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

Simple Life – Happy Life *cheeeeeesseee*

Every generation says the best music was when they were in school/college. I think what they mean is the best music was the music they heard when they were in school/college. It’s the age when every song mostly feels like it was written for you or in a minority of cases, someone you know really well. From the pet fish to the love of your life – there was a song (at least) for everything.

I was hearing one such song and I realised that one of the most common things I hear is how simple life was through school and college. How everything was so relaxed and we just thought it was the end of the world for no good reason. How life now is so complicated – family, work, money, relationships, petrol, money, bills, politics, money.. and the list goes on.

Fact is – life’s good! Life’s simple! Simple means happy! 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

Amy Winehouse, Drugs and Us

Amy Winehouse’s tragic demise has filled the internet with reports of her drug problem with lots of publications talking about the number of times she let her intoxicated self take over. What is the point of it though? Can we not just remember her for her music? Instead of talking about how bad her “problems” got, why not learn and and be more supportive to the ones around us? An addiction is an addiction. Period. Weed, cigarettes, orange juice, chewing gum, it’s all the same.

People don’t choose to be a victim. That is what addiction does to us, makes us a victim. When Amy Winehouse performed in Belgrade and apparently booed off stage, news was rife with her unprofessional behavior. All I thought whilst seeing a clip from that performance was how could they let her go on stage in that state? The huge team which must follow her, was there no one who wanted to protect her? If she was not supported at a moment like that, what must have happened closer to the end? Tweets about how her demise is not surprising, how she’s joined “Club 27” like it’s in vogue! Really?
Was everyone around her so busy with their own agendas that no one could hold the reins on her well being? It wasn’t the first time someone was fighting addiction. Continue reading