Saturday, March 8, 2014

Women's day speech

The edited version of my (small) speech at the college on the eve of women's day celebrations.

Good morning one and all. First of all, i wish all the women here a very happy women's day.
I am way too small speak about such powerful entities that women are, even then, I would like to make a feeble attempt.

I believe that the 'change' that we are trying to bring, should come from with-in. We see, especially in villages, girl children are thought of as a liability whereas everyone wants a male child.
It is also one of the reasons why there is high infanticide rate in India.
Also, there is much differentiation in their upbringing as well. Boys are given full freedom whereas there are various restrictions for girls, a deadline of 6pm and such.

It has been widespread misconception about male misogyny and male suppression. I don't think anybody is suppressed in fact there is a lot of encouragement for women these days to come forward and excel in their respective fields.

Although we celebrate March 8th as women's day and am not against it, but just like we don't need a Valentine's day to express our love, I don't think we need a separate day to respect women. All 365 days are women's days! :)

Thank you!

P.S : It was off-the-cuff and not well prepared in advance ;)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

December 2013!

December, the last month of the year, had been quite a learning experience for me. Along with so much happening in college life, event he blog was moving forward at a rapid pace. This was another of those rare occasions, where I managed to write posts in double digits. Making it an average of one post every 3 days. Wish I could do that more often.
1) The very first post of the month was a movie review. Review of R..Rajkumar starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. Another masala film, revenge-drama, love-story and a bit of hilarity. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't well received by the critics. I quite liked it.
2) Ah, the love is cute series moved forward with a 7th post in it. Of course, none of them are actually sequels but like Bhatt camps, adding a number and another story is valid ;) Love is cute - 7 was about a young couple quarreling yet loving each other. Was fun to write.
3) This was a rather long and not-so-humorous post. Love, you can never have too much of it wasn't childish unlike many other posts on the blog, it was a bit deep. Or so I feel :P
This post was about a woman's internal dilemma to be away from the guy she loved but not being able to do it. And about how her guy was matured enough to understand it and help her with her dilemma.
4) Sweet Talk : An unexpected love story  was a really funny and a sweet movie. An author facing writers-block calls up a phone-sex service and they embark on an virtual journey which makes them fall in love with each other. Brilliantly made.
5) Then came Dhoom 3, one of the most awaited movies of the year 2013 and also one of the biggest disappointments. Aamir Khan totally takes over the franchise and all others around him are totally neglected. One he was short, two he was old, three, he wasn't thief-material. Although the film is now the biggest grosser in Hindi film industry, it was a disappointment and a big one at that.
6) Then came my first author-interview for the blog. In conversation with Manish Gupta, author of English Bites. He talks about his past and his relationship with English, his love for the language and his future plans. Was fun.
These were the articles that I managed to write on my own. The following were the induced articles based on my internship with The Viewspaper.
7) A post analysing why Google made an expensive ad campaign titled 'Reunion' in India, where most of users already are aware and use Google.
8) A post about Amazon's initiative of delivery by unmanned drones and the troubles that it may face in turning this idea into a reality.
9) A post on different smartphones and their OS available in the market as of now.
10) The final post of the month and the year where I ponder upon the evolution of marriages and divorces in India.
That was it in one of the beautiful years of the life of the blog :P
Also, the blog reached some amazing heights in the year.
It touched the Alexa rank of below 2mn in India. It garnered over 1.5mn pageviews/hits in the year. I also wrote about 70 posts in the year!
Yes, it was a wonderful year for the blog.
Let's see how the blog fares in 2014! :)

November 2013

The month of November had been really really busy for the blog. In the month, I managed to write posts on two of the main categories that this blog stands for, relationships and reviews. Apart from that, I also wrote posts on cricket, politics and careers as a part of my virtual unpaid internship with The Viewspaper, an online magazine.
1) Undercover in high heels was the third book in the high heels trilogy by Gemma Halliday. The dumb blonde continued, but due to over exposure and repetitiveness, this story seemed painful to read. There was nothing new and the things that were entertaining once, seemed annoying now. Too much of anything isn't good.
2) Love is cute - 6. Oh how I love these series. It has some of the best posts of the blog. Another incident in the lives of young couples that make us feel that love is really really cute. 
3) Then came the brilliant movie from the maverick director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Dippy totally stole the show with her inner radiance if not anything else. Brilliant performances and a novel take of Romeo and Juliet. Goliyon ki raasleela - Ram leela was a movie not to be missed and it also went to become one of the best movies of the year 2013 in bollywood.
4) English Bites by Manish Gupta was a non-fictional auto-biographical and comical way of learning and talking about English. It wasn't just a self-help book but it did offer a lot of help to the students appearing for competitive exams. The humor was like icing on the cake.
These 4 were the posts that I had written on my own on the blog. The following 4 were different topics in the virtual internship.
5)  A post on Sachin's retirement - Sachiiiiin, Sa-chin!6) A post on the Tehelka magazine's editor's criminal activities - Tejpal and Shoma!
7) Movie review of Singh Saab the Great starring Sunny paaji.
8) List of various career options for the youth of today.
With that ended the month of November. 8 posts in the month. Not bad. 

October 2013

Well the month of October had been a reviews month. There were 5 novel reviews, all of which were reviews on request and a movie review.
1) How I Got Lucky by Farhad J. Dadyburjor was a fictional tale exposing the harsh reality about the fashion and show business. It was more of an eye-opener.
2) Besharam starring Ranbir Kapoor took after it's name and was really really shameless. The expectations were really high and the movie disappointed. But his real-life parents were also a part of the movie and they deserve an applause for their performances in this otherwise stupid and shameless movie.
3) The Cosmic Clues by Manjiri Prabhu was about an amateur detective who solved her cases with the help of Astrology. Funny and feel-good novel. 
4) Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya was one hell of a hilarious novel. It was about his travel experiences and his various observations during those air-travels.
5) Spying in high heels was the first of the trilogy by Gemma Halliday. Dumb blonde woman who was professionally a shoe designer and aspired to be a detective. Chick-lit, funny and hilarious. Made for a nice read.
6) Killer in high heels was the second book in the trilogy. Same stupidness, same fun and same humor. Went to be a bit trite, still made for a good read.
Yeah, there was not a single post on relationships in the  month of October. I know, even I regret that. But, unfortunately, this mind cannot churn out posts as and when I wish it to. If only... :)

September 2013

The month of September was busy. Really really busy. Had lots of things going on in the mind and also in the life at that time. Somehow, I did manage to pen down a few things. A few, not many.
5-9-2013. The very first post of the month. On Relationships. Yeah, I just love it when I can think of something interesting revolving around relationships, that I can put up on the blog. If we were still together... Oh, yes, melancholic like hell. But that's life, isn't it? Sad and painful.
10-9-2013. Well, life isn't always painful and sad. It also has so many good things in store for us. Another post on relationships, this time, something with a happy-ending and something that would plaster a smile while reading. At least, I hope so. Conversation without words.
Then there was a movie review. The review of Shuddh Desi Romance.. which neither had romance nor was it Desi in anyway.
This review was followed by 3 novel reviews. Mistakes like love and sex by Madhuri Banerjee, Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit and Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Bihari Goyal. The third one was a review on request. 
That is all that I could manage in September 2013.

I'll remember you..

Stumbled upon this song through my mail. The lyrics were really beautiful and meaningful. So thought of sharing :)
"I'll Remember You"
It has been so long since we have talked
I hope that things are still the same
hoping they will never change
cause what we had can't be replaced
don't let our memories fade away
keep me in your heart for always
You made me believe
that I can do almost anything
stood right by me
through the tears through everything
I'll remember you,
and baby that's forever true
you're the one that I'll always miss
never thought it would feel like this
I'll be there for you,
no matter what you're goin' through
in my heart you'll always be, forever baby
I'll remember you
I promise you I won't forget the times we shared, the tears we cried
You'll always be the sun in my sky
It may be fate that brings us back to meet again someday
Even though we go separate ways
You made me believe
that I can do almost anything
You stood right by me
through the tears through everything
I'll remember yooooou,
and baby that's forever true
you're the one that I'll always miss
never thought it would feel like this
I'll be there for yooooou,
no matter what you're goin' through
in my heart you'll always be, forever baby
I'll remember you
If the day should come when you need someone
(you know that i'll follow)
I will be there
Don't ever let there
be a doubt in your mind
'cause I'll remember you, you
I'll remember you,
and baby that's forever true
you're the one that I'll always miss
never thought it would feel like this
I'll be there for you,
no matter what you're goin' through
in my heart you'll always be, forever baby
I'll remember you
Forever baby, I'll remember you...

(Lyrics taken from Lyrics Universe)