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Microblog Mondays: Xenophobia

Microblog Mondays: Xenophobia

As the years pass by, it seems as though we are becoming more and more intolerant of each other. Discrimination based on caste, creed, sex, religion and more is the order of the day in many societies across the planet. If we know that the individual is from a particular place and is of a particular caste or religion, more often than not we tend to form a negative bias in our minds even before talking to that individual.

Even though we are moving forwards in leaps and bounds in terms of technological developments, we are surely moving backwards when it comes to people to people contact. Xenophobia masquerading as nationalism is translating into verbal violence on social media and physical violence on the streets.

It’s just saddening that in this garb of nationalism, even after thousands of years of human evolution, we are still at war amongst each other.

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Five Sentence fiction: Banished #AtoZChallenge

She suffered at his hands..

She suffered at his hands..

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“You deserve to be thrown out of the community and this village forever for the sin you have done of falling in love with a guy from another caste.”

Rajesh, her father and head sarpanch went on as he pulled her by her hair from their house to the center of the village and thrashed her.

Hers was a simple family in a village where the panchayat made all decisions on whatever they thought was good and bad for everyone irrespective of what the ministers in the government decided.

She was frustrated seeing her father come home drunk and hit her mother day in and day out.

When Rohan came into her life, it seemed as though her life had some meaning and she even hoped to convince her family one day.

I am participating in the A to Z challenge in April  and the theme I have chosen is Micro-fiction

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Microblog Mondays: The spirit of Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot

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I can’t really get over the experience of watching the Bollywood flick – ‘Neerja‘. It’s the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old senior flight purser who died but not until she had saved more than 340 lives when 4 terrorists hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi way back in 1986.

Though she was young, she taught all of us so much about humanity and love that even the oldies could have learnt a lesson or two. The courage and thinking which she displayed in the time of despair was unmatched.

Rather than differentiating passengers based on their caste, creed, religion, region, gender and so on, she went all out to save each and everyone. It was as though even fear got scared looking her in the eye. She could have been the first one to escape but instead chose to stay on until every passenger had been evacuated safely.

While she was awarded by India, Pakistan and USA, her legacy lives on with the Neerja Bhanot Award which is given to a woman who has fought injustice in society with determination.

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100 word fiction: The one who can see all of us

He can see everything...

He can see everything…

Source: © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“I see absolutely everything.”

Humans have quite literally destroyed the world which I have created. There have always been a slew of constant battles between humans, between humans and the environment and last but not the least between humans and animals.

I created a world where I hoped that living and non – living beings would coexist in harmony. Instead, factors like regions, religions, caste, creed and materialistic pursuits among others started to create divisions amongst humans.

Everyone wanted to get rich even if it meant stamping on the other person’s foot. Emotions didn’t have a place in this world of cut throat competition.

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Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – August – My post no 9 for this month.

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A letter to God..

A letter to God..

A letter to God..

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Dear God,

Most of us tend to remember you only when we are in trouble. Whether it is praying the night before a major event in our lives like an exam, an interview, a marriage or ridiculing you if something doesn’t go as planned, we tend to voice our angst all the time. Very rarely do we stop t0 think that things may not actually be going right because of our mistakes in one way or the other. Moreover, when things do go right, so many of us actually take the credit rather than give it to you. By now, have you become thick skinned to such situations?

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Surname – To change or not to change?

Surname - To change or not to change?

Surname – To change or not to change?

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In societies across the world, the practice has always been for women to take their husband’s surname after marriage. As per the so called tradition which all of us have been accustomed to, women get rid of their family (father’s) surname as soon as they get married.  But why is it required? As someone said – What’s in a name?

It’s always said that changing surnames keeps things quite easy. If we consider our personal documents like passports, marriage certificates etc. people tend to raise eyebrows if both the husband and wife have different surnames. Why do they raise eyebrows? Answer: Because it has been followed as a practice for years on end.

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Inter – religious marriages in India – A taboo?

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There are so many of us who believe that we marry for ourselves and not our families or extended relatives.Obviously that’s understandable to a great extent. If you and your spouse-to-be love each other & understand each other very well, why should anyone else have any problem at all? Let’s explore the argument in more detail.

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Do we ever live for ourselves?

We live to please our parents. We live to please our extended families. We live to please our partners. We live to please our bosses. We live to please our friends and colleagues. But do we ever really live to please ourselves? Do we try to do what makes us feel good? Do we try to keep ourselves happy? Do we try to actually LIVE a life?

From the time we are small, we are taught to listen to our parents. We eat what they say. We go to the school which they select for us. We go to the tuitions which they consider as best. Obviously we listen to them like obedient children because they would know the best considering their age and experience. But then, slowly but surely we start doing things just to keep them happy. We avoid any situation which would give them a bad impression about us. We also avoid doing anything which may give them a bad name in the society. Obviously there are many of us who start living dual lives where on one side we please our parents but on the other we fool them by partying hard and enjoying as if there is no tomorrow. But that’s beyond the point of this post.

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