DELUSIONS. THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL IT.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot – about the mysterious workings of destiny, elusive nature of luck, biasness of fate and much more. My head already feels heavy! I’ve pruned few things to talk about from this ever growing weed of thoughts.

To put it simply, life doesn’t always unfold the way we expect it to. We grow up believing many things and end up living different things.

These are few delusions to begin with:

  • It’s okay to fail – that’s what your boss will tell you. But when you do, it won’t be okay. Not with him. Try it at your risk.
  • Work-life balance has no practical application. It simply exists as a definition.
  • Wondering that degree from a reputed college will make top organizations come running to you? Be prepared to get your hands dirty when you go job hunting. Pop! Sorry to burst your bubble.
  • Dream job! If only earth had corners, I think we would have been able to find it. I am still looking for one.
  • Remember your mother, father, grandmother (add all your relatives to the list) telling you that ‘hard work always pays off’. Wait till you actually ‘work hard’ for that promotion.
  • 1,2,3… keep counting. Salary increases with the increase in work experience. If this was the case, then the world would have been a peaceful place. You wouldn’t see ‘Keep Calm’ posters floating around you.

If this has got you thinking, then just ‘Keep Calm and Drink Coffee’.

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DUMB WAYS TO KILL IDEAS

As a copywriter, my takeaway from advertising has been many. This industry has set a perfect example of how ideas can actually change things. Advertising certainly thrives on the power of ideas, but there are many ideas that don’t even see the light of the day. Sharing few ways I believe ideas die a slow death.

  • Overthinking – sometimes it’s perfectly alright to quit thinking. After all too much of anything is bad.
  • Lack of curiosity – when curiosity can kill the cat, then it can kill any doubts you have regarding the execution of the idea. Dig deep, deeper and deepest to learn brilliant ways to bring your ideas to life.
  • Low levels of enthusiasm – no matter how great or phenomenal the idea is, if you aren’t excited; it’s never going to happen.
  • Mr. Pessimistic pooper – the ‘high and mighty’ (read boss) who leaves no stone unturned when it comes to ridiculing everything you say or even think.
  • Mr. Doubtfire – clients are bitten by a ‘skeptical bug’ that makes their heart skip a beat every time they hear the word ‘different’.
  • Holding back- not sharing your ideas with anyone is the worst thing you can do. A simple thought can be transformed into a brilliant campaign, but only when it’s shared.

So, go on kill the fear to fail and find ways to nurture your creativity.

INFINITE SEARCH

With longing eyes,

I look deep within ­­­­­­­­-

Sifting the dark layers,

Clouding my memory –

Of who I am –

And what I wanted to be.

THAT TRIP BEFORE BABYMOON

Here’s an article that I had written for WeAreHolidays, a travel portal that offers exciting tour and holiday packages. I have written a couple of more articles earlier and keep writing for them every now and then. But this one particularly got a good response on stumbleupon. It got 2600 hits within 24 hours. It was a very humbling experience and I’ve never got such a good response before.

The article features the top 10 places that a couple should visit before having a baby.

Enjoy reading this:

http://www.weareholidays.co.in/articles/sightseeing/top-10-places-to-visit-before-having-baby

BOYS DON’T CRY

Sexuality has always been a controversial and a highly debated issue – occupying centre stage as a coffee house discussion or a social concern.  One is all the more befuddled by the mere thought of a sexual identity crisis.

Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) is anatomically a girl, but feels like a boy – trapped inside a body that increases her feeling of discomfort. The social mores do not condone such behaviour. People entertaining such ideas are not only seen as jeopardy to the very fabric of the society, but are also subjected to cruel punishment.

On finding about Teena’s true identity, she is raped and assaulted by her male acquaintances. However, her girlfriend Lana (Chloe Sevigny) stays beside her even after discovering the truth about Teena.

True empowerment comes for Teena not when she’s perfectly able to disguise herself as a guy. But when she’s able to form and establish a successful relationship with Lana – who accepts Teena the way she is. But sadly things come to a brutal end. Order is restored through bloodshed and sacrifice. Teena is shot dead by John and Tom who refuse to accept her as a transgender.

Kimberly Peirce has very intricately woven the themes of courage, identity, freedom and empowerment in ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. After watching Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, I sternly believed that nobody could play a transgender to such perfection. But not until I watched Hilary play Brandon with such finesse. She’s so convincing that for once you don’t want to believe that she’s a girl. Her performance is stellar. Chloe as Teena’s girlfriend also puts up a good show. I like the way the relationship between the two develops and strengthens – like any other boy-girl relationship.

The movie is subversive to the popular notions of sexuality. It is relevant even today – especially in a country like India where same sex marriage is a criminal offence. Unfortunately even in the 21st century, Teena’s fate is shared by many where they are seen as a threat by the society.