Blog Title: Love Pink
Though it’s cliche to call pink a girl’s colour, one can’t deny the fact that it does define feminity. Every girl has a dash of pink – be it in her wardrobe, accessories or even stationery. Along with feminity, pink also speaks warmth and playfulness. It does annoy me sometimes when men cringe at the colour, though I know a lot of men who can pull it off very well and don’t necessarily attach the gender parameter to it.
Blog Title: The day I wore a dress!
It was my nineteenth birthday and I wanted to throw my friends a party so the previous day was spent shopping for it with a friend. She was a good friend & shopping partner and would always insist on me trying something new. So it was no surprise when she picked out a beautiful, printed black & white dress from a small boutique in Bandra. I fell in love with it the second I saw it. I had always admired dresses but somehow never went out looking for them. We quickly agreed on it and I tried it on. It fit me so well that I had myself convinced it was made for me.
A pretty dress and a compliment is indeed all it takes to bring a smile to a woman’s face so needless to say, it turned out to be a ‘happy birthday’ indeed J
Blog Title: Be a wannabe if that’s what you wannabe
“Be Yourself”, that’s all they say,
And that’ll keep your demons away.
Wanting to be someone else is termed “uncool”,
Pull that off and you’re called a fool.
But what if being a ‘wanna-be’ is what you want to do?
Why should you stop yourself if that also means being you?
Everyone who has been using Facebook for a significant amount of time has experienced this a lot. There are always those people in your friend list that post annoying updates and you can’t do much about them but ignore. A lot of times, for instance, when I see a badly pulled sexist joke on my timeline or even an update that gives the poster’s ego a high for some reason, I can’t help but look for the Dislike button somewhere. It’s rather disappointing not to have it then. Although, when I sit calmly and think about it, I can imagine the number of disputes this will give rise to. Facebook will no longer bring people together but turn them against each other, which makes me think, how human beings take compliments or approval so positively but handle criticism so badly. It is an important part of growing up though.
Blog Title: Off Topic
We never really care to think much about the calamities that come upon other people until we realise how much we’d be affected by them if they were to come our way. 26th November 2008. “Terrorism happens everywhere, people die everyday, why think and worry yourself over it?” But that day was different. Stuck in a hotel somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, my entire college batch was glued to the television. We were on an industrial trip, travelling through the North of India but that night, as the news channels flashed news of the city being attacked, all our plans were kept on hold and we could think of nothing else but whether our families were safe, how many people got killed, which parts of the city had been affected. Phone networks were jammed and that just gave rise to the tension. Anger followed. Then tears. Some even fell ill of fever. Thankfully, our families were safe but we were never the same again. Ofcourse, we got on with our lives. Yes, we moved on quickly because we had to, but we hadn’t forgotten. We never will.
Lower Parel. Shakti Mills. These words bring back such horrifying memories. Never had we thought that this would take place in what is called the safest city in India. Like someone said on Twitter, this is like bad news on your front door. We can’t ignore the fact that it has caused so fear in people now. I never had to think about what time I went out before but now, I stop to give it a second thought. Just this morning, as I was coming to Lower Parel for this speed blogging contest, my mother asked me to skip it as I was going alone. The words “Lower Parel” worried her. It is admirable though how the city has reacted to it and come up with so many different solutions. Just a day after the incident, there was an organisation setup in Worli just to distribute free pepper sprays to women and to train them in self defense. People came up with different technologies for womens’ security but what we really need is the change in the train of thought.
Theft, murder, rape, exploitation – if it has happened to someone, it could just as well happen to us too. And we cannnot simply close our eyes to such things and go on with our lives. Yes, we need to carry on with our lives but we also need to keep our eyes open to bring about a change somehow. The least we could do is plant a seed and let it grow. Seeds of goodwill, in our minds and in the minds of those around us.
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