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Pati, Patni aur woh

October 2, 2009

I watched the promos for Pati, Patni aur woh and was appalled to say the least. I admit that I succumbed to my curiosity of watching Rakhi Sawant play the part of a mom and see all the drama she is usually so good at coming up with. I missed watching Rakhi ka Swayamwar and caught it in bits and pieces on Youtube.

But, this show is absolutely annoying. For one, the kids are always crying. A crying kid is trying to tell you something. She doesn’t like the surroundings, is hungry, is missing parents or is scared. I suspect that the cast puposely gets the kid riled up and shoot such scenes to incompetency of these celebrity couples. Give them a chance, they will show it themselves. You probably don’t need to do anything! And isn’t this the same Gaurav Chopra Kiran wrote about? Who almost ran over her son and wasn’t initially acknowledging his mistake?

Don’t we have laws against such cruelty? I am seeing some positive response from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Women and Child Development ministry (WCD). I hope they do something to stop this non-sense. Instead of infants, why can’t they have older, school going children who can speak for themselves? Or teen-agers? I can understand the show if they were trying to prove a point against teenage pregnancy or for planned parenthood. But this is just mean!

Well, if the parents don’t look out for their own children what will this world come to?


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of serena williams, tennis and the working mother

September 15, 2009
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Much has been said about Serena’s outburst and abuse of the poor lineswoman at the US Open 2009 semi-final match. Serena was way out of line abusing a lineswoman and the language she used is unpardonable. When I see people swear, casually or not, I flinch. I don’t like it. I don’t swear. For me stupid is a bad enough word! Forget the expletives. When I see someone swearing, I judge them. I don’t understand the rationale that “swearing helps me let my frustration out” Really? I don’t see how. Someone please explain it to me. I see it as plain bad manners. Foul language is not acceptable.

Serena was plain frustrated that Kim Cljisters was outplaying her and the foot fault call just tipped her over the edge. In her apology, she said, she is a very inense and emotional person. But lets give it to her that she eventually apologized. Serena has always been a little snobbish from what I have seen of her and humility is a virtue she is beginning to learn.

What can be said about Kim Cljisters that hasn’t already been said? She is terrific! I was upset when she retired as I had always loved to watch her play. She can run, stretch and play the ball like there is no tomorrow! I am glad she has come back and its an especially sweet return now that she is a mom and a symbol for working mothers everywhere! You rock girl!

Picture courtesy US Open 2009

Picture courtesy US Open 2009

DelPo outshined Federer. Federer seemed to have given up in the last set, very unlike him. I hope he comes back next year to reclaim his US Open title from 2008. Not to be left behind, please give a round of applause for the working dad too, shall we?

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August 21, 2009
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Religious profiling and the King Khan

August 16, 2009
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So the Indian media now has a new story, the alleged racial profiling of SRK at Newark Airport. Swine flu will take a back seat. They have already created the panic they could. Move over to the next big thing!

While I agree that the US Immigration officials are a strict lot, they are doing their job of screening visitors to their country. I am glad to see them follow the rules and try to keep a tight watch of who enters the country. While the TSA is not being a big help, these guards at Port of Entries are doing what they are employed for. From what I have read, I see that SRK co-operated with the officials and gave them the information he thought would help him identify himself and his purpose here. Being a frequent visitor to US, I am sure they have it in their records. It will be worth seeing if SRK was singled out this particular time because they noticed his last name, Khan, or was there some other reason? I do think there exists a fair amount of racial/religious profiling in US. Traditional perpeterators of terrorism have been Muslims. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. They are bound to be weary of Muslims.

I don’t think detaining anyone for questioning is wrong. SRK complied. If he tried to wiggle out by throwing big names like Hillary Clinton, he should know better that such things don’t work here. Bill Clinton was almost impeached in this country!

If we do find that it is infact religious profiling, the US needs to say sorry and not do it again!

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Shame on you!

July 30, 2009
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What is it with the Indian male? Is it me or do you also think that there are more cases of molestation/rape and violence against women these days? What gives them the right or the “bravado” to molest a woman in broad daylight? I read and saw (only few minutes before I couldn’t watch any further) the recent molestation of a woman in Patna. She was molested in a busy Patna market, paraded half-naked in a cycle rickshaw while the police and bystanders watched and gloated. I will not post the link here and I do not think it is right to propagate the poor woman’s misery

Somebody please answer my questions

1. who was this person taking the video? – this person needs to be tracked and given a 100 lashes on his back for being a mute spectator to such an incident. – oh wait, he didn’t molest the poor woman atleast.

2. what were the police doing? – seriously, why do we have police then? why don’t we let the goonda’s take over? oh wait – this is Bihar. Maybe they were waiting for the goonda’s to get there.

3. why does the news channel show this video? – ah, the responsible news media. they want to show everything they see, be is sexual molestation or live operations of 26/11 terror attack so that the terrorists can get advantage over our commandos.

4. why does it matter that the woman may have been a call girl? – yes, tell me. can a call girl sustain her business without clients? who are these men she is visiting? do they deserve any respect if they are sleeping around with call girls and not being faithful to their wives? damn them. out with their names girl. if they shame you, bring out their names in public.

My mother visited Patna last month for a week and all I could think of was gun brandishing bandits loitering there. Why do I have to think of Bihar and U.P. as lawless states? I don’t want to. Please give me some good news coming from that part of India.

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don’t wash your dirty linen in public – write a book about it

July 10, 2009

What is it with politics? Is there a minimum requirement that you check your common sense at the door?

When Sarah Palin was picked as the Republican candidate for VP in Aug 2008, I was happy for a brief moment. Only until the skeletons began coming out of the closet. A pregnant teenaged daughter? Allegations about corruption and misuse of power? Let me ask you this, if you promote abstinence as a means of birth control and your daughter gets pregnant or your son gets a girl pregnant, what would you do? Be glad that they are giving birth to the baby and marrying each other? Won’t you be angry? Isn’t it a slap in your face that they had relations in the first place when you told them not to? Au contraire, they were lauded for keeping the baby, getting married to each other after the baby gets here and being a role model for Americans all over! What *&$%!

From the minute they showed Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston holding hands at the Republican conventions and appearances, I knew this was just to be until the elections. Wait until the elections are done and Levi would be shown the door. How can you not see through the staged appearance of it all?

America had their poster boy/girl for their case against abstinence-as-birth-control. It doesn’t work. How can you trust a bunch of teenagers with raging hormones to control themselves when extra-marital affairs are heard of so commonly amongst the mature adults. Wake up and smell the *%&^!

And now the news is abound with Sarah Palin’s resignation and media speculates why. Levi says its because she wanted to make money off book deals and reality TV offers she has been getting. Others say she is preparing for 2012 to run againsta Obama as the opposition’s pick for President.

Yeah yeah, don’t just wash your linen in public. Make money off it.

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Unbuttoning a row

April 3, 2009
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Akshay Kumar has invoked the wrath of the moral police for asking his wife to unbotton his jeans at the LFW. Apparently he was modeling for a new style of Levi jeans called Unbuttoned and it was part of the storyboard. I would request the petitioner, Mr. Anil Nair, to pursue his campaign against immoral behaviour in public but not restrict it to Akshay Kumar. Yes, he probably was out of line in doing what he did. So are thousands of men in India who flash women with their unsightly goods or those who relieve themselves in broad daylight. What are you doing about that?

Be just, be consistent.

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slumdog millionnaire and many more questions

March 30, 2009
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Finally watched SM over the weekend! Being an Oscar winner, I expected it to have shades of true blue depression and honesty. It lived up to its reputation. As a film, I don’t think that its too great. There are better movies that could have won the Oscar. The Oscars are always fascinated by war movies for WW-I and WW-II or movies that depict the underbelly of developing countries. Movies like Lagaan, Swaash or Taare Zameen Par are too positive for the Oscars. I have seen far better movies.

Overall, a good film. It is so scary to see what real life is in Mumbai, outside of the cosy lives we lead. I used to accompany my mom to the Shelter Don Bosco when I was young to interact with the street children. They were all so innocent and vulnerable, yet so street smart. It has to take a lot of courage or a really bad life back home to run away and live on the streets. These street children are the window into our society. Our society is only as good as how it treats the under-privileged and needy.

Its hard to identify who the real needy ones are, the beggars who are blind, the ones with crying little kids, or the ones who just pester you too much? How do you try to distribute the wealth? Who are the real beneficiaries? Will it ever stop? Just because it won’t stop, should we not try to fix it?

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Never shake a baby…

March 13, 2009

Shaken baby syndrome is a term I heard only after I came to the US. In India, we handle babies ever so gently. We hold them close, swaddle them, support their neck. It is unimaginable that one would shake their baby so violently that it could die.

When I read news reports of babies dying when shaken so violently, I get sick to the stomach. Especially after little A had come into our life, I am super sensitive of babies being in trouble. It is hard to imagine how one can express such anger and frustration on a child, barely weeks old, in need of complete attention and constant care. Such behavior stems from improper social bonds between individuals. They are incapable of pure unbridled love for any one.

There were times when little A would not stop crying and everything we did failed to soothe her. I would only hold her closer in my attempt to soothe her. At such times you need help in the house. A parent, a caring and loving spouse, a sibling or even a neighbor. US is too hyped up on its privacy to see how a little social bonding can go a long way.

I hope we can do something to stop this !

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