Week 1534 : Sprich mit ihr?

Continued fromย Day 10731

Day 10732
Monday, 7 January 2019

I am loving the charcoal on paper, except the loud scratching noises it makes, which is inconvenient for my roommates. Gaurav and I went and got the blender exchanged. The store guy was kind enough to replace it with a new one, even though broken plastic parts are not covered by warranty.

I woke up with a terrible headache this morning. This time it was the right temple. I have no idea how or why I get these headaches. I went and got some Ibuprofen anyway. German classes resumed from today. I almost dozed in class at one time. In other news, IAF fighter jets to get superior shelters to protect them from Chinese bombs.

Head over to You Versus State for a special feature about how much of one’s country one has in them. On a related note, why do Americans perceive Pakistan as the friendly “stan” while all the others get a bad reputation? In my opinion, Pakistan sucked up to USA back in the day (I don’t know how their relations are now) because the Soviet preferred to help India during the liberation of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) in 1971. The 1971 war threatened to blow up into a world war because USA, UK, Soviet, etc got involved, but it was nipped in the bud soon enough when Pakistan surrendered.

Shit got more intense in 1971 than history remembers. (Source: Wikipedia)

I never answer the phone, especially if I know the number. I don’t even call back. I am a special kind of rude.

Cricket, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia vs India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ:
India (1st inning) 622/7 declared
Australia (1st inning) 300 all out
Australia (2nd inning) 6/0
Match drawn

India win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2-1. Historic series win for India! First ever on Australian soil, in 72 years.

Ari asks,ย “Is Kohli one of the best captains you guys have ever had?”

He is two test wins away from being the greatest ever. That is impressive considering he has only been captain since 2014. He did win the U19 World Cup in 2008, so he has been captain from his early days. But then he also captains RCB and we haven’t won shit in all these years, so I cannot really tell.

“What’s RCB?” she asks.

See, this is why we aren’t Facebook friends. To be fair, I do not follow the Big Bash either, but that is just because Indian players do not feature in it, except for two of them. Harmanpreet Kaur plays for Sydney Thunder and Smriti Mandhana plays for Hobart Hurricanes, and that is only because we do not have a Women’s IPL yet.

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe beat Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Cricket, Baroda vs Karnataka, End of Day 1:
Karnataka (1st inning) 112 all out
Baroda (1st inning) 223 all out
Karnataka (2nd inning) 13/2
Karnataka trail by 98 runs

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China beat Kyrgyzstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, 2-1
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea beat Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ, 1-0
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran beat Yemen ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช, 5-0

I love the football league we have, but that’s just because at least Bengaluru FC, our football club, wins titles regularly. Just like Virat Kohli (Indian cricket team captain) captains the Bangalore’s cricket team, Sunil Chhetri (Indian football team captain) captains Bangalore’s football team. We like to have the best player on our side. He scored two goals in yesterday’s win over Thailand in the Asian Cup.

Did you know I ran into Sunil Chhetri at the Paris Airport on Independence Day 2018? He is one of the best athletes we have in the country right now.

Day 10733
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

See: Superheroes Reimagined as 16th Century Paintings

I want to draw the Batman! In the world of sports, the IPL 2019 will be played entirely in India, will begin on 23 March.

Are wearing gloves in high school chemistry laboratory a thing? I do not recall wearing any. The only times I wore gloves ever before I got to Germany was: 1) During welding workshop in first year engineering; 2) Playing cricket. Now I wear gloves every day.

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This was us in Biology lab, so proud that we extracted DNA from a banana, yeast and an onion. That’s my friend Srikumar, who is a surgeon somewhere in the UK. Now he extracts stuff from humans to keep them alive. And I am still here.

The point was, the lab coat was the most safety gear we had to wear. Half of those stains on my coat are contributed by Nikita Baliga. We had places allocated in alphabetical order, which was not good for me, because once something flew out of Nikita’s test tube and landed plop on top of my head. It was hot but not acidic because I didn’t feel a thing. But it was scary just being next to her.


Val-E says, “The fluffy hair protected you. She sounds scary.”

Val is always right. Nikita became an architect though, so good luck to Val’s profession.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand beat Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Cricket, Baroda vs Karnataka:
Karnataka (1st inning) 112 all out
Baroda (1st inning) 223 all out
Karnataka (2nd inning) 220 all out
Baroda (2nd inning) 110/8
Baroda win by 2 wickets

Karnataka already made it to the quarterfinals, fortunately.

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq beat Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ, 3-2
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia beat North Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต, 4-0

Day 10734
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Oooh, Facebook finally updated the Messenger tab! I like it. It is simplistic. Only three tabs, and the first one is only chats. I would have liked it more if they had removed the ads and stories from the chats tab.

Ancestry.com is ignoring me. Is it acceptable to spam their Twitter? I emailed support via their website too, but no response. I am afraid I lost my money. They have not confirmed if they received it or not. If not, they are supposed to send me a replacement kit. I could call them, the problem being when they talk on the other end. My A2 brain wouldn’t understand a word.

My roommate and I ordered DNA tests around the same time, but he chose MyHeritage.com instead. He got his results today, and I don’t even know if my sample is safe or lost. I just discovered their Facebook page, and I got an email within 11 minutes of posting on their page. Is that coincidence or what? But they addressed me as “Frau Bhat”. I am not offended. I have a unisex name. I get it. At least they responded.

Also, I need to register as an overseas voter for the general elections in April.

Dijana gifted me two drawing pencils she bought in Czechia, today.

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe beat Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan beat Turkmenistan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ, 3-2
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan beat Oman ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ, 2-1
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar beat Lebanon ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง, 2-0

After Round 1: India, Jordan, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Japan lead their respective groups.

Day 10735
Thursday, 10 January 2019

“She Stole My Heart” Nagpur Man Reports Theft, Cops Not Amused. Cheers for wasting valuable police time and resources. -facepalm-

I earned a new nickname in German class today. Petra, the teacher asked everybody what we wished to be as grownups when we were a kid. I tried to say coconut seller but everybody caught only the first word… And now I am a Kokosnuss.

Lauren Puffling says,ย “It’s an ambitious future – coconuts travel to every land, bobbing over the seas to seek new horizons; they go with the flow; they’re nutritious, popular and a bit hairy; they always show up at fetes and carnivals – and they always make people think of summer sunshine. Not a bad thing to live up to.”

And that is why she is an author, kids. A conjurer of words.

My right temple and right eye is hurting again. These headaches are wrecking my days. I cannot function with the constant pain. I got ibuprofen. I have never taken it before, I’ll take one after dinner. I think I am going to sleep early tonight.

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe beat Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand beat Bahrain ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ, 1-0
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan beat Syria ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ, 2-0
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates beat India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ, 2-0

India in second place now.

Day 10736
Friday, 11 January 2019


Comments section be like:
“Difference between Indian and Australian teams = Beards”

I look at my LinkedIn and I go- “That me?”

If potential employers look at my Facebook, they ain’t getting nothing. I stopped posting stuff years ago.


Somebody from American Samoa landed on my blog today. Do you know where American Samoa is? Literally in the middle of nowhere, apparently the only inhabited territory belonging to the USA that is south of the equator. Military base, probably. 50,000 local Samoans in a 196 sq km otherwise holds no interest. I suspect American military is watching my blog. I have their attention now. So much pressure to live up to it.

I find it very amusing when random people land on my blog. That is the 33rd country my site has reached.

It has not snowed here, except for that one time two months ago. I am not complaining. Perhaps I got used to it, but I am not finding the winter as has hard to survive as last year.

Cricket, ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa vs Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, End of Day 1:
South Africa (1st inning) 262 all out
Pakistan (1st inning) 17/2
Pakistan trail by 245 runs

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand beat Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia beat Palestine ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ, 3-0
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China beat Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ, 3-0
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, 1-0

Day 10737
Saturday, 12 January 2019

In today’s news, a UAE Man Locks Up Indian Football Fans in Bird Cage Ahead of Asian Cup Match, Video Goes Viral. I cleaned the kitchen, bathroom, shaved, applied hair oil, showered, and now I am at the Waschsalon. And I woke up at 8. I am on fire today.

So, what is with this “government shutdown” in the USA I keep hearing about? Good luck on the first day back after the shut down. There must be a way to get rid of a rogue leader. It is a bloody democracy. Or a republic. Or whatever. How bad do things have to get before people realise it is time to do something? I feel so sorry for the people of USA right now.

What is the difference between a democracy and a republic again? I only remember memorising that India is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic, republic. That is literally the first line of the constitution. I do not bother remembering what means what. They all sound the same to me.

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens
 JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
 LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
 EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all
 FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

I just looked up the definitions, and I am pretty sure the USA is also a democracy/republic. Democracy = no monarch, power with the people; Republic = elected representatives of, for, and by the people. Democracy and republic kinda go together. As for oligarchy… That is an unfortunate circumstance, a possible product of being a republic.

Having read about the Roman empire during Caesar’s time, and watched the BBC/HBO TV series Rome, the very word Senate has evil connotation for me. I hear Senate and I think rich, elitist dicks. USA needs a system overhaul and some new terminology, maybe also get a Prime Minister while they are at it. They are giving way too much power in the hands of one person, the current one being more of a overgrown baby.

Random statement of the day: The Italian girl in my German class, Giada Tosi, is so adorable.

I am currently watching the 4th season of Sherlock. Wait, so Sherlock Holmes has a sister? I just got to that part. I love the final episode! Brilliant ending. I thought Sherlock had lost its charm by the third season, but the final episode was good redemption. That will be a 9/10 for the series overall from me.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia beat India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal beat China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates beat Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia beat Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand beat Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

India lost the game. I feel like the Indian team isn’t ready for the World Cup yet. It is only 5 months away. They play well in Tests and T20s but their One Day performances have been disappointing.

Cricket, ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa vs Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, End of Day 2:
South Africa (1st inning) 262 all out
Pakistan (1st inning) 185 all out
South Africa (2nd inning) 135/5
South Africa lead by 212 runs

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran beat Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ, 2-0
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq beat Yemen ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช, 3-0
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia beat Lebanon ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง, 2-0

Day 10738
Sunday, 13 January 2019

The final part of my Hanuman trilogy is underway:


Killing/murder nightmares are shit scary. It is just anxiety though. They do not mean anything. If you have one, ty not to worry too much about it. It is just your brain going crazy. I know it is not easy, but I would say enjoy the show. It is your subconscious reacting to anxiety in your real life. If you let the dream bother you more, that would result in a spiral effect. Do not ignore them, just look at them as a movie your dream is producing. Wake up, applaud your brain, have a glass of water, and go “what you got for me next?” Definitely not easy, but worth a try.

I have been there. They are just dreams. TV episodes you are forced to watch. More importantly, it is an indication of something bothering you in real life. You may want to address those. The dreams will stop. A conscious effort to manage your everyday life better will go a long way in ensuring a good night’s sleep.

I am no expert. I still struggle. Just a few years wiser.

Perhaps you could try Cognitive Based Therapy, but I don’t know if it is a thing we can try on ourselves at home or it requires supervision from a psychologist. I was advised it to stop my nail biting habit but I haven’t been to a professional. I have no idea what it is or how that works. I have been biting my nails since childhood, and I cannot stop it no matter how much I try. Worse, people, mostly my parents, do not understand why. They would think I do it on purpose, and it is as easy to stop as an off switch. Wrong.

I have really bad days when my fingers are bleeding, and I am unable to hold a pen. I do not think it has got that worse in the past year in Germany though. But I still bite, and it is embarrassing. I have to hide my hands in my pockets so people do not see it.

Enough serious talk. Let us get back to my drawing. I am trying to draw a horse and keeps looking like a velociraptor. Help!


I have already made 3 attempts. I might just give up. That horse head is going to be a velociraptor head, I am helpless. The boar also looks more like a dog without the tusk, I just realised. I suck big time at drawing faces.


I did it. Ain’t no Novi tellin’ me I can or can’t do somethin’.

Meanwhile, there is me, then there is this legend.

Progress status:


Apolline asks,ย “Do you always draw according to a model? Or also your own creation?”

A mix of both, actually. But I prefer drawing off something because it is relaxing. I do not have to use my brain a lot. I do add a little of me in each of them though.

Like this:


Five Face Fear

Now that the trilogy is complete, I made a separate post talking about it. That completes my The Monkey from Kishkindha trilogy. No more mythology, for now. My next project is Lauren Puffling’s anthology. But the deadline is two months away, so I am going to take my time. And study.


I am currently watching the S03E06 of Black Mirror. Kelly Macdonald speaks with a distinct accent in this episode. I have never heard that one before. What is that?

Reddit says the accent is Glasgowian, if such a thing exists. So Scottish, basically. I like it. Sexy. I need to find a Scottish friend, so I can listen to them speak.

Fun Fact: Kelly Macdonald played Helena Ravenclaw in the Harry Potter movie.

“What is Black Mirror?”, asks silly Val-E.

Horrors of the future, that is what it is.

“It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone. It highlights topics related to humanity’s relationship to technology, creating stories that feature the way we live now โ€“ and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”

Source: Wikipedia

There are 19 episodes in all. I am on the 13th one. Too real. Too scary.

Val says,ย “Put the black mirror down and go meet real people.”

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal beat Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia beat Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong beat Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates beat China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Cricket, ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa vs Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ, End of Day 3:
South Africa (1st inning) 262 all out
Pakistan (1st inning) 185 all out
South Africa (2nd inning) 303 all out
Pakistan (2nd inning) 153/3
Pakistan require 228 runs to win

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar beat North Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต, 6-0
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan beat Oman ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ, 1-0
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan beat Turkmenistan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ, 4-0

After Round 2: United Arab Emirates, Jordan, China, Iran, Qatar and Uzbekistan lead their respective groups. India is placed second in Group 1.

The Featured Image was shared by Abigail Manning, the Aussie kiddo. Continue to Day 10739.

The Monkey from Kishkindha

The Immortal Primate

The Immortal Primate

Inspired by Angry Hanuman and Stoic Rama by Karan Acharya.

The Transcontinental Courier

The Transcontinental Courier

This is legit my most sketched drawing during childhood, after the scenery, of course. Theย Ramayanaย book we had, had this picture on the back of the cover. I used to sketch this as a kid every time we had a guest over at a house and present it to them.

“When Ravana’s son Indrajit hurls a powerful weapon at Lakshmana, Lakshmana is badly wounded and is nearly killed. Hanuman is called upon to fetch the Sanjeevani herb from Mount Dronagiri in the Himalayas. Upon reaching Dronagiri, Hanuman cannot identify the herb and lifts the whole mountain and brings it to the battlefield.”

Five Face Fear

Five Face Fear

“During the war, when Ravanaโ€™s son Indrajit is killed, Ravana calls his brother Ahiravana for help. Saint Agastya informs Rama’s camp about a possible ambush during the night. Hanuman is put on guard and told not to let anyone into the room where Rama and Lakshmana are. Ahiravana makes several attempts at entering the room but all of them are thwarted by Hanuman. Finally, Ahiravana takes the form of Vibhishana and Hanuman lets him enter. Ahiravan quickly enters and abducts the sleeping Rama and Lakshmana.

When Hanuman finds he has been tricked by Ahiravana, he vows to find Rama and Lakshmana, and kill Ahiravana. Hanuman enters Patala (the Underworld), where he finds Ahiravana’s massive palace, that is heavily guarded on all sides. Hanuman makes his way into the palace and learns that the only way to kill Ahiravana is to extinguish the 5 different lamps in different directions. This is when Hanuman assumes this form here. As per most texts, Hanuman assumes the form of 5 faces and carries 10 weapons. The five faces here are those of monkey facing east, lion facing south, eagle facing west, wild boar facing north, and horse facing upwards. He assumes this form to blow out the 5 lamps, and then kill Ahiravana. Throughout the saga, both Rama and Lakshmana are rendered unconscious by a demonic spell.”

The Monkey from Kishkindha

The first thing you will notice is the mood and colours getting lighter, as Hanuman grew older, wiser and generally better. Even Gods are human on Earth, and I imagine Hanuman matured over the course of the war. At first (I), he was this immortal primate with unlimited raw, brute strength and no control over temper, emotion or strength. He simply sought revenge for his best friend’s misery. Over time, in Rama’s company, he grew. By the time he was called to make his first real contribution to the war (II), he was a being who was aware of his powers. He flew solo across the subcontinent and brought back an entire mountain that helped his side’s medicinal supplies. Towards the end of the war (III), he was able to single-handedly save his friends from hell.ย The transformation of a being who looks like a monkey to someone who would be looked upon as theย patron god of martial arts as well as meditation and diligent scholarship;ย who would symbolize the human excellences of innerย self-control, faith and service to a cause, for millenniaย to come, was complete.

Now you know why Hanuman is my favourite character in Indian mythology.

You Versus State

So, this happened recently. American bloggerย Colleenย chose to express her views. It is a free world, of course. Hence that is precisely that. Her personal views. I have met enough people from the USA on the internet to know that mindset has nothing to do with region or culture, beyond a point. If you have internet access, you have enough access to content to help you form an informed opinion on something. The rest is just… you.

Remember I asked on this blog the other day if you believe that just because somebody did or said something wrong in the past, does it mean they can’t advocate against it now? Maybe they grew? Or should they be written off as a hypocrite and let their past invalidate their current mindset? I myself have been guilty of male chauvinism, patronisation, racism and homophobia that may have offended some people in the past. I will also not blame my culture, upbringing, and lack of exposure for shaping my opinion the way it used to be, because that would still be, after all, an excuse. And ain’t no Novi givin’ no ‘xcuses. I was wrong. Yes, I used to be a douchebag. What you gonna do about it? I learnt, I grew, and like a true engineer who was born to solve problems, I am back to fix the world.

Allen: “I definitely feel that people can grow and evolve in their mindsets.”

kt:ย “Being able to recognise internal biases and issues that you may have and working on correcting them is one of the most important personal skills, in my opinion. Sure, maybe your culture or family situation instilled some things that aren’t the best but not working to improve yourself and choosing to blame upbringing and culture isn’t an excuse.”

On the other hand, the people here are so sweet, despite the misconception that Germans can be really abrupt or blunt. I’m just like, is this city called Aachen or Diabetes?

Wise little Aussie kiddo: “I get that, like a couple of years ago, moving to uni, I had a lot of prejudices I didn’t even know about, largely because I’d spent my whole life in a majority white town. But there is a difference between recognising that was what instilled those stereotypes in my brain, and using that as an excuse to keep being prejudiced. I know I’ve improved at this. Now if I go back to my hometown it looks odd to me for how lacking in multiculturalism it is, rather than looking normal. But there are still lots of times when a cultural difference might seem odd and my brain wants to think that is a bad thing. I feel like deciding that difference is good and something to be curious about rather than afraid of, is a decision we must all be continuously making every day. Islamophobia is very real and shitty here though, the media exploits it far too heavily and makes people afraid.”

kt:ย “Here as well. Same with the xenophobia.”

Rani:ย “That’s kinda the point of life. Learning and growing, not being stuck in the small box you grew up in. I know I’m a lot different than I was as a cop. I kinda wish I could go back and be what I am today in that job. It’s not that I regret how I was, I have just grown and learned more. Expanded my horizons. US is best is deeply ingrained at a young age here. Everywhere else is garbage and wishes they were us. That is the sentiment. I wish our country would learn how to mind its own damn business.”

Lauren Puffling: “In England, you either get taught we used to be an empire; we behaved suck-ily to everyone, and mostly we ought to be faintly embarrassed and faintly apologetic for existing; or that the empire was ace, everyone else is inferior and we deserve the 1950s back because they were brilliant. Basically, Britain screwed things up everywhere.”

Personally too, I was biased about Pakistan and Pakistanis until I got to know Amina, I will admit that. Now I know she is just like me, but slightly more adorable.

Rani says,ย “Novi taught me that people don’t have carpet walls in India.”

“India is just known as a poorยน overcrowdedยฒ country here. And Novi quite literally taught me Statics”, adds kt. (“Aw!”)

While we are at it, let us also address a few misconceptions:

  1. India is a poor country:
    Ugghhh, this is not entirely false. India ranks 3rd in the world on GDP (PPP), only behind China and the USA, and ahead of Japan, UK and all of western Europe. But it ranks in the 120s when it comes to per capita, which is honestly an embarrassment for a country that has been free again for over 70 years now. What it means is, India is not really poor. It is a wealthy nation with a heavily skewed wealth distribution. The richest 1% own 73% of India’s wealth. We need to fix that.
  2. India is an overcrowded nation:
    It just seems so because of the 1.354 billion people, but India is also a large country by area (3.287 million sq km). India stands 26th in the list of countries by population density. In comparison to India’s 455 people per sq km, Singapore (2nd) has 8274, Hong Kong (3rd) has 7075, the Vatican (7th) has 1820, Bangladesh (10th) has 1278, South Korea (23rd) has 526, Netherlands (25th) has 505, Israel (31st) has 390, Belgium (32nd) has 379, Japan (38th) has 348, the United Kingdom (49th) has 275 and Germany (56th) has 236.

List of countries by GDP (PPP)
List of countries by Population Density

So, that begs the question- What do you think of India when you see me?

Update (18 February 2018, Monday):

First, about this movie called Pink.

Pink is a 2016 Indian courtroom drama social thriller film. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra, and Dhritiman Chatterjee.”

Source: Wikipedia

I watched this movie a year ago (6 March 2018 to be precise). It is a really well made movie, but the aspect that struck me the most was the editing. It is spot on. It almost leaves the audience feeling guilty (forced guilt, of course. That’s the beauty of storytelling) for sympathising with a “victim” based on what is apparent on the surface, for judging a woman without knowing the facts, and finally realising that she is the real victim. If that was the purpose of the makers, then the editing nailed it. 9/10ย from me. I am sad this 2016 movie did not get the attention it deserved.

So, I recommended this movie to my German class friends last weekend, and we had an interesting discussion in today’s class that made me revisit this post. The point of the movie is to encourage victims to stand up and speak up. Of course the bigger messages of the movie are: one, to educate men early, to learn to respect and treat everybody equally. And two, no means NO, not maybe. If a victim feels fear and shame, and they would rather endure it than speak up, we have collectively failed as a society.

kresty says, “Usually it takes teaching the young people and not having them just blindly go along with what they are being taught by elders and society, and waiting for them to grow up and be able to do something. You don’t even really need all of society to agree, actually. Just enough to make the change happen and then the rest will eventually see it or they won’t but they will have to learn to live with it.”

Moving forward, I believe:

  • We must try our best to remove all kinds of gender bias from the things we teach our children. None of the pink-blue or Venus-Mars bullshit.
  • We must stop telling our sons “boys don’t cry”. Let them connect with their emotions, only then will they respect those of others.
  • We must stop telling our daughters “if he is mean to you, it only means he likes you”. No. If he is mean to you, get the hell away from him. You don’t need that in your life.

If you change nothing, nothing will change.