Sunday, 27 March 2016

Guest post #2 - She's a Vagrant

http://shesavagrant.blogspot.in/2016/02/masochist.html

There was a time
When we were young
And used to live in an orphanage
And had nothing to hold onto
Except each other.
Remember that time?
I don’t think so.


You were fragile
I supported you
Bore all your troubles
I was a sieve
And you, the vessel beneath me.
I got all the bad
And you got all the good
And you thought
You were the good in my bad
And I, the bad in your good.
But was it really true?
I don’t think so.


But that’s how you made me think.
Counted my flaws
When I concealed yours.
I know you baby.
Now I know you.
You loved me ’cause
I was useful to you
Or maybe it wasn’t love at all.
But having grown up
My well built body
Seems to be of no use to you
Now that you’ve got
That other girl to love
That slim, slender, svelte and chic.
Do you need me anymore?
I don’t think so.


You probably thought I was a masochist
Thought I could bear it all
Just like I bore your difficulties.
Thought I won’t feel hurt
Because I was strong enough.
Thought I won’t be affected
Because I loved to take that pain.
Yeah, maybe I was a masochist
To risk my life for you
To love you
To let you go with her.
Maybe I loved that pain, I muse
As I hit the sandbag
For what seems like the hundredth time.
Stripped knuckles, dripping sweat
And I still think about you
Gazing at my protruding muscles.
You are my best memory
And the worst one.
And now I lay exhausted
Rejoicing in my loneliness.
Yeah, now I believe I am a masochist
Still reminiscing you after all these years
When I know it will just hurt me.
Baby do you miss me the same?
Ha. I don’t think so.



You've got to see her blog, and she's really helpful :)

- Ragini Zusthi Anand
ALSO, it's my birthday tomorrow :)

Monday, 21 March 2016

SERIOUS #13 THE MULTIPLE BANS, ODD EVEN, AND THE MODI GOVERNMENT.

I'VE GOT VIEWS, AND I LIKE TO SHARE. DO NOT HAMPER MY FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LIKE THE CENTRAL BOARD OF FILM CERTIFICATION DOES. 

VOLTAIRE ONCE SAID, "I DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY, BUT I WILL DEFEND TO DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT."


THANK YOU.


Okay, let me start with this: What is with these bans? First our beloved Maggi went, which is the staple diet for most youngsters in this country. 

Then beef went, which a current majority religion in our country consumes quite regularly, and the ban on this delicious delicacy only indicates that the nation is ready to become a non-secular country. 

And then almost went the bull taming festival, Jallikattu. 

And then went the NGO's. In a clamp down on NGOs receiving foreign funds, the BJP-led government at the Centre had suspended the licences of 4,470 NGOs recently (Major example, GreenPeace India). 

BBC agreed to not air the documentary in India but released it internationally, yes I'm talking about the unfortunate Nirbhaya documentary.

Something I was not aware of: Gmail was recently banned in government offices (!!!)
The government wants to monitor staff activity, which is why they’ve banned Gmail. (Whaaaaaaaaaaaatt)
Next point: Odd even in Delhi to lower pollution/traffic, or to bring back our winters - it worked, didn't it? For those 15 days of inconvenience to a few people of having to travel by public transport, with various exceptions being made depending on the situation, why crib if the entire exercise eventually made the capital a bit less deadly to live in, got back out winters and ALSO reduced traffic, hence allowing people using public transport like buses to reach their destination a lot faster. 
I know a lot of you reading this might be complaining behind the screen, arguing mentally that Ragini doesn't drive and so has no issue with it. But to be very honest, I'd rather be able to breathe than drive on the anyway terrifying roads of Delhi.

Last but so not the least! - My views on the Modi Government
This can legit be a completely new post, that's how long it CAN be. See, it's very easy to point out the bad things a government does, and I can only imagine the amount of hard work that each and every employee of the government must do to help the nation run smoothly, but since I can only imagine it, and my personality and job as a writer kind of force me to point out the negatives, let's get over with a rather short list of good things that the Modi government has done so far, and then come the negatives.

Good things the Modi government has done:
1. Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan (to help clean India).
2. Modi has really helped India up it's game at the international front (because of his very frequent trips to exotic locations, of course), and ofcourse, "Make in India".
3. Does Modi posting selfies of himself on his twitter, and him being really, really fashion conscious count as a good thing?
4. .........

"Bad"/ Negative things I have noticed:
1. Ban. Ban on food, religion, love (not only do they come across as homophobic, but after seeing what they and the Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra tried to do on Valentine's day.....*tsk tsk tsk*), films, everything.

2. Removal of the word "Secular" from the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. Although he claims that the very important word had been missing form the framed Preamble whilst the ex-Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh still occupied office, Modi seems to be covering up for his own doing. He is for Hindutva, which can be described as wanting to making India a complete Hindu state, official religion and all, much like Pakistan, and very much against the ideals of democracy and what the leaders' of the independence movements had thought best for our country.

- Ragini Zutshi Anand
Before any of you eat me alive, all the views given above are mine and mine alone. 






Tuesday, 15 March 2016

IDEA/RANT #4 BABY BUTTS AND CENSORSHIP

THIS HAS BEEN A DRAFT FOR WAY TO LONG.
THE BELOW MENTIONED IS MY OPINION. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT AGREE.

So, baby butts. All of us have (rather unfortunately, in my opinion) seen that sight a few times in our life. Let me clarify something. I'm not a baby butt hater; I mean, come on, I write for the upliftment of views regarding poop, okay?
Be it on TV or in a public area, babies are everywhere. This post is NOT AGAINST BABIES, OR THEIR BUTTS. It's an initiation of a mature discussion revolving around whether or not showing babies butts in advertisements is considered nudity, and if not, then why?

The main reason behind censorship of obscene things (like an adult butt) on Indian Television is so as to prevent kids from being influenced by it in negative ways. My "question" to you: Is not a baby's butt's close up during a diaper or lotion advertisement "obscene" too?
This is just something that came to my mind many months back, and I'm not saying that baby's butts should be banned (or am I?). I mean, think about it, WHY isn't showing a baby's butt considered nudity? It is technically, the show of skin. Why does it matter whether it's 25 year old skin or 2 month old skin (that's not scientifically possible, since skin cells shed and renew themselves, but you get my point).

I leave you with this thought, and really hope you don't take this the wrong way :)

- Ragini Zutshi Anand

Friday, 4 March 2016

Mysterious #6 The Death Stare.

She sits there staring,
the glow makes Her look pretty.
He sits beside her,
with a similar illumination covering his face,
His a bit brighter though.

Her source of illumination, suddenly conks off;
and He laughs like the devil, while being given 
a death stare.
...
..
.

She can't finish her episode of Suits,
but He can finish his episode of Friends.

- Ragini Zutshi Anand
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

LIFE STORIES #12 (ii) - Please don't say goodbye

A friend reminded me that I had to finish this story, so here goes. Read the first part here, duh!

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*That's when his phone rings*
Steve doesn't budge, staring at the screen for more details, all sorts of ideas filling him up like crazy.

*Phone going to voicemail.... a familiar voice fills up the room*

"HELLO, Steve, where you at?! Just wanted to tell you, I've reached London, but the flight to Spain got cancelled... some plane cra-"

"Oh my god you're okay!" Steve cries out, "I was beginning to lose my shit here."

*SILENCE, then*

"AWWWW BABA YOU THOUGHT I WAS DEAD! HAHAHAHHA, Don't worry, I'm not letting you go this easy"
Steve could sense her smirky face from across the world.
"Shut up," he said, "go do your stupid work in London. Hmph"

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- Ragini Zutshi Anand

Okay I know this isn't the best but let me know if you have suggestions and whether you want another, alternative ending :) The friend who wanted me to finish it didn't seem to want a sad one :)