Coca Cola SuperBowl Commercial … America, the Beautiful.

Truth- A Right to Fight For...

My mind is blown over this. How anyone is offended is beyond me. I hadn’t seen it, until 5 minutes ago. There is such hate over it; “we speak English here” to target marketing… Where to begin? There isn’t much to flesh out on those who exploded with offense because the commercial shows a gay couple holding hands with their child or because “America the Beautiful” was sung by children in languages other than English. Their hate filled, narrow minded view of the world and sadly of America is what sets America behind in the world. The people featured on the commercial are the people I hope represent America, myself included.

The commercial celebrates what this country is SUPPOSED to be about; that is, freedom of expression, the right to love whom you love, regardless of gender or race; the right to decide what to believe religiously or spiritually;

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Web of Laziness

I have cruelly neglected my blog, like it was an unwanted step-child. I will make no promises to be active because an empty promise only succeeds in building mistrust. The thing is I am busy. I am actually busy for the first time in my life. So many things to do.

I have been reading.

I have to research to submit papers in Journals.

I have to write papers to speak at seminars.

My classes have started.

I got new series/movies.

It feels good to be busy. I will write a small update on my time at JLF.Image

Two words, one name- Reza Aslan. I am enamored. Totally in love with this man. Such a fine orator. Do look him up if you get a chance. Also, Gloria Steinem is as forceful as I expected. That’s it for my short update.

Reminder to self- Check out the works of Jim Crace and Jonathan Franzen.

I have so many thoughts I want to give word to but no time. I shall come back to it as soon as I can.

Book Review: Sister of my Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I got acquainted with the titular author in the summer of 2009 when I received a book written by her as a birthday gift. That was what started my lusty obsession for more of her books. ‘Palace of Illusions’ was the second book I read and ‘Sister of my Heart‘ is the third one. I have seen the screen adaptation of ‘The Mistress of Spices‘ (without realising that CBD had written the namesake) with the Bachchan Bahu in the lead role but it does not really count as I have not picked up its black and white cousin.

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I started with the novel in the morning and Continue reading

Book Review: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.
Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.” 

A Doll’s House is the most performed play in the world. I recently got to read it and must say, it is a very powerful play. Ibsen is a genius, a Modernist genius. I have only ever had this much fun while reading Dario Fo‘s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. While there is no humour in this play, I loved reading it.

adhhiNora, a housewife, is a spendthrift who had borrowed money from a shady character so that she, her husband and their infant son could travel south to Italy for her husband to recuperate from some illness. Continue reading