– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Humour is a beautiful thing, satire in a society is the strongest tool for survival and I’m tired of us acting like the intolerance is specific to one religion/community/person.” – Vir Das.
A lot happening recently made me reminiscent of a few exchanges with one of my friends about how she did not enjoy a standup comedy hosted at a university premises. Well, she certainly had a reason since most of the humour that evening emerged from mockery of women. The comedian stereotyped them! Fast forward till today, and I have many of these instances to talk about. Mostly unfortunate instances if you ask. Are these instances testing us against something?
Adversity tests character. Following similar line of thought, the human character was put to test in World War I. What emerged was the live and let live system in Trench Warfare during World War I. “Britishers were astonished to observe German soldiers walking about within rifle range behind their own line. However, the men appeared to take no notice.” They were cognizant of the surroundings, but chose to not act. They averted reaction. “Once, a deafening salvo of shots got both of them in action, but an apology confession from a brave German set things right.”
Fools have often fallen prey to this game of action and reaction; wise men behaved otherwise. The battalion of Trench Warfare apparently belonged to the wiser section. They realised soon that both the sides did not get anything by knocking each other down. In fact, the damage would have turned out to be equal. The key here was to avoid targeting each other, and to co-operate.
We do have An Intelligent Battalion (AIB) here in India to play the knockout. They performed the act without targeting anyone else, but themselves. Despite, they garnered attention – most positive and some negative. To avoid repercussions in this battlefield of comedies, we now need to introspect the damage we may cause by posing reactions which target these artists. Penalising such nasty (hell yes!!) comedies will not only devoid us of crude humour, but also dissuade us from laughing at ourselves. So instead why not tweak the ‘Live and let live’ model from Trench Warfare, loan their co-operative strategy, and co-exist – where we enjoy the act (and forget) and they enjoy our reactions (and forget again). Moreover given the luxury of choice that we have unlike the battalions, we may opt to not see the act and to not react.
Whether to eat chicken or not, what to wear and what not, which God to pray to (#PK) and which not – all of these are a matter of personal choice. Some of these choices fall well within the set stereotypes, while some break the norms and turn outcasts. Unless these outcasts affect your very existence, we humans need to live and strictly let others live in harmony with us. The world seems to turn increasingly intolerant towards these outcasts. Maybe slowly, but steadily! That is precisely what makes me sad, and reinforces the need of humour – good, cheap, rude, dirty, all sorts of humour.
“He comes at me with the knife… Why so serious?!. Sticks the blade in my mouth…”
Does that remind you of a certain Joker? In the recent dark (k)nights, many such jokers have come together to put a smile on our faces, if not yours. So instead of being a nut, LET’S PUT A SMILE ON THAT FACE!🙂
I enter the 25th year of my life. Fingers crossed. I am not sure how the first 23 went by, but this 24th simply rang my bell. Ouch!
Google suggested too many posts from the newly 24s subscribing to a list of do’s and don’ts, things learnt and yet to learn. Point taken. Nonetheless, these lists do not soothe my bells. Instead, Google better suggest a directed map from my current locale to my destination. It’s best if the navigation can avoid all routes involving rat races, nosy aunties, and prejudiced biases. The route may still have congestion. Compound it with limited available resources. With too much to focus, the ample uncertainty mystifies the little affirmed by now, and further confounds the oncoming. Fog alert!
There again rings my bell. I take effort to inscribe a “Hello” on the foggy front. The voice on the other end pushes me through the unclear, and utters back a clearer “Hello”. The reciprocation to my efforts makes me feel hopeful. I wish to hear more. Somewhere aloof of the conversation, I see myself craving for success, flesh, comfort, satisfaction, peace, power, and then I crave for more of everything. I feel positive, but also greedy. I desire. And then I hear “Happy Birthday”.
A lot has been written, read, and rewritten, about your ~well you know what~! So no more of it; firstly its impolite, and second, it doesn’t deserve the focus. So yes, I am one of those, who was completely WOWed by your reply to the despicable headline. Equal points for your final word. Respect!
Did I just say ‘respect’? Sure you earned it, but also lost it. Reason may I tell? I just saw “Lovely”, and it is not at all lovely. Finding fanny had a booty shake, and now a boo*y shake? Disgusted. I won’t link your Youtube video with two minutes of desperation to fame and moolah here. Why let down more of your supporters? Let them be happy for you being a strong woman of substance who stands against the world full of desperadoes. Blah!!
The past few days saw an outburst of rage against TOI for firstly posting, shamelessly defending it once, and making a second attempt at corroborating its brazen feat. In my opinion, agreeing to act or dance blindly, as instructed, deserves an equal share of hate. Like reporter, like actor. In your replies to TOI, you confessed of having a say in choosing a character. Amidst such a presence of conscience, what on earth permits someone to force your body, or parts of it, to move disgracefully? Before anyone anticipates if I welcome a certain male Khan’s pelvic moves, NO, I find them equally obscene. You rightly said – an encircled crotch is no different from encircled cleavage.
It is unfortunate that under the sheets of creativity, and freedom of expression, censorship in india today has been left at the mere behest of a few ambivalent minds. I would be too harsh on them, if I blame them only for allowing the passage of yet another distasteful song. The center staged (Deepika in this case) is equally responsible to prevent such an aweful act, choreography you may choose to call it. This one promotes nothing but cheap antiques to garner a few whistles.
Now that the “Lovely” is out in the open, expect only the obvious. This time we also have your permission to celebrate your character (granted in one of your replies). Slow clap for your preposed defense. Women may have long been glanced from a luscious lens by the media. But, to further it is entirely your prerogative. People lost belief in TOI after the unabashed controversy, and chose to not take it seriously; so did I. It was our prerogative. So let me chose to not contribute my few cents towards the success of your newly crafted cinema. That is my prerogative.
And yes, a very ‘happy new year’!
“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.” – Samuel Butler.
Guess who took Samuel’s advice too seriously? None other than the India Today group. Hats off to you for pulling it yet again! I remember having seen such absurdity before, and searched India today fake rankings. Here’s an excerpt from one of the blogs –
There was no survey conducted by Nielsen Company for Engineering, Medicine, and Law colleges. India Today ranked all these colleges and proudly published it.
On similar lines, following is a recent one from the same group. The image apparently depicts the current state of rankings for Engineering colleges in India –
I am amazed what makes India Today justify VIT-Vellore, PSG-Coimbatore, or IIIT-Allahabad scoring better than IIIT-Hyderabad in the job prospects department? I cease to understand the logic here unless better placements imply poorer job prospects; do they? The ones who know the Indian Engineering colleges inside and outside must have known that the facts represented in the post are miles away from the truth. (P.S. I didn’t intend to malign any certain Institute from the rankings above, but certainly warn readers about falling prey to the ill-implications of such rankings. Also, it is essential to challenge such fake rankings that may damage a better Institute and thereby misinform students. For those who are still eager to rank Institutes, please refer to institute wise cut-off ranks.)
There’s too much in the media these days reassuring you of their sorry state, and much less to bring about any enlightenment. The recent Indian elections 2014 witnessed a few similar incidents from the broadcast media that favored only the privileged. Some news either didn’t see the daylight, or were sufficiently skewed to paint a picture which was distanced from the reality. International media is no better! The western media once painted the entire world black and white; Till today, the picture largely remains unchanged. On the contrary, I can see these impressions ingrained deeper and stronger into the newer minds.
We have been systematically victimised by these perspectives of different media to believe an illusion and mistake it to be the reality. It needed a lot of creativity and years of manifestation for us to believe in such a virtual world. High time to realise it is ‘their’ reinforcing of ‘their’ interpretations of ‘our’ world!