An After Thought

We the Women.. Empowerment of 49%



Friends as a grown up, managing work & family, I’d started to believe that I knew the art of moderating the positive & negative things happening around me. But sometimes few events occur near you that deeply saddens even the other side of your brain.

The daily report of dreadful crimes & rapes done on women in cities, towns & villages of India are such kind of incidents. I had just started to recover from the news of #Nirbhaya gang rape case when I heard about the #Mumbai gang rape on a woman journalist. These are not the only cases that have taken place; daily there are many cases that are happening.

Nirbhaya case gave rise to a massive outcry from all sections of society but as the days passed the number of people protesting at India gate decreased & shifted back to malls. After this case be it because of media highlighting such stories diligently or more number of people starting to report such crimes or an increase in such type of crimes are some unanswered questions.

However each time we hear about such cases we blame the government policies, judiciary system & police. But what about We – the women of India? What are we doing to curb these types of crime? We cannot blame 500-600 politicians for this. Sensitization among all of us needs to be there about this issue. Awareness about what’s right & what’s not need to passed on to our daughters, mothers & sisters.

Well if this issue is so woman centered & crucial then why are we not taking any collective steps for curbing this. Is shopping bags full of clothes, shoes, jewelry & accessories more important than this? Or are we still day dreaming that it’s a perfect world and this can never happen with us..?

I would like to appreciate the fact that many men had taken part in the protest at India Gate & post that have been actively involved with sharing helpful information for women in a crisis. As a result of such incidents many a times men face doubtful stares in public places by women or their families with no fault of theirs. Plausibly because of this reason of lately I’ve observed that many boys & men have become more cautious & protective of such events for women around them.

Contrary to our male counterparts, we, women have gone back to our daily & weekend routines. Now don’t try & reason it out with “who has the time for all this?” Rather then wasting time on bitching about each other, noticing each other’s clothes etc.  and hitting Likes & commenting on wedding-honeymoon-baby photos on social websites, we can do something solid for protecting ourselves.

The question worth pondering here is “Why have we made men responsible for protecting us?” Friends it’s not that I’d a bad day so have penned down my angst of it here. It is just that I’m angered by the carefree, self-centered & blaming attitude of all of us. Recently through a CSR commercial airing on TV,  I became conscious of the fact  that 49% votes in the coming elections are belonging to women of India, world’s largest Democracy. Let us realize our power of 49% votes through a collaborative effort in enforcing result yielding solutions, rule & regulations for empowerment of women in Indian society. As we head near to 10 September 2013 when the accused in Delhi gang rape case will be convicted & punishment sentenced to them, it is time we, the women awaken in the interest of defending each of the girl born in India. It’s time to bring a change & not get ignored.

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Coffee @ Madras Cafe..a Viewer’s review

images (1)This cafe brewed me a perfect cuppa coffee. Wow! What a film, so engrossing & that too a political thriller.. Madras Cafe does not qualify as a typical Bollywood masala movie. Well you can expect a complete omission of romance & songs barring one or two romantic scenes and a background song towards the end of the flick.

The film is based on the backdrop of early 1990s when Indian & Sri Lankan troops were trying to get control over the Tamil rebellions and the scenario when  one of the major political leaders of India was assassinated by using a human bomb. Most of us are aware about this tragic terrorist event that happened  back then.

#Madrascafe tries to cover all major events that led to the dreadful bomb blast. It deals adeptly with the circumstances of people behind it & their varied reasons. I wouldn’t give credit entirely to Shoojit Sircar, the director of film (also director of Vicky Donor) but would give the credit to the entire team- the writer, the cinematographer & the actors. Especially John Abraham & Sidharth Basu have exceptionally justified their characters. Nargis Fakhri also looks good as a foreign journalist. I cannot comment on the similarity or dissimilarity between the actual  events &  that depicted in the film but as a commoner I would just say that there is no smoke without fire.

What worked for me:

The scene of assassination being executed is very close to real event and I was equally taken aback seeing it in the movie as I was when it happened for real. The story worked for me 110 percent, a majors commitment to his duty, to someone elses’s revolution turning into rebel. Though the movie could look like a historical documentary or a war movie with lot of onscreen blood shed but for the clever handling of the story it doesn’t. If you had liked Kahani for its superb plot then I suggest Madras Cafe is a must watch for you!!

The story..

Major Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is asked to go for a under cover RAW operation in Jaffna, Sri Lanka where the Indian government has already started of their peace operations in the best interest of Tamil rebels. Reporting to Robin Dutta (Sidharth Basu) based in Delhi, John becomes a part of the team there which is headed by Bala. Many events lead Indian government’s peace operation towards failure as an outcome of which the  Indian forces & the Tamil rebels here named LTF in a state of war. Meanwhile John meets a foreign journalist (Nargis Fakhri), who has come to take interview of LTF’s leader.  From her and some events make John conclude of a mole being present in the Indian front. Further the story moves on to conspiracies done to strengthen the LTF leader & it is here that the final conspiracy of assassination is done by him. The climax of movie fiercely advances further on to the final race between Indian front & LTF;  coding-decoding of the conspiracy & the conspires by John to crack the actual plot of assassination and the execution of the assassination plan by LTF.