I Had No Clue India Was Still In The 16th Century

So apparently the philosophy currently running around in India is ‘One step forward, three steps back’. Just when I thought that homosexuals were finally getting the peace they so deserved in India, the Supreme Court has to go and revert an iconic 2009 judgment that decriminalized gay sex.

Now, we middle class Indians are pretty used to these vote bank judgments. What is killing me, though, is the very mild protest to the judgment. I’ve been literally boiling since I heard about it, but the people around me are indifferent at best. So many people have asked me, “Why does it matter to you? You’re not gay!” So I’ve decided to make a list of the reasons why it matters to me

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1.) Our constitution promises equality for all. SO GIVE ALL EQUALITY DAMMIT.

2.) You don’t have to be gay to uphold gay rights.

3.) No court should have the right to tell you who to love. Ever.

4.) The more people try to convince me how homosexuality is unnatural, the more passionate I get about the subject.

5.) Homosexuality has been around for centuries. It IS NOT a new fangled ‘Western’ thing, as some of our idiotic religious leaders want us to believe.

6.) This subject has shown me just how narrow minded the people around me are. And i revel in trying to fight narrow minded people. Even those close to me.

7.) This kind of judgment is like the culmination of everything that is going wrong in India. And I’m just so tired of suffering in silence, of not fighting back.

I’m actually thinking of starting some kind of movement. To show people that gays are not that different. To remind people that what happens in bed, if it’s consensual, is nobody else’s business. That India has many other more important issues, like the consensual age limit, or the ever increasing rape occurences, to worry about the alleged ‘sin’ of homosexuality.

The idiots.


A Long Time On.

Posting after more than a year. Happy to say, the year’s been good. When you last saw me, I was stuck in a terribly hot city studying for my pre-meds.

Well, I gave my pre-meds, got into an AMAZING medical college in Mumbai, and basically am having the time of my life right now.

Well, not right now at this moment.

My exams are going on and I am so dead.

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The Amused Onlooker:

Loved this!

Originally posted on The Life and Times of Nathan Badley...:

Justin Bieber

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Dear Justin Bieber,

Congratulations on your big win at the American Music Awards tonight. Winning “Favorite Musical Artist” is the most valuable award a musician can win if we aren’t counting a Grammy. A Grammy is a much bigger deal.

I did not see it myself. I tend to not watch awards shows like this. They are often filled with musical performances like this:

This is something that seems more appropriate in a terrible nightmare than on a music show. Plus the music is usually very poor.

Since I was not watching the awards show, though, I missed something very important. In your speech you said, “This is for all the haters who thought I’d be around for 1, 2 years.”

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for thanking me. It means a lot to know that all of my…

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In honour of Breaking Dawn Part 2

Not that I didn’t like the books, and no offense meant.

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Because you’re Tom Felton.

Daniel Radcliffe: I had a crush on Emma Watson.
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Rupert Grint: I had a crush on Emma Watson.
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Matthew Lewis: I had a crush on Emma Watson.
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Emma Watson: I had a crush on Tom Felton.
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Tom Felton: I had a crush on Helena Bonham Carter.
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I mean…. Wow.

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Stupid comic characters are really cute.

Pearls Before Swine is now my favourite comic strip. It’s been offering us jewels all weekend. I absolutely adore Pig.

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So I read War of the Worlds.

I don’t know why I had never read it before. Sure, I didn’t have a hard copy, but I got my kindle a year ago. AND it’s been in my archives for 3 months now. For whatever reason, yesterday turned out to be the day I would read that book.
Basically, the story describes the attack of Martians on Earth for food, and their eventual destruction.
Some random observations:

1.) Earth, according to the author, is the south of England. Apparently, out of 10 missiles that the Martians sent, 6 of them are towards a patch of about 50 miles radius around London, and the remaining 4 a little North of it. Rather specific of the Martians, don’t ya think?

2.) The food which the Martians are after has to be humans. Obviously. He wouldn’t have written, and, more importantly, sold, the book if it had been any other animal.

3.) There are no bacteria on Mars. So what do they do with the dead bodies? Actually, here I’ll cut him some slack. The book is full of accurate and lucid scientific points. I don’t want to harp on the one inaccurate one. I don’t know if the importance of bacteria in evolution was known then.
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4.) He knows human characters REALLY well. The entire description of the reactions and movements of the people around London after the attack is so brutally realistic it’s creepy. No imaginary acts of heroism here. Even on the part of the hero. People are SCARED. Of course, there are a few sensible people. But, thankfully, no unreal gods in the face of calamity.

5.) He starts to describe his brother’s journey from London along with his own. Both are beautifully written, but in the weaving, we don’t really know what happens to the brother, other than he survives. Specifically, that brother is with two women, one of them sensible, beautiful and single, and I was getting ready for a really juicy romance, but the author reverted back to his own story and never completed his brother’s. Maybe there’s something wrong with my edition?

6.) The author’s own thoughts- the book is written in first person- during the entire attack are very genuine. Again, his honesty and relatability (is that even a word?) make such a fantastic scenario very real. You can almost feel that this Martian attack is an actual event in history rather than imaginary.

7.) The future he portrays, if the Martians are not destroyed, is absolutely possible. The one where humans will be domesticated and fed and raised like cattle for food. Wow. I got goosebumps again.

8.) The author thinks -and makes you think- about how the lower animals must feel about us. Because there is a danger of humans being exactly that- lower animals- to the Martians, we are forced to think about the animals we eat and what they must feel. In one chapter, he describes feeling like a rabbit must feel when it comes back to its burrow and finds it destroyed to make way for a building. It’s a very deep concept.

9.) The Martians are finally conquered by bacteria. Because there are no bacteria on Mars, the Martians are helpless against even the weakest bacteria on Earth. Bacteria succeed where massive guns have failed. Time to eat humble pie.
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10.) The Martians are basically a circulatory system, a huge brain, and eight tentacle-like hands. Nothing else. And they’re supposed to be more evolved than us. So we are supposed to evolve into them. Ew.

Overall, I enjoyed it immensely. I’m not really a big fan of science fiction, but this book touched me because of its real human elements and infallible logic. Even though we’re mostly sure now that there are no octopus-like creatures on Mars, there could be on other planets. And if they decide to attack Earth, I won’t be surprised if the human elements, at least, turn out to be exactly like the book.

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