“Intercultural” Marriage – The Curious Case of “Life”

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India is a “secular” country, with many religions, cultures, races, and ethnicity living together under one roof. And the one common thing among all of them is the “Concept of Marriage”. The glimpse of history reveals the true colors of “secularism”. Since the time of Independence, our country was always covered with bloodshed, not just of the soldiers, sadly also with communal violence and intolerance towards diversity in our society. Today, Indian society has changed and so is the institution of marriage. A decade ago, this institution was ruled completely by the societal norms; decisions were taken by the elders of the family and society. NOW, we see a radical shift in the way this association is perceived with “Intercultural” Marriage coming into existence. The recent surge in such marriages…
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Those little things in Life

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[caption id="attachment_464" align="aligncenter" width="259"] Demoralizing Clutches of Society[/caption] The everyday long bus journey of my life is generally musical. The headphones are my best companion. Sadly, even they stopped working the other day. As I detach the two strings, I started recognizing the beauty of life in some of the most trivial aspects such as the fight between dogs, different shades of sky, and the way the tea stall guy prepares the tea and so on. All these days, I was so absorbed into myself that I did not notice the beauty of those things that were right in front of my eyes. While I was admiring the beauty of this world, my ears eavesdropped into a conversation between two mothers who were sitting next to me. The conversation was…
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The Forgotten Twin of Indian Marriages…

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Here comes the fall of winter commencing the feast of big fat Indian weddings. In India, Wedding is more an occasion of bonding of two families and not just two individuals for lifetime. It is a family festival celebrated in the most gala fashion. Presently, India is a home to 12,000 wedding takes place in a day or 10 million marriages in a year. Total purchase of gold falls between 300 to 400 tons annually. If all the expenditure is included then Indian marriage market becomes Rs 1 lakh crore to Rs 300,000 crore annually. A family spends approximately one fifth of the savings or sometimes the entire on a wedding occasion. Eighty per cent of the bank loans are taken by people to meet dowry demands. The Wedding e…
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PDA vs PDA

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  The Story So Far Scene 1: A Boy and a Girl catching each other’s hand, walking in the street. The Boy puts his hand over the girl’s shoulders. In a bus they both sit next to each other catching each other’s hands. Scene 2: Two men who accidentally hit each other’s bike on the road, start quarreling which leads to the extent of physical violence and physical injuries and bloodshed. P.S: I want you to pause for a second and think of the instant reaction that you will have when you see such things. Along with that, also try and imagine how our society in general, views at all these scenes. Common reactions to the above scenes would be the following: Reaction for Scene 1: “Please take a room”;…
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Ramblings of A ‘Mazed’ Mind

Ramblings of A ‘Mazed’ Mind

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Photo Credit: Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) @ http://www.realmard.com/ It is quite some time, since the media has talked about women and women related crimes such as rape, molestation, sexual harassment etc. While we saw the massive protest for the December 16th 2012, Delhi Gang Rape case; there was no such major protest for the August 22nd 2013, Mumbai Photo Journalist rape case or when a man in Ludhiana raped his minor daughter for four months continuously. These are just few dipstick samples, which have come to limelight with the support of media. There are many cases which we see happening around us in our day to day life, yet we tend to ignore and carry on with our path. Every other day, we have news of such crimes,…
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How important is the bud to the flower?

How important is the bud to the flower?

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  “Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.” – Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights In this modern era of fast moving lifestyle, life is all about being on toes with the world and trying to be the best in our profession in some way or the other, earn money, competing with each other, etc. But the truth is WE have stopped looking around us. We have stopped noticing and valuing the environment in which we live in. We have created a cocoon for ourselves so much so that our eyes have become blinded by it. The life outside is completely different and beyond our perception. Recently while I was walking on the road, I…
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