Monday, September 29, 2008

Tolerance!

I must've been in std 8, what I do remember clearly is that it was called the 'Year of Tolerance'. That was the first and last time I heard of such worldwide promotion of a virtue. Either I shut my ears to it after that or it actually stopped happening, I can’t say. What I can say for sure is that speaking about it in an assembly full of impressionable young minds would have at least had a fraction of an impact on the person on stage and the whole rest of the assembly, as it did on me. It was mentioned ever so often throughout the year, you could see the word and its depictions at every noticeable corner. If it has stayed fresh in my memory till now, it surely must be in some way responsible for shaping me up this way. Yet I don’t see it as so much of a mass virtue, in people from my own school, in my circle of friends, in my general sphere of acquaintance. Did your school celebrate the year of tolerance; did it manage to linger on in your mind? Or is it just me?
Today, there are examples to no end that tell how intolerant a society we are living in, we don’t need to wait more than a week to see it raise its head in a new avatar. There are leaders and scholars that no longer know what to do with the titles and the obligations thereof. And then there are individuals amongst us, who leave their otherwise sound judgments, and go ahead and support such atrociousness. Whether in actions or in words, with each individual, such support takes the sentiment of hatred one step further. We need a big, bigger than the earlier one, tolerance movement. We need students growing up to such values, we need grown ups educating themselves on it, we need to nurture it as a mass virtue. We don’t have to start from the beginning; we can start from where we are right now and set it right from here. It seems possible to me! To you?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

That's not how I would say it

'Thanks for bringing my it.' Strange usage of words by a colleague, to thank me for carrying a camera for him while travelling back here. I still am undecided about what i think about that sentence.

Then in the train, a guy says 'excuse us!'. He was alone. It was cute the way he said it :)

Now moving to some peeves..

Such colleagues i don't wish for anybody, or maybe if i have an enemy someday. She only had complains, about everything under the sun. She only talked to me about how annoyed she was about something, and she never fell short of troubles in her life to discuss with me. She also thought that 'my' life was pretty sad (which was partly true coz i had to listen to her everyday). She never saw anything positive about anything. But this one time it crossed all limits. I was telling her about how my roomie's boyfriend had been this wonderful guy, got her flowers and cake and champagne on the eve of her birthday and then prepared an elaborate and awesome lunch for the birthday. She heard this much and says 'Oh! he din't take her out to dinner, saving money probably!' I exactly knew whose head i wanted to bang to the wall, but did not do.

I don't know how people can ask for gifts. I can barely tolerate friends, real close ones saying that, but when we are the occassional 'hi, watsup!' kinds, i really really don't like seeing the 'what are you getting for me?'. I like giving gifts, but when someone asks for it, somehow it kills the joy in me of getting them a gift.

If you are trying to flirt, and all that you get in response is polite smiles, you should STOP trying. Either you are not doing a good job or i am genuinely not interested.

First, i don't particularly like being clicked, but my saying so repeatedly doesn't stop you from clicking anyway. Ok, i can take that. But atleast have the decency to share the pictures with the people you have clicked! How much effort does it take to upload it to picassa before you start talking about my funny expressions in the pictures!!!