Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What Women Want

From time immemorial you’ve been guessing what women want,
Is it what you are or is it what you flaunt?
Let me clear the air and spill a few beans for you,
You can breathe a sigh of relief and thank me too!

Like the King of the Jungle you have a Mane going on,
You think, like him, your beard makes you look strong?
You think it defines your manhood...masculinity, you say,
No! No! No! For us, a clean shaven look is more manly any day!

You want to look wise, so you flaunt a new Goatee,
It makes you look mature, you say it’s classy.
We’re no facial hair police and want you to be free,
But since you asked, please reserve this look for when you are eighty!

There is something about a Stubble that makes you look lazy,
It’s not only about hygiene; it can also give us a rash that can sometimes be crazy.
It makes you look like someone who really doesn’t care,
Of all the things in a man, Insensitivity is something women really can’t bear.

Sideburns make you look confused, like a hippie out of school,
A Chinstrap is pointless – like an attention seeking fool.
You think a Moustache makes you look brave because you flaunt the hardest challenge in a beard,
Believe you me, just like the Soul Patch it only makes you look boring and weird.

If you don't want us to chant 'I hate that unclean stubble', SIMPLY strut a Clean Shaven look,
For the Ladies it means, you’d do anything for us by hook or by crook.
It means you’re an Unpretentious Gentleman and you love your Gal,
That’s ALL women want, it’s that simple, my Pal!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”

― Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

In simple words, this quote means that virgins/nuns (vestals) forget about the world and the world forgets about them as well. In this scenario (spotless mind), when they speak to the lord, all their wishes and desires are fulfilled and they receive eternal happiness (sunshine). Although, in the context of the poem vestal means virgin, in the context of the movie it could mean a clear head.

So I saw this movie yesterday (a tad too late I guess) and it has now become one of my favourite movies ever. The thought behind it aside, the narration of this love story is so unique and beautiful that it totally blew me away.

ESoaSM is a story of two individuals who fall in love and then separate due to circumstances. They then decide to undergo a procedure which helps them erase that phase of their life. But even though they forget each other, their feeling towards each other reunites them in another mysterious way. When they find out the  nasty things they said to each other before separating earlier, they feel that they will yet again face similar problems and decide to go different ways. But it’s not easy... is it?

When the movie began, we thought that this procedure was the best thing in the world. It would make heartbreaks and deaths so easy. It would make ‘a fresh new start’ a reality. However, as the story went ahead, I realised how important memories were. Even if you try to kill them, your feelings don't change. Sometimes you need to learn from mistakes. At other times, you need memories to feel the warmth a million times over. 

The movie made me realise that a spotless mind may not be the happiest. You need to let go of certain things and live in the moment. You need to love and learn from your past to get eternal sunshine for NO life is beautiful without the experiences you’ve had, the memories you are making and the things you will remember for the rest of your life.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Who are we to judge?

For the longest time I loved my country for two reasons – our freedom and the way we co-exist peacefully despite our varied differences. I took pride in the fact that our country has so many different people yet we kept our prejudices mostly to ourselves and loved our neighbours whole-heartedly. There was discrimination but in most cases we were not open about it and dealt with it in the most elegant manner. I thought we were progressing and that the discrimination in our minds was lessoning as well.

And then came the Supreme Court ruling that states homosexuals to be criminals in the eyes of law unless decided otherwise by the parliament.

Hopefully this absurd ruling will be revoked and Supreme Court will decide in the favour of Gay community. Hopefully this will not go to our lethargic parliament who will keep the bill for 20 years only to pass it back to the Supreme Court. Hopefully we will move forward but for now, we’ve become a nation of archaic beliefs and I undoubtedly don’t want to be a part of a society that follows a regressive school of thought.

Really, who are we to judge? Each one of us has qualities that make us different than the other. What is right for you might be wrong for me. Does that make you a criminal in my eyes? A person who goes against the rules of society is as it is fighting a hard battle. If the law of the state doesn’t stand by him, how will he stand up for himself? And if he cannot come out in the open based on the fact that he/she will be called a criminal if he does, do you realise the increase in the number of suicide cases? So many would get married out of societal pressure and then cheat on their spouses because their natural desires would not be fulfilled. Even more will end up having children and then breaking their family in due course of time because their relationship will not be as it should be.

A few years back I told a friend that I might not have children. She fumed and asked me why did I get married in that case? That was the first time I associated love and marriage with procreation. Before that, I just wanted to be happy spending the rest of my life with a person I loved. For me, first came friendship, then emotional attachment followed by physical attraction. Having children was never a part of the deal, was it? Similar is the case with people who choose to love the same gender. If being with that person makes them happy, why bring in biology in it?  

Morality and procreation aside, who is the Supreme Court to call a person unnatural based on consensual sex? What goes on in my bedroom is none of their business. If gay sex is unnatural, then anal and oral sex should be deemed unnatural as well. Go ahead, call all of us, heck, yourselves, criminals.

It is sad that the world’s largest democracy’s highest law making body has failed us. This is clear discrimination which none of us should support. Straight or gay, it is OUR choice. And we will not let anyone put us in jail for that.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Whom Should You Marry?

Someone who would care for you and not about ‘what would others think’.

Someone who might never cook for you but praises your effort even when you forget salt.

Someone who would rather get bored with you than socialise just to look good.

Someone who is your best friend first before being a lover, spouse or anything else.

Someone who willingly agrees to dress up for you rather than dress up for the occasion.

Someone who might leave the towel on the bed but is willing to dry the sheets with a dryer if you get annoyed.

Someone who would skip meat just because you want to share your salad with him.

Someone who would hold back your hair when you are coping with a hangover even though you beat him blue when he has one.

Someone who would say Thankyou and Sorry when he knows you want to hear it.

Someone who would kiss you and hug you when you most need it.

Someone who would save his argument for later when you get angry so that peace is restored.

Someone who might not share his ice-cream with you but shares his dreams.

Someone who would tell you that you look the best without make-up.

Someone who might not remember important dates but knows it is your that time of the month and be compassionate.

Someone who would give you pleasure first before thinking of his own.

Someone who might not buy you gifts but seems to be God’s greatest gift to you...

And when you find that someone; treasure him, love him and care for him. For the clich├ęd things in the world are really not important. It is how you build your life together that matters. If there is warmth in the house, there is everything.