To Sangh, With Love

Just read this post. It’s worth your time…
https://bombayrat.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/to-sangh-with-love/

Miscellany

An open letter to the people, the Sangh, and a Harvard alumnus

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Dear Sangh Parivar

With an abrasively right wing party now in power – our country is at a crossroads of sorts – longingly stretching its arms towards “development” while clinging to dangerously medieval beliefs.

“Pseudo-secularism” seems to be the new catchphrase for people who’ve only recently learnt how to spell.

Let’s break it down:

  • pseudo : (adj) – not genuine; sham; insincere
  • secular :(adj) – not connected with religious or spiritual matters

‘Secular’ in the western context has traditionally meant a detachment of the state from religious affairs. Owing to India’s amazing ethnic composition, our Constitution Makers chose an interesting middle ground – disfavour towards, yet acknowledgement of all religions, offering protection to minorities.

Today “pseudo-secular” (and its infantile cousin “sickular”) is thrown at everyone who rejects the notion of Hindu…

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I seriously need to get a hold of myself… maybe not…

Yes, I know many people do go through their own existential crisis. It seems inevitable to not do that, especially if you’re 21. With so much of the world exposed to us, I feel like the surmounting pile of opportunities emits a foul stench of confusion. So many people are confused. I might be just one of them.
Well, no. I know what I want to do. It’s kind of a long way. And well, when it comes to money, not everyone is patient. I don’t know if I should just take the short route out like everyone else, or do what I am doing and keep up the hard struggle to achieve my dreams.

As of now, I’ve submitted my short film for a few international festivals. I’m meeting a legal consultant regarding my book, which I hope to publish by the end of this year. I am working towards what I want.
I think I just need to vent out my thoughts this way. I started off with not being sure about my future and with just 178 words, I’m already feeling better. I shouldn’t stop blogging, I guess. I don’t know how many people would want to read a random dude’s life, but I bet there are some.

And to those people, I say, have a great life, you only have one at the moment. If not, well, maybe in your next one you’ll find what you want. I know what I want now, I can feel my soul tingle every time I do what I want to do. Isn’t that what you should aim for?

Who knows? I’m just a random 21-year-old experiencing frequent existential crises. Hope you guys are better off.

May Your Darkness guide you to Your Light!

Arundhati Roy: The Doctor and the Saint

Well, two days ago was Ambedkar Jayanti here in India. For those of you who do not know, this is a festival celebrated to commemorate the memory of the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. On the 14th of April, 1891, this great man was born in a Mahar family. Mahars were of the lower castes, untouchables. Having seen the horrors of this caste system and how the lower castes were oppressed by the upper castes, he struggled all his life to annihilate the caste system.
All over the world, people sing praises of the great Mahatma Gandhi. We hardly hear about his intellectual, political, and moral rival.
Arundhati Roy, a well known political activist from India gave this brilliant talk titled ‘The Doctor and the Saint’. The Doctor, referring to Ambedkar, and the Saint, referring to Gandhi.

I believe this is a must watch for all.

May Your Darkness guide you to Your Light!

Photography Project

I had posted this last year on Blogger. This was my photography assignment for college. Hope you guys like it… 🙂

Dark Words from a Black Mind

So this is my Photography project that I did a few months ago for college. I have used some of these pics in some of my blog posts, but I thought, hey, let this be a a separate blogpost where I can share all my pics as they are meant to be. So here it is.
For the assignment, we had to take up any social issue and make a 10 pic photo essay. I will not say more about it, I’ll let my pictures speak for themselves.
Do comment your thoughts.
 
 
 
 
 
…The Choice is Yours.
 
May the Darkness guide you to Your Light!

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Social Media, so you can show people you have a life…

Okay so, I’ve successfully made an Instagram account. I have come to the realisation that to be successful, you need to be out there. As I read on an Internet meme,

“The Intelligent Ones don’t have any confidence,
The Confident Ones don’t have any intelligence.”

Why not try it out? Yeah I’d rather lock myself in my room and spend my life alone, but that is the point of social media, I guess. Today, even the trolls under the bridge seem to have a SnapChat account #Swag #Yolo #IWannaKillMyself #LOL #DieHumans
Ah well, I’m not really that good at keeping up with these things, but hey, let’s give it a shot. After all, I did make that last post about giving a little bit of an effort. Maybe this is my way of doing just that.
I’ll share my personal links in the comments if anyone wants to connect. Till then…

May Your Darkness guide you to Your Light!

Some entries are just… blah…

So I was present at a photography screening on Carter Road. I won’t say who had organised it as I must honestly admit that I have seen their exhibitions and they are really good. However, the ones I did see at the promenade were….
Well the first photographer whose pictures they screened were really good. I loved the compositions, the rusty portrayal of rural life, even the monochrome used gave a contrast to his overall colour grade.
Then the second photographer’s pictures came on the screen. All I can say is, they seemed more like pictures you take from a phone camera. I understand that even those pictures can be amazing. But the ones I saw… blah.
The third was a Brazilian. The first picture was good. The rest were not.
Now why I’m saying all this is because all these images were part of a competition, as far as I have understood. I just ran into this small crowd with a projector at the promenade and I was like ‘Hey let’s watch what’s happening.’ Now I didn’t exactly hear what the organiser was saying, and I’m pretty sure that they had much better photographs later on, but the third and second sets really bummed me out.
There was a part of me that said, ‘I could’ve clicked better pictures.’ But then I realised that I didn’t. I am very much capable of clicking better pictures. I know people who are much better than I am at clicking pictures. But guess what, none of those were there in that competition, it was those terrible pictures. And why?
Because those people actually took the efforts to go ahead and click pictures and send it in. This isn’t even the first time I’ve felt this way. There was another time when a short film I wrote the screenplay for won an award. But the others in competition were so horrible, I would’ve just disqualified them if I were the judge (And I have made a short film using my phone camera that went on to win the first place.).
The point is there are people who have no talent, but are willing to work hard. And only a few days back, a friend of mine reminded me of a quote by Kevin Durant,“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Maybe, if I (and many of us) had just put in a little more effort, we could have been short listed instead of those bad competitors who get selected for lack of entries. Maybe, just maybe.
But then again some people have terrible taste, so you can’t really judge. It’s all about what you like and what you don’t. For all I know, people loved the pictures I found crappy. Ah well, it’s up to you. I’m just sharing my thoughts.

May Your Darkness guide you to Your Light!

Demons

Okay, since I recently moved my blog to WordPress, I realise that many of my better posts might never get seen. There are a few that I really want to share with people. I’m getting a better response from WordPress than what I got on Blogger.

Dark Words from a Black Mind


We all have demons inside of us. Demons that haunt our lively days, and lie eagerly under our beds for us to creep into their hazardous darkness. A darkness that we only see in our dreams as they, in their abstract and bizarre way, guide our epileptic subconscious from its Penrose stairs to its Belvedere. Children have these demons. From their childhood till their puberty, from their adulthood till their death beds, these demons will haunt you all for all that this physical life holds for you. But what are these Demons?
Wights?
Monsters?
Spirits?
Energies?
Whatever they be, they are a personal entity, a deity that only an individual can experience. So, shoo away, or embrace your demons, for they are mere parts of the Greater You. Who knows, what wonders these Dark things may have kept hidden under their cave under your bed?

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