A Quote for life!


“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects


Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Bangalore to Bangkok – Trip to Thailand – a Teaser

Hello Friends,

How have you been? I hope and wish that you are having a good time, both personally and professionally. If you are stuck somewhere or you want to know anything in specific, regarding your business, freelancing or anything else, please feel free to comment or get in touch with me on Social Media. I will try to help you as much as I can. I write on www.TheIndianFreelancer.com on freelancing and online entrepreneurship. 

Swadeekhaap!

In this post, I am going to talk about a recent event. Many of you know already that I went to Thailand in the recent past – last week, to be exact. This was my first international trip along with the family. The trip was awesome as we were able to do a lot of things and be present there at the time of their New Year function – Songkran. We saw so many things and learned a lot too. I am going to talk about all those on this blog so that it helps people who want to know more or learn about Thailand.



However, this post is a teaser, in which I will only list out the things that I am going to write about in the future posts. I will include the things that I will write about and use this list as a guide for the future articles that I write too. It is going to be fun as I will try to incorporate as much information as I can and cover my entire trip step by step, as and when things happened. I am sure you will love reading the posts. Do write in your comments and I will be happy to see your excitement as well.

In the future posts, I am going to cover my entire trip to Thailand – Bangalore to Bangkok. This is the name of this series. I liked this name as it occurred to me, though we have traveled to Pattaya as well. I will start with the planning of my trip and then slowly move into the execution of that – how we actually went about from Bangalore to Bangkok and then to Pattaya and then back home. I will try to include as much information as I can and make the travel log interesting too, with the weird things we did and places that we visited. I am sure you will be thrilled.

Planning:

I will start the log with information from our planning period. I will talk about how we bought air tickets, how we booked hotels etc. Then, I will talk about the legalities of the Passport, VISA, documents that you need to carry along etc. This information will be very important to those who are looking to plan their travel in recent future. Information is latest that I will share and hence, it will be a perfect place to obtain all that you need to know in one particular place – The Indian Freelancer blog.

Once after the planning is done, I will move to the actual trip. We will see how the trip was actually executed and how we went from Bangalore to Bhubaneshwar and then to Bangkok and Pattaya and back home. It was a long journey and there are a lot of things that you better know before you plan your trip.

Execution, the actual trip:

The first journey was from our home in Bangalore to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha where we had to take the international flight. Yes, it was not a non-stop flight and we had to change over in Bhubaneshwar that day. Next, we went to Bangkok from there on the same date and in the same flight as well. I will talk about what we did upon arrival at Bangkok and how we reached our hotel.

Then I will talk about things that we did in Bangkok – the places we went to and experienced. I will also add a few things that we could not do due to lack of time and intentions. These will help you in your planning for sure.

The next thing is the travel from Bangkok to Pattaya, the sex capital of the world. Well, at least a few think it is. I will tell you about our experience of the journey – how we reached there. I will talk about things we did in Pattaya and places that we visited as well. I will also talk about our hotel, where we stayed. It was awesome, just to tell you now.

Throughout the stay, Songkran was following us from Bangkok to Pattaya. Why do I say, “following” when it is a national festival? Well, you will get to know about it in the articles too. It was fun!

At the end of the travel log, I will tell you how we came back to Bangalore from Pattaya, what all we went through in the journey and how we survived 30 hours of travel without sleep. It was tough on my family, though we did it with a smile on our faces.

All these are coming up on this blog. So, stay tuned and keep reading Bangalore to Bangkok travel series. Exciting time ahead!


Cheers!




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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Feminism & India – the realist’s take

Khub Ladi Mardani wo to Jhansi wali Raani Thi


Indian history is full of legendary women who fought against adversities and hardships in life – whether it was the colonial rule, social injustice or domestic violence. Indian women have consistently shown resistance against any kind of atrocities and social evils and have raised a voice in favor of justice, righteousness and peace. If we open the history books we can find innumerable Indian women who have put their foot down when it mattered the most – be it while saving the weak, her children, her husband, her family, her own or someone else’s chastity, or her people, her land, and her country. We should be and we are proud of being the decedents of such women (and men alike), who raised to the occasion, on countless times and exemplified feminism to the truest meaning of the word. Indian women have been the epitomes of womanhood to the world. Feminism is not new in India.

Having said so, modern India is seeing a different kind of feminism these days and it is gaining popularity amongst the young Indian women or I better say the entire Indian population. There is a lot of confusion about the word feminism in today’s minds and thanks to the western intervention in our day-to-day life, we have borrowed the examples and explanations of feminism from them as well. This has not only diluted the inherent thought process of our women but also successfully created a division in the population – of those who are in favor or those who oppose feminism. And these two groups include both boys and girls alike.

...research, learn and know for yourself what feminism means and then build your own ideology around that.

And then, more sadly, there is a huge difference between the understanding and practice of feminism to an urban woman than that to a woman living in the Indian villages or states which are a little detached from the mainland. To some, feminism has transformed into lipsticks, short skirts, and night outs while the others still search feminism in veils, rituals and female feticides. The urban woman curses the village woman for getting stuck in these age-old superstitions and customs and she advises her to come out of these lingering social evils. The former wants the later to get educated, empowered and in most cases, civilized! “Be a feminist and fight for your rights!”

For the exact same reason, weirdly enough but most interestingly, the village woman blames the city woman and tells that the later has no sense of our own prolific antiquity, culture, and customs. She does not know how to even dress properly and behave with the elders, family members and people of the opposite sex. The village woman tells the urban woman strongly that what she is doing by working in offices, rubbing shoulders with the men and wearing revealing dresses does not fit into the “image of the Indian woman.” What is going on in our villages is what should be followed and practiced by women from all over the country. “If you don’t follow our culture and rituals, you are not being an Indian feminist.”

As Published in The Unshort Magazine, March 2018

Well, both the parties are actually going away from the true sense of feminism and with every passing minute, this gap is only increasing. The meaning of feminism is getting blurred and hazy and is almost getting obscure amidst this mental turmoil happening in the country these days. I am seeing it happen. Probably because I come from a village where I spent most of my childhood and now I am staying in a metro for last 14 years. I have seen both the worlds very closely. Maybe you can see it too.

I am sure that when this term “feminism” was first introduced in English (from the Latin word fēmina meaning woman) towards the middle of the 19th century (and from French word féminisme, later on), it only meant feminine qualities, characteristics or character of a woman. But more often than not, this word is no longer used in that sense. If you search Google, you will get a definition that reads and I quote, “the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” The synonyms that Google provides are, “the women's movement, the feminist movement, women's liberation, female emancipation, women's rights; post-feminism.” Maybe this is how the world interprets the word in today’s date.
The meaning of feminism is getting blurred and hazy and is almost getting obscure amidst this mental turmoil happening in the country these days.

But that’s what the world does! If we want to draw the line and find ourselves, as Indians, we need to look into our own history and find out what feminism means to us. I would suggest that we read about ourselves first – our women, like Rani Laxmi Bai, whom I started this article with. And then build our own definition of feminism. I totally understand that not every one of us will feel the same about feminism (or anything else, for that matter) as we perceive things differently, but all I want is to research, learn and know for yourself what feminism means and then build your own ideology around that.


Feminism and India are related since a time when this word was not even in the English dictionary. We are proud of our women. We have every right and right reasons to be. Happy Women’s Day!

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