Thursday, February 23, 2012

long list of shame

Lets keep aside for a moment, the horrifying argument about how homosexuality is immoral and against Indian/eastern culture. How sloppy is this?

Add another one to the govt's long list of shame - instances where our dear government comes across as incapable of performing its basic functions. Remember how, after raising all the fuss about THE list that we were going to hand to Pakistan, they embarrassingly botched it up. And now they have no clue what the solicitor general is gonna argue at the SC on their behalf. Seriously?!

Now to the actual issue on hand. Is it the govt/court's job to lecture me on morality? I am sure the same 'these are western values, our society and culture are different' argument was used against people fighting caste discrimination or gender inequality. Heck, weren't 'untouchability' and 'sati' part of our so called culture? Did being part of our culture make those practices any less inhuman?
In this particular case though, the culture argument doesn't even apply. Homosexuality is not a fashion trend that we'd pick up from the west. If you think it is alien to our culture, may be you should read our scriptures a tad more carefully.

It is not a cultural or social issue. It's a basic freedom and equal rights issue. And most of the civilized world agrees that - fundamental rights are not subjected to a majority vote. They are called 'rights' for a reason.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Without you

If the reader goes... "I wonder what the writer could have meant";
The writing has fundamentally failed no?
Chariots of Fire
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Girl Who Kicked the Hornet Nest
Girl Who Played with Fire
Iron Man 2
Billy Eliot
Next 3 Days
A Soldier's Story
J Edgar
Daddy Long Legs
Star Trek
Mujhse Fraandship Karoge
Ladies vs. Ricky Bhal
Saahib Biwi aur Gangster
Inglorious Bastards
Ides of March
Fawlty Towers
Fast Food Nation
Food Inc
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Last Night
One Day
The only good thing about the long commutes is the dedicated time I have each day to catch up on my fav podcasts.

Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Missed in History Class
The Rachel Maddow show
Real Time with Bill Maher

The SYSK podcasts especially are little gems. Each one of them.
What would I do without you Netflix?
Seriously what?