It was funny sitting in a class where the topic of presentation was: Are fashion shows and new year parties a threat to the Indian culture? The presentation was followed by a Q&A.
Suddenly, most of the class decided to play the role of ‘Guardians of Indian Culture’ and the presenter was immediately attacked with questions related to showing off too much skin by women during fashion shows, and therefore, declaring it against the Indian culture. I wish I could ask them – What is Indian culture? But I decided to keep mum. I knew that going against the ‘Indian culture’ will result in at least 3 new enemies. Instantly!
After the class, I asked myself – What is Indian culture? And rather than giving an answer that might bore you, I would say that it is at least not just about women covering themselves up! It was not always that women were as much covered as we see them today. In many parts of India, women used to remain topless due to climatic conditions and being that way was not such a crime. Example of Khajuraho temples always comes up when we talk about nudity. Indian culture was never against nudity. After all, it is just a body. It is natural. A gift of God. One of the fellow students asked, how would we feel going out with our parents to a nude beach? I ask him, don’t you go to all these temples where nude sculptors are displayed? Why this hypocrisy?
I just can’t stand this hypocrisy! It scares me. The very same people who were playing the moral police for Indian culture never mind having a Pamela Anderson wallpaper on their iPod. Isn’t it morally degrading? Let us get it right. Sex has always been a taboo, especially in Indian families. We don’t have any sex education in India. Even though we all know everything about it, we have a hard time speaking openly about it in the public. We try to act morally correct but we end up being a pervert. Sex and nudity is nothing to be ashamed of and just because our parents didn’t talk about it freely, it does not mean that we have to deprive our future generations from it.
And, to avoid hypocrisy, we must ask ourselves what is correct and relevant to our times rather than going by what we have always been taught. If we do something and don’t find anything wrong about it, we must have the guts to support it in public rather than being a two-faced loser!
Well, people who knew about this blog even a little bit will resonate with the title. Those who do not should know that this blog was abandoned for about an year partly because of my laziness and partly because I kept finding more important things to do one after the other. Now that my academic year is about to complete and I feel mostly satisfied with what I did, I would now like to do things that I missed out on. Like reading and writing, watching movies and may be some music. I am still skeptical about movies and music part. It really makes me feel important that I did not have time to do all this, no matter how lame it sounds. You always have all the time in the world to do what you want.
The year has been quite a roller coaster ride for me. I did many things I liked, made friends, met many new people, got appreciation, got criticised, understood the world better and in the end and most importantly felt satisfied after whatever happened. Now I am spending time on planning my next year in a way that the satisfaction becomes even hard to achieve.
Through this blog, I plan to share stories of my experiences, a variety of insights, ever changing passions, crazy ideas and insignificant observations. Hoping to continue the blog this time. Keep coming!
Huhh(It means a big sigh if you are pessimist enough to take it otherwise). After finding the least ugly wordpress theme, here I am with my very own blog. After all, everyone is doing it. Why not me??
But still, I don’t know why but I find it irresistible to explain – why the hell am I starting a blog?? And why in the universe I couldn’t get a better name than Aviralistic?!! Well, before I answer my first question, let me answer the second which was not really intended while I was writing the first, but subsequently you will find the answer for the first while I answer the second (that sounds confusing!!). Aviralistic is the second name you can take for dumbastic, foolastic or whatever better you can think. Even if I say that Aviralistic stands for Aviral + Realistic, you better not believe me because it is as hypothetical as it sounds. How can a person like me be realistic for whom, the first thing in the morning is to think in such deep concentration that even a mythological ‘apsara’ sent by God Indra will get doubtful of her beauty for not breaking my concentration(Who knows she get a nose job done later :D). According to the common notion, only intelligent and highly knowledgeable people write blogs, or as it seems and ‘Aviral’ is certainly not the name you will even find in a ‘dustbin-ed list’ of prospective bloggers and there are more reasons to it than just that I step on cow-dung more often than not. And by now you must have sensed how much I digress by inserting inane things thinking that it may interest others. I can totally understand why your mouse pointer is moving towards ‘x’ sign in the Bill Gates’s internet explorer tab after reading such a nonsensical stuff: hovering around everywhere but going nowhere. Apologies to firefox and chrome owners but I really dont know your name and I am too lazy to google them!! See, how un-knowledgeable I am to start a blog but still I am doing it.
Is it something I am doing to encourage dumb people to take up blogging? or it has something to do with the entrepreneurial spark inside me which is still fighting to become a flame before bursting into a forest like fire? Is it something out of a desire to be expressive, or is it just another stunt to attract attention?? May be I am asking these questions to myself in front of you so that I can enjoy the freedom of not promising anything and still be everything and at the same time, nothing. May be!! You better watch out. After all, its all about your mood while you are writing a blog. But one thing is for sure, I have some things to say which have been churning inside me from last 4 years which I generally refer to as ‘lost-my-confidence’ period and now, since I have found it, what better way than having a blog?J