You were always taught to be calm,composed, steady and strong. Are you often caught following rigid instructions ? Do you see yourself as an expert crises manager? Are you caught up in your own pattern of discipline and comfort zone? If yes, you could just miss the bus for the next big thing. Heck,you could even miss the bus for the second next big thing. You could perpetually be in “this is what works here” mindset.
Guess what ? Times up on that. Its now replaced with edgy,dodgy,flexi, and short.
Recently Indiblogger and ZeeTV got together to promote the launch of ZeeTV’s Zindagi channel which will showcase content from Pakistan via their stories or artistes or short tele films. That really set me thinking about my perceptions about Pakistan. and it led me to think of perceptions that an average Pakistani might have for the regular Indian? So I checked out Pakistan TV content on youtube – debates,chat shows,news etc just to get a sense on what are the common misconceptions the Pakistani people might have about India.
Hasan Nissar,Najam Sethi,Zaid Hamid or shows like Good Morning with Farah and Hazbe Haal caught my attention.It triggered some perceptions of my own and I’m guessing when Pakistani’s hear or see similar content from India it must trigger perceptions. Like the Saas Bahu soaps ,Aaj Tak Parda Fash debates, or the cheesy attention grabbing breaking news from various channels in India.
As we attempt yet another peace process for the umpteenth time, here is a small article which tries to debunk some myths that the regular Paksitanis might have about regular Indians.It gives India’s point of view from a common man’s perspective.
That far away distant look, or those shifty eyes, those missed connections and the over crowded mind – all trigger perceptions and perceptions are the core reason people connect or disconnect with each other. Add a dash of pressed schedules, deadlines, and an overflowing task list – it all makes for a perfect recipe for being judgmental.
Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus is now passe. The planets have interchanged. What was erstwhile a womans issue is now also a man’s issue. I am talking about men being perpetually misunderstood and stereo typed. The fact that a woman too can cause mental torture and abuse the law to her benefit may come as a surprise to many.Yet it happens , more so now, than it ever did before.
Johnny is the quintessential uber man. Best at everything, from the cosmos to cosmetics, from escape velocity to escalators, from presentations to parenting, from money management to honey moon. He knows. Period.
Johnny be good is now a misnomer, he really needs to be the best, lest the average Joe might just pip him to the post
This article is inspired by my 17 seconds of interaction with Amitabh Bachchan at the India Today #Conclave14 meet at New Delhi. As he walked out of the hotel,a sea of people surrounded him, just to say a word,or to touch him or hear him speak and for some of us, just to look and check if he’s for real !
How many times you felt like Jim Carey in Mask ? Like as if there is a hidden you which needs to rip out the facade and share your true opinion ? Its like calling BS as bull-shit. Its like cutting the crap and coming to the point. But the fact remains you dont, well mostly. A conflict is looked down upon and its maturity questioned.
But have you ever wondered if conflict could be used positively?
Winning is not everything,its the only thing.Well in that case, losing isn’t everything,its the only thing.And if we create a divide, then half the world will be unhappy.If half the world is unhappy, how can the other half be happy? So what is the Win Cycle?
Write,inspire and Network, three simple words,yet we don’t do it as well as we should.The problem starts with having different levels of understanding what these words mean.The solution lies in making simple,sustainable and rational.
You know,we all look forward to a new year, every year?,And in the same vein we decide a whole bunch of things with additional gusto and chutzpah. But as we cross the 3rd week,the ropes begin to feel some stress before they snap and you re pretty much back from where you started.
So here’s a checklist of some items which are bound to happen in some way or the other.
If every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore can every efficiency, trigger an inefficiency ? Can someone, trying his or her best to reach perfection, cause another person to become imperfect?
Often we crib about everything that is wrong around us, and miss the point to know what is right. We complain about stress to get things done, make it perfect,sound right, look good etc etc. however seldom do we realize what stops you from not doing it? The answer is you.
How many times have you heard yourself say that I ve not done this? or this is not me ? or Nothing is going to happen, or all will be fine. It will soon get over. etc. Only to be rudely woken up by reality. So what do you do to handle negative denial to positive denial?
The tag line – No games only sports applies to this man. The Kabir couplet “aisi karni kar chalo, tum hanson aur jag roye ( do something so good that you smile while you go, and people miss you and cry for you) – when was the last time you read a tribute about a sportsperson without talking about a single achievement on the field , instead just talk about the person alone? This is but a small tribute to a small -tall man called Sachin Tendulkar!
In this day and age, where does the average Joe stand ? Is he expected to buckle up like all the other supermen or is he expected to fade away into oblivion? When the great speakers advocate follow your heart and the average Joe believes that and tries to implement those thoughts at his workplace, more often than not, it backfires.
When someone you know says “I have the best deal in the world” – what is your reaction?How many times have you heard this at a social gathering or at work or even at school ? And if you quietly shrug and smile. There is a problem. Has it occurred to you that the world might think of you as a LOSER ?
The verdict on the Juvenile verdict in the Delhi Gang Rape case comes asks a fundmental question.If the country as a whole believes people don’t change wonder what the judiciary is really trying to defend here? Its time to rethink about what stand do we take as a person.
The recent article in CNN about how an American woman got groped,masturbated at, stared and filmed on her visit to India has raked up 800,000 views. The question here is -what perception does it trigger about a first time traveller to India ?
Here is an objective article articulating how to look at the situation in India, what to believe and what to dismiss, a view on things to keep in mind and more importantly what how to have a neutral view of the situation.
If aliens were in town, you could be sure that would’ve been on the Oprah Winfrey show by now and not hiding in a remote underground bunker in Area 51! The disclosure or acknowledgement of the existence is not an a-ha moment for most of us and for those few who did have an aha moment, they have a lot of Youtube footage to catchup.
What difference does it make to your life if there was an Area 51 or not? Or whether it really made a difference to your Monday morning ride to work? Or your evening stroll to the bar? Zilch.
So lets get on with life till it comes back with a new definition…as X files suggested..the Truth is out there….