Thursday, December 31, 2009

Taking Stock and turning 21

I've been tagged by various friends at various points of time (on facebook and on the blog), to do a kind of round up of the successes and failures of 2009. This is not the exact tag, because I feel like I have too much to say.

First up, apologies for being away far too long. In my defence, I have been sick. The sickness has escalated to a point where I have completely lost my voice. I haven't been able to speak almost at all for the last two weeks. This has made me think about the importance of my vocal chords- and I've been thinking about this for a while- I'm going to learn sign language in 2010. Since I'm very negative, let's begin with the failures :) However, it has been a very good year.
Failures
1. Not completing Italian course.
2. Not sustaining music lessons (as I had pledged to do earlier this year.)
3. Not being as forgiving as I'd like to have been.
4. Related to #3 : not controlling bad temper.
5. Being too sick too often (that isn't my fault, but I could've eaten less icecream given that I know I have pharyngitis.)
6. Not going out enough.
7. Not presenting an academic paper. 
Successes
1. Being a good daughter, sister, grand kid, niece and friend. Lots of scope for improvement but still, one of the biggest successes of the year.
2. Filing my own taxes (although I'm still below taxable income).
3. Being published in most of the places I wanted to be published in- The Statesman, Trans World Features, Ultraviolet, Matador Change, Matador Goods, Femina and Fotoflock.
4. Winning and conducting Quizzes.
5. Winning a coveted Scholarship to a Travel Writing Programme that I badly wanted to  be a part of (and not chickening out even though I badly wanted to throw up.)
6. Working with Julie and Aditya, inspiring editors who honed my skills and helped me understand what kind of a journalist I want to be.
7. Studying as hard as I had wanted to and reading lots.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Harish Iyer is running the Mumbai Marathon

My friend Harish is running the Mumbai Marathon in order to fight against Child Sexual abuse. Harish himself has been abused as a child.

This has been copypasted from an email. Do spread the word through twitter, facebook or your own blogs

"I was seven years old when it started. I was at a relative's home. As always, he wanted to give me a bath. He soaped me to a rich lather and suddenly started playing with my penis. I didn't know how to react, but didn't mind it. I think it felt nice, though weird. He asked me to do the same to him and I obliged."


– Harish Iyer, adult survivor of child sexual abuse.

Children easily trust adults and do not understand that such behaviour is not alright. ARPAN, an NGO in Mumbai teaches children differences between safe and unsafe touches and that it’s not alright for someone to touch, look at or talk about private body parts except to keep them clean and healthy. Arpan has taught over a 1000 children, skills to protect themselves from sexual abuse and need your support to reach out to thousands of more children, including yours.

Harish is running for ARPAN in the Mumbai Marathon on 17th January, 2010 to support Arpan's work on preventing child sexual abuse and healing it’s ill effects.

Help him raise funds for ARPAN.

Funds collected so far – Rs. 21,100/- Target amount – Rs. 1,01,000/-

Donate now.

To pay online click here.

http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146&popup=1&template_id=42

(if you are tweeting the link you could use the url www.bit.ly/HopeRuns )


To pay via cheque, please send cheque in the name of ‘United Way of Mumbai’ to

ARPAN @

Unit 24, 2nd flr, 105, Apollo Street, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Mumbai – 23.

To know more about ARPAN visit http://www.arpan.org.in/

Winter means...

Warm clothes, warm food ( the spicier the better) and warm hugs from a warm person ( the cuddlier the better). I usually hate winter but comforting hugs are all it takes to make my day :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

How my morning began today.

Read This

I was just preparing to drink my first cup of morning tea, when I chanced upon this ridiculous article in The Telegraph today. The article talks about how Emergency Contraceptive Pills are being used by young girls indiscriminately. Here's how the article begins-

Shreya Pal, 25, doesn’t think twice before popping an emergency contraceptive pill. “Well, I really can’t be bothered about side effects when there is an emergency.” And how often do such emergencies arise? At most about twice a week, she reveals after much prodding.

I believe that this article is a veiled way of  articulating that there should be impositions and censures on  women's right to choose. By making the ECP a prescriptive drug, governments will subject women to go through the humiliation of having to go to gynaecologists who often condescendingly moralise instead of just doing their jobs. Also, the article is skewed, one sided and biased. Not once does it mention the social pressures that women have to go through, not once does it talk about the fact that the introduction of such a law will mean that many responsible individuals have to now subject themselves to agonising scrutiny and be denied their right to choose.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What is wrong with me?

Rahul Dravid is batting and I'm not even watching the match :(