The year 2016 has been a year of social and political upheaval. France saw the rise of the hard-hard left, Britain voted to leave the European Union, and the United States of America saw fit to elect an unqualified white man over an overqualified white woman as President. Words such as ‘post-truth’, ‘alternative facts’, ‘protectionism’ and ‘alt-right’ made an impact not only in America but in Brexit and across the world. ‘Politically correct’ is now something to look down upon, and all the rules are out the window.
It is important to remember that global social and political events affect us too. Donald Trump may not be your president, but right-wing parties in your city still see him as an inspiration. Your country may not have left the EU, but it still feels the ripples of separatism. When the most powerful man in the world talks about grabbing pussies with nonchalance, – and gets away with it- do you think it will go unnoticed by perverts in the streets?
2016 has proven that we were mistaken about our society. Elements that seemed to be non-existent had just been hidden from sight. For whatever reason, people prefer to trust their emotions over expert judgment while making national decisions. There are lessons to be learned here and actions that need to be taken.
Indians have the advantage of a less divisive government; more focused on economic development than any social agenda. Yet it is still a right-wing party, and people in positions of relative privilege have a moral obligation to think about- and act for- people without that privilege.
People don’t notice discrimination unless they lose by it. Start looking for it. Be informed; be considerate. Be aggressively nicer, because some battles are fought with non-indulgence. In a world ruled by divisive forces, unity is our only hope – regardless of your political views or lack thereof.
I have been a fan of Pearls Before Swine for my Saturdays for quite some time now. I still remain a fan. However, be prepared and primed for an avalanche of Owlturd for the next few Saturdays, because I’m a new fan.
I’ve tried dieting many times in my life. While different diets have various levels of efficacy and difficulty, most diets do include some aspect of eating lesser (or at least not stuffing yourself every time you feel like it).
Which means, when I’m on a diet, I need to make very sure that I eat something every time I get a little hungry, because god help my calorie intake if I delay.
So this is my Totally non-scientific Theory for this Tuesday: The amount that you’re physically capable of eating is directly proportional to how long you’ve stayed hungry. Mostly in the form of pizza.
I’m sorry. If you were disappointed with the newest season of Sherlock (many people are), then this post is not for you. If I wanted straightforward murder mysteries being solved by people named Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, I would watch Elementary. I don’t, so here we are.
I loved how all of the characters in the show grew this season. We got to know John as a human being, Mary as a human being and Sherlock as a human being. The series till now had focussed on Sherlock slowly learning to accept human interaction. This season made John become human by cheating on Mary and their dysfunctional marriage, and Mary be human by running away instead of talking to John. We got to see just why Sherlock is what he is, and the traumatising Redbeard incident that turned a normal, clever, happy child into a high-functioning sociopath. The last brilliant episode was intensely breathtaking and bittersweet at the same time, a great swan song for a series I’ll miss dearly.