Archive for December, 2008

Grieving for Gaza

Posted: December 30, 2008 in Views on News
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Last Saturday afternoon, while switching through channels I came across breaking news on local channels about Israel air raids on Gaza. Thinking that CNN/BBC would have more latest and updated news, I turned to them. But much to my surprise (more like dismay!), they were running their usual shows and there was no mention of the attack even in the slides running. Now, someone might say it was barely dawn in the US of A but what about Britain? And aren’t these two the major news channels running around the clock informing the world about latest happenings.

It made me wonder when Mumbai was attacked; they were onto it as soon as it occurred, showing live videos, talking to analyst online, speculating about the terrorists, reading the Indians blogs and what not. Now, Gaza is bombarded with no regard to the sanctity of human life, civilians get killed and the whole world watches mutely. When Mumbai was attacked, without any concrete proof the blame was put on Pakistan and our ruler, the mighty US of A was putting pressure on us to act. Or leave Mumbai, anywhere in the world whenever there’s even a teeny weenie bit of unrest, Al-Qaeda is the scapegoat, Muslims are the terrorists giving a license to the victimized to carry out air strikes, launch a full fledged war against the offending country in the name of War Against Terror. (Ever wonder how can more bloodshed lessen terrorism?)

Coming back to Gaza attack, Israel started preparing for the war and the attacks have started but do I hear any country condemning the attacks or rebuking them? There have been a few protesting voices but none that has stood out to prevent more destruction. And to top of it off, our Lord, President Bush issues a statement that it’s because of Hamas that the attacks took place in the first place. Try imagining this situation the other way round. Would he be justifying the attacks in the same manner? And what is our dear UNO doing?

Forget about the non-Muslim nations, the more saddening part is none of the Muslim countries protested, called for a peaceful resolution or acted any other way. Who are we to blame others, when we can’t stand united for each other!

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Bush Shoes

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Musings!
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The world has a new hero in the form of the journalist Muntazar Al-Zaidi whose claim to fame is hitting Bush with the shoe. The incident happened at night in our part of the world and by morning, the web was swarmed with games, blogs and emails with hilarious jokes which we all must have played, heard or seen.

In the entire story, the ‘shoe’ hit has gained loads of popularity which has turned the whole episode into a commercial act. There have been claims from various countries (Turkey, Syria, Iran etc.) cobblers that the shoes ware made by their company. But the one that stands out is the one made by Turkish company Baydan shoes whose owners declared the shoe was manufactured by them and was known as Model 271. Because of its recognition, it has been renamed as Bush Shoes or Bye-Bye Bush Shoes. And he also stated that the demand for then has skyrocketed so much that they had to hire 100 more workers to keep up with the demand.

I am not sure if Bush has the decency to feel ashamed at his ridicule even now, on his acts especially concerning the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. However, I do feel that the giving the story a commercial, profit-making touch is exploiting and undermining the bravado effort of the journalist. All in all, maybe we should feel proud that a single daring act had a large rippling effect resulting in people identifying with the journalist act, creating funds for his family, making games and most importantly condemning Bush and appraising Al-Zaidi.

Well done, Mr Murtaza Al-Zaidi. You did what everyone wanted to do but nobody had the guts to do it!

Sources: BBC, Telegraph

Obesity Control

Posted: December 22, 2008 in Dear Diary :), Musings!
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I am going through a quarter life crisis! Well, it was me trying to be a drama queen but the issue is sitting continuously around for 9 hours or more, 5 days a week has started to show off on me.

I could never understand female obsession with dieting, trying to look stick-thin, have flat board tummys and wear size 0. Until the reality hit..that I was gaining weight and needed to take measures. It started at the beginning of the year; at first, I was in delusion that a bit of fat wouldn’t hurt (thinking it was really needed!). But then coming from a family where mostly people don’t suffer from (over)weight issues, it was a real blow because at every meeting I would be reminded that I am becoming fat day by day. And now, sometimes people come up and tell me their stories of how they lost weight and what I can do. The weird part is that now that I’ve put on a few kgs, my BMI has become normal where previously it was always underweight. And the weirder thing is that I feel lethargic now then I used to be when I was studying and working at the same time.

So, I have a plan. Well, I have had this plan since the last 6 months but it never goes into play because remember the laziness I mentioned above. The plan was simple: Go for half an hour walks in the morning and then continue to increase this time. Issue is even when I get up early in the morning; I don’t feel like going out to walk or have the energy to do so and sleeping again seems the best idea at that time. As for strolling at home, it isn’t as charming. So, I am still trying to figure out what to do? Previously, I had tried doing the ab-crunches because they look really cool and have the potential to achieve more in less time. But, I gave up in two days because they took a lot of effort to perform. Then, I decided to stick to my first option of walking because I love to walk!

As for these days, I am cutting down in chocolates and fats (Haven’t had a bucket full of fries since ages:(:’( ! And I take the stairs whenever I can (lots of people can vouch for that!). Besides all these efforts, I am still eating as I used to do because there’s no way I can stop it, right! Discussing with others members of the fair sex, I realized all of us working are concerned or worried about the same issue! We all talk about walking, exercising daily, joining a gym and the likes but never get around to doing it because of lack of time or effort on our behalf!

Let us see what becomes of my plan of going back to size zero days! And if anyone has any safe ideas for achieving it in least possible time, do let me know :)!!!!

P.S No plans for achieving the above though!

A few days ago, read the following in a novel and have been trying to figure it out since then

“The mathematics of love defy arithmetic” 

Maybe the author needed to come up with an intellectually deep crap with no meaning at all and succeeded at itJ. Or maybe, I am not just philosophical or intellectually sound enough to understand the gravity of a world class quote! Or maybe I have forgotten the beauty of mathematics!

Which reminds me (and I won’t try to be coy about it) that I once used to be good at mathematics. But in the past few days, I had to revise maths related topics which I had once partially studied and I couldn’t get around to doing it! Whenever, I would open the book to go through the topics, everything would seem proportional to intergalactic space in terms of size and complexity. I am still trying to get my rusted brain to recall all the calculus and statistics once learned. I wonder what Pascal, Pythagroas, Archimedes would do when they suffered from algebra-block and weren’t able to solve one equation? Or maybe, they never suffered from such symptoms, because then their names wouldn’t be metric or theorems!

So while I try to swim to prevent drowning in the mathematical sea of equations, every one try to figure out the strange quote!