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[Copy paste from an amazing blog 😀 ]
So over the weekend me and a male colleague of mine decided to go shopping. “What and Why?” you question with a raised eyebrow. Brace yourself – you aint the first person to question the activity. Another friend of ours raised similar questions too with the “Aren’t both of you confirmed heterosexuals” look. So I did what any sensible man facing such a question in this century would do – post on my blog abt it.
I think the society is strangely skewed in its choice of activities the sexes are allowed to do together. Every time I hit the malls, I see tons of women who come to shop by themselves. Two women, all dressed up, giggly, trying out different clothes and asking each other questions like “too short?”, “too low?” “does my stomach show?”. Perfectly fine. No one questions them and their motives. Now imagine two guys doing that. Imagine me walking into a store with my male friend and trying out a shirt and asking him “too tight?” “will this go with green?” Yeah!! You can’t imagine that – can you?
So let me spell it out again – two fully dressed men in an attempt to dress themselves further will appear queer in our society but (yes, the quintessential but) boxing – that is just fine. Seriously. The act of two almost naked men, wearing nothing but literally boxing shorts, touching each other while sweating is perceived to be an act of oozing machoness but the thought of the same two guys buying shirts together is strange!!!! The same holds true for working out. Two buddies pumping those heavy weights in the gym is completely fine – where one man in his sweaty T shirt standing right above his buddy’s face, helping him do bench press is fine – but the same two men if seen in a classy restaurant, eating dinner together in formals, will be questioned. Oh yes, that brings me to restaurants. Isn’t it strange that we draw the line across some special kind of restaurants – two men having burgers in a fast food restaurant is cool (coz they are buddies grabbing a quick snack) but if they go to a sushi bar by themselves then it is not (coz then people think that they are just buddies try to grab each other while they snack).
Which is why I love Indian men. Coz we all know that Indian men hate it more than anybody else to have their sexuality questioned. At the same time most acts Indian men (or Indian men I bump into) do together are … err … quite questionable – going for Friday night movies together, always having their arms around each other while taking photographs, going to the sea beach all by themselves and then running into the water and splashing each other??? Sounds familiar? Yes, these are some of our favorite bonding moments. But we never come across as questionable because Indian men follow the rule of the jungle – whatever you do, DO IT IN HERDS!! Yes, Indian men flock in large quantities. Coz we know that two men hugging and taking photographs is queer but twelve of them doing it is just plain old weird and we are fine with weird!! This is the same reason why you can safely go to any night club in areas with high desi population and see a dozen Indian men dancing together and still not question their sexuality. Pretty neat, heh?
Society and its biases – I will never understand 😦
[Written after a night out. So will need strong imagination on your part 😛 or some editing from my side !!]
Edit : I just came across this strip and it kinda looked apt here. Trust me, grad life isnt that bad 😀 It doesnt fit into my blog layout and you probably should see only the image.
A celebration of being thankful for what one has and the bounty of the previous year.
So, what have I been thankful for over the last one year? Apart from the usual : my family, my friends and their support, without which I wouldnt have been here in US, doing what I am doing now, I am thankful this year for
1) Dec 11-12, 2005 :- ” Life is filled with so many exciting twists and turns. Hop off the straight and narrow whenever you can and take the winding paths. Experience the exhilaration of the view from the edge. Because the moments spent there, that take your breath away, are what make you feel truly alive.” — Copyright © 2000 Stacey Charter .
Certain moments take your breath away. Certain decisions you know would change your whole life. One of those moments that would forever remain etched in my memories.
2) Dec 3, 2005 – Dec 30, 2005 :- Placed in TCS and Kritikal Solutions. I am thankful to Gaurav Somani for me getting into Kritikal . Its a long story. 😀
[No Spoilers whatsoever ] Rating :
I saw the fans’ show at 12 in the midnight. ‘Golden Eye’ was the first bond movie I watched when I was a kid, and have been a huge fan since, thanks to my dad, who has all the dvds at home.
Casino Royale will probably be the biggest surprise of the year and manages to be the ‘best hand’. MGM has probably taken a huge gamble with this Bond flick and it sure has paid off. Its a movie worth watching for the successful reinvention of Bond. It strips away the high tech gadgetry to focus more on the plot and action packed sequences. Mind you, there is no Q in this movie and except for the a first aid kit in his car, Bond doesnt have any high-tech ‘pen bombs’, ‘remote controlled invisible cars’ and so on, which have become so cliched over the past decade or so in the bond movies, aptly made fun of in Austin Powers.
The title sequence is one of the highlights of all Bond movies and this one is no different. The bond introduction in black and white, where he makes his first kill and earns the 00 status, and the title sequence made me have goose bumps. This reboot potrays Bond in a more Agent-XXX look, than the stylish, elegant Bond that we have got so used to. When asked if he wants the martini Shaken or stirred? He replies with a “Does it look like I give a damn?” … Daniel Craig, matches this role to a T with his one-liners, with the best one being the one with Eva Green (I dont want to spoil the fun by quoting it here )
This movie perhaps falls into the same genre as Bourne, with intrigue, suspense being the core elements of the movie. Be in for tons of surprises and get ready for the spin of your life with very good plotline interweaved by action packed sequences (without any CGI in them ), mind blowing cars, Eva Green at her best and a high stakes Poker game. This bond movie made from the first ever Ian Fleming book is flat-out one of the best Bond movies ever, in tune with the times it has been shot in. A mug of popcorn, a large coke and a badass bond totally were worth my $20 ! 😀
[I dont want to write more and end up giving spoilers. Just go watch the movie !!]