Sunday, 29 July 2012

Dark or White - It is not a Difference!

I really don't know why many people have an obessession for white-coloured guys or women. Especially in India , the craziness for white is too much. People have this presumption that white is a kind of "superior or high class or dignified or attractive or pure" colour or something. Are the other colours(dark) considered dirty or something!! If that is the case I have something for those guys.There are many things which can be considered as gross in white colour. For example crow shit, phlegm(the white kind), different kinds of white fungi, the milk got from the cow's "udder" etc. Although I do not mean any of them. So what I am trying to say is it is all in our mind. It is a pre-conceived notion that we have.We must change that kind of thinking. 

In the recent years the trend has gone worse. In the begining there was the so called "fairness" cream for women only. Now there are separate fairness cream products for men too...OMG...I have even seen a few advertisements with film stars endorsing it. 

There is this popular commercial which I think most people are familiar with, wherein they show a guy hiding 
 his face behind when some beautiful girls approach  (I dont understand why the heck he is covering his face!!!) and then the actor comes and advices the guy to buy that fairness cream product, after which they show a clearly photoshop'd face and all the girls come to 
him(LOL). Really, this photoshop software is proving to be a success and many people fall for it.                                                                                                      

In a recent film that I saw, the lead actor says a one-liner in tamil "Vella figure ah rich-u girl ah paathu pesi correct-u panni kalyanam pannala......." loosely translated as "I will try to woo and marry a girl who is 'white' and 'rich' " with more stress on the words white and rich. I have another doubt that has irked me for a long time. In Hinduism, Lord Krishna was actually born dark. The Sanskrit word in its origin language Kṛṣṇa is primarily an adjective meaning "black", "dark" or "dark-blue". But till now I have seen Krishna depicted in a light sky blue colour.

People have to realise that they cannot change their skin colour , maybe they could make it shinier. I heard that the maximum  colour you can have is the colour of the skin between your knuckles. Every person has a unique skin colour. Anyways that is not the point, 'what matters is not the the external appearance but the internal appearance only'.

P.S: I thought of giving the title 'Black or White - It is not a difference' but decided not to, because that 

could mean I am a racist and secondly it is the same name as that of the Michael Jackson's song 'Black or White'....(:P)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

My First Electric Train Xperience!

All these years, I have travelled in Chennai either by car or autos and sometimes by bus. But I have never travelled in an "electric" train, although I have seen one, which is usually packed with commuters hanging on the edges of the compartment doors. I used to think 'I must never travel in these things'. But as soon as I got admission to college in Nungambakkam which is quite far from my place, travelling by car/auto proved to be time-consuming and expensive. I had no other option, but the electric train.

I am not going to hide the fact, that at first, I was dreading the idea of going in an electric train. But it turned out to be thrilling. The electric train is the most economical, the least time consuming transport. I have to spend only a mere Rs 8/- a day, damn it.(:D). I know that I maybe the first to give such a reaction. Bet a lot of people would have tried the electric train. The only,only teeny tiny problem is the incredible crowd inside. Although that is not a problem as I am used to it now. The thing I like about electric train is the "INERTIA" when it comes in and goes out of a station and its fast pickup of speed. Plus, you see a lot of different, interesting people.

As usual , there are beggars in the train and outside on the railway station. It is a good business for them. The people in the temples might want to shift here...Just kidding. As a fact, I am sickened to see these beggars everyday. When I have any coins left, I do give them. One time, as I was waiting my turn to buy ticket, I saw this elderly man who was seated in a corner just near the line. I thought that was too far and decided not to give him anything. But when I got my turn, to my shock and surprise, he touched my feet with his fingers. Very very reluctantly, cursing myself, I ended up giving the change.

Another thing I found was, that blind beggars/nomads are surprisingly very intelligent in walking. It is like they have an eye and calculate their way amazingly. They know when to turn in the direction, where the door is, when a station comes.

Probably some of you might know this thing. One time as I was looking out I heard a man loudly announcing. When I turned, I saw that the man was selling something. He had a small instrument or something and a lemon in his hands. He pierced the instrument into the lemon and the next thing I know, he was pouring lemon juice into a glass. I was really amused. Some people were buying it. I thought of buying it but I knew my family. They would criticise. But it turned out I was wrong. As I recounted this incident to my mother, she kept saying," You could have bought it...".

I must say it is a great feeling to be holding my hand for support onto those handles in the trains, watching the other people, gazing at the buildings (looking at Dhoni's banner on the Ashok Leyland's office building) outside the train, listening to the resonating pickup sound, that the train makes, counting the in between stations etc; for the 12 minutes of my journey everyday.

The electric train is by far, the most awesomatic, adventurous, slightly arduous, but good arduous mode of transport. 'You move with the people, seeing the people, feeling (literally :|) the people.'

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Sky Is Falling (Sidney Sheldon)

A CLASSIC SIDNEY THRILLER : I am a new person to Sidney Sheldon's world of drama,suspense,crime etc. Before I start, I would like to confess that I am usually a slow reader. Not that, I can't read fast, but I do not like to skip the teeny, tiny details that the author has painstakingly took days to write. Also, I would like to day that I am not going to rite a review for this, as in my opinion, it is unfair to review about anything, be it books, music, movies.,etc. Each person has their own tastes and interests. It is unfair to write a review on something. What I may find something uninteresting may be appealing to you. I am just going to give an insight in to this book and try to persuade you on why you should go for this book.

In the book, The Sky Is Falling , the story revolves around a young, beautiful news reporter Dana Evans (Almost every book Sheldon has written, has a female as the lead character. I don't know what is with that!) working at the WTN (Washington Television Network), Kemal, her adopted son (not kamal..:P) and Jeff Conors, also working in the same network, who get involved in a bloody, thrilling, crime thriller and spans across various countries in the world. Three main reasons why you should give this book a shot are: 

Firstly, the story is fast-paced like a action movie. 
Secondly, there are a helluva different characters in this story which makes it more intricate. 
Thirdly, there is a lot of irony which makes the story very exciting.

Whenever I read a book, sometimes I turn back a few pages to check some unseen details I may have overlooked. That is because I like to do my own detective work (:P). I like to deduce and find the villain of the story. But in this book, unfortunately for me, lucky for Sheldon, I could not find the antagonist of the story. Such is the suspense of the book, which keeps you gripped throughout. The language too is easy to follow and the picture easily gets into your mind. Sheldon's description of each place, be it a country or a restaurant or a mansion or an office, is fascinating and awesome. 'Hats off to Sheldon, wish he had lived a few more years so that he could have written a few more books'.

You won't close the book even for a small moment. It might even go to the extent of the cursing that person who interrupts you in the midst of your reading as was the case I experienced (:P).
Don't miss this book for the world.!!!


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