March 30, 2006


Vipul the Pahwa seriously posts here about masks and all.

I dont see any problem with masks. Not everyone deserves to know you as you are. Different people, different situations and therfore a different you. As long as you can control who you are, no issues.

At some time the mask will come off, you say? Then lemme put it this way. Replace masks with faces in the above para. Now now faces dont come off,do they? ;)

Itna sonchneka nahi life mein. Jab situation jaisa hai,waisa react karneka.

© Zarine.

March 27, 2006

Lost in 'Space'.

I like this place man. Feel like talking forever here :).

Since all my pals turned into bewafaas and left me to join their jobs/homes, am all by myself. Useless things pass my mind and I'm too lazy to ponder over them :P. Raving raving and ranting ranting about nothing at all.

I read somewhere "People want space in their relationships". I wanted too. Before I knew it was all BS. Now I'd rather have my guy calling me up and bugging me all the time than having 'space'. I'll just say "Quid pro quo,hon" and he'll back off :D.

What space man..kya karoge space ka? Why do u want any emptiness in a relation? Why cant u be your respective selves anyway? Before you know, that space turns into a huge gap which would require a bridge to close the divide. Cherish the proximities. Not everyone is lucky to have their loved one by their side :(.

IF there's enough respect in a relation, you'd naturally let the other person be as he/she is. "Space" factor is taken care of.

Hai na?

© Zarine.

March 26, 2006

Who's listening anyway?

With lots and lots and lots and lots of time to kill, I am surfing the Net most of the time. What surprises me is the number of blogs, forums and networking sites that are running. Everyone (well, almost) has a blog these days. We got forums that have people coming together and discussing stuff. And you ought to be extinct if you havnt heard of Orkut.These places are good for creating new links in our lives. You get to meet so many folks and your circle expands. So far so good.

The Net has empowered everyone with the Freedom of Opinion. You can simply pick up some topic and state your thoughts about it. Though this is a good thing which sets one's gray cells thinking, what worries me is the authenticity of such opinions. If I need to know about something, how do I know who to listen to?? Too much of information is a burden now.

Everyone puts across their 'opinion' making the content subjective to some extent. Right,left and center we got portals and websites asking you to voice your opinion on something!! There was a time when I was an active member of such forums, but after a while it didnt make much sense to me. You talk,discuss,argue,fight,move on. Next topic. Repeat. If your information can help someone, that's good. But pointless debates and discussions beat me.Like a wise man once said, "Right to be heard does not imply right to be listened to."

The Net is a powerful media. Last few months have witnessed its impact on some relevant issues. But we need to make a clear distinction between 'news' and 'opinion'. Between what is to be heard and what's to be ignored. Some portals have the "Who's who" talking about issues. These folks know their stuff. Some portals have greenhorns talking about what they like. This makes for good timepass reading. Some portals have both. We gotta be choosy here. More choices make life more complicated, right? :)

Am off to somemore surfing....hail free time! :D

© Zarine.

So we begin..!

Ok. New Blog. New Beginning. Really?

Nah! :D It's the same me but in a new,improved package :)).

I got 2 more (sad) months to go before I join mah job. Till then I decided to hand over the reins to mom. The going has been smoother than I imagined :D.

Am jumping around the house...And yeah,am gonna make Aloo Paranthas for breakfast on Sunday morn :D.

Wow man...intellectually void posts are fun!! :))

© Zarine.

March 24, 2006

Brand New Day


I dont like carrying the luggage of the past. Hence an altogether new blog. One cant erase one's history, so that old blog stays just the way it is.

Life's got a new beginning in more ways than one. It's not a new chapter but a whole new book!

So....zooooooommmmmmmmm innnnnnnnnn to the Futurrrrrreeeee....! :D

March 05, 2006

Fear in the Society

Cross posting it from Desicritics.

Can freedom and fear co-exist? Going by the recent cartoon controversy, apparently not. Freedom by definition is the ability to do think/ act/ speak without constraints and causing harm. Fear is something which stops you from doing the same because of the consequences.

In a democratic set-up like India and the US, fear has become a part of the national fabric. The US citizens are afraid of paedophiles, of been robbed on the roads at gun-point and after 9/11, the whole country is cautious. Is this the price one pays for freedom?

Rang De Basanti has been applauded by most of us. Like armchair missionaries we appreciate anything that represents the cause. But seldom do we take it up on ourselves to change the system. A Manjunath or Satyendra Dubey, upright citizens who died on duty, reaffirm the fear. We choose to keep quite because the consequences scare us. The Freedom of speech and expression may incite many to voice their concerns, but unless an Act to protect the Whistle Blower is firmly in place, they shall continue to clam up. India strongly needs a Whistle Blower Act as rightly stated here .This Act can assure citizens of protection from harmful forces but addresses only a part of the problem.

General feelings of insecurity and mistrust in a society cannot be dealt through Acts alone. Humans, by nature, are suspicious of their surroundings. This can be traced back to the Neanderthal times when we had to live amidst wild animals and safeguard ourselves against such environs. Locks, Double doors, encrypted passwords are all an extension of the same. We tend to think everyone is out to harm us.

Fear can also exist due to different value systems. In a democratic set-up, where more than one belief exists, differences can creep in. These differences can lead to conflicts which eventually lead to mistrust within the society. At some places like Afghanistan, fear was the direct result of the tyrant Taliban rule. When laws are guided by written word instead of human concern, misery is bound to exist. In both the cases, freedom of expression is affected by external constraints.

What then causes mistrust and insecurity to thrive? Why do the they give rise to fear which hampers harmonious relations? What can we do about it?

The country's coming together on the Jessica Lal case is an example of how the situation can be changed. When those in the 'system' know that they cant get away with anything and those outside it know that they have the power to change it, the fear of exercising freedom will eventually be curbed.

© Zarine.