Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekend Reading


Thanks for all the sympathy! I'm feeling much better now. And I'm home in Vizag for the weekend so the month is at least ending on a great note. :-) 
Meanwhile, I’ve never done this link posts before, but there’s just so much great reading material on my FB newsfeed right now, that I absolutely HAVE to put it all up in one place.
This fabulous piece, titled ’25 Things I’ve Learned in My Twenties’ – how the hell does this guy know the story of my life? I was nodding so much throughout the article that my head was in danger of detaching itself from my neck. About dating jerks until you finally realise they will never become better people, about metabolism slowing down so you start feeling unattractive, about losing touch with friends and how it hurts or doesn’t, about questioning every decision you make, about watching your parents grow old in front of your eyes, about cruel bosses, about betraying your convictions, about first love, about our own cruelty, even about puking in public. This really resonated with me. If you’re in your twenties, go read. NOW!
I found this article very disturbing. What was worse was that even after reading it, an acquaintance wrote about what a wonderful place it was, without even acknowledging all the issues that the place has.
This was fun! Especially if you’ve seen the movie and know the context. My favourites: "Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything" from The Karate Kid. And "Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts" from Naked Gun 2 ½. Who would have thought action movies had such profound wisdom in them?
The story of the sting operation performed by Shripal Shaktawat and Meena Sharma on doctors performing sex selective abortions in Rajasthan. Because these two very brave people deserve to have their story told. Many times over.
On the topic of sex selective abortions, Nivedita Menon writes a brilliant piece that reflects many of my own reservations about how my pro-choice stance aligns itself with my stance against sex selective abortions.
This anti-MBA sounds like something I would enjoy. Even if I don’t learn anything, I will get to travel around the world, meet some fascinating people, and come across some very interesting perspectives.
This hard hitting article from P Sainath raises some uncomfortable questions. Even as the Planning Commission, in all its wisdom, brings down the BPL, our governments continue to blow up money while poverty, health and education remain neglected.
Happy reading!

5 comments:

Prathibha said...

"You’ll enter your twenties as a fashion disaster and (hopefully) leave them looking fantastic. If you don’t know how to put yourself together by then, I really don’t know what to tell you."... I love this so true!! :))

hAAthi said...

Had seen the Thought Catalogue article a while ago and was going OMG thats me! at every point. Hehe, seems like the 20s is pretty much the same for most people. Some solace in that maybe?

The movies list, OMG, fabulous!

And the Hindo article has been doing the rounds (even thought Im not on fb, i saw it), and it honestly gets a bit disturbing to see the growing gap between those who have and are clueless (and how!!) about the have nots, and vice versa. As cynical as this might sound, sometimes its news like this that puts me off reading the news for a while.

This was a good idea.. Im going to share some of these :) Glad to hear youre feeling better!

haathitime.com said...

How does one email you? Have a link I want to share with you, that I suspect you will totally get and love. As much as I did..

For privacy sake, you can just drop me a comment on my blog with your id and I wont publish it, if you like.

Ramya said...

@Pratibha: I love the whole list. It's SO bang on!

Preeti said...

The Shortlist and 25 things I learnt were awesome! Enjoyed them..definitely going down in my Reader! :)

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