Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deja Vu? Writing on the Wall?

This is an excerpt from Rohinton Mistry's, "A Fine Balance". What struck me was the chilling resemblance between Indira's Emergency days and now.

A conversation between Maneck and a taxi driver.








Friday, July 8, 2016

HOW WE UNCONSCIOUSLY SUPPORT HOMOPHOBIA

We've all heard the term, 'homophobia.' Most of us think to ourselves, 'That's not me. Didn't I drape my profile picture on facebook in rainbow colours to support them? Do I ever abuse them orally or physically? And don't I support their rights?' 

In India, the majority do have a, 'live and let live' attitude. Most of us support the homosexual community, but there are more ways than outright abuse to harm our minority LGBT+ community. The major culprit is ignorance. And perhaps, indifference. We are heterosexual, and homosexuality doesn't really concern us. 

Today, I would like to show how it does concern us.

If someone says, "It is unnatural,' do we feel forced to concede it is so? That is because we are ignorant. That is because many of us, inside our hearts believe it is unnatural. But more than that, it is because we haven't bothered to find out for ourselves and say with conviction it isn't. We've kept away. There is only so much support we are capable of giving.

Here's a challenge. Next time we see a pride march, do we walk past or drive past as if we don't see the individuals in that march? Or do we wave to them, toot to acknowledge them or even walk part of the way with them? If we do the former we have a lot of unconscious bias we need to work on, or we lack courage. 

Unfortunately, such support falls into the hands of violent homophobes believing they can mentally or physically abuse homosexuals and get away with it.

If we read the plethora of information available online - information from reliable sources, if we speak to LGBT individuals, ask them questions, if we genuinely try to understand them, we would know that about 7% of the population is born homosexual. They are not capable of entering into a physical relationship with people of the opposite sex. And humans aren't the only ones. It happens throughout the animal kingdom.

Even if we know these facts, there's Bollywood and the way they portray the LGBT community that holds our unstinting support back. Here's one article on the subject  
http://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/let-s-cheer-for-the-queer/story-eEX0dhMMf6Pb89eWAkaiyO.html

Final thought,

Or, how could I forget,  Cruelty to Animals


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Two Lesbian Women and I

A True Story. (No Sexual Content)

 In the old days I knew two women, both young, and in their early twenties. Let’s just call them A and A.

When I first came to know about their being lesbian, I was shocked. I took it upon myself to try and talk them out of it. Feeling virtuous, I thought I would speak to them face to face. No back-biting from this girl!

I knocked on A's door and was invited in. The other A was there. The rumours must be true, I thought. Being of a delicate disposition I asked them bluntly if they were a couple. Their faces went white. They didn't know what to say.