued me about Sidhharth Gupta’s blog was the name: “The Standing Coin.” What would ‘the standing coin’ mean? The blog is a potpourri of stories that range from traditional book reviews and poems to opinions about movies and commentaries by a modern teenager on the political system, and a few dandy snaps in “The other side of the camera”.
From all the poems, the one that stands out is “The Sunset of Daybreak” that describes life through these natural events of sunset and daybreak. In the story “Who am I? : An Indian teen’s identity crisis”, SidG brings out the perplexities that an Indian teen goes through over her/his identity on account of the multiple rifts and divides in our society.
In another, (“Its okay to be confused”) he delves into the career choices a teen has to make, from a range of stereotypes and the baggage that comes along.
He criticises the “hard-working Indian politician”, who is eager to serve his constituents in “What a joke Indian Politics is”. Unlike many who constantly point a finger at a particular family for ‘creating’ dynasties, SidG points out the other numerous dynasties that also exist in the country but are missed out occasionally. (“Mere baap ka hai dynasty politics”)
The Standing Coin covers nearly every facet that a young modern-day blogger could scribe. It is exhilarating and breaks out of the ‘what the youth wants’ stamp, with a valid retort by someone who is young. As SidG puts it: “Yes, ladies and gentlemen, in a nation where nearly 58% of the population is under 30, and can be legally elected with a minimum age of 25, 41 is classified ‘YOUNG’.”
The blog will definitely beguile the au courant, blooming section, giving them an insight into something that they should unquestionably gather on, that is our country’s structure of governance, contemporary and approaching.