Pulling back the curtain …Netaji files are going to be declassified … should we remember this day -18th September 1985

After a long murky silence I intend to resume my blog again, but this is not in the line of User Experience or Information Architecture as expected rather this time this river has taken a turn backwards to flow over of a particular event that took place at this day September 18, 1985.
The night at the bank of ‘Saryu River’ witnessed a funeral, on Guptar Ghat ,  in Faizabad UP supposedly of an unanimous national hero`s . He was cremated wrapping up in tricolor flag national flag, accompanying by 13 people. Where as his last rite should have fetched more than 13 laks people.
Yes , I am referring to the death of Gumnami Baba alias the Great Subhash Bose as told by media. I am not sure about the truth but if it is as it is being claimed then it is shocking. Shocking truth as published in many journals many a time - buried under unfathomable treachery and unjust. 
It is said that at the time of independence as per there was a secret deal in -Transfer of Power , Volume VI , which established , British Government knew the existence of Netaji and summoned to tag this great freedom fighter as a War Criminal. Followed is the sample letter – (Declassification of documents,) 



In this blog I have written many obituaries and I remembered many illustrious personalities, this time I have decided to write about this mysterious chain of events which highlighted by TOI lately and if it is true then this piece is to pay my homage to the star that has gone down long ago but still written in the starlight on top of our pale sky. 

But to make it simple- very simple, audience should focus these following claims articulated by media in time to time and then probably invest their time by reading the related documents. Then may be, if at all is required we may draw any inference to uncover the truth. A justice is the justice for all. 
·         ·         Justice Mukherjee Commission has discarded the Air crash Theory in Taipei in 1945. According to the commission the ashes kept in Tokyo's Renkōji Temple is of Ichiro Okuras.  (source:
·         As documented Indian Government during the time of  Nehru Regime played a key part to suppress the facts – it is said to Nehru had written a letter to Prime- ministerial  office England ( Source : )   
·         Leading handwriting expert B Lal, who compared the handwriting of this letter with Netaji's writings, said they were an exact match.  ( )
·         Justice Mukherjee Reveals Truth ( )
·         Bhagwanji talked about the escape to USSR via Diren in Manchuria after a "concocted air crash". He talked vividly about how prison camps functioned in Siberia. ( )
·         Netaji myth: Churchill’s target, MI-6 spy and Gumnami Baba ( )
·         On September 7 1963, Leela Roy sent a letter to Netaji1s close friend Dilip Roy “I wanted to tell you something about friend , he is alive and in India”
·         Sunil Gupta, Atul Sen concluded that Bhagwanji himself was Netaji and Atul Sen have hinted that Netaji was regarded as enemy No. 1 of Allied powers and that there is a secret protocol that binds the Indian government to deliver him to Allied 'justice' if found alive. Lila Roy written a letter around 1962 to Netaji`s close associate Dilip Roy that Subhash Bose was alive. (Source:
·         There were an astounding range of books and documents pertaining to Netaji, including the dissent report of Suresh Chandra Bose are made available -Anuj Dhar an eminent Journalist – (Indias Biggest Cover Up)   Samar Guha (Netaji: Dead or Alive) and many others .
·         Many other links which could turn out to be valuable resource in this matter
(Times of India Links)
Finally, our honorable Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has announced that 64 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose lying with the state's Home Department would be declassified and put in public domain from this Friday. ( )
The whole idea of writing this blog post is not to take any stand on any side on anything, being apolitical and a mere blogger and also being an Indian it is a humble attempt to see through glass which is now covered with mist. Let us, unfold the saga if it worth.
Nothing remain unchanged, he was and is amongst the greatest in our history and will be for generation to come. 


Merry Christmas

Back then, it was night, a dark cold night with murky silence .He glanced through the window, there the passerby of the dusking locality fades out slowly.  Insomnia stuck its pins into his eyes .He had buried himself into the deep thoughts.  Saint Nicholas murmured, this is the time that he should pay back to his people for what they stood beside him all through the year.  The spirit evokes. The podium stages the drama– and the artist falls apart, his tool became protagonist, Space and time, Fate and Chance became the forces to unlock the art, from the moment we enter this atmosphere we are in the flow of it and wished that we could make it linger or felt time slow on a festive spirit.


Anthropological Approach to Experience Marketing

It is being said that Digital advertising is getting powerful now than it ever has been. But where does the UXM(User Experience management) Stands? Are we lagging behind the trend?  If there is enough research has already made to demystify consumer psychology in the IT sphere? Does the current research have any significant values on consumer behaviour? Does it tends to offer very limited views, and is of little practical value? Who are the netizen that consumed UXM solution in today’s world?  Does the end result of such fragmented research often leaves major “soft” behavioural issues unaddressed or unaccounted.
In the view of above Anthropology is becoming an increasingly popular source from which to borrow tools to investigate marketing and consumer behaviour as because the anthropological approach focuses on the influences of culture and society on the individual consumer’s behaviour; it emphasizes participant observation and academic analysis of consumer behaviour through both management and consumer perspectives.
The questions to be asked how subcultures differ from mainstream consumers in terms of their preferences for products and services, drawing attention to the viability and responsiveness pressures of potentially unforeseen markets. Lets us sheds some light on the characteristics of the tribes in order to understand their behavioural pattern.At this point, we can simply but safely say that the principles of today’s management are a scientific field of study about humans’ behaviours. Therefore Business Ethnography is to be with the practised to studies of corporate cultures in order to stimulate substantial growth. We would require to have shown how specific configurations of values within organisations can contribute to their success or failure. We need to be engaged in the emic feelings of informants.So what is today’s need amongst the tribes (end users and the potential clients) who wander into the IT arena for what good reasons .

Evolution of anthropology in organizational research and business education
It may happen Irish Americans reveal a tendency to retain the cultural characteristics of their heritage, thereby having implications for the ability of conventional marketing efforts to cater to this subculture. Likewise, the Jewish subculture and provides some very compelling reasons why consumer behaviour characteristics of American Jews should not be disregarded.

May be I am getting too gabby in order to establish a simple hypothesis and that essentially is marketing follows a simple law - consumers purchase products that fit their needs.  The better a company knows its consumers’ needs, the more likely its products, services and communications will solve these needs. It just that simple. 

Example 1 Housekeeping goes social and mobile applications need one characteristic to be successful and appreciated by consumers: in order to be useful and, possibly, worth to share with the friends, check out the online version of the app and you would understand the nuances very well. Example – 2 Think about a service called Pinterest ‘’and how well First Born a Digital Ad Agency team up with Uniqlo  for a project that owns Pinterest. The project targets five categories on which mosaics will appear: ‘men’s apparel, women’s apparel, geek, fitness and sports. This campaign with the post series of images rendered very simply, which we can really tell the story’. It looks simple albeit there were some technical challenges that had overcome by the Agency Firstborn. 
Example – 3 Now, Vodafone UK has launched a website which is the combination of Google Maps and Twitter to build the picture of where British people are going to spend their summer holidays.The website help the message spread which states that roaming charges across Europe have been eventually abolished by Vodafone.
Now all these above examples are actually the eye openers to the role of anthropology in business. These developments must have required that anthropology be given a higher profile within business classes to ensure results. The core concept in anthropology is culture. Be it culture of an ethnic group or chunk of netizens or whosoever is culture is an underlying dimension of all societies.  All human behaviour, including market behaviour, that’s too takes place within a cultural context.Cultural components are neither random nor haphazard, but form an internally logical and consistent adaptive system that helps individuals function successfully within their physical and social environment.  In other words, cultural beliefs and behaviour have pragmatic value: they are intimately bound up with people’s experiences in the real world.  

Synchronizing anthropology in digital spears (Neuroanthropology)

Now in Anthropology Anthropologists tend to study culture which is participant-observation. It involves living among a group of people, observing them and recording their behaviour. The resulting account of a cultural system and its members is termed ethnography. While doing participant observation, anthropologists try to adopt an emic approach, that is, uncovering “native” images for events and behaviour.  They are recorded separately from the observations and interpretations.  It is kind of “stereovision” (image of the left eye and image from the right eye) two distinct texts are created.  These texts need to be analyzed separately and then combined to reveal any differences.  To resolve certain discrepancies which exist, “native” informants should be asked to comment on the researcher’s descriptions and explanations.  These comments serve as a check on the researcher’s ethnocentrism while adding greater depth to the “native” view.  Similarly, discrepancies within the “native” text need to be uncovered and explained. Today, many anthropologists employ qualitative techniques (survey, for example), especially if they are doing research in complex organizations.  Now one may want to look at the digital arena, particularly in experience marketing where designers, Information Architect going through the similar steps when quantitative and qualitative techniques are combined (Example Likert scale, Delphi method, Projective techniques etc). Some anthropologists argue that in-depth participant observation (lasting at least several months) is the foundation of applicable anthropological research.  During this extended time period, researchers can move through the ideal patterns, to the belief patterns shared by informants, to modal behavioural patterns that will be observed and participated in.  Anything less does not qualify as a bona fide ethnography.A relevant case study in this regard would be of a leading finance service institution, ‘Citicorp, even created a vice presidency for anthropologist Steve Barnett, who discovered early warning signs to identify people who don't pay credit-card bills. Not satisfied with consumer surveys, Hallmark is sending anthropologists into the homes of immigrants to attend holidays and birthday parties to design cards they'll want.  No survey can tell engineers what women really want in a razor, so marketing consultant Hauser Design sends anthropologists into bathrooms to watch them shave their legs  (Seattle Times staff report, Feb. 22, 1999).’Anthropologists and anthropological methods offer a unique perspective.  Using advertising as an example, while focus groups would look at the demographics of a region to best select a specific advertising campaign, an anthropologist would study people’s reaction to the ad.  


Now In short, in MSAT are we ready to employ the anthropological approach (apart from just age old heuristic studies which may lacks an ethnological component) which is effective in the study of consumer behaviours?  Streamlining research could be acceptable if it produces useful and cost-effective information for the decision makers. Paying attention to the time value of money it may be the concern that it has to be unique (which it is) in nature particularly to the application of qualitative and virtual anthropology methods. It is to be grasped that Anthropology has gained a larger role within practitioner research in the business territory, from consumer behaviour studies to human resource management, and from cross-cultural marketing to strategic international business management. Of course, the application of anthropological methods in business education is not a simple combination of anthropology and business classes and for that we might have to come across to a Tool but that too again is different projection and would be discussed in due course of time. But the need of the hour is to expedite a substantial growth in institutional framework that can instigate paradigm shift from Vicious to Virtuous Cycle.  It is known Qualitative methods have long been taught within business schools and the current shift towards anthropology is destined to give these methods a higher profile.
Being a naïve I may not well jump upon to a conclusion whether this would be a critical pedagogy or a common goal shared by all business educators, it is clearly a more practical approach that could be reached.


Happy New Year

“ Come gather 'round people/Wherever you roam/… 
Come writers and critics/Who prophesize with your pen/And keep your eyes wide… 

Come senators, congressmen/Please heed the call/Don't stand in the doorway/Don't block up the hall/For ____that gets hurt/Will be ____who has stalled/There's a battle outside ragin'./It'll soon shake your windows/And rattle your walls…”


Happy Diwali & Kali Puja

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry,
"More light."  Sunlight.  Torchlight.  Candlelight. but the true beauty only is there is
light from within. That makes the path always bright.
Dipaboli is the festival of light, Let`s prey lights banishes the darkness from our lives to illuminate its journey


Murmur in the Woods, sometimes, it seems you are more distant... ,Sunil Gangopadhyay immerses into blue

There was a pink and golden billow of frothy clouds above the sky waiting to disappear under the shadow of Darkness. A crash of sorrow broke down in thunder over her head. Lights were humming out into the dark and her lips parted like a dead woman as though there were struggling upon them than a wisp of startled air. They made no sound. Yet there was sound, sound of pain, sound - whingeing threads of breadths. Neera began to cry, tears coursed down her cheeks, her mind would never romp again, why, there is still one more line to be written …
Sunil Gangopadhyay , Nil Lohit(blue Blood), is too far away from us , leaving well over 200 books. Such a prolific writer, whose works delighted the Bengali readers over the decades, Nikilesh , Neera remains in Bengali hearts not just as characters but they took further steps to embark upon into the world of reality and transcends past to the realm of imagination.
But it was not Neera and not Nikilesh which took my breath away in the time of my childhood, those days were filled with the adventure of Santu - a little boy like me, the witty fella who loved to fall in an adventure by chance and used to get out along with the might of Kakababu ( He was just like many other boys of my age at that time and wants to do everything that a boy of that age wants to do. And then there was this Man at his side Kakababu (Uncle) who lost one of his legs in a jeep accident, but never lost the courage and spirit of life. He was knowledgeable, adventurous and legendary. I started reading those frictions first time with ‘Jongolgorer Chaabi’ which was coming out in sequence in Monthly Anandamela   . By that time I have already read Feluda(, Professor Shonku ( , Gogol(,  Enid Blytons Famous Five(, The Seccret Seven ( and end number of Comics (Indrajal,DC, Marvel)
But Jongolgorer Chaabi dragged me to its arena and then there was no stopping. I immediately gulp down Sobuj Diper Raja . I remember how anxiously I had to wait for the next story to arrive. I was blessed with his other novels published in Saradiya Anandamela  Mishor Rohosyo, Nilmurti Rohosyo, Nilmurti Rohosyo, Aagun Pakhir Rohosyo,  Kakabau Banam Murtichor (short story) ---- (Published in Sharodiya Kishor Bharoti) to name a few.
That is how I grow with, carrying his story at my side to touch Neera, Sudhu Kobitar Jonyo(Only for the poetry), Hotat Neerar Jonyo, (for Neera) shudhu bhalobasar jonyo (For Love).  If Neera, Nikhilesh paved my way to the roads of poetry, it was ‘Purbo Pochim’ (first published in Desh Potrika which pushed me to the serious novels beside the Children’s friction.
Sei Somoy’ (, ‘Prothom Alo’ ( are falls into the genera of Historical Friction for which Hilary Mantel got an Bookers Prize , unfortunately for Sunil Ganguli born in Bengal, India unarmed with high pitched marketing tricks and mind-heartfelt translation that could have lead him to grab Bookers Prize or Pulitzers. Today when I read Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Orhan Pahmuk, Mo Yan , I wonder how could Sunil Ganguli too have felicitated with those awards. His novels, Aranyer Din Ratri,( Days and Nights in the Forest , Pratidwandi (The Adversary made into films by great Satyajit Ray. Moner Manush made into film by Gautam Ghosh and Sabuj Dwiper Raja. ( By Tapan Sinha.
Neera glanced up and held out her hand, if anyone has ever sailed on vast ocean, with no island to see, and things are out of reach, under the crystal water sky, where none ever have to say goodbye. Neera is there with him, they won’t move, speak or breathe hour upon hour … words like silent raindrops fell, and echoed in the wells of silence. 

“This hand has touched Neera's face, /could I use this hand to commit a sin,
ever again?/In the late evening glow/swathing the hanging balcony,/a 'daring' light had fallen on her face,/and like a telegram,/had instantly revealed Neera's grace!”
A breeze from the alien shores/would one day, soon,/carry this lady away/as nimble and graceful as a swan!/And the stairs would all give way/to the surge of a sudden quake!
I stop,and look deep into Neera's eyes .../I realize,love is such an ardent pledge,a deep emotional bondage,/and a sentiment bound in truth./My eyes begin to burn .../standing on the steps,/these lips had told Neera,/'I love you', once,/could a deceit play on these lips,ever again?


Samba groove - exiled in oblivion.

Olympic Medal doesn’t just drop from the sky. It has to be earned and that also takes nothing but the relentless efforts and irrepressible enthusiasm. That was what missing in this star-studded Brazil soccer side. The moment the ball kicked off for the final showdown at Olympic Stadium of the gold medal match between Brazil and Mexico, it was evident that the celebrities of the Brazil team are not willing to give their slightest efforts to bring back the glory that was much awaited for a long long time. The Olympic trump turned its face again away from their homeland.
Nevertheless, there are likes of Hulk whose stupendous efforts ignite the momentum at the last minute, eventually evaporated in the slender of time. It is their lacklustre attitude towards the game in the first half paid off at the end. Nymer , Oscar, Rafael were sluggish at the beginning as if they were always knew they could easily draw the line of difference  whenever they wish to. Unfortunately the gallant Mexicans thought otherwise and they made the Brazilians believe that football has also to be played with utmost sincerity, without complacency and paying due respects to the opponent. While the Brazil defence and Goalkeeping was as bad as ever, their midfield and attacks never made any impact to the opponent, it reflected the fact that they hardly penetrated the Mexican forte with any challenge that opened the goalmouth. On the other hand, two goals conceded at the each half was mostly due to the defensive laps and poor goalkeeping. The first goal which resulted from the lethal mistake made by Rafael through a back pass intercepted by the scorer could be prevented if the nineteen year old goal keeper had a little idea of positioning. The second one was due to the elementary mistake made by the defenders. They all stood like spectators and never bothered to move their feet at all, as if to see how a beautiful centre can be converted into a goal with a header. As soon as the demonstration went off, they suddenly realized, they are trailing by two goals and they should be try hard to equalize before kicking the bucket. But it was too late, time was fast running off and it was in the last minute of the match Hulk scored the first for Brazil and the real chance of equalizer came nearly after a minute in the stoppage time. That too also wasted by Oscar in a juvenile attempt. The score should be at least four two in the favour of Mexico, if they have not missed the easy two - three chances of scoring.

Football is greatest show on earth and Nymer , Oskar, Rafeal were busy showing their class rather than lifting the spirit and winning the match. Once again it proves that honor has too little value in exchange of money, which is way too exciting in order to pump an adrenalin rush to these Celebrity players. 

Let us join our hands and cheer for our very own Million Dollar Baby, Mary Kom  


Indian Hockey slaughtered into obscurity. Thanks to Individualism

Ok so this is it . The great Indian Hockey Team ends their run with great disappointment. Humiliating defeats five in a row, finishing with all defeats once the torch bearer of Indian glory fades out in gloom. They started with radiant hope of winning gold but buried under the dark despair inviting many scorns and pointing out some crucial factors that would certainly encourage disgust of million heads. 

Indian Team, let’s not call them a team, they are eleven egocentric souls with great physique and apparent skill playing for the individual glory, trying everything, galloping round the fields, showing flamboyant stickworks , running through the flanks , hitting hard to the goals except one thing and how shameful it is , to pass the ball to the fellow team mates ! Passing the ball must be below per their dignity, hurts their chauvinism‎, alien in their nature. They can only try passing if they are left out of all choices.

Honestly, the dejected Indian coach Nobbs who had come down from Australia to coach Indian Team , left dumbfounded when his students shows no respects to his teaching and discarded the idea of game plan , passing , thoughtful movements. These players are so well engrossed in the past pride, they mould the necessities of the game in their own way as if it is their birth right (purkho ka game hai bhai , ek phringi keya hummen khak shikhayega)  . Time have changed, it’s no longer the same game, never will be the same again, when players like Dhanchand , RS Gentil, Md Sahid ruled the game with their dazzling skills. The definition of modern hockey lies in the supremacy of team performance, innovative game plans, and one touch passing. It is more about the field goals and delivering the results rather than just finding opportunity to get a penalty corner and converting it.

Anyway I am not qualified to comment on this game, it’s just that the disheartened Indian heart curses with anger. There are stalwarts and gurus who will surely dissect the catastrophic performance and come out with conclusions though that too will be dumped into the dustbin. Before I end, I must take names of Sardara Sing , Chetri who stood out from the peril ,with their shinning  performance , Sardara ,who never waste keeping the ball with him unless it’s a necessity shows some light in the tunnel.

P.S.  Just when the Indian Hockey team finishes the journey with all defeats, the ‘Hero Indian’   ad begins to appear in Television… What a great mockery …Marci!  


Maut tu ek kavita hai ..A poem has made pact...that she will meet again… and they met while the Safar ends.

-       “What a life! You must agree Kaka, a very few are offered so much in their journey, did you   enjoy it?” asked Hrishida  
-      “Well I had to bear the painful association of loneliness only to reconcile a newly reunited       family to accompanying the dreadful ailment that covered in these last days. “Kaka returned. 

      The morning was extremely wet on earth, they were all sitting up together Hrishida, Pancham Kishore and Kaka leaving the strain below and the moisture vestiges in the million hearts outside. These three Pals sitting together one last time to chat with Hrishida.
-          “Huum , You had a political stint too Kaka, how was that safar if I may ask ? You were the one last seen with Rajiv Gandhi I suppose.  Hrishida proclaimed.”
-          “Yes –Kaka Replied. But Politics well I would say is getting extremely distasteful with every passing day. Spending time in Cinema was certainly more adoring and enchanting as well.”
-          “How many songs you created for the Death of Romance?”  Hrishida throws the question to Pancham
-          “Many , take any out of them would do injustice with the others.”  Pancham Said
-          “I sang almost all of his memorable songs, zindegi ka safar, maut aani hai ayegi ekdin, main syaar badnaam …mai chala,” Kishore interrupts
-          “Right, said Kaka, the unforgettable journey set with Kishore and Pancham actually paved the way, set the glory, made the journey memorable.”  
-          “Ok guys  we cannot prolong this meeting, either it has to be as brief as possible , heavens proceedings are so unpredictable, getting changed every time , you know that, no one knows what to expect. So before pulling the curtain, let us have a treat with one of your dialogue” – Hrishida Urged .
“ Arrey oh baabu moshai! hum to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jiski dor us upar wale ke haathon main hai kab, kaun kahan uthega ye koi nahin janta," – Kakas voice reincarnated again.
-          “From this point we will all depart, where will you head Rajesh?” Hrishida queries.
-          “Neverland I guess. She is here , waiting for me ,we made a pact long time ago … Zindegi ek paheli hai , or Maut ek Kavita hai, Therefore the riddle is solved and the Rider of the dream has to lose before the dream ,”
From the backdrop the melody of  Haste gate jahan se guzar… Muskuraate hue din bitana …Yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana” filling the air. Fans are deeply saddened with his demise on 18th July 10.Am … The ever smiling Rajesh Khanna will be remembered in the years to come. –the safar started with so many heats like  Swapno ki Raani, Nadia se Dariya, Yeh Jo Mohabbat hai, Chala Jata Hoo, Kora Kagaj tha , Main Shyaar Badnaam , Zindegi Ek Safar, Zidegi Ka Safar, and with the magic , mannerism smile  and  full of life …Jivan Ke Safar jine ke liye…but that too has to end like everything has an end. There by the first Indian superstar Rajesh Khanna ends his safar. 


World Music Day : Train Leaves Here This Morning ...

“Train Leaves Here This Morning" so better be catch it, no telling what to expect , “I don't know, what I might be on” but sure I am talking about this music train today passing through every corner of the world sweeping away the hatred leaving the water mark of love and emotion . The sky in this part of the world is filled with unbroken coverings of grey , amazing variety of greys. The passage of time extract the venom from most things and render them in form of hatred, hatred darkened the sky with clouds, you will close your eyes and the darkness behind your close eyelids will be like the grey cloud that covered the sky. Now open your eyes with advent of this train, listen to the whistle, overture of the music around the world, and hey the word changes in every few minutes, someone will be there to paint the cloud with a touch of red, yellow, blue and various other shades. Let the music flow, let the wind blow, and you throw your heart filled in love “don’t care where it lands--- just throw it”. “An ancient flower blooms. And the scent from its nature Slowly squares “ your room.   “Somebody take us away...”

"Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'."


New functions to sparkle the search

In the coming days as the trend goes , there are two things which is likely to boost up the search mechanism, one is Accent Folding functionality in search field  and the other one is faceted search. In the realm of usability this two would be the main hubbub and certainly would made an impact in the days to come (short period) .

Accent Folding functionality in search field

Accent folding functionality will help users in various ways. Softwares , apps or websites would just not be internationalized but with the easy support of Unicode they would appear as truly multilingual. Let me now explain how does this helps user to an extent and what’s so big about this commotion. Okay today `s users deal with data from everywhere, in multiple languages and locales, all the time. The locale they prefer is only loosely correlated with the locales they expect applications to process. Suppose you type caf thinking about the café in back of your mind. If you are an Englishman it is ok to appear cafe but if you are a Frenchman you would expect the auto filler result to appear as café. 

Now in application of search that favour recall over precision and displays the both. for example, if you type ‘caf’ it will show all the options varied to different languages such as café , cafe çåFé etc. Remember, accents are pronunciation hints that don’t affect the textual meaning. Entering them can be cumbersome, especially on mobile devices and with accent-folding, it doesn't matter whether users search for cafe, café or even çåFé; the results will be the same.

Now technically an accent-folding function essentially maps Unicode characters to ASCII equivalents. Anywhere you apply case-folding, you should consider accent-folding, and for exactly the same reasons. A minor gotcha is the Unicode "fullwidth" Roman alphabet. These are fixed-width versions of plain ASCII characters designed to line up with Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters (e.g., "1979年8月15日"). They reside in 0xff00 to 0xff5e and should be treated as equivalent to their ASCII counterparts.

Be aware that there are million caveats to accent rules. You will almost certainly get it wrong for somebody, somewhere.

Faceted search 

Faceted search or guided navigation provides users the value of  visible options for clarifying and refining queries. It features an integrated, incremental search and browse experience that lets users begin with a classic keyword search and then scan a list of results. The user can see a custom navigational map providing insights to the content and offers a variety of useful next steps . Example as follows.