Age & Ideas

I’ve seen this a lot in the south Asian community, but it might be equally prevalent in the western world too.

A great debate is on and boom – “Listen, I’ve been around since before you were born.. I have more experience, I know people better than you, I understand things you can’t even begin to grasp.. Blah.. *puke*… Blah…”

All I’ll say is –

When Windows was launched, Larry Page & Sergey Brin (co-founders of Google) had just turned 13 & Mark Zuckerburg was still in his nappies.

The age factor in this context truly is as bad as – “Do you know who my dad is?”

Rabies & Men

When there is a rabid animal going around town, you don’t stop going out, you shoot the animal.

Curtail the freedom of men.

If they can’t control themselves, why should a woman think twice about her rights of freedom?

Let no two or more men be allowed outdoors after 7pm

No stag entry in clubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas, vet clinics (you never know)

After 9pm, all men must be accompanied with a female relative

Let ‘househusband’ be a word in the Oxford dictionary

This is just a start, but the list could go on.

Can we take a stand for Women?

No polio cases registered in India in a year. India’s name removed from the WHO list of countries plagued with the disease. Great achievement, but is this enough?

Children are the future of a nation, but they do still come from women. In a country where women are not only disrespected, but brutally raped, hit and killed for dowry, the next generation might be saved from physical illnesses but will be mentally diseased.

What will a son learn from the mother being tortured at home? That it is okay to pick up a woman and rape her? Either way, the leaders of our country also say if a woman is carrying a mobile phone, attack! And if she’s wearing short clothes, it’s your birth right to do as you please with any woman. Being out after sunset is also somewhere there. Continue reading

My Love for Walking & India’s Culture

I love walking. I love walking fast, much to the annoyance of all my friends. I guess I walk fast because I’m trying to compensate for running. (I can however win an Olympic race, because once I start running, everyone competing with me will be on the ground, rolling with laughter). My issue with walking, however, is that I can walk from point A to point B. No matter how much the distance, as long as there is a need that will be fulfilled by reaching that point, I’ll walk. (Which actually also doesn’t let me stroll, again to the irritation of my friends.)

So to stay healthy, I keep telling myself that I should go for a brisk walk at least once a day. It happens every fortnight finally. I just came back from one and as I was on my way back, I was wondering how I can add purpose to the walk. I have a lovely golden labrador at home in India and thought to myself how it would be great to walk her on these wide footpaths. I am fortunate to live in a lovely part of London and just wished my dog was here to inspire me to walk. Then made a mental note to myself that whenever I go home, I shall walk her myself at least once every day. (And I mean walk, not taking her out to do her business.) Continue reading