Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
- Make a change in the world and help people/animals by becoming a successful lawyer
- Eat every flavour of ice cream ever invented
- Get someone to write a song for me and actually mean it
- Build a home for the tortured and wandering stray animals
- Live in Paris
- Re-buy my granparent's old house for them
- Travel to Venice, Rome, Hawaii and Australia all in one year
- Spend a night in a haunted mansion
- Own enough money to improve the living conditions of my country people
- LEARN A ROUTINE FROM STEP UP
- Own a beach house
- Change people's lives. A good change.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
While casteism , corruption and lack of civic sense constitute some of the evils in our society, I think the one evil that stands out is the status of women in India. Despite the fact that the right to work and education has increasingly been in the favour of women, ever prevalent instances of dowry killings and rape continue to make headlines.
Inspite of modernisation and the increasing role of women in all walks of life, instances of domestic violence have risen manifold over the years. Ironically ‘Lakshmi’ is killed for want of dowry. Sacrificed on the alter of honour and forced into sati. Rape, sexual harassment at work and the spurt in number of honour killings show that the ten headed demon still continues to suffocate and stifle the lives of women. How are women, teenage girls or even small girls supposed to live in a society considering the ever prevalent feeling of insecurity in their minds?
The hit Gossip Girls series star, Blair Waldorf, quoted ‘’whoever said money can’t buy happiness, doesn’t know where to shop’’. And to the million shopaholics in the world, she became an idol of worship. And whoever said something that looks better will sell better, is correct in every aspect. Who doesn’t drool and immediately fish out their credit cards with more or less no guilt of spending their own or parent’s hard earned money on a pair of shiny Jimmy Choos, A Cartier watch, or an expensive Gucci one piece. Non branded items bought from the roadside carrying fake brand names don’t go unnoticed either. If they’re in fashion they’re in your wardrobe, as simple as 123. People these days hardly look for quality. Mainly because dresses aren’t meant to be repeated and shoes aren’t meant to be worn again once they’ve been seen in public.
Fashion knows not of comfort. All that matters is the face you show to the world. Imagine walking through a street with names like Stella McCartney, Dior, and Ferragamo .Looking at mannequins covered with cashmere sweaters, scarves, LBDs and long pointy heels. Who wouldn’t sacrifice swiping their credit cards through the machines, only to own the best looking attires in town? Of course, only international brands do not attract the public’s eye. Fab India, Cottons and other Indian brands, too, have become a rage in the shopper’s world.
Neatly stitched dresses and perfectly fitting jeans, glossy shoes and attractive shirts, the adjectives are good enough to magnetize the million shoppers. Manufacturers are fully aware of the needs of a customer and make sure their produce is eye catching and irresistible. Human psychology is such that, someone who looks at a conspicuous product is bound to purchase it, not bothering about the purchase. And the benefiters are not only the customers but also the retailers who are able to earn big bucks by wooing customers simply by displaying dazzling designs. Budding fashion designers these days not only display bouts of passion in their work but also hint their monetary demands. Being a shopaholic myself, I know what kind of things catches a customer’s eye. One would undoubtedly choose something that is exquisite and fashionable in every aspect over something that causes a customer to think twice about buying it.
Moving away from retail therapy, gastronomy is the other area where the look of the product matters majorly. The advertisements of McDonald’s or Pizza Hut, Gelato or Hagen Daasz instantaneously catch the customer’s eye. They are all drool worthy and hence become credit worthy. No, the chain owners are not foolish to only focus on the look of their products. Customer satisfaction is their first and foremost priority and they make sure that the taste compliments the look of their product. Advertising is the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Apple owner Steve Jobs quoted,”you can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. ‘’ Apple was declared a hit among all genres of people. With a sleek body and incredible features, it immediately attracted millions of those who are now proud Mac owners. Valuable products like laptops are not bought just by looking at its advertisements, but once tested; days and weeks are spent by customers to choose the correct and best design of the product. Maintaining the status quo is of great importance in the 21st century. Even if you can’t afford a product, you put in your heart and soul to shell out cash to compete with your next door Richie Rich neighbour who can’t stop talking about her endless trips overseas and the number of Prada shoes and bags she owns. An immediate adrenaline rushes through your veins, wanting to show that woman your worth. Credit card safely tucked in your wallet and the new slippers slipped into the freshly manicured feet of yours, you make that much needed shopping trip. Trial rooms stay empty as you swipe your cards after entering a store for barely 3 minutes and choosing the outfits that look the best. And the result is a happy you, happy salesmen, and a red-faced neighbour. Bliss, isn’t it? What more would a retail owner want than bundles of cash trying to push their way through the lockers , just because someone bought clothes worth 50,000 without even bothering to try them own or think twice about whether it would look good or not?
Fashion shows are a key tool to make designers collections accessible to its customer. Extravagant and expensive shows showcasing artistic and creative designs easily attract a lot consumer attention, whether the consumers view it live or on television. Looks are temporary and don’t mirror what’s inside and it is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. As fashion comes and goes, and style remains of constant importance, it is very clear that something that looks better: read, in fashion: will sell better, undoubtedly.
Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are. And when people refuse to believe in their own sense of style, they follow the fashion news like hungry dogs hoping to fit in. THAT’S when the whole troop of elegant people walk through the fashion streets hoping to look good and buy something that looks good, calling to fame, the treasurer of the fashion industry J
Sunday, April 1, 2012
- Who're heart broken, yet spend nights consoling their best friends
- Who're failing miserably in a particular subject, yet are at their friend's doorstep to help him/her overcome their failures
- Who're stuck amidst family issues and constant inter-parent fights, but manage to give "happy family" advices to those who show their sadness
- Who've been used roughly, treated like a puppet and thrown away, but have managed to pick themselves up
- Single moms and the single dads and their heartbreaking sacrifice for their children.
Also, sunsets are a metaphor of hope. The rapid change of day and night offers hope to millions of hopeless people. Like after every hurricane comes a rainbow , after every sunset, comes a new day. The sun sets, taking with it, all the unwanted moments of the day, hinting us to start again
People ask me what is happiness. I tell them, it’s a million things. And you? Youre the centre of it . Youre ecstasy, without whom I cant imagine life. Youre the power that pulls either side of my lips into a huge smile. Youre the force that makes me entire body shake with laughter when Im all low and depressed. That’s only the visible happiness. youre much more than that. You put my mind at ease. You make it stop thinking to much and act on something I should. You make my heart beat 18 to the dozen, making it moan. You give me a different kind of feeling in the stomach. A feeling of being complete and safe.
YOU define happiness.
They sat under the moonlight
At the edge of the sea
Their fingers entwined
Giving them momentous glee
Her smile so contagious
Almost over shone the moon
Oblivious of the world
They know it’ll be over soon
He whispers into her ears
Words of love
She shows no sign of tears
her lips curve upwards
They weave memories
To be stored in their hearts
It’ll be long now
Its time to stay apart
His face looks calm
Inside he’s dying
He looks into her eyes
she’s no longer afraid of crying
They make promises
Of love faith and trust
Promises to never forget
Moments of passion and lust
He holds her close
Unable to let go
Of the girl he’s always loved
Inside out and from head to toe
She clings to him
Murmuring calming words
Hesitates to look at him
Everything seems blurred
What is love she asks
He smiles softly and turns
You , he whispers
When will you ever learn ?
She bursts into peals of laughter
As he ruffles her flowing hair
the next moment
He’s kissing away her tears with care
Shoulder to shoulder
They lay on the sand
Looking up at the moon
Watching it tease the land
They talk of times
Of each stolen kiss
The days when it got too hard
Or when all they felt was pure bliss
She reminds him of moments
Which he refuses to accept
They laugh together
Rolling in the depth
Its time to go she says
Not yet, not now
he feels his heart sinking
I need to make a vow
I promise to love you forever
He holds her hand and says
Everyday every minute
In every single way
She looks down shyly
Blushes with joy
Promising and vowing
To always love that boy
They part ways that night
Dreading the wake of the sun
No more closeness
Yet they’ll always be one
” When you choose to forgive those who hurt you, you take away their power”…
It’s funny how a certain status can stir up emotions of so many people. Just day before yesterday, i had updated my Facebook status to the above quote at 3 am. It was pretty surprising when it got about 30 likes withing 2 minutes of the update. At first I was glad that I wasnt the only one wasting my time on Facebook at 3 am in the morning. But then I got to thinking about how SO many people actually relate to how I feel.
There are times when the gloom in our lives makes us say ” You’d never know how Im feeling” but the reality is that, A LOT of people do. Maybe because they are victims of the similar hurtful actions and words of others. I took up the courage to ask a random person why he had liked my status? Was it because he thought it was true or because he had actually faced something similar. He immediately opened up to me and said, BOTH, because one can’t actually understand the depth of that quote without having faced such a situation in life. I thought about the truth behind his words.. realising that he was actually right.
What I really learnt? Everybody has problems in their life. No problem is bigger than the other. Someone might just genuinely want to help you out, and snubbing him/her by saying ” YOU wont understand ” may just ruin it for you because that person may have faced a lot more and might have a million solutions to help you =)
nspirational. But it isnt easy enough.
Sometimes I feel, Ive lost myself. The person I was. The one who cried when she had to, laughed till everyone else had to make her stop, talk till her mouth had to be sellotaped . But now? I laugh just so that no one knows that I need to cry, and have few words to say to everyone. I know where I want to be 10 years from now, but how? I dont even know what im doing with my life right now. I have a million supportive people around me, the bestest friends, a real family. But things have happened which have drilled a permanant hole in my happiness. I TRY. I try to forgive, try to forget. Why can’t I?
Ive stopped trusting people. Not that I did that before too easily, but now, I need to think a million times. The hardest part is that its become hard to trust the people I love. Everyday, I feel guilty for having such pathetic thoughts that ruin my entire day. Every minute, Im overshadowed by pain, the ugliest feeling in the world. I need to be happy
again. REALLY happy. Not the kind of happy I am right now.
Why can’t anyone see through me? My
smile has got hundreds of words locked in it. And I refuse to let them out. Can’t hurt you, like you did, can I.
Do you have that one person in your life…
The one who looks at you and you feel elated?
The one who holds you, and you makes you feel like the safest person in this sadistic planet?
The one who smiles at you, and makes you feel like youre on cloud nine? seventh heaven?
The one who kisses you with so much passion that you quiver with joy?
The one who say I love you, and looks into your eyes while doing so?
The one who fights with you ,makes unreasonable comments, sometimes pisses you off and makes you wanna hide in hole and you still cant stop loving them?
The one who listens to you talk endlessly about everything you know and never asks you to stop?
The one who promises to be there with you through all your lows and highs?
The one who laughs at you when you trip and whispers I still love you?
The one who earns your parents respect by being his original self?
The one who, with one look at you, knows how youre feeling?
If you do, dont let him/her go. He/She might not be perfect. But you arent either. And if you two can be together, then no force in the world is strong enough to separate you both.
Being with the person who accepts you and loves you is better than being with one who wants you to
change so that he/she can love you. Life isnt about compromises . Its about opportunities. About who you can get when you’re the way you are. And when you do, there’s no looking back. Cherish the memories and respect the person you have. And the rest? Leave that to time. Dont they always say? Time heals everything.