Use Facebook on your Android device? Better watch out.

I am sharing my personal experiences here. And I promise the readers that neither my experiences, nor the conclusions are based on any conspiracy theory floating around in the internet.

I always believed that using Android phone was a bad idea, may be becuase I was never impressed by Google in their privacy policies - well, I’ll try to share the reasons for that sometime later. However, that uneasiness rised to a level of alertness when I started observing something strange - someone (or something) appeared to me as eavesdropping on my private in-person conversations at my home.

It all started with certain health related discussion. The time when I used to be regular in my office gym, one of my colleagues introduced me to a certain workout - planks, in which you just have to support your body over the hands and the toes with the rest of the body positioned like a “plank”.

Image for representation purpose only.
However, this was not just as easy as it sounds, it is very difficult for a man of average fitness to remain in this position for over two minutes - this had really surprised me. But that was many years ago, way before my marriage. Around an year back, when I started to get fitness concious again, one of the first things that came to my mind was planks and I started doing it and boasting about my progress to my wife. She had never heard of “planks” before ever in her life till then. However, after a few days of talkings over it, she started getting Facebook feeds particularly about “planks”. I am quite sure that neither of us has ever lookup up on the internet on planks. As I was already irritated with Google, I took it for granted that Google might be eavesdropping on our conversations through her Android phone.

That reminded me of a certain conversation with a friend of mine some time back. He had complained of Ads., related to something he had spoken only over the phone - no googling, no social media activity. I spoke of my experience and the incident that occured to my friend, with my colleagues and friends. Strangely, most of them have faced similar incidents. Many had reported seeing feeds on items from their verbal conversations. But somehow, the focus was fully on the immoralities of Google, until a recent day when something similar happened.

PNS Ghazi - The Real Story

Spoiler Alert: In case, you haven’t watched the movie ‘The Ghazi Attack’ yet and and are unaware of the story which it deals with, this post may reveal minor facts which may lessen the thrill in watching the movie.
I am writing this post on the backdrop of the recent bollywood movie - ‘The Ghazi Attack’. While the movie is outstanding in its storyline and effects - apart from creating a hollywood alike thriller, it deviates significantly from the known facts - the real story of a thrilling naval conflict between India and Pakistan - the story of PNS Ghazhi.

PNS Ghazi

The Ghazi Attack - Bollywood movie

The Ghazi Attack (2017) poster
I would however start with my comments on the movie - The Ghazi Attack. The movie is a fantastic piece of fiction - yes, you read right - fiction. It portrays PNS Ghazi on a mission to destroy INS Vikrant encountering an indian submarine - S 21, and consequent events leading to Ghazi’s destruction. The movie displays good amount of details on the submarine and underwater operations and the crew have done good amount of research on naval operations and procedures. The visuals in the movie are great and are hard to distinguish animations from real shots and takes care of even minute details to the extend of bubbles formed out of the propellor blades. The cast is also pretty good and the team refrain from super-human representation of the characters, which usually haunts Telugu origin movies. Having watched many of Hollywood’s best submarine movies like ‘The Crimson Tide’, ‘The Hunt for Red October’, I can confidently say the movie is at par with these if not a step ahead - in terms on the storyline as well as the visuals.

The real story of PNS Ghazi

Back in August 1971, a full fledged war between India and Pakistan was imminent owing to the internal war in the then East Pakistan - which is current Bangladesh. For the Pakistan Navy, INS Vikrant - the sole aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy - was the biggest threat in case the war broke out. INS Vikrant, along with its squadron of Sea Hawk aircrafts and Sea King helicoptor could effect a naval blockade in Bay of Bengal preventing supplies and reinforcements for the Pakistani operations in East Pakistan. Out of no options, Pakistan Navy designated the only vessel in its arsenal which could operate in hostile remote waters - PNS Ghazi - with its secondary mission to maximise Indian naval casualities by laying mines off the Vishakhapattanam coast. Commanded by Cdr. Zafar M Khan, its primary mission - to find and destroy INS Vikrant.