Reasons why One should read HARRY POTTER series at least once in their lifetime
HARRY POTTER: Haven't read the Harry Potter series yet? Check out, here's why you should.
I’m one crazy Potterhead and most of my friends are too, so we’ve like read the the whole series over and again. But I’m writing this post mainly for the interest of my non-Potterhead friends who most of the times keep debating as to what’s so good about the series, and for everyone out there who hasn’t read them. Well, today when everyone’s going gaga over Game of Thrones(I like this one too :P ) and Pokemon Go, I would like to bring you the magic and charm of Harry Potter series and why you should read it.
- The Series is more than a story about Wizards and Witches.
There’s so much more in it. There’s a whole lot one could learn from. It is full of life lessons and has taught me so much about friendship, love, bravery, goodness that dwells in humans, and also how to deal with one’s downfall. Many people have grown with Harry Potter, so for them it represents their childhood. This applies for me as well since I have loved them since I was in school. These books teach you how there’s no limits to imagination. You will relate to so many characters and it might even help you sort many situations in life. (obviously situations won’t be exactly the same, but still.)
- Chances to escape reality and enter the Wizarding World.
So okay, one reason why I like reading these books is because I can lose myself in a world where rules of real world do not apply(well, not all the times). It gives you a chance to escape into the wonderful world where you can travel to bizarrely amazing places that one couldn’t normally think of. You could get to ride the famous Hogwarts express alongside Harry and his friends, attend classes where you don’t have to solve problematic questions of algorithms or find out what plus what amounts to what, instead attend classes such as Transfiguration and Potions(bonus with Prof. Snape). Slipping away into the world of Wizardry will allow you to experience the best adventure of your life.
- Not a novel about Boy meets Girl and falls in love.
Not that romance doesn’t occur, but that strictly isn’t what the novels all about. Romance comes up in the last few books and trust me that’s how you’ll love it. There’s adventure, fantasy, magic, good versus evil, morality, friendship, family, and more. Romance isn’t the plot and that’s not what motivates the characters in their actions. Our world today is filled with teenage romances and I think it’s great to read a story that is primarily filled with friendship amongst everything else.
- Women are more than just pretty pieces and love interests.
There’s more to women than being just dainty, helpless, and in love with a man. Harry Potter series has women that are fierce, for example, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, etc. These women thrive on education, friendship, and the betterment of the Wizarding world. Also the women aren’t treated as helpless victims who have to sit on the sidelines and watch the boys do the work, instead, they are equally involved in the action, often proving their magical skills are more capable of victory. All thanks to the author J.K. Rowling for creating such strong female characters just as they should be.
- Sometimes not so ‘happily ever-after’ is the best resolution.
All those who are already fans of GOT will understand this, because their is a war to defeat Voldemort, so naturally people die. Often the characters with whom you get most attached to at times. The fact that Rowling kills so many of our most beloved characters resembles real life outside of the books. People die unexpectedly, and not everything ends happily ever after. Sometimes, heartache is required in order to reach the next stage in life. This series allows you to experience that within the pages.
- Instant connection with characters.
You will easily connect to at least one character in the whole series. Also could be more than one. I personally feel more connected with characters of Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood, funny and a little weird at times. For some it may be the lead character Harry Potter himself. The series gives you insight to many different characters and allows you to learn about the many types of personalities and character traits of humans in general. Reading this series will cause you to bond with a fictional character, and sometimes, those bonds are the ones that truly matter because no matter what happens, they’ll always be there waiting for you to return.
- Hogwarts will become your Home.
Rowling once in an interview said- “Whether you come back by page or big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” This series has indeed welcomed me home ever since I started reading them and watched the movies. I find an amazing pleasure in knowing that for the rest of my life I’ll always have Hogwarts, Harry, and the great fandom along with it.
I hope my reasons here will be able to persuade my non-Potterhead friends to read the series at least once, and then they’ll see the magic occurring themselves. As for my Potterhead brethren, if you have more reasons to add you’re most welcome and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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Citric acid is an excellent component for skin. It not only lightens the skin, but also makes it glowing and shining. Take an orange, dry it and grind and it turns like a powder. Mix this mixture in rosewater or tomato juice and apply it on your skin.
The biggest advantage of this mask is you can grind the orange in large quantity when its season comes, and keep using it for a long period of time.
Egg is multi-beneficial. Apply it on your skin or face, it will do wonders for you. Mix the albumen, or egg part as commonly called, with glycerine and make it thick for proper mask. Apply it and feel the change.
EVER-RELAXING HONEY MASK
For this mask, mix two tablespoon of pure honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon and one wedge of lemon. Mix it and keep it thick, apply and get the best result.
EXFOLIATING BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
For this, you require two ingredients:
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
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How well we are aware of the properties of coconut oil!! It moisturises the skin and with the combination of brown sugar which helps in removing dead cells. This mask helps in rejuvenating the skin with the natural touch of shine and glow.
YOGURT HONEY MASK
Yogurt is rich in good bacteria. It deodorise skin and purifies skin, brightens skin complexion and hydrates skin. Take a small teaspoon of honey and mix it well, thus making it a healthy easy face mask.
In India, where rapes and all other kind of assualts against women takes the centre place every day, in every newspaper, on every television news channel, in any and every debate, in every thought, and in most of the houses as well, maybe builing of proper toilet facilities can ensure some safety for them.
Claiming to make nearly 80 lakh toilets so far, with a promise of making the count to reach in millions, our Prime Minister’s vision of making India entirely ‘open decefecation free’ seems to work in progress. But, if one comes to terms with reality, the plight of several women remains unattended, unheard and uncovered by media and the local governing authorities. It’s not that the government is not doing it’s best, as they have made commendable efforts to attain the goals of this noble mission.As we know, there have been always struggles as we go through a transition, be it a change in oneself or the entire nation. Some of these challenges that have been there are, acceptability issues on the part of local residences, newly-built toilets are not maintained and thus, have literally turned into garbage bins with unbearable toxic smell, confusion regarding the construction incentives and the programme is yet to gain momentum in Delhi due to lack of awareness amoung people, as per the reports of Mail Online in 2015. Infact, the infamous Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has clearly failed to take off in several villages of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, the Punjab government claims to have constructed around 33 lakh toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for 7.92 lakh families at a cost of Rs 937 crore. However, a reality check done by Mail Today revealed that most of the toilets were constructed on papers as no money has been provided to the households.
What is worse is that, the rate of crime against women, in rural areas (specifially) has been persistant and growing
In the evening gloom of their dirt courtyard, Raj Beti and her six daughters are growing desperate. They last answered nature's call 13 hours ago, but it's dark enough to venture into the fields. As not only the fear of wild snakes and boars is haunting them, the nasty vultures are ready to lay their hands on the little girls and rip off their souls with fear and shame. “We don’t know who’s watching, who’s waiting for us” says the oldest daughter of Raj Beti as she prepares the meal for the night for only the male members of the family. Women are expected to hold on to their bladder and bowels,as with no toilets in their own house, they have go out in the stark night with no signs of safety and light. For those who dared, incidences of Gang-rapes, widespread obscene mms and verbal assaults were their only rewards.
The situation has been somewhat same in those houses, where the toilets were constructed. In Maya Devi's home,a dweller living in Katra village, has a bowl of the government-built latrine, which was cracked and the cubicle's door was blown off. But poor aesthetics are not the main problem. "The pit is full," said Maya Devi. "We don't know how to empty it so we've started using the fields again."
In katra, the necessary awareness and sensitivity had spread, after dreadful incidences of gang-rapes. Is there a need for crime to take place each time, to bring a change? That can be the worst opportunity cost, of building a health and well-sanitized area. There is a desperate need to educate the people with simple yet effective tools,one-sided promises won’t work at all.
Now each time as the day fades away and the night dances with its gloomy shades, it sulks the head of Raj Beti who dutifully carries her youngest daughter to herself, and the rest five following to her steps, in the open-dead field, where they spread out soon, pulling down their baggy shalwars. They're frightened, uncomfortable and trying to hurry up the proccess as a tractor shudders past about 20 metres away, driven by men, most of them drunk.
As they wash and walk back to the village, other women and girls appear in twos, all with the same faces of sadness and guilt, as if excretion was a crime of their body and a disgrace to their families.
In 2019, the aim is to construct nearly 12 million toilets in the rural areas with a projected cost of nearly 1.96 crores, as the mission claims. Till then, many fathers who have lost their daughters, who died for no reasons but for ‘ being unaware’ and ‘ being a female’ , the present scenerios is ‘intolerable’ and they wish to see it nowhere around in any houses around them.
But untill the manifestation becomes a widespread reality, there shall be no food, no water and ofcourse no safety for women after the daylight till the newdawn in the villages.
Pakistan celebrated their independence day with more shock than joy showering from both within and beyond the borders. I read somewhere a very beautiful example that an elephant in the house is calm and composed for years, not hurting anyone. But what would be his reaction when he is inflicted with thousand cuts throughout his body? The oppressor has to be trampled. The elephant has now woken from kumbhkaran’s slumber. And the trembles can be felt on the other side of the border.
First Rajnath Singh and then Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised this never-a-blazing-issue called ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Baluchistan’. Actually, it started with Ajit Doval when he talked about it in his speech in 2015, India’s 105 KM running border with Afghanistan and everyone understood he was referring to Gilgit, Baltistan.
The sluggish behavior of India towards POK and Baluchistan made the world believe that the actual issue lies with Indian side of Kashmir, not the other side of Kashmir. PM Modi has finally spoken and now there is ruckus across Pakistan’s political arena. You just need to turn your attention to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who few months back got his throat hoarse shouting ‘ Asi Kashmir Lewange, ek ek inch lewange’. And then PM Nawaz Sharif showed sympathy and grief with the slain terrorist (their own investment) Burhan Wani. We made fun of Bilawal’s speech even their own media people did the same as their media also see in him our own youth icon. When our PM says that POK belongs to India and there is hullabaloo across Pakistan. They are unable to respond properly, stumbling, stammering and remembering the not-known-to-many insurgency groups in our north eastern part of India when they are invited on News debates. That’s the only shield they have right now. They are exposed. The mentioning of Baluchistan in PM’s speech has brought the shadow boxing of India-Pakistan ties to an end.
There are Baloch people across the globe who are constantly thanking our PM Narendra Modi for talking about of Baluchistan and supporting it. They are very happy and feel indebted as India finally has spoken for them in seven decades. PM Modi also have thanked them from the rampart of Red Fort of India. He said ‘People of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them”.
The atrocities and torture stories in Balochistan are beyond imagination. Ahmar Mushtikan and Tarek Fateh and many other have been asking India to intervene and get the Baluch people their own air, water and peace. The people of Balochistan also deserve peaceful life and prosperity. Mass graves, recently found, have told the story to the world and those bullet ridden bodies of innocent Baloch people. Pakistan bomb their own citizen and do not hesitate to burn entire village to instill fear in the minds of Baloch people. The world knows that Baloch are brave and strong people then Pakistan should have more Baloch people than Punjabi and other citizens of Pakistan, but there are none.
The Game Changer:
It is yet not clear if it was diplomatic move or a strategic one by the current government. But, the reaction to this statement is apparent now. Nervous Pakistanis have now started to talk to the Baloch people living outside the country. They want to establish dialogue with separatists and government agencies. Pakistan knows India’s strength and current growing stature in the international politics. The world now listens to India. Simultaneously, they have started firing from the borders. We have lost our soldiers on this auspicious day of 15th of August.
Baloch people who were fighting alone have now the support of India which they were seeking for a long time. The agitation will be intense and constant. The local freedom fighters will start protesting against the atrocities. India should support the way Pakistan support separatists of Kashmir, financially, morally and ….. India knows Baloch needs India and India wants a free Balochistan.
They say everyone must have a reason to live which is important because it becomes your life’s driving force. But it is also said, not to get too obsessed or you might miss out on other things or sometimes when you achieve your target you feel lost and lonely because there is nothing more left to do. There is a story of boy who grows up to be a man and he spends all his life hating his father. The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was this boy whose father was very hard on him. He would criticize and discourage all the time and even when he got any success, his father would do everything to pull him down.
But his mother was a very kind and loving women who gave her son all the encouragement that he needed and protected him from his father. The boy really loved his mother very much because she was the ray of sunlight and hope. We start to grow and we start to die the moment we are conceived because that is the law of life and the boy grew into a man and was also very successful but the hate and resentment of this father was too overwhelming to let go, so he was never in any stable relationship. His mother wanted him to settle down and have a family of his own so that he may find peace and satisfaction.
But the son could never shake off his dad and the words that deeply wounded him as child which still festered and slowly it ate him away. He let his hate for his father consume him and his mind was poisoned. His mother spoke to him about the power of forgiveness and reconciliation but the boy in him refused to forgive or reconcile with this father. They say the emotional wounds of childhood are perhaps the most difficult human emotion to overcome. As it is the law of life we grow and as we grow we also get old and with old age come mortality.
The boy who was deeply attached to his mother was very sad to learn that she was sick and did not have too much time to live. So he decided to spend more time with her so that he can look after her because he loved her dearly. But his hate for his father ran much deeper than the love for his mother and this was the dilemma her mother had to face near the end of her life. She again asked him and begged him to find love and forgive his father but the boy had gone too far and for him there was no turning back. After few months his loving mother passed away.
At her funeral all the relatives came and hope they would be able to console him because they knew he loved his mother very much. But to their astonishment he showed no grief or even mourned for his mother. No one understood how this man whose mother who loved him so much would not even shed a tear for her. Throughout the funeral he kept quiet, did not cry and once his mother was lowered to the ground he did not wait for a single second and he left. The father though was heartbroken because he loved his wife dearly and was surprised when the son would not even show up for her anniversary.
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Hate had consumed him. All the success he had bought no joy to him. Even the best of compliment would not put a smile on his face. He became cold and distant and started to look much older than his age. People who knew him asked him to reconcile with his father but to no avail. Years went by the hope his mother carried to the grave that her son would one day find happiness never came true. Then the news of his father getting sick reached him. Everyone thought they would finally see him smile or even laugh and celebrate. But what they saw was anger and fear which no one understood. But somewhere deep inside he did.
His father soon died from complication related to old age and grand funeral was arranged. All the relatives who come wanted to see the spectacle of the sun dancing on the grave of his father but what they saw was a reaction which was inconceivable. The boy was inconsolable at his father’s funeral and no one understood. But in the deep abyss of his cold heart the son knew why he was feeling so insufferable. Whatever he did in his life revolved around his father, weather he came first in class or any game he played he had no opponent but just his father who was always his sole focus of attention.
When his father passed away he had no aim in life. Fact is there was no one to hate. If he was miserable his whole life when his father was alive it was lot worse when he passed away. He did not know how to deal with this anger and started lashing out on others who so far he had treated with respect. Soon he became lonely and the few people who would call on him just stopped. He lost his promising job and started to spend more time in his house isolated. But the worst part was he knew his mother was right when she had asked him to find love and embrace forgiveness. But the hate in him was too strong and his end was ignoble.
The story defines the title. Rest is upon you.
Imagine you are standing on a bus stop,where a beautiful face comes before your sight,her hair pass by your distress from summer,with a flowery and yet fruity fragrance of her perfume which makes the entire scene instantly perfect . Her eyes meet yours, your admiration reaches out to the sky and back. 14 seconds have passed by so far, but instead of jazzy music of violins and saxophones in the background, sound of the sirens of the police car fills in. Puzzeled? Yet, this could soon be a reality, if profounding Rishiraj Singh, the excise commissioner in the southern Indian state of Kerala, manages to successfully implement it. “A case can be filed against men who stare at women for more than 14 seconds," Mr Singh said in Kochi on Saturday.
A wave of memes and sparking humour reactions were immediate response to such bizarre statement. Hysterical comments and people raising out ‘vaild doubts’ were all over twitter and other social media platforms. Detecting the loopholes in his statement, People online asked what might happen if a man blinked, and some quipped that sales of sunglasses would go up,which is possible if such law comes into existance. (Many may go for, cheap ‘Rayban’ shades, as it’s affordable for the masses). But there were others, who supported his statement, as it would possibly foster women safety in an effective way. ( only when you have a proof that the creep stared at you for 14 seconds) or there can be many false cases charged against the innocents, on baseless proofs. One such meme,qouted the same, "Just informed a girl that I didn't like her after meeting her for marriage. She threatened to file a case for staring at her for 14 seconds.", or you are glutton for punishment, your jail-mate might ask "Bro, what is your crime, stabbing or theft?". And you would say “Just went to see a girl for marriage, got convicted for looking at her for 14 seconds."
Also, the commissioner had further mentioned in his statement that women should be proactive in reporting anti-social elements and learn martial arts to be defensive enough. The statement seems legit in consideration to the rising numbers in terms of crimes against women in kerela and the nation at large. Reacting to Rishi Raj Singh's "14 seconds stare" statement, sports minister Jayarajan described it as "disgusting". Jayarajan said he will bring this to the notice of the excise minister and ask him to examine the controversial speech. As earlier too, the comissioner was barred by the UDF government for breaking the protocol at a function attended by the home minister, Ramesh Chennithala, last year.
The only question boils down to the point is, if this not-yet-existing “law” comes to power, will it actually upgrade the country’s prevelant levels of women safety and general security, or will it become just a subject of mockery which will shall be rulled out on every ground.
In the history of Artistic Gymnastics Vault and in the history of Indian Gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar became the first woman gymnast to earn a name worldwide. She became the first Indian woman gymnast athlete to capture the world’s imagination and become a ‘trending’ topic ahead of the Olympic games in Rio. Known famously for attempting the dangerous Produnova Vault and successfully completing it, she has earned a huge fan base including the currently world best gymnast Simone Biles of the USA, who herself won four gold medals including a prolific victory in Dipa Karmakar’s Vault category. Biles went so far as to say that the famous Produnova Vault should be renamed ‘Karmakar Vault’.
In 2014, at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Dipa Karmakar attempted the Produnova Vault, which is often referred to as the ‘vault of death’ and happens to be the hardest vault ever performed in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. This was the act that paved Dipa Karmakar’s way for her qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics and she won a Bronze medal for the country and made every Indian proud. She also made India proud by becoming the first Indian woman ever to qualify for the Olympics. She also won an another Bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championship 2015. To honor her achievements the Government of India conferred upon her the Khel Ratna Award in August 2016 along side PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai.
A country where sports meant no more than Cricket, Dipa hailing from Tripura, a state which many even fail to point out in the Indian map, turned heads around with her magnificent world class performance and successfully turned the eyes of the uninterested country towards her sport. Firstly, she happens to be one among the five women to have ever attempted and successfully completed the vault. First being the woman after whom it is named Yelena Produnova of Russia who did it in 1999, Yamilet Pena of Dominican Republic, Fawda Mahmoud of Egypt, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, and Dipa Karmakar of India, who has the highest contemporary score in what is easily the second neatest execution of the vault.
Let us tell you why is Produnova Vault called the ‘vault of death’. It is infamously the dangerous vault. It has a difficulty rating of 7.0(the highest rating of all vaults) and when not executed perfectly, runs the risk of splitting gymnast’s spin in half or injuring him/her permanently. It consists of a frontal handspring onto the vaulting horse and two front somersaults off. Knowing that attempting this was a risk, yet she still went on with it in Commonwealth Games and completed it successfully. On asking why did she decide to do it was because if she hadn’t attempted something so risky and done it right, she would have disappointed herself little that her country would care and her sport would once again go unnoticed by the people of her beloved country. In fact her performance of the vault is a true inspiring story and the decision to go ahead with it in Glasgow.
Dipa is a great fan of Simone Biles and said Biles is by far the best gymnast this world has produced, she is a champion and proves herself both on and off the mat. They met on practicing grounds one day while in Rio when Biles told her that she had seen Dipa performing Produnova vault and encouraged her to participate more in tournaments to expand her techniques and also called her Produnova vault as ‘Karmakar vault’. The most successful gymnast in America’s history told Dipa, that the Federation International de Gymnastique(FIG) should consider re-naming the Produnova vault to the ‘Karmakar vault’. While she thinks Simone must have been joking, we really like the sound of it. But either way Simone’s pep talk boosted Dipa with massive confidence which we did see in the performance at Rio where she missed the Bronze medal merely by 0.15 points but did win a billion of hearts.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday has vehemently opposed the pleas of the women activists, supporters and their plea in the Supreme Court against the ban on the Islamic practice of Triple Talaq or oral divorce. The Muslim law board claims this attempt as an interference in the personal Islamic laws on the pretext of social reform. The Muslim law board also filed a 68-page affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that triple talaq is a part of the Islamic religious practice and the court has no jurisdiction to annul it.
The 68-page affidavit made some rather unusual claims. The Islamic religious practice justifies the triple talaq according to the AIMPLB. The board also said the ban on triple talaq should be removed for the safety of women, because if the discords are serious within a marriage and the husband wants to get rid of the wife but is delayed due to the legal compulsions and time consuming judicial process, it might lead to the husband resorting to criminal measures to get rid of the wife, therefore in such situations ‘triple talaq’ is a better recourse. According to the board, triple talaq gives more of a private affair than taking it to the court and making the divorce public. Also claimed that ban on polygamy has only increased illicit sex. It was meant to protect women, to meet the social and moral needs. Polygamy in their law was not for gratifying men’s lust, but was a social need since they reason that women outnumber men and would be forced into leading spinster’s life, without receiving any benefits and rights that they would get if they had a husband. They also claim that triple talaq is sourced from the Quran and makes men the ‘decision-makers’ because they do not take hasty decisions. Illegal interpretation of the scriptures is not allowed therefore the Muslim law board arguments against the ban.
The question stands that will the Islam women still be protected of their rights if this ban is not allowed as per the AIMPLB? Would the Islam women enjoy proper rights if the ban prevails? Wouldn’t there be less of over-phone, in-text, verbal divorce and throwing the women out of the houses if the ban prevails! Resorting to legal options is the right of every human being irrespective of them being male or female. Rights that women deserve to practice shouldn’t be taken away behind the facade of religious and personal laws. Moreover, the campaign to ban triple talaq and make husbands criminally liable, help Muslim women? I don’t think so, but shouldn't it be allowed. I realize that most women are reluctant to approach the police and press criminal charges normally. A ban will not change the fact that a woman has to go to a civil court to secure her rights. So the question is: Will such a ban truly change the life of a deserted Muslim woman? The Supreme Court is yet to give its decision, but whatever be the decision will the Muslim women get the justice they deserve.
Mother Teresa is widely known for her charitable works on which she devoted all her life in the streets of Kolkata. From taking care of the poor, to the sick, to the ones that had strayed away from God, she did it all. She dedicated her life to bring the message of salvation to those who failed to recognize it. Widely known as the Saint Teresa of Kolkata, she was beatified on 19th October, 2003, then being known as the ‘Blessed’ in the Roman Catholic congregation. On 4th September, 2016, Mother Teresa was finally canonised at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, as the Roman Catholic Church recognized a second miracle attributed to her. This canonisation took place almost after 19 years after her death.
Many people from all over the world paid their reverence in her name. Our very own PM Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mother Teresa in a radio broadcast, and said that when a person like her who devoted her whole life to the poor in our country, is conferred with sainthood, it is natural for Indians to feel proud. Also Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Vatican said that not just the Catholics but every Indian took immense joy and pride in the canonisation of a woman who was an embodiment of boundless compassion, mercy and grace.
As much has this canonisation brought the beloved nun into news, who was already a global icon for her work with the poor, but has also reignited the deep criticism of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, which according to the detractors focused on the elevation than the relief, of suffering. But the woman who had to face criticism about her good work when she was alive, is still criticised after death by some and they seem very dissenting about the canonisation amid the controversies over her missionaries and miracles. Critics also protested against the decision of our PM Modi to send a 100-strong delegation led by the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to the canonisation mass. We found an online petition that said that it boggled their mind that the Foreign minister of a country whose constitution exhorts its citizens to have a scientific temper would approve of a canonisation based on ‘miracles’. Hindu nationalists have claimed that the new proclaimed Saint was a ‘soul harvester’ who proselytized among the poor, and she and her followers baptized the dying secretly. Another critic, goes by the name Aroup Chatterjee, a doctor who grew up in Kolkata and presently works in UK is one of the most vocal critics. According to him, many rogues have become Catholic saints and it bothers him to such an extent that he stated that the world makes such a song and dance about a superstitious, black magic ceremony. He has described Saint Teresa as a “ medieval creature of darkness” and a “bogus and fantastic figure” which went without challenge by world’s media. In his book Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict on her work, shows her to be negligible about the medical care given to the sick and says that she spent a lot of time flying around in a private plane meeting political leaders. A similar accusation was made by another late writer Christopher Hitchens in his book, The Missionary Position, and also stated that the focus of St. Teresa’s work was not the honest relief of suffering but the dissemination of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection. Hitchens also went on to say in his book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice that-
“…But it is difficult to spend any time at all in Calcutta and conclude that what it most needs is a campaign against population control. Nor, of course, does Mother Teresa make this judgment based on local conditions. She was opposed on principle to abortion and birth controllong before she got there. For her, Calcutta is simply a front in a much larger war.”
Some even alleged that she went on to use her influence to further the Vatican stance on abortion. Hitchens also stated that Mother Teresa herself would check into expensive and sophisticated hospitals and clinics in the West but would neglect the fact that her patients suffered from the lack of pain-relieving and illness-combating medical support in her charitable organizations. Also some three years ago a study at the University of Montreal by academics concluded that Vatican had ignored Mother Teresa’s rather dubious way of caring for the sick, suspicious managements of enormous sums of money she received and her dogmatic views on divorce, abortion and contraception.
Albeit criticisms from different people that fact that she did what no one else cared to even think about, cannot be left discredited. In 1950, she established the Missionaries of Charity with 12 followers, and today the order has 5600 members, and hundreds of thousands of lay volunteers, which runs orphanages, schools, homes for the sick and dying, shelters for homeless, health clinics and other services in 139 countries. She was also awarded Nobel peace prize in 1979, which she said she didn’t deserve but accepted the award “in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout the society.” Even in her acceptance speech she focused on abortion, and raised a stunning question that if a mother was capable of killing the unborn child growing in her womb then what was going to prevent us all from killing each other, nothing would. She died after several years of illness on September 5, 1997.
The question that whether Mother Teresa was a ‘Saint or Sinner’ or ‘Caregiver or Exploiter’ is completely subject to one’s own individual belief. If one believes that the work carried out by her was in good faith, he/she will never question that she could be an exploiter or sinner for that matter. As for what message I want hereby to be received is that one shouldn’t question on the works of someone so great and pure until there is a compelling allegation on fitting evidences. Given if anyone finds anything as such then it should be brought out on the larger platform, but if one doesn’t, then they shouldn’t fail from honoring the righteous soul as it deserves.
A more controversial and hot news has hardly come out before related to the cabinet of the State government of Delhi under the rule of Aam Aadmi Party. An AAP minister has been caught in a sex tape video, who admits on being married. This has outraged the CM Arvind Kejrival, who has sacked this Social Welfare Minister from the Cabinet and cancelled his primary membership from the party, after a recorded CD reportedly showed Minister Sandeep Kumar in a compromising position with a woman and also carried some objectionable photographs. The suspension of primary membership came after four days of expulsion from his post of Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister.
The famous Chief Minister Kejriwal resorted to micro-blogging social media site Twitter to announce the expulsion. It is his personal life and nobody else business but the reason this very act is seen equivalent to a crime is because, last year on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, the AAP Minister Sandeep Kumar, had thanked his wife Ritu for the ‘sacrifices’ she had made and even revealed that “Main roz subah inke pair chhoota hoon [I touch her feet every morning], which had received a thunderous applause from the audience in the Delhi Secretariat auditorium. The controversy also revealed that the particular CD which caused the whole trouble was handed over to the CM 15 days ago by the complainant Om Prakash but no action was taken wherefore the complainant sent it to Lt Gen Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal’s office denies of any incident happening so.
AAP is facing attacks as soon the matter came out in the open. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken too attacked saying three of six ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged fake degree, corruption, and moral turpitude. Former CM Sheila Dikshit also told the reporters that these stunts are just AAP’s diversionary tactics and are foolish Delhi voters. The BJP decided to hold a demonstration outside the CM’s office for failing to take any action as soon as they got the CD. They also lodged a complaint against the sacked AAP minister and also sought inclusion of CM Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s names in the FIR.
However, in spite of clear visibility in the video, Kumar still claims that the man in the video in the compromising position isn’t him. He alleged that he is being framed because he is a Dalit and demanded probe into the entire episode. The CD is sent by the police to forensics testing for its authenticity and trying to establish its source and how it was circulated. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also said that the party is taking action because they realize what Kumar has done is completely wrong. Disciplinary committee has been handed over the matter and whatever its decision, the party will abide by that. Kejriwal, nonetheless has displayed his grief on the turn of events and the presence of such people in the party grieves him all the more and told the party will never ever compromise on their core values.
I had moved to Bangalore in August last year, and on the very first day ran into a neighbor of mine who had the habitual inquisitorial nature of a normal Indian woman. She asked, where I was from and about my family. Finally we arrived at the preverbal “Where is your wifeQuestion” and when I answered, that I am unmarried, the old lady was embarrassed and apologized profusely like I have been offended. Well I was not, but one can hardly blame her for asking me this question since I am on the wrong side of thirties and with more gray hair than I could wish for, so it was and I have conceded a fair question to ask on her behalf. After all she is also a mother who once went through the agony and torment of finding a suitable bride for her son or daughter and in that quest she was successful. What happened after that is a different story or maybe almost every other household story.
Ever since I crossed into my 30s people have been asking me “when do you plan to get married” like it was some kind of master plan which got stuck in red tape. Also, most of my friends had gotten married and were disparate for me to tie the knot so I that would stop blackmailing them. But more so their wives and some of my other female friends who I would occasionally torment. For them, I getting married was like getting sweet revenge by telling my future wife all the things that I had done to them and to others because I have been known for my pranks which could sometimes run for few months. E.g. a very good looking my friend got married and after year or so I decided to register her profile in an online matrimony site and soon she started getting phone calls from perspective grooms parents. This lasted for couple of months or over but as gentlemen I told her about this prank few years later, so one can imagine how eagerly or vengefully she must be waiting for me to get married so she can settle some old scores. Also before the internet, when people used to give ads in newspaper, I would call them on their phone number and just try to have some fun. Well, maybe Karma is paying me back.
But let’s be back to the present, I just turned 38, plenty of gray hair and the crown part of my head getting ever so thinner and still no bride in sight. But I must say one thing when I see online matrimonial sites it gives me some solace (in a good way) that there are plenty of men and women out there who still not married and have crossed the usual age threshold but I still believe it is not the end of the world. However, if it is hard for men to hear the same questions over and over, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for women. I know this because my sister got married when she was 28 years old and by the time she turned 26 people started coming up to my parents with wedding proposal for widowers and divorcés. It was as if my sister had no value or no hope for ever getting married. Now, I don’t intend on saying people who have lost their spouse or they are divorced should never get married but, when someone is opting for arranged marriage these types of proposals can be very disconcerting. Anyway my sister got married to a first time offender and he turned out be a pretty good man.
But the point I was trying to make is, there are lots of men and women over the age of thirty who are still single and are still hopeful to finding a partner which gives me hope that there might still be someone for me. But being curious by nature I cannot help myself having some fun when I am surfing the matrimonial site and checking various profiles and the list of demands and expectations the perspective bride and her family have or as a matter of fact the list and demands from the men’ side. Will only marry if the boy has an engineering degree or please do not send proposal if your salary is less than xyz which is, I suppose fair. A while back my mother spoke to a concerned party but they had reservation that I was lot older than their daughter who in fact was only six years younger to me but they did not want the age gap to be more then 3 or 4 years. But the fact is if a man is 34 he is looking forward to marry a girl who is 28 years old and after that it just becomes a vicious circle.
According to my mother this will be her last ditch attempt to help me find a girl and I corrected her she needs to find me a woman because I can no longer aspire to be with a girl. Anyway she was not amused and then we started our quest. Soon the filter process began, too educated for you, makes more money then you, she seems to be very fussy and particular and once we had all the selected ID’s written cleanly on a dairy, we start bombarding. It’s like firing as many arrows in the dark hoping to hit a target.
kabhi toh milegi kahin toh milegi baharon ki manzil…….
Years by years, months by months we see very many new TV shows launching, which may seem to have strong women characters, or at least trying to portray the empowerment in women, but, gradually these very strong women characters turn into the same Saas-Bahu Soap characters who are playing weak and helpless roles, or in a very negative role where women themselves are sabotaging the other female characters. Amid of all these, one day while I was just browsing through the TV to find something to interest myself in, I found a show which won my heart. A group of women who bike away to the remotest towns of the country to make music that is inspired by real life women heroes was a breath of fresh air.
MTV’s Angels of Rock, is a show that reaches out to women who have made extraordinary contributions through their ordinary lives to the society, along with beautifully fusing music with travel. It is the first time in the history of Indian TV, a show is led by all female cast and crew, which has four female celebrities, road tripping their way around India and covering different cities while at it, each with a well-defined cause for women empowerment in mind. The four protagonists the show has chosen are four young singers from different backgrounds. These are women of substance who have at a young age broken the mould in their own small way. Even if they haven’t broken through the capricious Indian music industry, they have made some significant dents in the scheme of things and they are not afraid to speak their voice.
Four of Bollywood’s most loved and incredibly talented singers, the ‘Pareshan’ girl Shalmali Kholgade, ‘Gulaabo’ girl Anusha Mani, ‘Yaar na mile’ fame Jasmine Sandlas and the youngest of all Akasa Singh of ‘India’s Raw Star’ fame, come together and take on a journey of a lifetime - cooking, doing radio shows and composing music on their way. They will not only just mingle with the people they meet, but also live in the same fashion as the locals wherever they go and perform fun tasks to get a taste of the real lives of women in the villages of India. Among many, the biggest challenge these singers have to face will be bringing out the raw, real, and inspiring side of these women with the songs they will be composing on the go.
The show’s main focus is on showcasing female power, in saying ‘yes, we can’. Yet the format of the reality show remains a tricky ground as the four lead women should be able to empathize, bond, and translate onto the camera a camaraderie with the real heroines of the country who probably have never engaged with a TV camera. It is exactly this ruggedly feminine aspect of the show that should work with audiences currently spoilt for viewing choices across digital platforms. This show offers it all- original music for all music lovers, travel delights, and storytelling.
The show producers chose to make use of Bullet, for the girls to travel on, where they could have easily have had them riding on a Scooty instead. But they made sure they singers took classes for bike riding and used Bullet, as it would bring out an element of challenge, ruggedness and an assertion that these girls are of substances more than just mellifluous voices, and a willingness to stretch physical limits further. Not just the crew but even the guitarists and drummers chosen for the show are women.
Angels of Rock is definitely a tribute to the ever-growing spirit of Indian women and their legacy in a contemporary way and is absolutely worth a watch. The energy between the four is palpable and the enthusiasm infectious. Their trysts with bike riding strikes a chord with every girl who has struggled to move on beyond riding a bicycle. The way MTV and Sunsilk have come together to redefine the stereotypical dependent woman in daily soaps is truly admirable.
I’m absolutely in love with the show, and I hope you too don’t forget to catch it every Sunday at 8pm, on MTV India.