Showing posts from 2016

My Girl

I don't have a lot of things in life that make me utterly and purely happy, that I love with a love that's more than love, that makes me forget my troubles, pains, the chemicals and electrical synapses in my brain, and that makes me exist entirely in the moment and just be happy. Happiness. And one of the the very few things/persons, is this little girl here. ❤️

I post pictures of Sanvee, my nephew, and other little babies who melt my heart, but they don't soothe my soul like she does. 

I just want her to be happy. I want to plan activities to surprise her. To make her laugh is a whole event to me in itself. I don't have the time, or concern to care about myself.
I don't even matter. She matters. And at some level, she understands the chaos that lies underneath the fun, supportive, loving sister-friend. She gets scared, but hugs me and doesn't let go till my rare crying in front of her stops. She's always there to help, to hold my hand when I'm tired. And …

Raksha Siksha Bandhan (Old Festival Customs that Need to be Revised)

I love my brothers, but I don't feel comfortable falsely claiming I'm a weak woman, and today I'm going to tie this thread on your wrist as a token of my trust, and you are to promise to protect me from all the dangers, and downfalls, and disappointments in life.
No. I'm going to protect my own darn self, and you too if need be.
                       Moreover, you are my *younger* brother. Tell me who picked on you, and I'm going to beat the stuffing out of them. 
Hark now! My *baby* brother is going to protect me!!?? That's absurd.
And I've no interest in propagating this deeply sexist, and patriarchal *festival*. No.                 By all means, wear new, pretty clothes, eat yummy sweets, hang out with your sibling, play, have fun. But stop saying men are to protect women.
Any sibling of either sex can, will, and should protect the others/other one.
Raksha Bandhan has unfortunately, always been about propagating sexism,
 and unjust gender constructs. There'…

Identity Death in a Burqa AKA STFU Miss Roy

"Surely you don't support the burka" , I said to my friend who had shared this image. "The hijab is one thing, but to eliminate identity? And say what we will, how is the face not a part of our identity? If someone undergoes cosmetic surgery and takes on someone else's face, it is termed identity theft. 
Identity cards have our faces on them. "

If being naked is banned and condemned, surely we are within our rights to ban completely covering up in a shroud like garment that covers faces.

My friend looked at her post , and apologized for misreading 'Burka' as 'Hijab' , and reposting, and spreading this filth. 

Friend (Zoha): Taliban's regime surely morphed "the veil" , thus leaving us with different, some extreme and absurd, interpretations of observing hijab. Hijab have different cultural connotations along with the religious order( not all of these interpretations are right of course). People aren't but should be open to diffe…

Ataturk Airport Suicide Bombings: Blasts that Might Blow the Past into the Present

This is what I woke up to. This is what half the world is waking up to. 2 minutes of silence, I don't know the theory behind it, but it seems appropriate. I'm sorry my fellow humans, I am so sorry. 

Wow nobody cares huh... Let's face it, if this had been Paris, London, New York, Chicago, freaking Alabama, and gee, even Maine, I'll bet my bottom dollar that all our timelines would've been flooded with outrage, sadness, lit candles, cries for peace, cries for war, prayers, and tears... Death and damnation everywhere.
They have actual full footage! That horror would've been plastered in front of our eyes for at least a week.
I'd heard about this phenomenon of cruel detachment, never really saw it happen. But oh my God, I see it now, and it's beyond disgusting. 
Unless it's America, or its Western allies, the rest of the world can literally go to hell, and nobody is going to care.
Not one single social network post, not one status update, not one comment, no…

No NSG for Narendra

The Pokhran test was a bomb, I can tell you now.... An explosion is an explosion, a gun is a gun, whether you shoot at someone or shoot at the ground.... I just want to make clear that the test was not all that peaceful. — Raja Ramanna 1997, giving interview to Press Trust of India in 1997 You didn't sign the NPT. You still haven't signed the NPT. You used Canadian civilian nuclear plutonium (given in good faith) to manufacture bombs of mass destruction. You were the reason NSG came into being in the first place.
Why, oh why do you think you are eligible to be included as a member of NSG. Sign the non proliferation treaty, and then we can think about it. Trust has to be earned.
I understand that China is being a pain because Indo-Chinese relations have always been strained, and they support your nemesis Pakistan. I don't think China is keeping you out for the right reasons. But intent apart, you need to be kept out. You are not yet to be trusted with something this horrify…

Deafening Decibels

"If Muslims have the right to give Azaan, Non-Muslims have the right to sleep peacefully."  -  Saeed Khan.  You have the right to your rights as long as it doesn't interfere with my right to have rights. 

India is a secular country. I'm a very tolerant agnostic person. I've nothing against anybody's religion. And I complain against loud Hindu festivities as well, so don't get on my nerves about anti Islam sentiments. Secular country. Everyone isn't a Muslim. It's your holy month, good for you. You are rich enough to buy loud speakers, good for you. You are devout and pious, extremely good for you. Just please leave me out of it.  
I don't keep well in this weather, and it leads to high pulse rate, blood pressure aided by dehydration. I don't want you screeching away 10 times a day. I've 3 mosques around my building, and sometimes when I'm already suffering from painful heart palpitations, I need you to do what Allah told you…

The Sickening Second Amendment

"HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS GET GUNS???", a friend asked.

The second amendment, and the gun loophole.
There are no background checks. Anyone can get them. You have a mental illness history, a violent history, a criminal background and you can still buy a gun.
The most recent bill in Congress about NRA and gun regulation was shut down. The gun industry fuels everything, it's one of the richest and most unscrupulous industries out there. 
Yes, people can get guns illegally. But it's more difficult and time taking and usually psychologically disturbed people don't have enough patience to go through it. 
And I can't believe I have to reveal something so personal to make people listen. 
My best friend used to be a cutter. Anything can serve as a sharp edge to cut yourself with, but the more easily accessible blades, knives are, the more cuts there would be. 
I'm so extremely tired of trying to tell people that guns don't kill on their own, but they are designed pur…

Death And His Bride


Death was a lonely man who traveled on a dancing black Horse. And wherever he went, he is hated, everyone spurns him, curses him and treats him with hatred. Wounded but valiant he carries on his lonely work. After eons of this torment, something magical happens. A beautiful young girl falls in love with him. She yearns to be with him. 
But death thought wasn't good enough for her, that he leaves only misery and terror in his wake, and the lovely girl deserved somebody better. So, he got on his horse and rode away from her
She started to run behind him in her beautiful red dress, her long hair flying in the air, the void in her heart acting as her compass.
She chases him across countries, continents and seas.
But he knows that if he lays a finger on her, her twinkling eyes will grow dull, her glowing skin will turn ashen, and his beautiful girl will turn into cold stone.
Death is torn asunder, he can't be with her, he loves her, she loves him, she insists on embr…

Feminism And Love In Ramayana : A Short Note

I, always, since I was a child had a problem with Rama sending Sita away into exile cause of a washerman's gossip tale. But I'm reading the history of England,  and  the  Yorks fell from throne and were driven into abject misery and the country taken over by  the greedy, evil Lancaster-Tudors because the Prince married a girl he loved instead of one he was promised to as a contract to keep the kingdom in harmony.  And as I was reading it I understood his love for the girl, but in his position his priority should have been his subjects,  a whole country punished for his impulsiveness.
Of course the right thing to do would have been to step down himself and given the kingdom to his brother.
Rama could have stepped down, handed over the kingdom to Bharat and left with Sita. 
But if for some reason he thought Bharat wouldn't make an efficient king,  what he did was right.
Some feminists are quick to judge...
But to a king his subjects are a higher priority than his per…