Ugh! It’s disgusting

As my blog gains in popularity, the number of followers following my blog is steadily going up. The followers include people, organisations and entities of various nature and entities.

Today I found a “like” on one of my earlier blogs from an entity called ” Artificial Hymen Pills”. This was something unheard of by me and it naturally made me curious to explore the nature of this newest follower of my blogs. It reveals that this entity markets pills in Pakistan that artificially restore hymen, thereby empowering a girl to feign virginity. Feign because it’s no permanent cure. The website advices a woman to insert two capsules inside vagina 30 minutes prior to probable intercourse. The capsules get inflated and burst due to friction releasing a blood like artificial liquid. The company challenges that even the smartest of the men cannot discover that “his triumph” is not heroic but feigned heroism!

I felt aghast at the masculine mentality that’s still prevalent in male dominated bastions such as Pakistan, where primitive concepts such as virginity of a girl are still given so much importance. As the society opens up and not only the physical geographies shrink but thoughts at large also converge, such archaic thought process is nauseating. No doubt the company marketing the product (purportedly based on Japanese technology though I doubt whether highly advanced Japanese diaspora would require such an archetype quaint mentality ridden product) has noble intentions of coming to the rescue of innocent girls and women of that country through harmless, non-surgical, non- intrusive intervention, but the need for such products is certainly excruciating and disgusting to say the least. Whereas the Western world has evolved to a new level of openness where live-in arrangement, having babies without marital conjugation, multiple partners and use of aphrodisiacs and sex toys (including robots), a third world country refusing to come out of a feudal mindset is a terribly sad reality. A country that has produced a Nobel laureate like Malala, surely needs to change its view point on archaic thought such as virginity. I am ready to endorse the product of this company, if they market it as a fun product or a sex toy to inculcate some interest into drab and monotonous sex lives of couples. But as a dupe for virginity- the word is “Ugh”!

My blogs are all about progressive thoughts and positivity and I welcome more and more followers to take my blogging to new dimensions. But regressive thoughts, products and mentality are strict no-no!

My readers are mostly friends and family, including my sister; but I couldn’t help but pen this blog in spite of it’s obviously sexual thematic undertones.

Apple

Apple is no ordinary stuff. If an apple a day can keep doctor away, there must be something very mythical and magical about it.

As the folklore goes, God fashioned Adam from dust and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Adam was told that he could eat freely of all the trees in the garden, except for a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Subsequently, Eve was created from one of Adam’s ribs to be Adam’s companion. They were innocent and unembarrassed about their nakedness. However, a serpent deceived Eve into eating fruit from the forbidden tree, and she gave some of the fruit to Adam. These acts gave them additional knowledge, but it gave them the ability to conjure negative and destructive concepts such as shame and evil. God later cursed the serpent and the ground. God prophetically told the woman and the man what would be the consequences of their sin of disobeying God. Then he banished them from the Garden of Eden. The temptation to eat the forbidden fruit, supposedly an Apple (Old Testament mentions only a forbidden fruit; Apple became forbidden fruit later), led to the ouster of the humanity from Eden, forcing them into an endless cycle of birth, death, virtues and sins.

An apple (cunningly labeled “to the fairest”) started the Trojan war. The Norse gods owed their immortality to apples. The Arabian Nights features a magic apple from Samarkand capable of curing all human diseases—predating the belief that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, a proverb that first appeared in print in 1866. Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Dylan Thomas all wrote poems about apples; and everyone from Caravaggio to Magritte painted them.

Legend has it that a young Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when he was bonked on the head by a falling piece of fruit, a 17th-century “aha moment” that prompted him to suddenly come up with his law of gravity. The incident helped inspired him to eventually develop his law of universal gravitation. In 1687, Newton first published this principle, which states that every body in the universe is attracted to every other body with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them, in his landmark The work the “Principia,” which also features his three laws of motion.

The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple. All generations of the iPhone use Apple’s iOS mobile operating system software. The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and multiple new hardware iterations with new iOS releases have been released since.

From the very origination of mankind to history to Newton’s law to the iconic IPhone, the common element is a humble Apple. It’s forbidden, mythical, curative, magnificent and magical but above all its delicious and satisfying. I invite my readers to share whether there are such myths around other fruits?

I eat one Apple everyday,

Won’t go to doc come what may!

Apple fell on Newtons’ Head,

And gave him an idea on gravity;

To some Apple is just a fruit,

To me a complete snack in brevity

Then this wonder called IPhone

For all its features and looks

Is a complete connect to outside

And has in it whole lot of books!!

World daughter day

Daughter’s day, a day exclusively dedicated to the daughters in the family, is celebrated in India and worldwide on the fourth Sunday of September. Therefore, yesterday was this year’s daughter’s day. Just like we have Father’s Day and Mother’s Day to honour and celebrate our parents, Daughter’s Day is the day when we cherish having daughters and the wonderful bond and love that they share with us.

In India, there has always been a certain stigma attached to being a girl child. While we are seeing a change in big cities, in smaller cities and in some states in particular, this is still a problem.

Therefore, initially, Daughter’s day was celebrated to erase this stigma. The major aim was to remove the notion that a girl child is a burden, plus it is also celebrated to remove the cultural practices like dowry. It is not very clear as to when India started celebrating this day, the importance to save girl child cannot be overstated. If till today, our Govt has to run campaigns such as ” Beti padhao, beti bachao” and ” Mulgi shikli, pragati zhali” then it is amply clear that our fascination and obsession with male progeny is far from being over. I am a proud father of a single child, a daughter and have always respected a woman whether in mother’s, sister’s, wife’s or colleague’s role and for me this is not mere sloganeering or lip service, but a reality, I strongly feel that this society needs to collectively work towards abolishing this gender bias by ex-communicating such elements or sections.

Came across these beautiful lines comparing a daughter to an angel:

I have this little angel. For me she left her wings.

She has no idea how much happiness she truly brings.

She brightens up my days with her smiles and her laughs.

She helps me to remember all the blessings that I have.

Her face, it is so perfect, she’s sweet and soft and pure.

Sometimes she can be willful and sometimes she is demure.

She tries her very hardest to please and do what’s right.

She gives the greatest hugs from morning until night.

Every person that has known her sees this light within her soul

I know that in this whole great world, she has a special role.

She’s helpful and considerate to everyone she knows

This light in her shines brighter as my angel grows.

When she sees someone is sad, it opens up her heart.

She wants to do all that she can; she wants to do her part.

She’ll squeeze away the sorrow and make me forget about my pain.

She shows me where the sun is when we’re hiding from the rain.

I know that God must love me, He showed me with His Grace

I knew just how completely when I saw my angel’s face.

And in that very moment when she came into my world,

I knew that she was so much more than just my baby girl.

She would be my sunshine, with a sweetness that won’t end.

And when she grows up one day she would be my closest friend.

She would be the reason I would always try my best.

For my little angel baby girl would be my greatest test.

When God entrusts to you an angel, who has left her wings for you.

Encircle her with love with everything you do.

Let her know God made her, and that He trusts you with her care.

Be sure to make time for special moments with her to share.

And when at night she finally says her prayers and goes to sleep

I Thank Him for my angel, and ask for him to always keep

A watchful eye and hand to protect her from this world.

Protect my little angel; protect my baby girl.

Our daughters of today will be mothers and wives of tomorrow and that’s how human species will have their future progeny so that human race survives. It’s all the more painful because this gender bias happens in a country where –

(1) we treat mother as superior to God

(2) pray goddess in the form of Lakshmi. Durga, Kali

(3) call our nation our motherland and

(4) celebrate festivals like Bhai Duj and Rakshabandhan underlying the importance of equality or rather superiority of feminine gender!

Let’s celebrate birth of a daughter – whether first time or next time or every time! Daughters are God’s beautiful gift to mankind.

Mirza Ghalib

Today I received a false trigger in one of the WhatsApp groups that it was 220th birth anniversary of Mirza Ghalib. False because Wikipedia tells me that the great man was born in Agra on 27th December 1797 and obviously it’s an old message forwarded afresh as this 27th December would be his 222nd anniversary. Nevertheless, the very mention of his name changes one’s mood from that of gloom and depression to one of hope and mysticism that his poetry always conveyed. Who else but him could have written:

ख़ुदा की मोहब्बत को फ़ना कौन करेगा?

خُدا کی مہبت کو فنا کون کریگا؟

सभी बन्दे नेक हों तो गुनाह कौन करेगा?

سبھی بندے نئک ہوں تو گناہ کون کریگا؟

ऐ ख़ुदा मेरे दोस्तों को सलामत रखना

اے خُدا میرے دوستوں کو سلامت رکھنا

वरना मेरी सलामती की दुआ कौन करेगा

ور نہ میری سلامتی کی دُعا کون کریگا

और रखना मेरे दुश्मनों को भी महफूज़

اور رکھنا میرے دُشمنوں کو بہی مہفوذ

वरना मेरी तेरे पास आने की दुआ कौन करेगा…!!!

ورنہ میری تیرے پاس آنے کی دُعا کون

🌹 ✍ کریگا۔۔۔۔!!!🌹

He was colourful who hated the duality of civilised society. He took pride in being called a rake or ladies man and lived life on his own terms that’s very evident from what he wrote:

इश्क़ पर जोर नहीं है ये वो आतिश ‘ग़ालिब’,

कि लगाये न लगे और बुझाये न बुझे

रगों में दौड़ते फिरने के हम नहीं क़ायल

जब आँख ही से न टपका तो फिर लहू क्या है

It’s amazing that what he wrote continues to be popular even 150 years after his death.

Laughter is the best medicine

This is a joke that I read years ago and have told it umpteen number of times in parties and get togethers, but it has never failed. It reads:

Three old men were travelling together in a train coupe. As the journey was long, they decided to break into a conversation. They thought what better than to introduce themselves to each other. The first one said, ” I am a banker, married, have three sons who all are doctors”. The second one said, ” Incidentally, I am a banker too, married, also have 3 sons who all are engineers.” The third one added with an element of surprise, ” This is a sheer coincidence! I am also a banker, married and having 3 sons who all are architects”. The fourth guy kept quiet. On being cajoled by other three, he finally ceded reluctantly and said, ” Unfortunately, I am not a banker. I am neither married, but I too have 3 sons, who are all bankers!”

The humour is subtle yet sharp at the same time. Another beauty of this joke is that it can be customised to suit the audience and hence its connect with them. Here the profession of the travellers, banking, is incidental as the readership of this blog is mainly the members of banking fraternity. The original joke is about the protagonists being Colonels.

Why I decided to blog this old favourite joke of mine? Because I was reminded of it suddenly when somebody forwarded another version of this timeless beauty that reads:

Four men were playing poker and having drinks in a club, when they started to break into a conversation. One of them excused himself for a quick visit to washroom, while other three started the chat. The first one said, ” I am really proud of my son; he passed out from Harvard, got absorbed by Google, has made rapid strides in the organisation. He has created so much fortune that recently he gifted a $ 10000 Rolex to his friend on friend’s birthday.” The second one said, ” Ditto me. My son is also brilliant, working for an MNC with large salary. He recently gave a birthday gift of diamond shirt studs worth $ 20000 to his friend.” The third one said, ” We all are lucky guys to have fathered brilliant sons as my son too is doing exceptionally well and he recently gave birthday gift in the form of a swanky car worth $ 40000 to his friend.” In the meantime, the fourth guy returned to the table, oblivious of what the three others had said. On being requested, he said, ” My son is gay, working part time in a night club.” A dead drop silence fell on the table with other three guys having a look of sympathy on their faces for the poor unfortunate. Taking a cue, he rushed to clarify, ” But I am proud of my son as on his recent birthday, he received a Rolex, diamond shirt studs and a swanky car from his friends.”

Nice subtle naughty humour that tickles the funny bone should provide much needed reprieve from the serious ground realities emanating out of Kashmir issue, economic slow down and worldwide trade issues.

Economic slowdown

There’s an unprecedented recession. Industrial production, demand, exports, rupee – all parameters are moving in unfavourable directions. Just read that Hero Motorcorp, the World’s largest two wheeler manufacturer , has come out with an Early Retirement Scheme and other auto majors are observing shut down of plants on pre agreed days. Even consumer durables giants such as Hindustan Unilever, Nestle and P&G are experiencing slow down, especially in rural markets. However, the root cause of this recessionary cycle – whether global, political or purely economic – is not really clear.

Some attribute it to the after effect of Demonetisation, while a few others feel that hurried implementation of GST is coming to haunt the country. A few attribute it to US China trade war, while there is a set that thinks that Government’s financial imprudence being responsible for the current imbroglio. Real reasons seems to be elusive, especially considering the following facts:

(1) Country has just elected a Government for the next 5 years with a very strong mandate;

(2) Rain gods have given water to the parched land in abundance and although the distribution has been uneven no food shortage or food inflation is anticipated;

(3) There has been no disincentive in particular to industry, including automobile, and the reason for recession seems to be mainly cyclical.

(4) Demonetisation and GST have happened sometime in the past and their impact should have petered off by now.

(5) Notwithstanding global recession, Indian boasts of large captive market and there is no visible change in the local demand pattern, save and expect some unique cases such as automobile.

Macroeconomic parameters seem to be fine and the current phase seems to be having more to do with sentiments rather than any real reason. The need of the hour for the businesses (large, medium and small), financial institutions (banks and NBFCs, ) and other intermediaries to develop inherent strength and resilience that sees them through cyclical phases of economy. Financial prudence will stand an organisation good under any scenario. Let’s not crib and discuss but work and create opportunities for a golden tomorrow.

Economic slowdown

There’s an unprecedented recession. Industrial production, demand, exports, rupee – all parameters are moving in unfavourable directions. Just read that Hero Motorcorp, the World’s largest two wheeler manufacturer , has come out with an Early Retirement Scheme and other auto majors are observing shut down of plants on pre agreed days. Even consumer durables giants such as Hindustan Unilever, Nestle and P&G are experiencing slow down, especially in rural markets. However, the root cause of this recessionary cycle – whether global, political or purely economic – is not really clear.

Some attribute it to the after effect of Demonetisation, while a few others feel that hurried implementation of GST is coming to haunt the country. A few attribute it to US China trade war, while there is a set that thinks that Government’s financial imprudence being responsible for the current imbroglio. Real reasons seems to be elusive, especially considering the following facts:

(1) Country has just elected a Government for the next 5 years with a very strong mandate;

(2) Rain gods have given water to the parched land in abundance and although the distribution has been uneven no food shortage or food inflation is anticipated;

(3) There has been no disincentive in particular to industry, including automobile, and the reason for recession seems to be mainly cyclical.

(4) Demonetisation and GST have happened sometime in the past and their impact should have petered off by now.

(5) Notwithstanding global recession, Indian boasts of large captive market and there is no visible change in the local demand pattern, save and expect some unique cases such as automobile.

Macroeconomic parameters seem to be fine and the current phase seems to be having more to do with sentiments rather than any real reason. The need of the hour for the businesses (large, medium and small), financial institutions (banks and NBFCs, ) and other intermediaries to develop inherent strength and resilience that sees them through cyclical phases of economy. Financial prudence will stand an organisation good under any scenario. Let’s not crib and discuss but work and create opportunities for a golden tomorrow.