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March 25, 2006

Weird …

Filed under: Tags — Teal @ 6:37 am

I was tagged eons ago by Me2Rock for this tag. [Although he is yet to clear mine! X-( .. he’s more regular in Y! 360 than at blogger.] Dont worry Komal, shall clear your blog-debt soon .. just that i dont think blogger can gimme enuf space to host my post for your tag .. 😛 So let me see … me2rock asked me to write some weird things about myself. So here goes ~ [Ahem Ahem .. attention please …]

I sing a lot .. and when I sing with my friends , I most often than ever include the background music and the pauses just like in the song.

When I am at home , music follows me wherever I go. When I am cooking or eating, my powerhouse should blare out music, in my computer my UBL series speakers should always play music … always. And when I am nowhere near my comp or powerhouse , my i-pod takes their place … B-)

I have a fairly good idea of what I was in my previous births. Here’s a list of few previous lifetimes of mine :

  • High priestess.
  • Samurai Warrior.
  • An Egyptian Pharoah.
  • A great musician .. [somewhere in between, I am sure of it!]

My Best friend thinks I have contradictory emotions. Sometimes I think she’s right!

I know for a fact that this is my last birth, I shall not have another mortal life.

So all ye mere mortals, feel privileged to read my works , for this is my last lifetime, ever !

I am very sensitive …. but I can be horribly insensitive to others, if I loathe them enough.

I quote a lot [understatement of the millenium] from ‘The MAtrix’ and ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ , so much that sometimes people dont get me at all.

I have lost count of how many times I have seen – ‘The MAtrix Trilogy’, ‘The Recruit’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ , not to mention 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S

A quiz I took at Quizilla said I am Rachel, although I am more like Pheobe.

I wish to be Blossom of the Powerpuff Girls. [amidst many things…]

I am brutally frank. PERIOD.

I am really into palmistry, sun signs and stuff.

Okies, I am majorly bored to go on any further. So here I go, tagging a few friends of mine:

Hell’s Angel

Mighty Titan

Koushik

Rainbow

Muwahahaha … this is only the beginning ….

March 11, 2006

The "Fairer Gender"

Filed under: Sobriety — Teal @ 3:08 pm


My dear blogbuds and readers,
As I was checking my mail today, I came across this forward. No no .. this is not one of those chain forwards or friendship forwards. Here’s an excerpt of what I got –
An incident took place in Pune – a young girl was raped by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she and her male friend didn’t have a driver’s license to show. He sent the boy off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. Took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime was committed. The law [which most are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6 pm and 6 am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN Police station.


Saturday, January 7, 2006 (Noida):

A school girl has reportedly been raped in Delhi’s satellite town of Noida.
The 16-year-old was returning from her aunt’s home when she was allegedly gangraped on January 5 in Sector 24 of the area.

Monday, January 9, 2006 (New Delhi):

A study indicates that up to 10 million female foetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades following prenatal gender checks.Fewer daughters have been born to couples who have not yet had a boy, according to the report published in Britain’s leading medical journal Lancet.The journal said researchers studied data on female fertility from a continuing Indian national survey of six million people in 1.1 million households.Analysing information about 133,738 births, the researchers found couples were less likely to have a girl as a second child if their first child was a girl.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 (New Delhi):

The murder of a call centre employee in Bangalore last month has sparked discussions on improving the safety of women working in late night shifts.
The National Commission for Women is leading the initiative for a safer work place.
The Commission has pointed out that women constitute 40 per cent of the BPO industry’s workforce, making a case for the BPOs to overhaul the way it treats female employees.
“We should sensitise male co-workers and empower the women, and provide them self-defence training,” said Girija Vyas, Chairperson of the Commission.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 (Jaipur):

The alleged gangrape of an Anganwadi worker in Rajasthan by two government employees of the Woman And Child Welfare Department has shaken the administration. Lacho Devi, a tribal woman from Karauli district, was allegedly raped by senior officials while she was attending a 10-day programme for Anganwadi workers in Karauli on December 30, 2005. But it is only now that a case has been registered after pressure from social activists and women’s groups.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (Auraiya):

A sixteen-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district paid a heavy price when she resisted a rape attempt, as the attackers chopped her hands off. Anju Gupta was returning home from a local market in her village when three men forced her into a nearby field and tried to rape her. They cut her hands off when she resisted them violently.But that was not the end of trauma for Anju, as the local police refused to register an FIR against one of the attackers, Viresh, whom she recognised as being from her village.
It was only after the intervention of the DIG in Kanpur that the case was registered.
However, the police claim their investigations revealed that Anju had tried to commit suicide when her affair with Viresh became public, and that is how she lost her hand.
Anju and her family can now only hope that her case doesn’t become another statistic in the worsening law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 (New Delhi):

A 22-year old woman was allegedly molested inside the secretariat of Delhi government on Monday. Manju, a resident of Ghaziabad, has accused a supervisor in the maintenance department of molesting her. She had gone there looking for a job. Manju claims that when she reached the secretariat, Ranbeer Singh Negi molested her. What is shocking is that her claims that the incident took place very close to the chief minister’s office.

News Courtesy: NDTV.com

Here’s some more information, courtesy : Amnesty

  • Every two seconds somewhere in the world, a woman is subjected to violence
  • At least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  • In Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua Mexico, over 400 women and girls have been killed or disappeared in the past thirteen years.
  • An alarming number of these cases remain unsolved…
  • Federal authorities acknowledge that 177 state officials had acted negligently. Not one of them has been brought to justice

So is women’s liberation a far fetched fantasy? Why is everyone so callous and indifferent to the woman? Why is she not respected? Why is she being objectified like this? Is a woman nothing but a toy to a man to satisfy all his needs?

Would you be this indifferent if any of the women mentioned above were anyone you knew or cared for? I always wanted to write on this topic. And thanks to NDTV, I was able to give you a 3 month history of some of the snippets relevant to this issue.

These are some horror stories that actually made it to the news.
God only knows how many are suffering in silence, tolerating all atrocites and taking all kinds of abuse. My silent prayers go to them.

March 8, 2006

International Women’s Day Tag!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Teal @ 4:55 pm

hey people, the tag fever is back…
Only this time i have been tagged by Kuttichuvaru. For International Women’s Day. I have been asked to write about the one woman i admire the most.
Call it cliched, cheesy or done to death, I definitely admire my Mom the most!She actually was born and brought up in a rural gramam, or village – yet she is the epitome of the average indian working woman. Contributing to the family in ways i cannot even count!!! She rulez simply because of the following reasons :

  • She was the first woman to get a college degree from her district.
  • She rebelled against marraige immeadeately after school [which was a clear eventuality for girls in her generation].
  • Although she hails from humble background, she was able to adapt to the morden ways of today.
  • She took great care of 5 siblings from a very young age … and still does.
  • She has been the pillar of strength of our family – the rock solid foundation. She took us through the hardest of times.
  • Her faith in god and her never-say-die spirit moves me in ways i cannot explain …
  • Despite her work, she never ignores her domestic duties and is the world’s best MOM.
  • She inspires me by example, driving me to make something out of myself in my own ways.
  • She instills great faith and confidence in me, even when I doubt my own talents, she’s always by my side – my own cheerleader 🙂
  • Her calm and cool approach to everything – all kinds of issues.
  • The way she retailates to any kind of wrong-doing that may be happening around her.
  • For being my best friend and closest confidant..
  • In her own special way, she reiterates the fact that nothing in this world is impossible.

Favorite Dishes: ???
Whatever my mom makes is amrutham to me!!! And we cook a lot together, so it’s great fun.

Dislikes:
She can be a l’ll stuck in the past sometimes.
She pampers me too much :-O

Since Women’s Day is almost done, I am sparing all my blogbuds of the tag.
But if there is a woman who has inspired to an extent that my mom inspires me, I think a post is in order, although it would definitely be a trifle of a tribute.

The Chorus from ‘I Turn to you’ by Christina Aguilera is most apt for this post.

For a shield from the storm
For a friend,
For a love to keep me safe and warm,
I turn to you
For the strength to be strong,
For the will to carry on
For everything you do
For everything that’s true,
I turn to you … “

Happy Women’s Day to all u galz Out there … WE rule!!! B-)

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