WHO WOULD YOU RATHER DATE ?

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*This post is inspired by the prompt for Day 19 of the Zero to Hero : 30 Days to a better blog Challenge, i.e. to post in a format which isn’t your usual MO.

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THAT TYPE OF GIRL

(This post is in response to the Zero to Hero writing prompt for Day 16  : Do reputations actually reflect who people are ? Or are instead the result of social biases and stereotypes? )

Thick, black rimmed spectacles, average Plain Jane looks, introverted nature and a great academic record. Thea was a typical nerd. She was seventeen and had just started college. Her time in the dorms had been filled with fun, friends and frolic. She was on the cusp of great things.

The best part about college was him. Her classmate. He was good at academics as well as sports. Charming and funny, he ticked all the right boxes. She was mustering up the courage to ask him out!

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“Thea is in a relationship.”

This was what her status read like on Facebook. She saw 15 new notifications and 3 messages. Dumbfounded, she stared at the screen of her laptop. She eventually became aware of the muffled giggles of her friend. And then it dawned on her that she’d forgotten to sign out of her account before leaving the room (Rookie Mistake!). Both of them shared a hearty laugh and turned their attention to the reactions and comments posted on the status.

Thea was surprised to note that people, who she hadn’t talked to in months, seemed most curious. This was gossip that everyone wanted to talk about, even those who hadn’t bothered to stay in touch.

What?? When?!? How? Who!?

She didn’t like what she was reading. Without wasting any more time, she deleted the status, and sighed. Later that night, she pondered in the darkness. What had they said?

“Did u know about this?”

“No ! I’m shocked too.”

“She isn’t that kind of girl.”

“Guys, it’s probably a prank.”

And what does “that kind of girl” mean anyway? – The kind that has feelings? The kind who is capable of having feelings? The kind of girl that can be in a romantic relationship? Or the kind that guys want to be with? Which kind of girl was she not? She was not all of the above??

Then an ugly realisation hit her. Not one of them was pleasantly surprised, not one offered any congratulatory remark. There was shock, shock and more shock. They just couldn’t believe it, gave all sorts of explanations to disprove it. Her so-called friends weren’t happy for her.

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As she was about to take her seat in class, he smiled and said “Good Morning” like he always did oblivious to her friend’s prank and the ensuing drama. She smiled and returned his greeting politely. She took her seat and contemplated. What jolted her more than her friends’ comments was the fear that they may be right. Maybe she wasn’t as they said “That type of girl”.

“Okay class, today we’ll read about….”

Her musings were interrupted by her teacher’s entrance. She diverted her attention from her muddled thoughts to the professor in front of her. She did the only thing she knew well, the thing she’d always been good at  – Study!

ADVERTISEMENTS : REFLECT, SELL AND INFLUENCE

I came across an interesting blog post titled “Television commercials and the Common Man“. It talks about travelling as being an opportunity to learn about local values and sensibilities (a whole new way of life! ) rather than mere guided tours and sightseeing. It also introduced me to the idea that travellers can gauge the sensibilities of the locals in any area through their regional television channels. More specifically, through the advertisements aired on these channels. The post went on to describe through examples, how Indian advertisements reflect our society and culture.

The post got me thinking, that this isn’t a one way street. There’s mutual give and take. Advertisements mirror regional mind-sets on the one hand and influence them on the other.
The reason television commercials act as a barometer/indicator to local beliefs maybe that the people involved in creating them as well the audience it is made for, have been brought up with these very values. On the other side of the scale, it is also true that advertisements can in turn affect social perspectives and sometimes change mind-sets.
The “What an Idea Sir Ji” series of advertisements by Idea Cellular (Indian mobile network operator) attempted to do so with their innovative Ad Campaign. They claimed that an idea can change your life. The idea/message portrayed in the commercial as well as the product itself.

Some television commercials are of the “feel good” variety that make people smile. The positive vibes that these advertisements emit can warm your hearts. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.

This Airtel advertisement conveys “Barriers break when people talk”.

I know that at the end of the day, most advertisements sell/promote a product or brand. However, they CAN and ARE used to educate, break stereotypes as well as affect people in a positive way. Television definitely has a far-reaching and deep effect on our minds and can penetrate places that even Educational Institutions haven’t been able to. If more and more good quality advertisements are made, who knows ? Maybe they can help inculcate good attributes in our lives and change us for the better.
The Times of India and Jang Group have made this television commercial as part of their “Aman Ki Asha” peace initiative.

(This post is part of the Zero to Hero : 30 Days to a better blog Assignment for Day 12)

THE THOUGHT MEME : GOKU

Continuing my quest to do well in the Zero to Hero : 30 Days to a better blog Challenge, I decided to embed Animated GIFs for the Day 6 assignment. This is a thought meme featuring Goku.

For the uninitiated, he is the protagonist of the animated series Dragon Ball Z. I loved watching the show growing up hence he is the hero of this post. Posts dedicated to his virtues, strength, training, fighting prowess and dedication have been done to death though. I’ve tried breaking away from the conventional mould and poke some fun.

(All in good taste of course ! )

WHAT MY FRIENDS THINK I DO : INTENSE TRAINING

DB_z_GT_AF_Goku_SSJ_by_gojia05Photo Credit : Gojia05 via Deviantart cc

WHAT SOCIETY THINKS I DO : FIGHT BAD GUYS (Duh !)

Goku_vs_Vegeta_by_Drawer14Photo Credit : EchoOfMystery via Deviantart cc

WHAT I THINK I DO : BECOME STRONGER EVERYDAY

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WHAT I REALLY DO  -__-

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THE STORY OF MY BLOG

Instead of rambling about how and why I came up with this blog in a 500 word essay, I thought I would sum it up using my own version of the theme song created by Barenaked Ladies for show – The Big Bang Theory.

A fan made Video. Song Credit : Barenaked Ladies

I have played around with the lyrics a little to reflect the story of my blog. This is a tribute to an amazing show and its cool theme song. Hope you like it !

My whole life was in a run-of-the-mill state,

Then four to five months ago ideation started… Wait !!!

My mind began to whirl,

Thoughts began to swirl,

I found WordPress,

I started a Blog (I wrote some posts)

Khamakha, Sugar and Spice, ज्ञान to philosophize

That all ended in this theme song ! Yeah !!!

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out I’m a fan of the show. I suggest that you read/sing it in the same tune for desired effect. To read more about the blog you can go here.

(This post is part of the Zero to Hero : 30 Days to a better blog assignment for Day 3)