27 August, 2016

The Myth called Equality

All of us talk about India being a progressive society. That we are catching up the "modern" world. That women are now treated equally... or atleast will be.

It is a good thought to pursue, since India is one of the few nations in the world where we have the existence of a matriarchal society, where the woman of the house has the right to property, money and business. Don't get me wrong, it is not about the money, but more a sense of power and rights, and the notional symbols attached to it by our society. Needless to say, in most cases, the woman is forced to fight for this right, despite being the care giver towards the later parts of life. And again, by woman, I don't necessarily mean daughter... it could well be the daughter-in-law who has been doing what it takes.

But what good is all this power, when the same woman is beaten, raped in wide open streets, and then is told that she is at "fault" and is tainted... ironically due a crime committed by someone else. Power has to, first, come in the mind. And it is more critical to change the mindset, not just of men, but of fellow women as well. When a women is not allowed in a temple during her menstrual cycle, it is more often a fellow women who forbids her.

But even that is not the point... because the most elementary concept of any society is Survival of the fittest... and that holds true irrespective of gender, space or time. Fitness not just of the body, but of the mind. Women will be easy prey, till they fight back. They will be taunted till they raise their voice and speak their thoughts.

14 August, 2016

Patriotism versus Nationalism

Ever since BJP has come to power in the centre, there seems to be too much discussion by the paparazzi and the Fourth estate about how the decisions are swinging from the center to the right... progressively towards the extreme right.

This recent article by Gurcharan Das in The Sunday Times on Patriotism versus Nationalism brings back the same thoughts. 
Strangely, if you look at the dictionary meanings to the two words, they seem almost identical... both referring to a patriotic feeling.

nationalism.
[ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m]
NOUN
1.patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.
"an early consciousness of nationalism and pride"

patriotism.
[ˈpeɪtrɪətɪz(ə)m]
NOUN
1.the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one's country.

"a highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism"

Then why is it that the media seems to be equating nationalism with jingoism, and patriotism with something more controlled. Both emotions are strong, referring to our love for our country. Extremism exists in all emotions, and none are justified, but that doesn't justify the usage of the words to our convenience.

Though I agree with the intent of what Gurcharan Das has to say, I somehow disagree with the use of the words chosen.

25 July, 2016

Explain Yourself !

We think a lot... assess... analyse...
Try to be logical in our approach towards everything...

Because we see great merit in logic...
We assume that we need to give everyone an explanation...
Even to those who don't deserve one...
Is it really needed...

Why should I have to explain every action and thought...
To justify that there is no malign intended...

Somehow acting on things is not as tiring as giving explanations for what has been done... 


The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. 
~ Red Auerbach

24 July, 2016

Our Life Ahead

We look ahead in life... we plan for what we want it to be like...
In hope that it will all work out...
In confidence that we would be able to control the way things pan out...

But what we are merely doing is hedging our risks.... 
Because we don't seem to have control at all... 

On when it is time to come... and when it is that you drop dead...

So play all you want... Eat what you like...
Live the moment...
Dance on the streets....

Because you never realize this is the last.... till it is too late..

22 June, 2016

To be and not be

I aspired for you... I craved for you... I wished you were with me at all times.. to consume... to enjoy.... and now that you are finally here... I wonder there isn't too much of you in my life...

From longing... to seeking... to finding.. to experiencing.... too getting fed-up..... I wonder how the whole cycle suddenly turns around and stares you in the face suddenly....

10 June, 2016

Patterns in Life

Most people try and explain what life is with expressions, images... but I am yet to come across a more appropriate description... Its actually a part of The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.

Prime numbers is what is left when you take all the patterns away. Prime numbers are a lot like life, They are very logical, but you can never work out the rules, even if you spend all your time thinking about this.

The most random events seem to occur in our lives... and yet, in retrospect.. it all falls into place... there seems to be a pattern and a reason... except it alludes us in the present.

28 May, 2016

Point of View

Everything has a interpretation.. What we do, what we say...

And the interpretation is not subject to what one does or days, but what the viewer interprets of the situation.... What adds up to the whole situation is the preconceived notions...

So what happens if we get misinterpreted... or lets just say someone provides an alternate interpretation... So how do we say if the water is flowing upstream or is it all downhill from there :)