Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mere Bhagwan Pe Mat Ja! - Shivom Oza

A young female animal rights activist was attacked by a mob in Bhopal recently. Her fault was that she held a peaceful protest in front of a mosque, appealing for a vegan Bakri Eid. She happened to be Muslim. Whoa!

I am damn sure that had an environmental activist held a protest calling for an end to visarjans, he/she would have been attacked as well.

Don't be surprised!

This is us. We can discuss Bollywood, Modi, Economy, Sex, Jobs, Life & Cricket peacefully.

Lekin mere bhagwan ke baare mein kuch mat bolna warna..

Long live intolerance!

'God' bless.

Shivom Oza

Monday, September 22, 2014

Television for a 90s kid! - Shivom Oza

It used to be Dekh Bhai Dekh. Then came - Hip Hip Hurray. Movers and Shakers & KBC were loved by one and all. Dubbed versions of Small Wonder & Different Strokes were great, but 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S.' happened. Roadies dragged us back here for a bit, yet HIMYM was the clincher. Then came The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Dexter, Modern Family etc. We were sold. Now, we lap up Breaking Bad/Sherlock/Game of Thrones. Quite frankly, I'd rather go back to Dekh Bhai Dekh. The 90s generation wouldn't have it any other way, methinks.

Shivom Oza

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you mocking me? - Shivom Oza

An old friend stammered while talking. He used to be called 'Hakla', often! Dark-complexioned are often called 'Kaala' without reason. There are people who've based their mannerisms/sense of style upon those of the opposite sex. Yes, 'Chakka'! I happen to have squint, and I've had the colourful word 'Kanya' thrown at me.

Chinki, Bauna, Totla..

I have called people names too. When I think about it now, I feel terrible. I hope that those of you reading this, who outrage so much against racism, sexism, inequality etc. in your daily lives, take a moment to ponder upon this.

Shivom Oza

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adoption by choice, not compulsion! - Shivom Oza

We've heard of couples opting to adopt only during exceptional circumstances - can't conceive/gay/have resources to bring up biological as well as adopted children. Else, seldom do married couples choose to adopt instead of conceiving their own child.

I've discussed this thought with a few people, and they've thrown words like 'own child', 'our blood' etc. However, can't we look beyond all this? Whenever I come across an unfortunate family-less child, I wonder what could have been had he/she been adopted as a toddler. If only, we stopped thinking about 'our blood' and treated every life as it were!

Shivom Oza