Safety (is) in your hands

As much as I think the Hindu festival of raksha bandhan is adorable and definitely one of its kind in the entire world – I can’t help think how it’s also somewhat sexist in nature.

As per the tradition, the sister ties a band around the brother’s wrist and  he in turn pledges to protect her at all times. Hmm. Doesn’t this superimpose the importance of the male gender over the female?

So, we should basically, look up to one section of males to protect us and be wary of the other section lest we may be raped off of our self-respect.

I get a feeling – a festival with this sort of underlying theme may become extinct/irrelevant in future.

Happy raksha bandhan to all. Remember, ladies – before you vest your safety in another person -safety is in your hands first.

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(Happy) Birthday List

While I am a little bummed because it’s late evening and a few friends have not yet called (*hello guys?! C’mon make that call guys!), here’s is my list for the next year. As often happens – I am able to achieve goals that I write down – here’s hoping (touch wood!) the below birthday list (I don’t want to say resolutions because when I call it “resolutions” I start to fear I’ll break them) will be achievable:

  • Make peace with the past and present (and why even the future!)
  • Enjoy the little things even more (such as a good dinner on a cool evening)
  • Continue to be always grateful (always, always, always)
  • Shun comparing (of any sorts, with anybody)
  • Religiously read for thirty minutes every day
  • Think and write down new ideas
  • Pursue higher studies (can’t wait to get started)
  • Grow network of interesting people
  • Write a Quora answer every day? (at least every other day?)
  • Good health (dental, (mental!), physical)
  • NFEOW & GBJs (secret self to -do ;))
  • Finally – take it easy, baby!

Here’s to a great birthday to us❤

*Update: Friend called soon after I wrote this. Awesome!

 

 

A time like that

Needless to say, I am flattered with all the enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming International Women’s Day (IWD). I can’t help thinking there comes a time when we don’t need to celebrate a women’s day. Don’t get me wrong please. I am all for uplift and celebration of womanhood.

It sends shiver down my spine to even read of the times (unfortunately, there are places on the earth where this is still a reality) – when women couldn’t vote, run marathons, work in a daytime job, write books under their own (female) names for the fear of being derided, wear bathing suits and what not. Man! (Pun intended) what a long way we have come, dear ladies. No doubt we have to go even further.

All I wish there comes a time (even if I don’t live long enough to see those days) where we don’t need to celebrate a “women’s day” – a time when women become so “mainstream” – you don’t need a single day to recognize them.

Or at least – even as we continue to celebrate the women’s day – the underlying theme could improve. For e.g. the primary idea behind celebrating International Men’s day is increasing awareness about men’s health. Likewise, for us women celebrating the women’s day in future could mean more than just being at par with men.

Here’s to all the ladies (and gentlemen too if you will!) – don’t you ever just sometimes wish for a time like that?

 

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When all that remains is…

When all that remains is…
A few of the books you loved
Some hand-written notes, now tattered
An album of discolored old photographs
And memories that fade a little every day…

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A nightmare

I had the scariest nightmare last night.

You were being taken to a hospital and I was just called in to inform to reach there soon. Not knowing what’s going on I made rush to reach the hospital as soon as I could.

I reached the hospital and was pointed to a room upon inquiring about you.

I neared the doctor coming out of that room and even before I could catch a breath, I saw a stretcher being pushed behind the doctor when he told me – “I’m sorry”.

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I now know why

I now know why I loved you so hard when I loved you. It’s because I loved you how ever much I could love you in an entire lifetime – in the little time we had together.

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Confessions of a (Hindi) radio listener

If there’s one early invention I love it has to be the radio! I like listening to the radio better than watching the TV any day. The beauty of the radio is in its simplicity. You tune in – you enjoy. And while you feel connected to a particular place when you set a local channel, you can feel equally connected to the world at large when you tune into a remote channel. Here’s what goes through my mind while I’m listening to any of one the various Hindi radio channels: Disclaimer: All offence. Kidding. No offence of course!

Confessions of a radio listener

Listening to the radio is always cool :)

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A love letter

A letter I’ll hand-write for you when I find you.

My dear love

I’ve waited too long for you to even remember how long. And oh how I have longed to sit in your arms, under the shade of a tree and see the sun go down.

I haven’t thought of sweet names to call you. I do want to tell you many things.

I searched for you in different people – which was pathetic – because they were not you. I had a picture of you in my head which was mostly based on the movies we see and the books we read. I often wondered if you’d look like this guy I saw in the office or that guy I met at the store. All I knew is that you’d treat me right baby. And you do. Every single bit.

Love letter

A love letter…I can’t wait to write!

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When life treats you not-so-motherly!

Step-motherly – that’s how life treats you sometimes. You know, how you see in the movies or fairy tales? You know you’re not any less lovable. You know you’re not any less talented or beautiful or correct. At times, in fact, you (and some others too) know that you’re the better one. But you don’t get treated right any ways. You don’t ask for too much either. But they’ll spare no chance to put you down.

Don’t give in to them. It’s not you. It’s them. Don’t succumb.

step-mother, step-motherly,

It’s not you dear. It’s them.

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TV Ads that caught my attention – for good, bad and funny reasons!

If there’s one thing that makes the idiot box look a little less idiotic – it has to be good advertisements playing on it, no?!

I’m not a big fan of watching TV. But when I do watch some, I’m on a lookout for nice ads. So here it goes – some of these might have been around for quite some time now – TV ads that got me notice them:)

Dr Fixit Waterproofing Angry Kid TV AD: This ad left me in splits.

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