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The rise of Feminism

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Life changes,  and keep putting things in perspective, sadly almost always different.

Things change. Even more so over the generations. I have seen romantic relationships all around me, and have been fortunate enough to be involved, both actively and passively, in the much unfortunate conclusions. It has made me wonder, whether the rise of feminism and the subsequent female prominence has led to the demise of the fairy tale love stories, or should I say has redefined the meaning of love.

People get into relationships. Very happy. Both find the relationship extremely successful and sprinkled with all the cupid lovey-dovey signs. Yes, it is a typical fairy tale story. However, the end is not so the same. Soon, and almost invariably, there lies a twist in the tale, a choice.  A choice between circumstances and the feelings. Based on my rather immature observations of this world, rarely do the feelings overpower the circumstances. And, almost always, its the fairer sex in conflict. My statistical sample set can obviously be flawed, but the more I move towards successful aware women, the more I have found this trend to be true.

I, justifiably, am not in the position to pass any judgement over the actual reasons behind this nor do I want to. It can be that highest levels of satisfaction need to be granted to each, can be the skewed gender ratio, or any of the incomprehensible forces at work. The redefinition has however added a materialistic and yet mature outlook to the way the relationships are viewed. The families play an equally important role, and so does the status. The feelings play a role, but then its no longer indispensable. Makes sense too. Feelings can grow over time, but bank balance or status wont overnight :). Jokes apart, the change has been radical and theoretically extremely interesting. A sociologist friend of mine is hoping to explore this further, as a part of his research.

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Categories: Funds, random

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:
Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Sing.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Floss.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

–Mary Schmich

Categories: Funds, Quotes

Michael Moore yet again

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Saw Capitalism: A love story recently.. yet another documentary from the self-proclaimed ‘liberal’ and famous documentary film-maker Michael Moore. The documentary focuses on the transition between the two governments with the recent financial massacre being the backdrop.  Moore pitches for an active public involvement and rests the success of Obama more on what people will do to support him. The timing, just as Fahrenheit 9/11, is pretty impeccable with Obama steadily setting his feet down.

For me, it all started with Bowling for Columbine. We were shown this movie as a part of “Science and humanism” course back at IIT. The movie, though not spectacular did introduce me to Moore. I liked his direction.. raw and very straight-forward in conveying what he wants to even if most of it is fabricated.  Then followed Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko both of which are spectacular movies.

Coming back to Capitalism: A love story, I personally found the movie a bit less focussed than Sicko or Bowling for Columbine. Maybe because the subject was  a bit abstract but it was fun and might invite some sharp criticism its way. The fact that of all the firms, Moore chose Goldman Sachs to rip apart, inspite of the fact that they are one of the very few firms who have actually paid-back the bailout money(Here), surely won’t go down well with the critics.

I must admit though, that in the earlier movies, many things might have been setup and tweaked to fit in the context. Fahrenheit 9/11  had a substantial part specially emphasizing how politicians and leaders send their kin-members to the war.. and you do not have to be a rocket-scientist to see the statistical fallacy in the claim. The recent years have seen the emergence of a relatively small cottage industry: filmmakers looking to take on the 55-year-old Mr. Moore at his own game. This is one of the many articles echoing their sentiments.

Anyways, no one kicks a dead dog, and though invariably pregnant with controversial claims and fallacies, I believe Moore does infact brings to forefront the most pertinent questions, albeit in a cruel way !

Waiting eagerly for some detailed reviews about Capitalism: A Love Story !

Life as we see it !

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

The following is the link to the speech given by Chetan Bhagat @ Symbiosis Pune.

Speech Content

This is clearly not the most motivational piece of speech that I have read in recent times, and it surely is clíche-d. But, it just brings to my mind, how the biggest secrets and answers of life lie in the simplest of things. Its like going through 300+ pages of some self-proclaimed-motivational-document just to find the one line that fulfills the purpose of reading it.

Rephrasing the tagline of this blog (Same old shit, different incarnation), each of such speeches (ranging from Chetan Bhagat to Aristotle..ahoy Science and Technology course) border on the same notions, be it “love thyself more than anyone else” or “seeking enjoyment in the process rather than the end result.

This reminds me of my discussion with a couple of my friends. The first, expectedly, being a vehement supporter of Ayn Rand, and one of the nicest beings I have met. The other with one of my flatmates, when we were discussing the fate of the earth if we almost-reach the doomsday(with 100% certainty). The world(and so were our views) will oscillate between pure bliss, since everyone will actually put an effort to enjoy his life (Pay attention to the 100% certainty) and pure chaos since everyone will wish to enjoy and thus no one will be able to.

How i wonder if these are different perspectives or just different ways of life.

Before i forget, This is what 4 days of technical training can do to you.

Categories: Articles, Funds, random

Hazaron Khwahishein ‘K’aisi

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Hazaron Khwahishein aisi ki har khwahish pe dum Nikle…..

…. thousands of desires..each worth dying for…..
Undoubtedly , one of the best thoughts I have been coming across lately. Left me in a state of remorse, a gripping fear. Each and every word exudes passion.Something which drives you and distinguishes u from the living crowd. As much as I may wish to like the quote, this fact can’t be denied that I hold no right to claim any relation what so ever to this.

Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi….
The qualitative aspect :). There are only denumerable wishes I can even think of in relation to me. Yeah I aspire to be happy, rich, I want to be my best blah blah blah… But a vision.. a plan .. an aim is missing.

Ki har Khwahish pe dum nikle…
Can be interpreted in two ways, both fill me with regret or should I say an incomprehensible pondering.
1. The intensity with which I want this wish to get fulfilled.
2. The effort I am putting in to make each dream come true

I have short term goals, and I work for them. But I ain’t putting even 20% of the effort I am capable of. I say I am the best because of the potential I “can” deliver. I can, still I can’t . Helpless, hapless or just a lazy bonehead.

Just hoping, the uneasiness will continue long enough to wake me up from the dormant state I am in.

(Written about an year back. Somehow wordpress messed up the date)

Categories: Funds, Wishful thinking :)