Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Koel With An Exceptional Voice

The Bangalore weather is delightful again! Monsoon is here! While walking in the morning, I heard this Koel singing. Oh! How I love the way she sings. A melodious voice, which soothes you and reminds you of how beautiful music is and can be. But the one thing I noticed in this particular Koel's voice today was that it wasn't beautiful. There was something wrong. There was a husky tone in her voice.

The Koel did not stop singing. She kept singing in her husky voice. It was as if she was trying harder to be melodious, each time she called. I kept listening to her, and there was a thought hidden behind the Koel's singing.

Though the bird wasn't melodious, she was making it a point to try and get better with each call she made. Undergoing a training, may be. Aren't our lives similar? You're quite unsure of the path ahead with every step you take. But that doesn't stop you from taking a step. You make an effort to put the right step on the right path and if you commit any mistakes you learn from them, keep them in mind, and keep walking.

What you also learn is the efforts you put in, the lessons you learnt, the fear you overcame. Like the Koel. She probably knew that her voice is bad, but she wasn't scared to sing. She will overcome and fight her fear and prove it to the world, that though all Koels are melodious singers, there are exceptions - everywhere. And because of such exceptions, you have a different perspective towards life - a positive one for sure. And you know, you're on the path to a better life.

And I do believe, that struggles - however big or small - bring out the real you. Like diamonds.

Monday, July 12, 2010

My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes

I have been tagged by Priya to list at least 10 of my 'sins' against gender stereotypes! (I'll take the liberty of listing more than 10 though :D) Thanks for tagging me Priya :)

Stereotypes are only that - stereotypes! There's no meaning to it! Be it in any regard. Recently I found out that the full form of GOLF is Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden! Do I have to say anything more? :P

My so-called
sins are as follows (not priority-wise):-

1. I love men's wallets! They are so much easier to use! It's a pain to carry that huge purse everytime :( I've always been attracted to men's wallet :)

2. I've always loved the aroma of Old Spice - the after shave lotion :D I used to stand besides my father when he used to apply it. Later, he used to dab some of it on my handkerchief for me to enjoy the aroma :)

3. I'm in love with men's perfumes! Totally! While picking up perfumes for me, I sometimes check men's perfumes as well :)

4. I do not identify with the crappy line -
Betiyaan paraayi hoti hai. In fact, girls are more responsible nowadays. And independent as well.

5. I hate girls/women whose life - purpose is to gossip in their free time. I gossip too sometimes, but not with so much of intensity and do not like to indulge in it. I've always stayed away from those girls/women who have nothing better to do but sit and gossip.

6. I adjust/adapt to my surroundings very quickly, and I'm not the one who will put up with her
nakhras wherever she goes. I do that only at my house sometimes :D ;)

7. I'd love to and
have to learn to ride a bike. I want to own a sports bike, a sexy one, some day. I don't know why I have that fantasy or urge! But it has to happen.

8. I have to own a sexy car one day as well.

9. I love watching sports like football, F1, basket ball, etc. I confess that I might not know the rules of those games, but I like to watch them. :)

10. I do believe that women are bad drivers :D Very few women drivers are good.

11. Though I like to stay at home, I do believe that women should go out and face the real world. It's a great experience and makes them independent.

12. I'm not an out and out traveler, but I like to do that. Exploring new places, new cultures.

13. I like to meet new people and I'm not scared to do that. I don't hesitate to talk to people.

14. I
love food! I'm a foodie! And I can hog on it! I'm not very very conscious of the calories and stuff. If I like something (Death By Chocolate, for example :D) I'll have it, not even thinking twice about it.

15. I like Rock Music.

16. I do not apply make up. At all. Never felt like it!

I think this is my list for now. I do love being a woman. It's a different world! After all, men are from mars and women are from venus ;) I like to do typical girly things like
shopping, enjoying pani-puri, etc. too.

I don't want to tag anyone for this post. That's it for now then. Hope I made sense to the tag :D

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Walking Through A Deathbed

The title I had in my head was 'Walking Through A Deathbed And Amongst Brain Dead People'. Yeah, thankfully I cut it short! But this is a long - pending post with the same title stuck in my head since I have been wanting to write it. Read on if you're ready for some more rants!

Doesn't it get irritating when the simplest tasks in your life start getting complicated and worsen each day? Like, crossing that bloody road everyday - morning and evening! It's like an MTv Roadies task (which I luckily win everyday!!). Or may be it's the fact that all the good drivers are not present on the road when I'm out! May it be walking or even if I take a bike!

For crossing those roads, even if I do follow the pedestrian signal, I have to check the signal I'm crossing for the possibility of a moron trying to jump a signal. Oh why even go that far! When I'm walking on the pavements - YES, they ARE meant for people like me, and we are a category called pedestrians - I have to look back often for a bike might just hit me! I don't know what they'll achieve by jumping those signals, or by driving on the pavement! You're not the only one in a hurry you know! Or may be you wanna use the loo urgently.
I'm sorry if that's the case.

The moment people realise that the signal is going to turn green, you should listen to the sounds of those vehicles. Accelerators raising. I feel as if I'm witnessing a live F1 race! Vroom vroom! Vrooooooooom! Oh yes, and these wanna be F1 racers will not wait for the pedestrians to cross the signal, even if they're midway. Because basically those who have those things with metal bodies to sit inside or on it, own the bloody roads! We pedestrians are a havoc for them!! Did anyone say 'respect for pedestrians?' Oh! I can't stop laughing when I hear that phrase.
You get an idea of the deathbed I'm talking about, right?

Now let's talk about the Brain Dead people. Well the above rants kinda explain that category. Nonsensical people who have been given these vehicles to drive, who do not even know the basic rules of the roads! Forget the rules! Basic sense is missing. I respect the man who came up with a true line, "Common sense is the most uncommon". Respect dude.

The other category of Brain Dead people is, in layman language, the perverts. Oh sorry, the organ brain is missing from their body, I think. And that's why they're special in a way. The no brains category sounds muuuuuch better. As if it wasn't enough to face them in buses, you have to be alert as a pedestrian and sometimes, even as a driver. As a pedestrian, you never know when and how they will come.

I have to utilise my brain in things like crossing roads, climbing buses (as they refuse to stop mostly), walking on pavements, being alert about the perverts around!! Now this is what I call waste of energy and brains! Getting irritated because other people do not have the...the....what's the word I'm looking for....SENSE.

All I desire at the end of the day is peace. I repeat - peace. Can I have some?? Hello?? Damn it!

Friday, July 9, 2010

When Things Turn Ugly

There is no term as ugly for me, in terms of people. Every person is beautiful, in his/her own way. Everybody has flaws, that doesn't make them look ugly.
But situations turn ugly. And its unbearable. You've believed all your life, that nothing can be ugly because you don't believe in people being ugly. But you're consciously unaware that things around you can turn ugly. You try to get over it, but everytime it pulls you down and makes you realise that it has always been ugly.
You don't know if you should be silent or speak up about the ugliness. Will it be hurtful? Why should you be the one to have that lump in your throat for the ugliness around? And if you do speak up, the ugliness snaps back at you. Hurting you more.
And you realise, ugliness can make you feel helpless. Your belief that every human being is beautiful, strengthens. Human beings are not ugly. It is the situation that makes them look ugly. But it takes time to get over the ugliness.

And it's rightly been put through these words from a song by Audioslave:

And even when you've paid enough, been pulled apart or been held up

With every single memory of the good or bad faces of luck
Don't lose any sleep tonight
I'm sure everything will end up alright

You may win or lose

But to be yourself is all that you can do