While it is OK to be patriotic, often times its more chauvinism wearing a bad makeup. Facebook is full of people talking about our hallowed history as if they created it. Was telling someone that their is no reason why a genetic dice should be loaded in our favor. Was so glad to hit upon this clip by George Carlin who says it like it is, much more viscerally. Don’t know if half the people will have the gut to accept what he says. What he says about American pride may as well apply to all fanatics, Nationalists, Religionists. People lets face it…

“No Country for Women”

We are a nation in a serious psychosis about our women. And it is no longer about the backward states alone. While they take the cake, it is disturbing that the malaise has spread across the country. Be it Maharashtra, Kerala, Bengal, Karnataka. Women are not safe anywhere anymore.

Are the media and films to be blamed? Is it the collective insecurity of men who need a docile woman to prove their worth or who are threatened by independent women? What makes men the privileged arbiters in how woman should live and behave? Does it start with the male dominated film industry that rampantly exploits women or objectifies them? Or are they simply mirroring the realities of our society. Or is it all of these and more…

This documentary raises serious questions that needs urgent answers.

Chalat musafir. Nostalgia time.

Bought back memories from the other day. When all our folks gathered every Saturday for the Kirtan. The jhals and dholak rising to a frenzied crescendo. It was pure Bhojpuri Heavy Metal. What with the furious headbanging. The “Jiye! Jiye”. The Holiya, the Chaitha, the Birha. Alas! The talent, zest and fun went out with the last generation.

Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

Jul 9, 2012 1:00 AM EDT

Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness.

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