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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Writers...seriously?

I am appalled to see the number of celebrity's publishing their 'Memoirs'/ 'novels' every other day. It's most probably because I know that they've hired ghost writers to do it.

I don't blame ghost writers, because they want the cash, they can't get the recognition they want, and they're struggling to pay their monthly bills. With some ghost writers, their identity is an open secret. They're not J.K Rowling, Stephen King or Stephenie Meyer. They're probably paid as much as these writers, and hired by tons of people, so I guess they are just fine with remaining anonymous.

But celebrities, everything from their onscreen to off-screen persona is a travesty, including the fact that they are lying through their teeth about their latest book. Ask the interviewer to make the celebrity spell, 'pleasurable', 'denouement', or even 'telekinesis', then I'll believe that they contributed at least one word. Some of the celebrities are school drop outs, poorly read, and some of them are just plain stupid.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner, are both school drop outs, who can barely spell, and they flaunt their new 500 page notebook like they didn't pay their ghost writer to write it for them. Just like their mother, Kris Jenner, or their half elder siblings. Now Cheryl Cole, who claims to have written an autobiography, is nothing but a joke. People barely understand when she speaks, let alone sing. She must have told her ghost writer what to write. The ghost writer must've have created a simulated environment in his mind, imagining himself as a woman while writing for her.

Coming the most recent man to hop on this bandwagon- Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world's greatest batsman. The man is a master of his trade, which I respect him for. Unlike the other talentless celebrities I mentioned. His biography/ expose on the Indian cricket catered good reviews from the critics. He may have written some of it, but again, all credit goes to his editor- his acting ghost writer.

The same goes for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Snooki. These people have barely lived their lives long enough to pass high school, let along write books. And yet, there are people who buy these books. So next time you buy a book written by such celebrities, make you give all the credit to the ghost writer and editor.

But with celebrities like Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin or Mindy Kaling, I will believe that they've written something, because they're writers, comedians and actors by profession. There is no doubt that editors have a role in shaping their books, but it's minimal.

But either way, celebrities easily get publishers. While freelance writers like me, tired of rejection can never get a break. My question is...how is it fair?  Just because a publishing house wants get more fame, they sign book contracts with celebrities who can barely read. And celebrities will do anything for publicity and money, even if it means holding a heavy book, which they have 'written'.
They are willing to wash their, and their family's/enemies dirty linen in public.

I guess the millions they have is just not enough.

     

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Change for women...seriously?


When was the last time you actually walked on the street, without a guy whistling at you, not passing dirty comments about you, or some cheap guy trying to touch you? When was the last time, you read a newspaper, which didn’t contain any information about dowry deaths, sexual harassment or rape cases?

The patriarchal society cannot be culpable constantly; it’s how women look at themselves too. Many writers, of both genders have portrayed women as damsels in distress, vulnerable, and incorrigible. Let it to be Stephanie Meyer’s well known 'twilight saga', or Jane Austin’s celebrated, 'Pride and Prejudice', the protagonists were married off at a young age, showing adulation to their in laws just like any woman in a Hindi serial or Indian household.

Elizabeth, the so called ‘feminist’ and ‘maverick’ , Jane Austin’s personal hero, has done nothing to be called so, considering the fact that she has done anything impactful in the novel. Bella Swan is nothing but a damsel in distress, as stated in a chapter of the book. She has proved inept of looking out for herself, and lets the men in her life dominate her, and yet the books are a great success.

Indian society claims to give respect to women, drawing leverage from the Western society, but what is the status of women in India?

Women are dancing to item numbers, music videos, wearing the least amount of clothing, walking on ramps with rags branded as high fashion clothing. We middle class women are expected to give up our careers for the sake of our family.

I wish to ask the society : when women sacrifice everything; go through pregnancy, the most painful process a human can undergo, why are students taught that father is the head of the family? The mothers do all the work, and they are expected to do so, because of the thousand year old patriarchal society.

Parents, as modern as they may be, still warn their girl children not to travel alone everywhere, and are vigilant as ever. If a boy comes home late, then ‘He’s a boy, what do you expect?’ is the answer, but if you’re an hour late, ‘Where were you? Girls aren’t supposed to go out so late!’ is the question.

Even today, the bride’s family asks the groom’s side whether they have any specific demands for the wedding.

The same series of events will occur in the lives of today’s young women. Is there any girl who has remained respected, never eve - teased or humiliated, or never experienced gender inequality?

Every single need of the boy is taken care of, but we women sadly have no time for ourselves. Have your husbands, brothers or boyfriends ever tended to you, the way you have, in their time of need?

Women are titled as emotional fools, and are deprived of education, and liberty at every level.

We are free to study, but our nuptials is mandatory. Why can’t men stay at our homes, instead of us going to theirs?

In countries like Norway and Sweden, majority of the population are women, and the economy and administration is running very smoothly, unaffected by either recession or cold war. They are one of the most peaceful and least corrupted countries in the world.
Going back to history, men have never practised sati, and women have never have practised polyandry. While widows have shaved their head off, men hadn’t bothered to shave their beards.

Our fathers, brothers come home, and are ensconced on the sofa, with either the paper or the television, while we girls are expected to wash the vessels sweep the floor, and replace the shoes thrown on the floor by the men in our family.
We only have ‘kaamwali bhai’ no ‘kaamwalas’ at all. 

Have you ever seen a female auto driver, or female electrician and plumber? We women conform to the rules of this bad society in order to save our family name, and prevent gossip.

The famous saying that “Women, we can’t live with them or without them,” is bogus, probably because, many gay men, have hardly any female friends. Living with women is not a herculean task, because she adapts herself to your lifestyle.
The highest rate of female infanticide in is in India, and there are only 932 women per 1000 men in our country, according to the 2010 census.

There are many funny, yet authentic quotes given by people. “Prevent female infanticide, or your son will be forced to turn gay.” As infuriating or funny as it may sound, the situation will definitely arise in our country, if not in any other.
If an unmarried woman is pregnant, it’s never the man’s fault. A child born out of wedlock is ill-treated in our society.

Boys will resume reading porn magazines in their toilets, while we women clean up their mess. There are desperate women in this country, in need of fame and wealth. They are willing to stoop to any level for it, by sleeping with producers, directors and everybody available that can help them climb the ladder, has carved a path for other vulnerable women to do the same.

All those aspiring singers, actors, dancers and models are obliged to wear skimpy clothes since they’re in desperate need of money. For all those who have done all this, continue to do so, and are aware that fame and money can never last forever.
Hence, the short cut method is highly recommended by them. Men are well aware of the fact that women can’t hit back, which leads to sexist attitudes.

If we are claimed to be the weaker sex, then I’m sorry, all the scientists and doctors who agree to this, can retire or tear up their degrees, since a woman is much stronger than a man. She has the strength to give birth, work at the office, and look after the household.
Not many men can do any of that. Sadly, women give birth to scoundrels, who roam around the city gazing at women’s body parts, irrespective of whether they wear a burkha, chudidhar or saree. 

For all those who fit in the 'fame-whore' category, please, get a life! You’re not women at all, since you’re willing to become commodities.
When was the last time any of the directors made a female oriented movie, where the woman actually has all her clothes on? What about all those advertisements, showing sanitary pads, and undergarments? Where is our privacy?  
And the great female politicians in this country, how exactly do you plan to help us, and are you actually listening?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Youtubers...seriously?

Youtubers today are as famous as TV or movie stars, except, they can be seen more often. Every fortnight, or once a month, Youtubers upload videos which they have made on their own, in their own homes or garage. It's surprising though, to find out that many of these Youtubers don't have an actual job. They consider 'Youtuber' as a profession.

It maybe in vogue, but it's pointless if you consider that as your only profession. While some Youtubers began uploading videos for fun, the rest used Youtube to just use their cameras to record their rants. However, some others definitely make good use of the internet. They display their musical talent or inform the public about important matters.

Today, there are many Youtubers like Alexa Gooddard, Chrissy and Boyce Avenue that sing their own version of popular songs, and sell it on iTunes. They may not have a record deal, nor are they on the cover of magazines. Many of them don't seem like they want the stardom. They just want to make music, sell it, and make money, while remaining fairly popular on the internet. A wise choice. Moreover, there are others who try to ape Justin Bieber by uploading videos of themselves singing, in order to gain popularity, and finally get a record deal.

It is also a good way to achieve your dreams. But there are many, who just upload a video everyday, plead others to watch it, out of desperation. It's rather pitiful, but they must lauded for their effort. Shedding your pride away, and to ask for attention can't be done easily. As they say, 'Humility is attractive'. 

Now, there are Youtubers, who are also entertainers. Shane Dawson and Superwoman, are the two best examples. While Shane Dawson creates unrealistic, yet hilarious situations and changes attires to enact the story, Lily Singh aka Superwoman, is more realistic, but nonetheless, her videos are relatable and equally funny. Tyler Oakley, another Youtube sensation, uses his channel to talk about Gay Rights, and gives courage to all those who want to come out of the closet. Again, its also admirable.

From make-up tutorials, to learning the piano, Youtube teaches you everything. Youtubers, entertain you, once in awhile with their short, yet mirthful videos. Whether or not signing Advertisement deals and making it big on Youtube is a good career move is debatable. As long as Youtube videos spread happiness, I suppose there's nothing wrong making them. But, forcing your ideals on somebody, making racist comments and hurting the audience's sentiment is not advisable. There are certain Youtubers, who are truly disgusting. Their personal habits, their manner of conduct, speech, and sense of clothing are truly revolting, which affects everyone watching them.

On the internet, there are people all over the world watching you. A good human being, expressed their opinion, and accepts other's opinion. But Youtubers these days, spit their opinions on others and expect them to consider a deadly sin to go against their words. Hence, they receive a lot of hateful and hurtful comments.

It is impossible to please every human being. But it's also not possible to make things right with a simple disclaimer or apology. It is better to be prepared to receive criticism, hate and love.