Political Bawaas

The controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic community centre-cum-mosque near Ground Zero in NYC is nothing but a whole lot of political bakwaas…If the sentiments of those who have lost loved ones are so important, then why haven’t Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and others shown disgust over the commercialization of the WTC site? Hawkers of 9/11 obscenity, the people who sell postcards, T-shirts and bumper stickers of 9/11, populate  the area like roaches making money out of death, but not one politician has found it objectionable enough to create a hullabaloo about it…Money being made off the tragedy and people wanting to buy souvenirs of it, as if it were the Empire State Building, is the real perversion of the area not the construction of an Islamic community centre…

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Scenes From A Marriage – III

Marriage – Rule No. 3

Don’t EVER criticize your husband’s sense of aesthetics

Me: The nail cutter and letter opener do not belong on the centre table…They don’t gel with the decor and anyway, the living room is no place for them…Can you please put them away?

Husband: Who says they don’t belong there…The centre table is the most practical place to keep them since I spend most of my time in the living room…Why should I have to go all the way to the bedroom to get them? As for gelling with the decor – they blend right in…

Me: They go with the decor? Are you nuts! What do you know about aesthetics?

Husband: You are right, I don’t know anything…That’s why I married you…

Oh, How I Wish I Were Like…

Steven Slater

What? You haven’t heard of him? Which planet do you live on? He’s the pop culture phenomenon of the week…He’s the JetBlue flight attendant who cursed out a rude passenger via intercom, grabbed a few beers, and made a getaway using the emergency landing slide…

WOW! What an exit…What a hero…

I myself have never been able to live the dream of quitting a terrible job in a heroic fashion…

The closest I’ve come to being heroic was when I walked out of my first job at a small media planning and buying agency…Reason? I wasn’t given a raise because I didn’t ask for it…You see, I didn’t like asking for money – I still don’t…I expected to be given what was due since my evaluation was good…So, when the cheque came and I saw that I hadn’t been given a raise, I left it on my boss’ desk and walked out…Just like that…He called me later that day and apologized and said since I hadn’t asked for a raise, he thought I didn’t want one (???)…He tried to convince me to return but I had my pride and my parents’ roof over my head…

Later I heard he had referred to me as that green idiot who didn’t know the ways of the world…

I was no hero because FB and Twitter didn’t exist then…

I was no hero because I had walked out on my spindly legs and not slid down a chute with a couple of cans of beer…

I thought of reporting my boss to the income tax department anonymously, but I only thought of it…Guts to hai nahin…

So, here is my advice to those who are unhappy in their jobs – strike when the iron is hot…Be a hero and send Twitter into stratosphere even if you are evicted from your home…

Where Do You Draw The Line…

…about what you will blog about and what you won’t?

Can you claim to be writing true stories when you might edit, exaggerate, or even make things up?

Are all personal blogs lies? If people choose to write only about funny, quirky, happy parts of their lives, are they lying by omission?

Now, about my blog…

Do I lie by omission because I choose to write about happy and interesting things? Yes, I guess…Do I think you are stupid enough to believe that my life is a bed of roses? No, I don’t…I believe that you are smart enough to realize that this blog is not a straightforward diary of my life, but an edited selection of pieces of information I choose to share…

Where do you draw the line? Do you even have one? If you don’t, how do you find the courage to cross it?