Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hollywood has just crossed the line...

"Cute-as-a-button child star Dakota Fanning, who turned 12 in February, is venturing into sexually disturbing territory in a movie being filmed in North Carolina.

The screenplay for "Hounddog" - a dark story of abuse, violence and Elvis Presley adulation in the rural South, written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier - calls for Fanning's character to be raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in "underpants" in several other horrifying moments.

Fanning's mother, Joy, and her Hollywood agent, Cindy Osbrink, see the movie as a possible Oscar vehicle for the pint-size star."

I cannot for the life of me imagine to what grotesque levels is Hollywood going to go to...this by far is the most inhuman, insensitive, greedy, ridiculous thing I have heard in recent times.

I don't have anything against Nudity, it's upto the actors and the movie makers, to deal with it, but there has to be a starting point and for me 21 would seem appropriate, definitely not 12....

I don't care about Oscars, about art, about the form of expression, this is plain despicable. A 12 year old prancing around nude is not any form of art, how can a Mother allow that, how can she take pride in this and will she sit in this kind of a movie, what about the Dad, what about me...I cant sit through this uncouth drama of child abuse...nothing justices this, Oscar or no Oscar, every person in their right minds, I think, should condemn this and make the makers, actors, parents and everyone and anyone associated with this movie not show the rape scenes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Silver Lining...

On 11th July 2006, 7 blasts rocked Bombay ( I prefer to refer to Mumbai by it's old name)...they went off within a span of 5 minutes and they were strategically placed in local trains, these which form the lifeline of the commom man in Bombay.
I was completely shattered out of my wits! I have a bunch of friends who come from Bombay...and I got panic striken for the safety of their families and their loved ones...this is the second most heinous incident on the city, after the 1993 Bomb blasts...

From everything that I have read in the news, I am very very impressed with the way the Bomaby-walas (Bombay people) responded to the situation, people went out of their way to take care of the wounded or the dead. Police came in later, the citizens did their bit first, water, first aid, food, shelter everything and anything possible by these people was done...it gives me shivers to think that India is united! no matter what the news reports say...no matter how the situation seems from the outside, my country rocks and this city has set an example for the rest of the country!

But what is even better or as i see the best part...Hindus have not retaliated...they hv not come up in arms like they did after Godhra. It is a new feeling of being united, of being calm and responsible that I see...I cannot say this feeling will last but I am very happy that this once the Hindus (I am probably politically incorrect in saying it like this...) have not gone about killing innocent people from the other community, who they think are responsible for this crime. I am amazed as to where has this feeling of tolerance come about in Indians...
I am proud that they hv shown restraint and I am praying that this new wave of respect for all continues...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Google

Anyone who knows me well enough knows abt my fascination for google and google products (i even have a google - cap)

Now today something amazing google did for me....
Super Cool

Love all googlers!!!....

Sunday, July 16, 2006

You can call me Meg...

I was having an interesting conversation with a friend a few days back...and he accused me of having "I wanna be American Syndrome" ...his ref. was my being comfortable with people referring to me as Meg and not Megha...

Let me be very frank here and explain a few things...I am a person who truly believes in "When in Rome be like Romans"...and this has nothing to do with wanting to fit in or being a part of the crowd...I only believe in this because I am in a land which is not mine, who's rules I didn't make and which I have adopted as my home for the time being...so for the sake of the people who are it's righteous owners and inhabitants, I think it's only fair to follow their rules and I mind my ways a little so that "they" dont feel uncomfortable around me...

And one of these things is that, my collegues find it easier to call me "Meg" than "Megha"...and I dont object to it, coz it doesnt change my identity in any way..."what's in a name".

I think if i really fit the bill of a "wanna be" American, I would prefer American ideology to e'thing else...and I dont do that....

Friday, July 14, 2006

My company's moto is:

Who will you make feel better today...

I always read it as:

Who will make YOU feel better today

hahahaa....

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Motion Sickness...

In the "about me" section I have written about my motion sickness problem...
So let me describe it...when I am traveling, it could really be any form of travel, like air, sea or even road - only closed means here though like cars, busses and such, not 2 wheelers!!...BTW...i love 2-wheelers like the kinetic honda and the scooters in India...motor bikes scare me though...in US atleast..i always say a silent prayer whenever i see a motorist pass by me on the highways here...So back to my problem...so whenever i travel by air, the moment the aircraft experiences any turbulence which causes the plane to wobble and possible change in pressure...my tummy begins to wobble too...i get a queasy feeling in my stomach, my head begins to hurt in the back...where the medula oblongata is (i dont know this...i am just using this one term from biology i really like ;)) but the back of my head starts to hurt and my tummy begins to ache...too...to prevent all this...i take medicines...lk perinom and such..but nothing helps...and i end up vomiting ...and all the content of my tummy will be in a bag...(very gross this sounds )...
so this time when i traveled...there was this couple (aged abt 30 years old)..sitting next to me in the plane...in a little bit the plane started to experience some turbulence and my situation got pathetic...i sat with a bag to my mouth and i kept puking everything out...i was in so much agony I cant describe it. Right then if someone saw how much misery I was in...no one would find it funny...except for my fellow passengers then...they started to snigger and laugh at my condition...and I cannot say that they were juvenile teens who cud care less...but these were people, I expected mature enough, who I expected would if not sympathize atleast not poke fun at me.

If someone makes fun of this condition of mine I am completely fine with it...I also laugh it off...infact I have always done that...but not when I am in sooo much misery...not when I feel like the whole world is revolving around me, when all I want is stable land below my feet...I wasn't hurt or anything when they poked fun at me...I just was very angry that people are so careless...and I dont want their care either...but ignorance to the other's apathy wud be completely justified too ...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I HAVE BEEN TAGGED!

So miss Anoo has tagged me and thus comes this post....

Well I am not too sure if I have any idiosyncrasies but I think I do know of a few things that nag me sometimes...

1. I cannot leave my bathroom untidy ever, It has to always be clean, esp. there should be no stray strands of hair anywhere...I don't know why this is so, but it is!

2. I hate scribbling in my books, and if ever need be, it has to be with a pencil, if someone scribbles with a pen, it turns me off sooo much!

3. I am a list-addict. I love to make lists for everything, be it a lunch/dinner I plan, a trip, some wkend chores...anything....I have to make lists...even my TODO list for the day has to be made @ work!

I cant think of anything else...I have racked my brains, looked in the crevices there, and cant find anything that wud point to any erratic behaviour or actually a pattern ;)
Continuing the chain:
Abhinay

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

In an earlier post, I wrote about my talentlessness. I think I know what my state is, it is not lack of talent...It is the incapableness in me to learn any one thing in its entirety, I give up before I have learnt it all...

for instance when I started to learn kathak( N.Indian dance form) I learnt for 5 years, took 2 exams and 1 more exam wud've earned me a degree, I used to really enjoy dancing, but gave up...then painting, i learnt sketching, coloring with water colors, pastels, the last leg was oil painting and I gave up right then...I used to love playing Volley Ball in school, but the moment I got out of school, I gave up on that too...Swimming, once I got comfortable in the water, and could splash around, I didn't hv the urge to go into the deep or to learn different strokes...

so many more instances cloud my mind when I have given up things half way or half done...

does this mean I am an escapist? I don't think so, cause I never run away from my problems, I will always face them, I will always face the enemy and make sure that I have said what it is I wanted to say, I give all job interviews seriously, unless it's a company I don't care about, I read a book cover to cover, never leave it half done....so given all this, am I an escapist I wonder....

or am I plain lazy...And if the things I have learnt to do had faster results I would enjoy doing them more or finish them...In essence nothing can be learnt in totality, but there is a point in time when one can say that given the circumstances and the resources available, I have learnt all that I could...

do I yearn for appreciation of my work to actually want to practice it? I don't think even that is true, for I have been appreciated for my painting prowess in the past, but I still haven't found the encouragement to learn more and do more...though i have been debating with the idea of joining oil painting classes for soem time now...and i will probably take it up soon...

so I am still wondering how my mind works, what is it that stops me from learning more, from completing a task....is my public fright so powerful that it surpasses e'thing else?...is it so difficult for me to accept the fact that I can actually do something that might not seem very creative or beautiful to the beholder but it is still wonderful for I conceived it...no I don't think so, I do a lot of things for my own satisfactions and pleasure, for my peace and happiness....

so I am still thinking how this warped brain works....And there is so much more thinking yet to do....

Monday, July 03, 2006

When God started listening to me again...

I am convinced that during the NBA finals, there was something for which God was ticked off with me, so he wouldn't listen to my prayers, and mavs lost, then he decided to not listen to me when the indian cricket lost 3 matches in WI which it had *almost* won, in this case though, Indian team was the biggest factor in India's loss and no matter how much i prayed or ranted and raved, nothing would matter! Finally Brazil lost...now I dont really have any afinity for Brazil, but the thing is I wanted a Brazil-Germany Final. I just wanted to see the bestest 2 teams to play like they have never played to win the cup, and it was Germany i was doubting all this while and not Brazil, if they would make it to the finals...but guess what happens...Brazil looses to France!!! So that was the point when God decided that enough damage had been done to my faith...well not really..but he decided that he would get back to being nice to me...

And so despite the sad show by Indian batsmen, except for Dravid, and the very bad pitch, he made sure that Dravid's little heroic show and my prayers would be acknowledged! And yipeee...India won the match..and this also got India to win the series...after 35 years India won a series in WI!!! lots to cheer about there...right!

Now today is Monday, it's 3rd July and tomorrow is US' Independence day, it's a holiday...yeawwwwwwwww....fireworks and nice little parades will be the other of the day...i like the feeling of patriotism that is on display on this day every year...it makes me yearn for my country...

I tried my hand at tennis for about 5-10 mins y'day! it was amazing...i like how i keep using my wrist when I am not supposed to, I hv to tell meself It is not badminton!!! I want to learn it...hopefully my friends will bear with me in this neew adventure that I want to embark on!!!...

This wkend made me realise something really important, I love my friends in Dallas...and I dont want to leave them for anything...So God here is another prayer..

Dont make me take any decisions in the future - near or far - when i might have to say good bye to these friends - so dear to me....