Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bollywood Tuesday - Humraaz: A story of love and hate

Word has reached me that some people don't like watching Bollywood movies. And so I thought I'd do some kind of introduction, and talk about the unfolding of action in some films. Let's start with "Humrazz," which stars Bobby Deol and Akshay Khanna...

Priya is a young woman with no background; she has only her boyfriend and friends. One thing striking about her is, she could only be described on first sight as beautiful. She is a great dancer and has a dance group comprising her boyfriend and friends. Karan, the boyfriend, heads the group, which is looking for an opportunity to hit the big time.

Baby to woman

Each era has its own fads for different things, be it clothing, style or events. As new ones emerge, old fads take the back seat creating a certain cycle.

But the two happenings that have stubbornly glued their behinds to the front seat with no hope of moving anytime soon are the extra-judicial shooting and killing of helpless civilians and of course peadophilia, adults defiling little girls.

These absurd tragedies have become so rampant and commonplace that people hardly pay attention to news reports about them. Recently, I read a story of a 12-year old girl who was raped repeatedly by her father. She suffered this plight silently till she could muster the courage to talk to a woman in her church.

Women who beat men

It is hardly a new thing to hear of men who assault their wives. After years of advocacy and encouraging women who have been domestically abused to speak out, their plight is hardly unknown to the world. But an interesting phenomenon is emerging. The tables appear to be getting turned. We are now hearing more about women who beat up their husbands.

We seem to be oblivious to this fact because the shame and ego-bashing attached to the idea of a wife (woman) beating her husband (man) will not allow or encourage some men to report such abuse. The notion that men are victims of domestic violence can be unimaginable to the extent that some men would rather not report.

Friday, April 8, 2011

In my preggy state

The feeling is awesome. The feeling of knowing you will soon bring a life into the world. The first few weeks were excruciating. The morning sickness was bad and before I knew it, I had lost a lot of weight.

I could not bring myself to eat anything. The mere smell of food nauseted the hell out of me. I tried to put something in my mouth everyday for the sake of the baby. My husband had to showcase his cooking skills as I could not eat anything I cooked.I prayed endlessly for the first trimester to come to an end and boy was I glad when it did.