Womanhood or Woman-hudd?

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A friend of mine, recently, shared a status on a social networking site (whom am I kidding? – Facebook) outraging about a page – Charming faces in Nashik. A lot of comments posted below suggested, that are is not one but many such pages, only for Nashik. I am sure there are enough for each corner of the world.

It got me thinking.

Frankly, I found it really stupid. It did not stir strong emotions in me, unlike many others, detesting the existence of such pages. Also, some others said there is no point in fighting a battle you cannot win – so ignore and move on!

I think it is a deep-rooted mind-set, that is common in every nook and corner of the world. It manifests in different ways, subtly sometimes and boldly most times. While woman are not entertainment packages, the need to be universally liked, the longing to be “longed for”, the kick that one gets on appreciation leads to them themselves exhibiting their “beauty”. While such pages must be administered by few, I am sure they work and exist because they have a demand from so many subscribers and supply by equal many “charming faces”.

Outraging over it, means fighting for people who don’t want you to fight for them. It’s like a forced service. These are the same people who celebrate Woman’s day! How can one not see the hidden mock that woman’s day is all about. Point being, we need a major attitude shift. How many such pages can we remove? How many songs can we ban? How about beauty pageants? How many jokes can we ignore, or not forward?

But just that one change in our thought – collectively, and making the whole idea of rating uncool, will do the trick! Amen.

 

Metropolis

THAT INDIAN WRITER

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The road is never-ending,

But the halts in-between metro-cities,

With their hulking outlines,

Like the view of the setting sun,

Over the bridge, into the horizon,

Are like fragments of abstract thoughts

That accompany the thoughts of survival,

Of the instinct to live,

Being crowded on all sides,

Encroached upon by urban vultures,

Driving over roadkill,

Alongside heartless beings vibrating with life,

Whose thumping hearts breathe life into the metropolis.

These few moments of calm,

With sun’s reflecting rays,

Illuminating and extinguishing the darkness within,

Resurrect us dreary souls,

Blessing us with the sin of hope.

 

 

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Make a difference. And it will summate.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

So obvious, isn’t it? When I first read the quote, I was like “D’uh! Obviously, every single thing you do impacts someone!”

But when I reflected, I realized that may be we do the “bigger” things with this attitude – like working our ass off for someone else, stressing over their judgement about us, analyzing if the world would approve of our actions, being politically right, charity of money or time (because it makes me feel worthwhile), etc.

In doing all of above, we put forth our best behavior for the entire world, and save our worst (including what we get from others), for probably the most important people in our life. This is because we take them for granted, ourselves for granted.

Things that actually make a difference, like smiling to the mirror in the morning, will make a world of a difference to the most significant being to us – OUR SELF. And if we are able to do that, the rest is taken care of anyway!

 

The ‘Raj’ in ‘Rajkaran’

 

Did you manage to see this rather frankly spoken interview of Mr. Raj Thackeray?

While an all-in-one solution for Kejriwal is to remove corruption, for Thackeray it is to remove the “Bhaiyas”. I think, if it was in his stride, he would remove them from Bihar even.

Q: What is you opinion about the increasing number of rape cases?

RT: We need to control the migration from north.

Q: What about water crisis?

RT: We need to control the migration from north.

Q: What about infrastructure development?

RT: We need to control the migration from north.

Q: What about tourism?

RT: We need to control the migration from ..err.

I like the way he is so clear in his thoughts, and so confident about the fear-is-the-only-way-to-govern funda – doesn’t mean I agree. I think, as against Arnab Goswami’s image, this episode proved the presence and command of the interviewee over the interviewer. This episode was terrific in a lot of ways.

Having said that, it is actually scary to think of a stubborn, stagnant if I may add, “ruler”. Avoid the context, and specifications generalize and keep repeating the generalization, seems to be his Mantra. It is a very divisive kind of politics. It has definitely worked in his favour, to create a space and standing for MNS in such a short while, after having separated from Shiv Sena. But in the long run, in my opinion, such kind of politics will do much more harm than good.

Migration and population are important issues, yes, but they certainly cannot be the reasons for fewer resources, increasing crime rates, no development, poor governance, diminishing safety and security and so on and on and on…and so forth. These problems have been used as a shield way too many times- to cover unpromising, disinterested and helpless politicians.

PS – Awaiting to hear what Mr. Sharad “Power” has to say about this.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration

The first thing that really fascinated me when I started writing was the “inspire me!” option. The word inspire has so much power that without even hitting on it, I am already inspired! 🙂

Seriously, coming to think of it, the one thing that is common to all our achievements till date is – Inspiration! Sometimes all you need is to see that one image, read that one line, meet that one person, visualize that one goal or take that one deep breath, and it, as though, magically lifts you up. All the tiredness, baggage, negativity, frustration, stress disappears into thin air. That is the power of inspiration.

Inspiration is more important than perspiration. Rather, perspiration becomes a cake-walk for the inspired ones. It is what keeps us going. There are various facets to it, but it is important to identify what inspires you the most, and cherish that. THAT is most vital aspect to your living.

And be inspired enough to probably lead a life that is so inspiring.

The Launch

Well, yes! I would like to call this a launch – a huge step.

I have always been afraid of penning things down. I haven’t even ever had a “I-have-a-secret-diary” phase. I think by writing something – ANYTHING – a line, paragraph or an article, we exhibit a part of ourselves. It is like sharing a secret, making a statement, shedding a layer of our mind, and if I think too hard, beneath all layers -it feels like trusting someone. There, I said it.

So, by starting a blog -which, hopefully, I will regularly update, I am trusting a whole lot of people -again, hopefully, a whole lot will read, with my thoughts. It has taken a lot of me to start writing, or so to say, sharing.

Also, I don’t think I can write. And I think I am right. Especially, when I see so much talent all around me, I probably even get an inferiority complex. But then, as they say, “There is no illusion greater than fear”. My father defines fear as False Evidence Appearing Real. I feel, its time I take my father’s word and here I am, all ready to dive in.

I am sure writing will let me know myself better, untangle my thoughts, and make my vision clearer.

I will need a lot of your support. And feedback.

Here’s to a new beginning! 😀