The protesting Punks!

“Check with Bhaiya, how was his visa interview.” I said while in a hurry to get breakfast on the table. “He couldn’t reach the embassy because of the JAT outrage!”

Then I see few of my friends looking for a travel partner to have a safe journey in and out of Delhi and UP. I had been overlooking or you can say ignoring this topic for a long time simply because I didn’t want to give them an undeserved attention or end up playing the blame game. But the matter seems to be getting worse and ‘protestors’ need to behave themselves. I guess these are the ones who, as kids used to lie down on roads and wail so that Mom buys the toffee they have been eying(eyeing)! Not even the parents realised. when this individual performance of embarrassing them turned into an act of public threat!

In my opinion, Protests to free the country or kill hooliganism is heroic. But roaming around as hooligans for personal gains is terrorism! Half of such protestors are people who just need a punching bag to take all sorts of frustrations off. And they unfortunately select the nation! And the other half are attention seekers who want to make headlines on their favourite news channel.

JNU students want to protest against hanging of a terrorist, the jats want to protest against not getting a “better backward” status and we want to blame the government, our history and everything in the world but ourselves for this!
Watched a clip of the JNU protest and the so called ‘krantikaris’ are smiling and don’t appear to be even knowing what they are there for. All they made sure is look at the camera!

The next thing that worries me is our definition of being “LIBERAL”! History is nonsense, our culture is nonsense, my life my rules, damage the world because my wishes are not fulfilled is outright foolishness termed Liberalism!

Right to speech doesn’t give you the right to insult, neither does democracy mean “Will do what I want to”!
Let’s Protest, burn down the public properties make the world unsafe for others and we will get what we want. That is not a trend we want to set! And that is not going to happen. While I thought this, something struck me. What are our respected Prime Minister’s thoughts on this? And the best way to confirm was his official social page. I was super glad to see, that all it talked about is growth and good things. I don’t think it is being irresponsible or deaf towards the country’s voice. It is doing what will serve the nation. After All you have to ignore the tears of your spoilt kid to pass that spoonful of bitter medicine down his throat!

P.S Excuse me and my column if you are too liberal to be responsible and too modern to be well mannered 🙂

 

Mask Please!

-18 degrees around had made me lethargic, lost and lazy.So much so that I lost the count of days of missed workout and gained pounds. Anyway, finally I picked my laptop, dusted it and started thinking about words to start a nice, funny blogpost. It is time since I wrote something. And friends have been calling through to check what is going on. Nothing to worry about, just wanted to spend some days doing nothing but snacking and watching horror on Netflix.

While I was confused about what to write, should it be JNU mess, The recent bollywood breakups or something else, the doorbell rang at the top of its voice. “Argh, who is it? They said no one drops in unannounced in the US!”

The next moment I was on my sofa with Mrs Patel, one of the acquaintances. She drove 50 miles to personally invite me for a Skiing trip. I have zero interest in strapping my feet to those heavy metals and walking like a duck. A duck who is scared of falling and breaking her legs.  “Oh, that is so sweet of you Aunty, I am super excited. Glad you invited me”

What did I just do? One moment I was so damn irritated by the door bell and the very next moment I am hosting with a smile. Skiing and me are MTV and discovery yet I sounded so much “looking forward to it”. Was that a mask I put up? A mask to hide my inconvenience, my “not interested in skiing and super terrified of it” genes. A mask to send aunty happy. But this mask is acceptable in the society. Infact it is essential you have it for the smooth functioning of “Social Picture”.

There are masks, uglier than this. Masks that everyone puts up and plays the music without an iota of remorse or shame.

 

mask

Some masks, occasionally, are good. But using the ones you can live without, the ones that cause pain to you or someone else is not very cool. I am sure you would agree to have done things just because someone else would be happy. I do it too, but I am not an addict! Many of us hate to drink but put a mask of so much loving the recently launched cocktail. Just to look well informed and modern. Not only this,there are  many who talk about how having a girl is the ultimate blessing to mankind whereas in reality they wish “Not a girl this time”.

I am friendly as a human being but the concept of hating someone so much that all you talk is ill about them, but managing to come across as the only well wisher is far from my understanding. How do people do it?

People witness the wrong, they talk about it over dinner at home, but they have no idea about it in public. What kind of a mask is it? Why is it needed? Why can’t the face skin be given rest by unmasking it. It will detox the soul too. If someone is looking fat in a dress, someone is looking fat. Why a mask of “O wow, you look stunning” You could have helped her by giving your honest opinion.

If you do not like something you are into, you do not like it. There cannot be an alternate meaning to it. Why do you need to mask it with “Oh that is fine”. If you feel like puking at the sight of some Pork Tenderloin, you just have to say it. If you a Non Vegetarian, that is you, don’t try to sound like a pure, distilled vegetarian. People should love you with your chicken wings. Don’t hide your love for daily soaps thinking it would make you look so womanish. Well, that is what you are. A woman. Please don’t gossip about a singer’s dance just because others chose to ignore his talent.

So, there are many masks you can give up and clean your closet. The mask of being extra sweet, vegetarian, know it all, I am with you etc.

Once you get rid of them, you would be glad to notice how beautiful you are without masks. Pure you. You will no longer be one amongst the high risk population of saying Pasta while meaning french fries. And then, the people who you have around, are the ones. Grab them and treasure them. Maskless you with Maskless them 🙂

 

 

Is the world mean?

You would be pondering hard about this and if not much of a patient being, you would have already concluded in agreement.

Yes, the world, can get really mean. And by really I genuinely mean serious real. And we witness it quite often. “People are so mean nowadays” we crib and join the league by being bad ourselves.

Back bitten by a friend or acquaintance and a common friend listens to both of you with diplomacy at guard, Getting a compliment filled with sarcasm while or you deserved was words full of praises, getting well treated when you are useful and trashed after being fully utilised. Does your life rhyme with any or many of these? We are all in a constant battle with our egos. And to fulfill its inappropriate diet, we prey on one another. So much so that some people start doubting their parents or spouses of hidden motives. And it is possible. You got to understand that every friend of yours, every neighbor you have and everyone who calls himself/herself a family to you, has a life to lead. And in a zest to make it worthwhile, they end up trying to steal your sugar to make their pies.

Each one of us has faced this revelation. The emotions are still vivid like it happened at 12 today. You were left in disbelief, shock and helplessness! But as you pass the initial betrayal you start getting comfortable with it. “I knew this would happen” becomes your line of defense. And one fine day you end up turning into an empty shoe box that once carried a die for gucci shoes. No pain, no happiness and no expectation.

My question is does this have an end? No, I don’t think it does. Not at least in my life span. They might develop a technology later to control human emotions and have a red button for jealousy, complex, selfishness etc. And that is the only hope I am living on to. How I wish I took up some scientist course in college, I would have started working on it.

But what we can definitely do is try and tame these negative vibes. Shut them off before they start singing their anthem!