DANGEROUS MINORITY

DANGEROUS MINORITY
DANGEROUS MINORITY Balaji Subramanian

DANGEROUS MINORITY

Since time humans have practiced bigotry one form or the other, be that someone’s race, ethnicity, color of skin, caste system of India and much more. But as society has progressed, people all over the world have grown more sensitive and tolerant towards each other but few lingering practices of bigotry still exist and on top of the list stand the most politically convenient and racially inclusive form of discrimination, “Homophobia”.

Since time humans have practiced bigotry one form or the other, be that someone’s race, ethnicity, color of skin, caste system of India and much more. But as society has progressed, people all over the world have grown more sensitive and tolerant towards each other but few lingering practices of bigotry still exist and on top of the list stand the most politically convenient and racially inclusive form of discrimination, “Homophobia”. Why should someone be afraid of people who are gay or lesbian? Are they here to cause harm and damage to property? But wait, we as humans have more tolerance towards those who cause us physical and financial harm then we have for gays. The only reason is their sexual orientation. The point is, what one does in the privacy of one’s bedroom is nobody’s business. But all over the world and specifically in Africa outrageous laws have been enacted by the governments to punish gays, Lesbians and other transgender i.e. LGBT.

Uncalled for

In countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya draconian laws have been enacted to curb homosexuality which is considered against society and the sad part is all this is influenced due to colonialism and influence of religion and all the culture and traditions of the past were forgotten. However in the west the very countries which ruled many of these African countries and promoted their form of social virtues are now bastion of liberal society where homophobia is not tolerated one bit. Laws are in place to ensure that gays, lesbians and transgender persons not to be discriminated. But somehow this “juice of revulsion” towards homosexuals has been so deeply “marinated” into the bones of African due to colonialism and there is no sight of ending one of the last vestiges of bigotry.

Many in Africa or as the matter of fact in other places besides the African Continent, still believe, there is a strong connection between homosexuality and AIDS, which is an absolute fabrication of the truth but with constant bombardment by western missionaries and the constant torrent of funds pouring in to promote social virtue like “abstinence” in Africa is an unstoppable force which only solidifies this silly idea. It is not very helpful when African leaders like President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria make irresponsible and insensitive statements about Homosexuality for cheap political gains and instead focus on solving problems like bad economy, lack of education among women and terrorism plaguing a country like Nigera with Boko Haram getting out of control. the leaders of African countries especially Nigera should focus more of their time and energies solving these problem which are much more dangerous.

Other problems

Activists are threatened, science is ignored and homosexuality is considered a decease spread by the west and their decadent lifestyle. Right now AIDS is killing more people in Africa than the Ebola Virus and instead of taking steps to prevent it by education and asking people to use condom, the issue is diverted towards gays and the proverbial finger of judgment is pointed towards homosexuals and they are blamed for all the problem people face and so many innocent people have paid with their lives. Just over a decade ago Africa was witnessing some of the worst form of ethnic problems and who can forget the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 but now everyone is coming together to form laws against homosexuality. I was watching the news one day and I saw anti gay protest in Uganda and one particular placard caught my eye it read “Obama We Want Trade Not Homosexuality” and the people were grateful of the Ugandan Parliament.

Africa is fast losing its natural resources and wild life and illiteracy among Africans is still very high. Thousands die each year due to starvation and malnourishment among African children is one of the highest in the world. With all these problems, how can centering action against a harmless minority will give any solution to all the problems faced. Homosexuality is not decease or a mental problem which can be cured as many religious organizations claim. It is a natural phenomenon which as modern citizens of the world we must embrace.

I once asked a gay friend of mine why the rainbow colors were chosen as the symbol of gay rights and he said that an artist in San Francisco named Gilbert Baker designed what is believed to be the first modern gay pride flag by combining eight stripes, each a different color with its own symbolism: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the human spirit. If this is what a group of minuscule minority feel and just want to enjoy life on their terms, then who are we to judge, control and brand them as evil and call them the ills to all our problems. All they ask is for equal rights under the law.

Look Back and Move Forward

If we check history some of the greatest men have been gay from Alexander the great, Roman Emperor Hadrian, renascence legends Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Literary genius like Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde and in modern times, music legend Elton John, one of the best women comedian Ellen DeGeneres, designers Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. The list is endless.

Countries like Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda have a rich history and traditions and they must look back beyond their colonial past and did deep into their own culture which was full of tolerance. Some of the best answers are in the past and Africans and Asian also must embrace our Gay, Lesbian and transgender brothers and sisters. We must move towards a more congenial and open society where no one should be discriminated. If people are capable of coming together from different race, culture, ethnicity and religion to discriminate homosexuality, than we are equally capable of getting together and end this “apartheid of small minded believe” and live together as children of god under one rainbow.

These days the most difficult decision a woman has to make is what food to give her children for school and this specially applies for small children. Kids want something different everyday and also enjoy it even more if the look is different. If taste is important so is presentation. No longer children are satisfied with a monotones launch prepared by their mother.  What your kids would want in there Tiffin and what you want to give them, can never be same. But we can come up with a mix which is healthy as well as tasty as per your kids liking. Let’s look at a few things you can do, which can give a complete image makeover to the daily Tiffin box you pack for your kids.

Looks Matter

You know your kids favorite cartoon character, so buy their favorite cartoon character themed lunch box. There is a huge variety available in the market. This adds a lot of fun element to the Tiffin eating experience. Get them a same theme spoon or fork and a matching tissue paper and they would just love it.

Variety

Every day of the week has to be made special. giving either bread or chapatti is not the answer. There are a lot of kid centric food shows on TV, explore them. They provide you with a lot of yummy and healthy food options that your kids would love to eat.

Choice

Instead of putting just one thing in Tiffin, give them small portion of 2 to 3 things daily. If you give them stuffed roti for Monday, also give them small portion of fruits to go with it like apples or grapes. Along with it some almonds and cashew nuts, just 2 or 3 would be enough. That ways even if they don’t like one of the options and do not finish their launch, than they have can have something else.

Timetable

Plan for the week ahead. Different days need to have completely different menu like Monday sandwich, Tuesday roti, and Wednesday pulao. Also plan one day in the week as” treat day” where you can send something like pasta or noodles but make sure it is wheat based.

Different varieties of one thing.

Roti does not mean roti and sabzi always. It can be stuffed roti of any kind, e.g. cheese stuffed. Similarly bread can be used in so many different ways. Just one point to be considered try going in for wheat bread.

Involve your kids

As we mentioned that you need to plan for the week ahead. Sit with your kids over the weekend. Ask them what all they would want to take in Tiffin. You might not agree with them on few points, similarly they might not agree with you on some points. But once the menu will be decided both the parties would have to eventually agree to it.

Here, is a simple tiffin week menu, to give you an idea about how to plan the best

Monday

  • Idli/dosa/uttapam
  •  Fruits
  • Almonds/Nuts

Tuesday

  • Bread - Commom options-bread butter, bread jam or sandwich(which would be more healthy and filling) Vegatable sandwich is a good option
  • Fruits
  • Home made chips

Wednesday

  • Parantha Day - Aloo, gobhi,cheese anything that your kids would prefer.
  • Fruits
  • Biscuits

Thursday

  • Rice- Pulao, fried rice,poha.
  • Fruits
  • Cake slices or muffin

Friday

  • Treat Day- Pasta, Noodles.
  • Fruits
  • Corn

(The above mentioned menu is a vegetarian diet, you can change the plan as per your kids liking and your preferences)

Samsung has overpriced virtually all its products. Especially the smartphones! Whenever a device from the brand is launched with some feature special, its price hikes up so high it becomes almost impossible for the majority to go for the product. In a scenario like that, it sounds rather weird when someone tells you about a Samsung smartphone running on Android KitKat priced at Just Rs. 7,299. However, recently the Korean giant launched a budget smartphone dubbed Galaxy Core 2. Soon after taking this step into the entry-level smartphone market, Samsung is all geared up to launch the Galaxy Start Advance – another budget Kitkat smartphone.

This news comes from a Mumbai based retailer who unveiled more stuff about the smartphone apart from its price. Notably, there has been no official announcement about such a phone from the brand itself.

The Retailer Says…

The yet to be announced smartphone is to feature a 4.3 inch WVGA TFT display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Compared to what other brands are offering at similar price range, this screen could prove to be a setback for the brand. However, for people who love brands and have been waiting for bigger names in the smartphone industry to launch budget smartphones, this smartphone could be a hit. A lot of people would still readily compromise on specifications for a heavy branding on their phone’s face.

The phone is said to support dual SIM feature and will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The chipset is not specified as yet, due to obvious reasons. The processor will be mated to half a gigabyte of RAM which is rather disappointing for a phone from such a brand. At least a GB of RAM is expected. Inbuilt storage of 4GB and expandable storage of up to 32 GB is supported by the smartphone. Moreover, the Galaxy Start Advance is expected to come with a 3G support and the company’s signature TouchWiz UI will sit on top of the Android KitKat.

A 3 megapixel rear snapper with LED flash is what is known when it comes to the camera experience. There are high chances of an absent front camera, since there is no word on it yet.

The phone is said to sport a battery rated at 1800 mAh.

Other features on the Galaxy Star Advance include ChatOn, Google Talk, video recording, Samsung Apps, Google Maps and FM radio recorder.

Verdict

For now, the only good thing about the phone that can be concluded from the alleged word is that is comes from a very high end brand. Other than that, the Galaxy Star Advance sports no such feature that can make buyers switch from the likes of Moto E, Asus ZenFone 5 and Xperia E1 to Samsung Galaxy Star Advance. These phones boast better set of features in every way as compared to the Samsung’s budget smartphone. As a matter of fact, Samsung has apparently managed to overprice a budget smartphone too!

We all do it regularly and derive a lot of pleasure from it also. It’s a taboo in most religion and culture but it still does not deter us from doing it. Yes ladies and gentleman I am talking about Masturbation, the most common human experience. While growing up in India one thing is certain most people would not have received proper sex education and sex would have been presented as something bad, especially for girls because girls get pregnant. For boys, it is either you will go to hell or your penis will stop functioning. In a land which is obsessed with virginity, masturbation the safest and healthiest expression has been deemed evil.

If anyone tells you that masturbating is bad then they are wrong, in fact it is good for your health and this applies for boys and girls, men and women. Here are 5 reasons why masturbation is good for you. We have collected the information from various internet sources for example MensXP.com.

Helps you with premature ejaculation

If you have problems with premature ejaculation first go see a doctor. But do you know masturbation is also a good remedy? Just release some tension few hours before you have sex and hopefully it should help or else better see a doctor. When you do this 2 hours before you initiate your intimate moves, it helps you play till the end.

Gives You Fresh Swimmers

When a man masturbates, it also helps him develop his sperm quality i.e. sperm count and motility so before you have sex and you’re planning a baby this could certainly work for you. But eureka is achieved on first go also.

Sleep Well

Sex can be very strenuous but it also helps you relax afterwards and if you are not getting any and you also have difficulty sleeping. Masturbation is the answer to your problem. Getting a good night sleep is very important for anyone and if a little self pleasure can help you get some sound sleep, what’s the harm.

Helps you fight prostate cancer

It has been medically proven that people who have regular sex or those who masturbate quite often can have very high chances of avoiding prostate cancer. I think we will do just about anything to avoid cancer in general, but this remedy is free and in our hands.

Safe sex

We are curious about our body and yes while growing up we have been told many old wives tale about the dangers of masturbation i.e. you will go blind or it will fall off etc. It is not the case boys and girls, because it is good for you. No one in the history of mankind ever got a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or got pregnant using hands and fingers. Masturbation is the safest way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and also have a good time.

Someone once asked the Renowned Indian Sexpert Dr Mahinder Watsa that if regular masturbation could make someone’s penis shrink and his reply was “you talk a lot, does your tongue shrink?".

Do not be ashamed and if you have any burning questions (Pun Intended) please visit your doctor.

Android has grown into world’s most dominant mobile operating platforms having over a billion present users in its bag. As a matter of fact, for a majority of people, still, smartphones translate to Android operated phones. Google has taken another step in the world of Android legacy and has recently unveiled its next Android venture. Currently being called Android L, this grand version of Android has not been given with a dessert-themed name or an official version number yet.

Android L is expected to release later this year and it is highly anticipated that new smartphones launched at a similar timeframe will make the best out of all the new features. HTC has committed that it will bring an Android L update to all of its existing HTC One series. More companies are expected to announce their support soon.

Android L and New UI

The already much loved Android with its easy UI is to get a completely refurbished look. The new design approach, currently being called the “Material Design” is promised to be less monotonous as compared to the current UI. More colors, bolder icons and more animation will find their place in Android L. Absolute visual overhaul is what awaits the upcoming phones fortunate to feature the new Android L, since all screen-transitions as well as every little user interaction has been treated with changes, right from the little green Robot-like typeface to the Android navigation keys.

No More Overlays

Google has attempted to come up with a refined and clean UI. Shadows and scaling on the icons, simple silhouettes and consistent transitions from one application into another! One of the major reasons for such a distinguished and bold UI is being seen as an attempt to discourage third party vendors from creating custom Android themes and overlays which, to a great extent, deviate from the original vision of Google.

Another major feature associated with Android L is the fact that integrates input methods like voice, mouse and keyboard along with touch with equally distributed importance thereby elevating the smartphone-experience beyond the current scenarios.

Safe and Easy Unlocking

A rather impressive feature that is to come with the Android L is the associated device’s ability to sense whether it’s being used in a trusted environment or not. If so, the lock code will be dispensed. The feature can be turned on via presence of a specific Bluetooth device, for instance a smart-watch that’s always present on the wrist of the user or a Wi-Fi access point that you consider safe. Android L will be able to detect such signal and as soon as the surroundings are reckoned as safe, you won’t have to unlock your phone.

An integrated Samsung Knox feature, better and greater web integration, a Google Fit framework which is a direct take on Apple’s Healthkit and improved notification system on your phone! These contribute to the renewed and made-over Android L. While the fact can’t be ignored that the colorful and animated icons, heads-up notifications that can be dismissed or attended at anytime and other such features coincide majorly with Microsoft’s Windows Phone UI, the new Android L could be a hit with people who have had enough of similarly sized icons and monotonous transitions between screens and apps.

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