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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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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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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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