Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Women Empowerment

Yes, it's the Deepika Padukone video I'm talking about. If you haven't seen it yet; here it is:

If the motive of this short film was to tell the age old patriarchs and matriarchs of the society that the times have changed, we have equal rights, etc etc, then I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you have not really succeeded in conveying that, because THEY WON'T UNDERSTAND THIS!

Everything we do in life is a choice we make. Morality is a choice, loyalty is a choice, sexuality is a choice, career is a choice, to be or not to be is a choice! And all choices have consequences. Every line spoken in this video has been analyzed in depth by many, sometimes to extents that may not be even the intent. So I'm not going to do that. Instead, dear creator and participants of the video, I have just a few things to say:
  1. What one should remember is, if she has a choice, so does he, so does anyone, no gender barred.
  2. What anyone's choice shouldn't do is cause another physical harm.
  3. What anyone's choice should try not to do is cause another mental or emotional harm. Context  matters. 
  4. What one should focus on is justice and not just randomly cry for equality. What works for one need not work for another. Very aptly conveyed by this image:
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I'm not against a film like this, but let's get the right message across, the right way. This will only make them see us as 'Feminazis'.

Besides that, Deepika just looks absolutely gorgeous!


A while back, Vogue came up with another video:

The first time I saw this video, I was quite happy; till the ending happened, I was totally hoping that we were trying to tell the following two points via the short film:

  1. Any one can cry, if they want, irrespective of their gender.
  2. Crying is not a sign of weakness; it is just another form of expression.
I really thought it was gonna end with someone telling the little boys, and men that it's okay to cry and hug them. Instead, we went into some crazy logic. Let's definitely talk about domestic violence, but not this way. Let's try and identify the root cause of the problems and not plaster Women Empowerment for the sake of it. 

Let's start focusing on real problems here. Let's make the world a place of equality with justice and not cry wolf. 

Not gonna talk about the Alia Bhatt Vogue Empowerment video.

Friday, March 27, 2015

True Blue Cricket

Now that India is out of the World Cup, things can return to normal eh? Nope! Now we will continue to trash our team for not making it to the Finals. Who cares how they performed before. It is always about the last match we didn't win!

Let me get this out. I'm not an ardent cricket fan at all. Athough I have been the designer for definitely more than one Cricket game in my career so far! I don't stop work or other engagement and get glued to the TV. But living in India, the spirit of cricket is hard to pass. You become part of it, whether you want it or not. I don't even know the names of all the cricketers, but honestly it's gorgeous to see the men in blue on the play field.

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Albeit, not being a crazy fan, I've had my own stupid superstition moments when it comes to India playing. We all know what I'm talking about. If I move from this seated position, India will win / lose. If I watch the match, India will win / lose etc. We are all guilty of it and I'm not here to question that. But even that should be taken lightheartedly. I find the experience fun (ny). And it bloody well should be!

So Virat Kohli was dismissed for 1, when we had a big total of 329 to chase. That unfortunate hit that cost us his wicket, made everyone sad and skip a heart beat. Do you even imagine what Virat Kohli and his loved ones must be feeling? Hell, we don't even let poor Anushka emote properly by zooming in the damn camera on her. You can argue that being celebrities, they signed up for this, the lack of privacy in turn for all the fame and luxury. Fine. A good argument maybe. But what's up with bashing Virat and terming Anushka as the "panauti" (someone who brings bad luck)!

Grow up, you damn idiots! So, what if that shot by Virat ended in a 4 or a 6? Then Virat is awesome and Anushka is?

I'm not saying that I'm some saint who didn't laugh at some of the jokes that were made. Let's face it, some were genuinely funny! And it's nice to have the ability to laugh at ourselves. But I do question the intentions behind some of the jokes. And few others were just in bad taste.

To all the nut jobs, who take the blame game too far: I wrote about our own superstitions while India is playing a few paragraphs above. Have you ever wondered that you may be the reason Virat Kohli was dismissed or the reason behind India's loss? Maybe you are the "Panauti"?
"That's absurd!", you may say. How can "you" watching / not watching that match contribute to the actual game? Exactly, you dumasses!

Would just like to quickly mention how we all termed Deepika Padukone as "Panauti" for Kingfisher's fall and for other things. Yep, it was all her, the cause behind the fall of Kingfisher Airlines! *This sentence is brought to you by 'Sarcasm'. In case your lovely brains don't get it the first time!*

I'm not gonna write an open letter to Anushka, because I'm pretty sure she is a head strong girl, who will let this also pass. If she is even midly troubled, I wish her the strength to get past it. The same to Virat Kohli and to all the cricketers & their loved ones.

Leaving the whole blame game on
the girl friend aside, we also go into trashing the team's performance. Yes, maybe they could have done better; maybe they did give it their best. I don't know. All I know is, it's okay to analyze about something you are passionate about. But remember one thing, you are not the one standing on the field, playing the game. If you take your analyzing skills to a whole another level, then please get started on your training, join the team and prove it!
It's so much easier to talk about what went wrong after it's over. When you are put there, things are a lot different.

And if you want to break your TVs over this, well... up to you really! I paid good hard-earned money for mine. So stay away from it! And to this young man, I have no words to say. Pun not intended.

My dear Indian Cricket Team,  I'm not one of your typical die hard fan. But when you do something awesome, I totally scream with happiness and when you fail to do so, I am a tad bit sad, clap for your effort, look forward to the next epic win and move on. #BleedBlue

My dear Men in Blue, you did great this time. Go home, relax, spend time with your loved ones and party! Before you know, there's another match waiting for you.

My dear Indians who refuse to grow up, please do or keep your mouth shut and your hands away from contributing to more garbage. #SwacchBharat
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