Posted in India Shining, Life's Like That, Things to Ponder

Quo Vadis!!! Women In India

 

 

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“Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah” Manusmriti 3.56 – which translated reads : “wherever women are given their due respect, even the deities like to reside there and where they are not respected, all action remains unfruitful.”

Is this the same land where women are worshiped?

I am no feminist or associated with an “ism”. However, the atrocities against women and relevant statistics really scare me.

Rape cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, and national crime records show that 228,650 of the 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year had women as victims. The conviction rate for rape cases is 26 per cent

India stands third when it comes to rape cases, latest data of the Union Home Ministry suggest. Ahead of India are only the United States and South Africa.

According to the data, 18,359 rape cases were registered in India in the first three quarters of this year while in the US, 93,934 and in South Africa 54,926 rape cases were registered respectively.

According to the latest figures released by the Government of India, a woman is now raped in India every 20 minutes. Despite the increase in sexual violence the number of convictions is falling in India (Source : http://rupeenews.com/2012/12/delhi-rape-capital-india-3rd-in-rapes-woman-raped-every-20-minutes-in-india/)

On one track women in India are making remarkable progress in different fields and on other track there is pathetic state of women in India. Probable reasons for these crimes are carelessness about the punishment and pathetic mindset of some men about women.

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The people who commit this heinous act of Rape are dirty category of living beings who does not deserve to be alive on this planet. Probable solutions to eliminate these dirty people might be:

Strict Laws :Imposition and Implementation of strict laws against Rape will definitely bring down the rate of atrocities against women.Laws in India need to be amended in such a manner that the culprits will be given strict punishment such as Death Penalty or Life term imprisonment.

Change in Mindset: Just the laws or the Government of  India is not responsible for the protection of women in India, change in mindset of entire population in India is necessary. In most of the families in India, women are treated as weaker gender, objects of desire, instruments of progeny. They are just taken for granted. Their opinions are not considered at all. Even,most of the women are used to mindset, its sad that even most of the women promote these kind of stereotypes where the respect towards women is zero. Hence, there is necessity to change the mindset in people about women.

It is really inspiring to see how the youth of the country are reacting and striving for the justice of the Delhi rape case victim. Hope,the Parliament understands the situation and does amendments in laws accordingly.

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In this context, I cannot stop quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Where the mind is without fear”:

Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Rabindranath Tagore
Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
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Posted in My Favourite Music

Some of My Favorite Songs Of This Season :)

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Here are some of my favorite songs of this season. Do let me know your favorite songs of this season 🙂

1) Taylor Swift’s I knew you were a trouble when you walked in: I am a fan of Taylor Swift’s Songs, they have good music and good lyrics. This particular song is catchy and one of favorite songs of this season.

2)Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe: Music is good 😛

3)Matru ki bijlee ka mandola title song: This song is very lively.

4)Party On My Mind – Race 2: Waiting for this movie 🙂

5) Jiya Re – Jab Tak Hain Jaan: The lyrics are good. so too Anushka 🙂

6)Kikli Kalerdi – Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana : This song is catchy 🙂

7)Breakup Party (Upar Upar Upar in the air )-YO YO HONEY SINGH: I became a fan of this song.

8)Sonu Kakkar & Vishal Dadlani – Madari ( Coke Studio season 2) : Serene!!!

9)Jiya Lage Na – Talaash :

10)Nenjukulle from Mani Ratnam’s Kadal movie:

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Humour

Granny In A Pub

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I was always curious to know how a Pub looks like and how people party in a Pub. I missed several opportunities earlier, however this time I did not want to miss the “Golden Chance”. From the kind of family I come from, going to a pub is as adventurous as Felix Baumgartner’s Redbull Stratos Balloon Jump. However, my parents and Brothers knowing my COURAGE gave me the permission to do this COURAGEOUS ACT of going to Pub , to attend a party that too in the afternoon time of the day (Afternoon is the Keyword here). My Mother being My Mother suggested me to be careful and not drink this and that.. in-spite of knowing that my standards did not increase from masala buttermilk and orange juice.

My trouble started a day before itself. Just to ensure that people like me don’t  go to pub with traditional Kajeevaram Silk Sarees, we were instructed to wear SMART CLUB CASUALS. I was just with the expression “Ayyoooo Rama!!” . I did’nt know what these Club Casuals were..that too Smart Club Casuals. However, did’nt want the world to know about my “Ignorance on Smart Club Casuals”, I took the help of my lovely GOOGLE UNCLE. However, to my trauma, the search results scared me further. In the result I found several wonderful models with variety dresses, there was not even 0.00001% probability that I would buy those, because even in my craziest dreams I could never imagine myself in those attires.  However, I fixed this issue by wearing my regular jeans, my favorite top and scarf.

Finally, the day of party arrived. I reached the destination along with my friends. Each and every step of this mission sounded interesting. So, right before the pub, there were some hefty gentlemen, they were noting our details. With my prior googled and market research knowledge I was expecting the gentlemen to put some stamp on hand, however he tied a wrist band kind of stuff.

So with excitement, confusion, curiosity I entered the pub.Hmm!! I some how forgot that party at pub is not a religious ceremony where the guests will be received with sweet smile, where they will escorted to a right place.  Entering into the pub was like jumping into a swimming pool. People entering into the pub were not entering slowly like me, they were walking with some rhythm which I could not decipher. Body Language Matters a lot!!! If you are entering into a religious place, you need to have this body language of God fearing, Good Samaritan looks. If you entering into a class to take a lecture, you need to have this confident, graceful and cheerful attitude and body language. Silly me!!! While entering into the pub, had this body language of a Garlanded Goat in a procession which is about to be sacrificed for holy rituals. If you observe that goat, it will be confused and lost.

Lighting in the pub was also interesting. That lighting reminded me the climax hospital scene in Maniratnam’s movie Gharshana.  I was kinda surprised to the kinda volume of sound in the pub. At that point that I was thinking about my Dad. At home Dad, scolds me whenever I raise the volume of  Music Channel in TV. I thought what would be Dad saying for this kinda volume. Lots of our friends were already dancing there happily to the music. I was with the expression “OK!! This is the battlefield and these are all warriors”. Like a peaceful warrior I  skipped the place and went to upstairs.

There we did have the ammunition related to the battle. I was trying to act unnecessarily brave even though that much bravery was not necessary in that situation. Normal greetings were exchanged with the people there. Then finally time has arrived to reach the dance floor. In my family we never danced at home or any other functions…thats crazy but true..South Indian Brahmin families BAU activities and special project activities does not have DANCING in their SCOPE. So I never had an opportunity to dance. My friends started dancing and I did’nt even have an urge to dance . At that moment I felt like a Confused traditional Grandma in a Pub.

I somehow managed to stare at different people, things in the pub, people in the pub. Everything sounded different. I felt like an alien in a planet. I did’nt want to bother my friends & create a drama, as I myself was not sure what thoughts were going in mind at that time, so I silently came out of the pub.

I had a deep breath, slowly walked in the mall, went to a book shop. There people were not in a hurry, They were slowly, calmly browsing the books and I felt as if I returned to my planet. I bought Sense & Sensibility; Pride & Prejudice of Jane Austen. Browsed those books having a nice Coffee.  Mean while my friends were calling me to know where I was. I still don’t know what they might have thought when I said to them that I was reading a book & having coffee instead of attending the party 🙂 . I really loved the way they cared for me, in spite of being busy in the party.

One thing for sure, I realized that everyone does not belong to every place. Each person has their own lovely crazy world, they need not disturb their lovely world just to impress the people they care 🙂

Cheers,

Prasanna