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Man eating tigress strikes again... read the headline of the leading newspaper!
“Rohan don’t be late! You know I hate waiting,” said Priyanka.
“You go ahead, I will join you in 15 minutes, Rohan replied.
Priyanka was really excited to shoot this man-eating tigress, which has strayed into the human habitation near Jim Corbett National Park, with her new camera Rohan gifted her on her birthday.
25 minutes later…
Rohan arrived at the designated place and looked at his watch. “Oh hell I am late and now my sister will eat me alive. But where is she?” Rohan thought loudly.
He saw her Range Rover thus he knew that she was here… Did she venture into the Park area alone? He again thought loudly. So he started walking on to the muddy path that lead to the jungle and there on the way he found an orange shoe – Priyanka’s shoe!!! That’s when panic gripped him and he shouted Priyanka, Priyanka.
Man-eating tigress attacks a woman—23 year old wildlife photography enthusiast has been the latest victim…
The news flashed on his mobile and somewhere in the background he heard the faint lyrics of 25 minutes too late!
Celebrating Hindi Diwas on September 14
Today is Hindi Diwas said my teacher and I was perplexed, as I had not heard about this day before I took admission in a Kendriya Vidhyalaya. Baroda, Gujarat. Being an Army Officer kid, getting an admission was not a problem but adjusting to the ambience of Central School as compared to the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan (TAPS) was certainly an uphill task and hence a huge problem for an eighth grader.
Like I said getting an admission was no huge task but adjusting to the school environs was for both me and my brother. The first problem we faced was of certain subjects being taught in Hindi. A subject like Social Studies was taught in Hindi and though we had the subject in English it was more or less a culture shock for both me and my brother. I had not recovered from this shock when on September 14, it was announced in the assembly that today is Hindi Diwas and everybody is encouraged to speak in Hindi (Of course this was all announced in Hindi). This apart, the Principal had requested all the staff members to sign in Hindi. So far so good, I thought.
What’s the big fuss of celebrating Hindi Diwas in a school, which, though of being dual medium prefers Hindi medium as a mode of education? I asked few classmates and they didn’t give any satisfactory answers. So I let the questions remain question for some time and enjoy the day.
Anyway coming back to the topic of Hindi Diwas, so what exactly is Hindi Diwas and why is it celebrated? Interestingly the Constituent Assembly of India in 1949 adopted Hindi as the official language of the country on September 14 and since then in order to mark the acknowledgement of Hindi as an official language, Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14. In fact Hindi has an interesting history (which would make for another post).
Ok so that was the history of celebrating Hindi Diwas in schools, colleges and certain government offices as well. In our school apart from regular celebrations teachers were asked to sign in Hindi. So we all got excited to see how the teachers will leave their significant marks in Hindi. And that day each and every student got their notebooks checked. Just to have the signatures of their favourite teachers in Hindi.
After that I waited for next year’s Hindi Diwas and then in the third year dad was posted out of Baroda and we were again in an Army School where there was no Hindi Diwas celebrations, however the celebrations from those two years of my schooling in Kendriya Vidhalaya stuck with me and today I told my five-year-old that today is Hindi’s Birthday – concept he understands better.
This post has been lying with me for quite some time now. I was not able to do anything on my blog because of a virus that was withholding my blog to upload fully.
This post is a part of Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 3
Free shuttle bus transfers to and from Mandalay Airport for AirAsia passengers
In a bid to enhance the passenger experience, AirAsia has recently launched a free shuttle bus services at the Mandalay airport that offers daily transfers between the airport and downtown Mandalay. The airline, along with the value added service, is also offering promotional fares on its daily flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay sector.
The bookings for the promotional offer can be done till June 16, 2013 for the travel between August 16 and December 15, 2013.
Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said, “We are very pleased to add more value for passengers travelling on AirAsia with our free shuttle bus transfer services. Passengers can now conveniently reach downtown Mandalay from Mandalay Airport free of charge, simply by showing their AirAsia boarding pass or confirmed booking itinerary. Those who are traveling from Mandalay to Bangkok with AirAsia may also take advantage of this free shuttle bus service, which will depart from a central downtown location in Mandalay, twice a day. Apart from our low fares and daily flights, it is our great pleasure to continually improve the AirAsia travel experience and we are glad to do so with these free and convenient transfers.”
The shuttle buses will be operating twice a day from the Mandalay airport and will start at 12:45 pm followed by another departure at 1:00 pm. The entire journey will take about an hour.
First ever India Global Spa & Wellness Summit 2013
The Global Spa and Wellness Summit 2013 that is cited as one of the prestigious event will be held in India for the first time since its conception. The summit will be held at the Oberoi Gurgaon and is scheduled to commence from October 5, 2013. The two-day Summit will conclude on October 7, 2013 and will feature eminent personalities including the Dalai Lama speaking on his concern for the global environment.
The Summit will also host a dedicated Global Wellness Tourism Congress and Global Destination Spa Forum for the first time.
Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of Global Spa & Wellness Summit said, “There is no other conference that gives wellness and spa industry executives and leaders from around the world the opportunity to come together at one location.”
You have finally bought your dream home but at the same time you have exhausted your entire budget on buying it and now you are tight on budget but the new home has to be decorated so what do you do? If you are a smart homemaker you will look for options which are feasible on shoe string budget as well but where do you look for them. Here is a list where you can look for smart decorating options that are not too heavy on your pocket and would make your dream home come alive with character as well.
Internet is the best place to browse design ideas, latest trends, and websites where you can find stuff that is within your budget. You don’t need to be net savvy to search for either decorating ideas for your home or buying that item you want to be a part of your decoration. All you need is a clear idea or thought to guide and the rest will follow. You can not only just search for ideas but can also buy some great products that aid in decoration at really affordable prices from various websites like http://www.EBay.com among others.
Interior design magazines are also a good source of information for decorating ideas and for buying products that aid in decoration. Some of the magazines that you can browse through are Home Review, India Today Home, Inside Outside, Better Homes, Good Housekeeping, among various other magazines which offer not only tips to decorate your home but how to do that within a minimum budget. Good Housekeeping has a special section where it publishes low-budget decorating ideas for room, corner, or kitchen. You can read them and incorporate them anywhere in your home.
3. Search the local stores
Look around and you will find plenty of local stores that are selling same products at affordable prices. You can both browse through these stores and buy something for your house or else if you are the creative type you can borrow some ideas from them and do up your own thing. Some of the local stores that are good for buying some affordable decorative items are Vishal Mega Mart, Big Bazaar among others. Whether you buy the item or you make it yourself the idea is to explore and see what fits your budget and then go for it. Local shops and stores are a storehouse of ideas and items that are easy to handle and clean and affordable at the same time.
4. Street markets
Another place to look for items or even ideas is the street markets or small time weekly markets near or around your area of residence, or work. You have to look hard as some times these markets have the exact product you are looking for. Some of the products that you can buy from these markets are ceramic flower vases, traditional Indian artefacts like musicians from Rajasthan, or Gujarat, dancing dolls from east among other things.
5. Old Furniture market
Whether you believe it or not but furniture market is best place to search for ideas, especially if you are looking for ideas for a particular room or corner. If you are looking for ideas for decorating children’s room then you can see the area where the store have decorated children’s bedroom – typical pink for girls and blue for boys – of course you can add your touch to the decoration but at least you have the basic idea in mind.
These are few of the ideas that will help you in decorating your home on frugal budget. Coming up next is ways to decorate your home steps to decorate your home on frugal budget.
Tigers are the national pride of India and it is really a shame on our country if we can let our national pride fight for life as it is doing currently. Recently there has been loads of activity to protect the dwindling population of the tigers in the country. And one such activity is to create awareness among people. But how do you create awareness among the people. Here are six ways to create awareness.
If you are writer, journalist or even just an enthusiastic blogger then please blog about the dwindling population of the tigers. Use the information on the net and write a compelling blog for people to read, and act on it.
- The doodle has been created by Harsh Bhuyan! For more such doodles visit his blog http://allresourceupdates.wordpress.com
Are you an artist, photographer, graphic designer or even a website designer? If yes then you can do a lot that can help you to create awareness. Paint tigers in their natural habitat; put up posters anything that you can do to create awareness. You got the idea. If you are a photographer then visit the national parks click the photographs, get in touch with some graphic designer and create a calendar and distribute it in the schools, offices, and shopping complexes.
Are you a teacher, a professor, or a parent? If yes then start educating the young generation about the importance of tigers in our lives and ecosystem. Tell them why is it important to protect them from getting extinct and how they can help in protecting the tigers.
4. Speak up
Are you a speaker at a public forum; are you a radio jockey or a video jockey? If yes then take this as an opportunity to raise the voice against poaching and poachers. Invite people to raise their voices against poachers. Chat about tigers and their importance to the ecosystem. Plan your contests on tigers theme and the winners get to visit the national parks for additional information on the tigers.
5. Create and Design
Are you a website designer or are you a software engineer? If yes then create a software that is easy to install and can educate people about the importance of tigers. And if you are a website designer then you know what to do, and how to do it. Don’t just sit but do something before it is really too late to do something.
Are you from some theatre group? Yes! Brilliant! Write a script and do some plays on the importance of tigers. You know it better which will serve the purpose better – street play, one-act play or anything else you can think of. If you are choosing a theatre then you can donate the money to the organisations working to save the tigers as they are always in need of funds.
You all can join hands with the Save Our Tigers project and help them create awareness about the tigers.
This is a blogpost from a fellow blogger on wordpress http://bellejarblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/how-we-teach-our-sons-to-rape/
I am just re-blogging this post because the post has shocked me into thinking how I can teach my four year old not to rape girls and that women are to be respected and not just used and abused.
I have a son.
He is two years old.
He was born into a universe where time happens to be linear, which means that he is growing older with every passing minute. In a little over ten years’ time, he will be a teenager.
When my son is a teenager, he will almost certainly go to parties. He will drink. He might experiment with drugs. He will try to rebel against authority figures, myself included. He will test boundaries.
This is what teenagers do. These things are normal.
Do I necessarily want him to do these things? No, not really. But these are the things that I did when I was in high school. These are things that, as Jacqueline Warwick points out, serve as a sort of rite of passage for North American teenagers, things that are “normalized and celebrated in countless coming of age stories.”
It won’t matter whether or not I give my son permission to do these things; he will lie to me or otherwise deceive me and do them anyway.
This is what teenagers do. These things are normal.
Someday, my son’s body will be flooded with hormones, and he will want to engage in sexual acts. If he is heterosexual, these sexual acts will be with girls. Someday my son will want to impress his peers, and he might not be sure how to do so. Someday, as part of his ongoing effort to learn how to live in this world, my teenage son might try on new personalities until he figures out which one fits him best. Some of these personalities might be aggressive, self-destructive or otherwise frightening to me as a parent.
This is what teenagers do. These things are normal.
When my teenage son goes parties and drinks, he will most likely encounter girls who are also drunk. If he is heterosexual, he will want to be physically close to these girls. He might kiss them. He might even do more than that.
If and when he engages in sexual acts at parties, my son will almost certainly be egged on, or at least encouraged, by his peers.
And will my son, whose brain will not yet have the ability to reason the way an adult’s would, be able know when he is about to cross a line?
Will he know how to tell if a girl cannot give consent?
In the heat of the moment, when my son is drunk, and is faced with an attractive girl who does not currently have all of her faculties intact, and all of his friends are telling him to just fuck her already, will he be able to say no?
I don’t know.
My son will grow up in a society that teaches him that popularity among his peers is to be gained at all costs. He will grow up consuming media that is saturated with the idea that male sexual aggression is normal, even attractive. He will learn over and over that girls are not only beautiful and desirable, but also a commodity to be purchased with compliments, attention and gifts. He will learn that girls can be worn down, that their opinions and thoughts are changeable, inconsistent. He will learn that girls are prizes to be won rather than people in their own right.
My son will grow up in a world that teaches him that rape is something that happens at gun point, late at night, in a dark alley somewhere. He will be taught that rape involves physical force and coercion. He will be taught that women risk rape when they go out alone, when they wear the wrong clothing, or when they do any of the other myriad things that put them at “risk.”
My son will grow up with books, films and music that teach him that sex is a conquest, rather than something that is born out of mutual desire and consent. And when I talk about these books, films and music, I’m not even referring to the ones that are necessarily violent or overtly degrading to women. I’m talking about the more insidious forms of misogyny and rape culture, the ones that we consumed so long ago and so many times that they seem totally harmless.
I’m talking about the ending of John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles, when Caroline is passed out drunkenly at a party and her boyfriend, Jake, the fucking romantic hero of the movie, says to his real love interest, Sam, “I could violate her ten different ways if I wanted to.” Jake then concocts a plan that involves The Geek driving a barely-conscious Caroline off in her parents’ car.
The Geek and Caroline have sex. The next morning she says that she doesn’t remember what happened, but she thinks she liked it.
This is portrayed as being cute and romantic.
This is rape culture.
I’m also talking about Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book which many, many men in my life have assured me is an accurate representation of how the contemporary male brain works. I’m talking about passages like this, in which the protagonist talks about his teenage self trying to touch his girlfriend’s breasts:
“These were the questions boys asked other boys at my school (a school that contained only boys): ‘Are you getting any?’; ‘Does she let you have any?’; ‘How much does she let you have?’; and so on. Sometimes the questions were derisory, and expected the answer ‘No’: ‘You’re not getting anything, are you?’; ‘You haven’t even had a bit of tit, have you?’ … Attack and defence, invasion and repulsion — it was as if breasts were little pieces of property that had been unlawfully annexed by the opposite sex — they were rightfully ours and we wanted them back.”
And when this is how our boys are taught to view women’s bodies, it makes a sick sort of sense that they would they would want to document their ‘victories.’ It makes sense that they would want a sort of trophy, like a stuffed stag’s head to mount above their mantel, to use as proof to their peers that they’d succeeded in their conquest. The way that teenage boys are taught to view girls and their bodies makes it easier for me to wrap my head around why they would even think about photographing their rape victim and then spreading those pictures around on social media.
I will try to teach my son about consent. I will try to teach him about respect. I will try to teach him about bodily autonomy and the evils of peer pressure and the fact that his actions have consequences. I will try to teach him how to be a kind, thoughtful person. But I am only one voice, and when my son is a teenager, mine will be the voice that he wants to ignore the most.
The truth is that someday my son might commit rape. And if that day ever comes, he may not even realize that he is a rapist. His victim may not realize that she has been raped. Certainly she would feel uncomfortable, maybe even deeply frightened and unhappy about what has happened, but I’m not confident that she would be able to identify and articulate what she has experienced as rape. Everything and everyone, their peers, the media, our culture, would collude to convince them that what has happened is not a crime.
I woke up this morning to the news that yet another girl was raped, had the details of her rape passed around and celebrated on social media, and was harassed until she committed suicide. Her name was Audrie Pott. She was fifteen years old.
Audrie Pott. Amanda Todd. Rehtaeh Parsons. Steubenville’s Jane Doe.
When I see these cases discussed on social media, I keep seeing the same themes coming up.
Where were these teenager’s parents when they were out drinking and partying?
How did the boys’ parents raise such monsters?
Why does this keep happening?
The fact is that these boys aren’t monsters. These boys are the end sum of all of the lessons about sexuality, consent and masculinity that society has been shoving down their throats since the day they were born. That is why this keeps happening, and will continue to happen until we make serious changes about how we talk to our children about sex, empathy and respect.
If you dismiss these boys as monsters, if you assume that these assaults are simply isolated crimes committed by teenage sociopaths, then you are part of the problem.
If these boys are monsters, it’s because we, as a society, made them that way.
I am only just realizing that I’m not sure how to raise my son not to be a monster.
My son is two years old.
He loves me more than anything.
He is a good boy.
I don’t know how to make sure that he stays that way.