Women


;) Guys !!! Take your eyes of them and tell me what brought these ‘awesome’ pics appear in a daily. Your options are (a) because they are Victoria Secret Models (b)Models from Milan Fashion Week (c) I dont care what it is, i just want to keep staring at them.

Then here is the next one …

WOW Celina Jaitly… Ohhh… What brought this photo of this bomb-shell in the papers? Options (a)Kingfisher Calender 2008 (b)She donated her clothes to the poor (c)(I see the leopard skin)She is protesting like Rakhi Sawanth against animal cruelties (d)I don’t give a damn, i just want to drool…

:) gotcha .. The answer is no where in the options. If u seriously burnt your brains over it, don’t blame me. Blame the reporter who put these pics in his article, blame the editor approved these contents in the paper and the least blame me for putting it here. If it was not for the pic i wouldn’t have read these articles in the first place… ( :) ya thats a confession i make).

The first two models in lingerie came as the photos for an article reporting the apparent ban of FTV by the government.Now the funniest part, the second photo was for the article on Celina Jaitly’s apparent comment that “The more you dress, the more sexier you look”… :lol:

Now to the real matter, FTV is banned for 2 months for beaming objectionable content programs

The official Report said : The channel has been banned for showing programmes that were against good taste and decency, denigrate women and likely to adversely effect public morality, it said.

How sad!!! Many people are going to be heart broken. What the hell. The banned a TV channel for airing such a program. Then what about this paper that have these fotos in a daily basis. This appeared in the Bangalore Times supplement of the famous Times of India news paper.The funniest thing is that Bangalore is a place where ‘Night-Life’ like pubs, discos and parties are banned after 10PM (if u call that as night life) by the police.

So the print media has the authority to print anything. If its the morale of the society that the ‘government’ is planning to protect, then this is not the way to deal things.

How many schools offer proper sex education? How many youngsters have the liberty of having an open conversation with their parents on these matters? In how many homes speaking or mentioning of sex is still a taboo? Ya they might argue that they give their kids the liberty, the freedom to have a drink with them at times. But that is what you shouldn’t encourage and teach them about much important things. At least teach them to be responsible citizens, the crime rate may come down.

So for the time being guys don’t loose heart, Mid-night Hot and Too Hot at 2 will be back after 2 months. Till then read the daily edition Bangalore Times of Times of India.

(cross posted here)

India, cricket, World Cup, New Species, Mutiny, Defense, Treaty

Hindumommy started off the week with an aptly modified Gita , tailored to the lifestyle of the modern working individual.
She also commented on Master Blaster, a comic book series about a superhero swinging into the Indian scene and loosely based on Indian cricketeer Sachin Tendulkar.

Nita noticed that Bihar, more aware of its unusually high illiteracy rate, began using police to enforce education for the multitude of children that do not attend school in this state. Later, she wrote about the relative stability of mutual funds and their value as an investment – but warned that returns are not as high as other arenas of the stock market. She brought to our attention the sad plight of buildings neglecting to properly maintain their elevators, and discussed India’s role in a crucial security arrangement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Jo alerted us to a novel “Ahimsa” method for creating silk textiles, then turned the spotlight to Saudabi, a Kerlatile who is now an employee at global investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Angelspace showed us the heartwrenching cases of Tsunami victims selling their kidneys for daily subsistence.

PoliteIndian wrote an interesting article on the government’s insufficient compensation to residents for purchasing their land, then researched violence in Nandigram.

Cakerfare reflected on some popular Indian festivals, and reviewed books A House on the Edge of Tears and The Space between Us.
Guru examined tensions in the pharmaceutical industry and the patent sphere, then discussed the phenomenon of Brain Drain. He also mentioned the lack of bipartisanship in the Indian government.

Swetha demonstrated that beggars sometimes make a decent salary and questioned the true potential and value of an IIT/IIM graduate.

Chacko wished the Indian cricket team luck in their match up against Bangladesh.

Vishal compiled a list of favorite blogger pastimes, and noted that a new species of leopard has been discovered in Sumatra and Borneo .

Ujj wrote an insightful piece on the prevalence of fallacious resumes, and later reviewed the book Hitchhiker by Vinod George Joseph.

Jerry introduced us to future space tourist George Kulangara.

Maltesh gave us a glimpse into the Geneva Auto Show, then presented us with an environmentally friendly liquor.

Thanks for stopping by, and catch us again next week for more from the Mutiny team!

What do u do when all you ever had vanishes and you have no one to blame? When you lose the roof above your head, and when you have no means of winning daily bread for your family? When there are thousands of people ready to help you, but you find no help?  No Idea? Ask the Tsunami victims.

 Two years after the tsunami, billions of dollars donated by governments and individuals around the world has still not been spent on reconstruction. Figures say, of the $6.7 billion pledged, $3.5 billion has not been spent. The only people who came knocking to their doors were ‘cash -for-organ’ brokers, eyeing the huge sea of prospective ‘donors’ in front of them. Their targets: anyone with a healthy kidney. tsunami.jpg

According to a recent BBC report, around 150 people of Ernavur, Tamil Nadu, mainly women are said to have undergone the dangerous surgery, in order to pay back debts and to keep the stove burning.The average price of a kidney: Rupees 50,000. An amount very often promised, but not paid.Revathy and Maria are among the large number women who have the same sad story to tell. The Chennai Police are probing into the issue. 

Organ sales are prohibited in India and is a punishable offence, but relatives are allowed to donate to the patient. The sad and shocking part of the story is that some of these operations were carried out in government hospitals. The government, according to an anonymous aid worker, seems to be disregarding this community because it is a marginalised one and feels the government would prefer the coast was used to build hotels. But, the result is: desperate people. 

Homeless, penniless, cheated, in deep pain, helpless and some, short of a kidney, best describes the state of many of the families in the Tsunami struck areas of Tamil Nadu. Its time the government stops shutting its eyes towards the poor if it really wants to improve conditions in India, and make it ‘Shining’ or ‘Incredible!’.

The last time we wrote about Mary Kom, we couldn’t find a good picture of her.  Today the search has ended.

Mary Kom

I just love this picture. Rediff.com has more.

She comes down as the mesmerizing angel of the most secrets dreams you had. The alluring fragrance makes you a slave for her. Her stride leaves you thirsty. The glittering necklace, the robe, everything is as if it has been just made for her. She is like the eternal creation who makes you … STOP… STOP… STOP…

This is injustice, the whole world caters to the female species. The poor male is left to loom in the dark. Ok I’ll make this straight. Imagine yourself at the office in your favorite shorts on Monday morning. Eyes will pop out, short murmurings will erupt and you will be called to the BOSS’ cabin.. you are so dead… Look at it this way, the lady wants to wear a skirt. The industry is so willing to give her the options as – Party Skirts, Formal Skirts, Informal Skirts, Beach Skirts.. blah blah blah. Obviously she takes the Formal Skirts, again the options – Knee Length+side slit, knee length+front slit, knee length+back slit, 3/4th+(all 3 options), full length, full length+pleated… oh my god… And even the boss has a comment on that.

Go to a textile shop, the predominant male, has the same set of jeans and same boring set or dress to choose from. He puts on the same dress everyday, the choices are limited. The Lady on the other had has an entire industry specialized in making dress to suit her. The options are unlimited. Still she says she has nothing to wear; Goes shopping comes back with a dozen bags.

On all public occasions the male dress kill him and the females, dresses-to-kill. The male appear in dark colours for formal occasions, the ladies they come in all colours possible pink, yellow, red, orange. Peach is a fruit to men, but its a colour to them. Men are made to ‘dress-hard’, cover every inch, but women hardly-dress. We have been reduced to benign voyeurs.

Be Proud to be a Woman… What are we men Doing???

(Inspired from the article – Men in black, Women in very Little by Suhel Seth, that appeared in the TimesLife, Sunday Supplement of TOI)

On Mar 8, women in Mumbai will celebrate International Women’s Day by having the freedom to choose to be driven by women drivers taking in only women passengers.

 

As an added bonus, they can also get bigger mirrors, a make-up kit with a nail polish remover and a magazine rack in their taxis.

 

revathi_roy_taxi.jpgA new taxi company called Forsche (a play on Porsche and “for she”) will start operating taxis only for women and driven by woman drivers. The taxis will be sleek silver and white with a blue and pink “Forsche” logo.

 

The founder Revathi Roy, a 47-year-old former amateur rally driver plans to start with 10 cabs and 18 women drivers.

My dad would have loved for this to exist about a decade ago when I used to come back late occasionally from college and he would be waiting impatiently for me downstairs at the building gate.

My friend definitely plans to start using Forsche. She uses the company car that drops everyone off at home whenever they work odd hours but she is usually the last to get off and she hates how the driver always adjusts his rear view mirror after the rest of the folks get off to leer back at her.

I’m sure this will be a bonus to the working women in Mumbai. Maybe not everyone makes enough to pay individually for the luxury of a taxi ride everyday, but if a couple of friends chip in – it would be relatively affordable and definitely decrease the stress of everyday travel…maybe they can even start enjoying late night travel and have taxi groups where they can play “antakshari” or gossip – like the many train groups that are found in local Mumbai trains J.

Here’s hoping that Forsche takes off in a big way in Mumbai which is one of the safer cities for women in India – so the women in the rest of the Indian cities can also start experiencing the peace of traveling home late at night .

Photo sourced from AP

Read more on This cab is for ladies only (The Times of India)

tinyiwdThe International Womens Day (IWD) marks a celebration of economic, social, cultural and political achievements for women. A day that came to existence as a communist holiday and then went on to be established,in 1977 by the United  Nations,as a special day to provide an opportunity to celebrate the progress made to advance equality for women and to assess the challenges that remain.The United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day in 2007 is “Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls.”

IWD is celebrated around the world by organising events such as rallies, discussions, cultural events, breakfasts and many more in over 41 countries. All the details can be seen at the official website of iwd1IWD.Many companies have been supporting the IWD for years which include HSBC, Cisco, Aviva, Deloitte. along with Organisations such as UNIFEM and Women Watch, Aurora , UNESCO and many more. 

Read on about the history of IWD and more here

So, to all the Ladies out there…”Have a Fabulous IWD and remember..Today is YOUR day(and so is everyother day ;-))!!!”

Ralph Fiennes Lisa Robertson Photo

Qantas stewardess Lisa Robertson has revealed that she had unprotected sexual encounters with Hollywood actor Ralph Fiennes in the Intercontinental Mumbai after their brief fling aboard the Darwin-Mumbai flight. The Mail on Sunday had a field day publishing details about their encounter, how Lisa who was staying at The Grand Hyatt and was called over by Fiennes to his hotel room. Upon reaching the hotel room, Lisa was apparently ‘a bit shocked’ because Fiennes asked for unprotected sex.

Later during his visit, Fiennes spent time visiting villages in India preaching safe sex and talking to HIV patients. There are around 5.1 million HIV patients in India including 202,000 children of which nearly 60,000 are born with the virus every year. UNICEF India is one of the active partners in the governments campaign against AIDS.

But I am quite sure there should be someone better than Mr. Fiennes to fit in the role of a HIV Ambassador.

Doordarshan Sorry for the Interruption

Those were the heady days of Doordarshan – when ‘Sorry for the Interruption’ became the most watched programme in the history of television. So much so that even ‘Krishi Darshan’ provided instant relief and ‘Chitrahaar’ was pure salvation. As I went on a trail for the Nirma girl, I remembered a few more people that made ‘it’ happen.


Nirupama – The Nirma Girl

Washing powder Nirma, washing powder Nirma
Dudh si safedi, Nirma se aaye | Rangeen kapda bhi khil khil jaye
Sabki pasand Nirma | Washing powder Nirma
Nirma

 

 

 

 

If you have been hearing this for the past 25 years, there has to be something special attached. Maybe it is the fact that the brand name is derived from Nirupama, the company owner’s daughter who died in a car accident but whose image has become iconic with the brand.

 

2. Karen Lunel – The Liril Girl
La la la la la la la la laa la laa.

Karen Lunel Liril ad Alyque padamsree
Quite simple isn’t it. When Alyque Padamsee decided to shoot an ad for Liril with a relatively unknown model, Karen Lunel who was wearing a lime green bikini in the icy cold waterfalls near the Guna caves in Kodaikanal, not even the folks at HLL would have thought it would become such a phenomenon. Not only did it capture the imagination of an ultra-conservative Indian society, it also multiplied Liril’s sales figures. So much so that McCann Erickson, the agency who was handed over the Liril account recently from Lowe India (formerly Lintas) who has held it for the last 30 years will have the ominous task of creating a new vigour in the brand.

Karen Lunel worked as an airhostess for Air India (apparently she was on duty in the flight when Rajiv Gandhi celebrated his birthday on his way back from USSR in 1988) and later became a DJ for Times FM. She is married to Tibetan Tashi Hishey and has a 18-year old son, Scott.

Lalitaji
Bhai saab, aagar itni saari safedi yadee kaam dam me mile to koi yeh kyoun le, yeh na le“.
An obvious reference to the the cheaper competitor, Nirma(once available for Rs.3 per Kg) by Lalitaji, posing as the ‘typical no-compromise, quality conscious, bargaining Indian housewife’ set the momentum for Surf as a brand that stands for quality at an affordable price.

Kavita Chaudhary went on to achieve more fame in the television saga ‘Udaan’ portraying the real-life story of Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, Kavita’s own sister who become an IPS officer overcoming the odds. Kavita is also a gold medalist from the National School of Drama. For a while she got into making corporate and ad films and did not have much success with her forays into screenplay and dialogue for movies as well as a socio-drama called ‘Your Honour’. Apparently, she is now planning to direct one.

Salma Sultan and her red red(or was that pink?) roseSalma Sultan Doordarshan news newsreader


Salma Sultan’s famous rose brightened up her otherwise cold renditions of the government press releases praising their own achievements. Set to retire in 1984, legend is that she was granted an extension after shedding a tear while reading the news about the Prime minister Indira Gandhi’s death.

Having got her first chance as a newsreader only because her compatriot Gopal Kaul came with a completely shaven head to avoid reading the news, her long association with Doordarshan continues even today after producing serials like ‘Panchatantra’ and ‘Jalta Jawal’ for DD under her production house Lensview Pvt Ltd.

These are the days of celebrities Anthony and Bani as they say and sometimes I miss those ‘Sorry for the Interruption‘ boards. Especially during reality shows.

 

It was interesting to read this in an online US newspaper called Sp Times. Talking about Hillary Rodham Clinton as a future President the paper noted: 

But in this area at least, the United States is behind the times. Britain, Pakistan and many other countries have had female presidents or prime ministers.

I am sure that there are others in the United States who are thinking along these lines. I know that in India some people think this way. After all, this is one aspect where we in India are miles ahead of America. We may have a poor record where womens’ rights are concerned, but if a woman is capable and strong then she can rise to great heights, at least in politics! In American politics, even if the woman is capable, she hits a glass ceiling…finally. Becoming President in America has been a pipe dream for women…until now. 
Now, that is not my view…just a brief account of the conversation I overheard today as we sat in a restaurant. While I too would just love to pat my own country on the back, I know I can’t. The truth is too glaring for me to ignore. 
Let us see who these women leaders from India and her neighbouring countries really are and how they got there:

India: We all know who our Indira was. The daughter of Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. And Sonia Gandhi, from India’s ‘first family’ almost became a Prime Minister too! She would indeed have become one if she had not been an Italian Indian. Nehru’s grand-daughter-in-law lost her chance because of her ethnicity.
Sri Lanka: The world’s first woman Prime Minister, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, also happened to be the wife of an ex-Sri Lankan Prime Minister (Solomon Bandaranaike) and the mom of Sri Lanka’s third President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Bangladesh: The late dictator of this country Zia ur Rahman left behind a widow called Khaleda Zia and she got her chance to rule the country. And Hasina Wajed? She became the Prime Minister of Bangladesh because she was the daughter of Mujibur Rahman, the first president of the country.
Pakistan: Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Not an exhaustive list by any means. I can think of more home-grown women like Laloo’s wife who governed Bihar after her husband and MGR’s (ex-Chief Minister) protege Jayalalitha…but well, I just wanted to make a point. Which is that these women didn’t get to where they were on their own. Sure, they might be highly capable women, in fact I am quite sure they were, but would they have got to these positions unless they came from a family where their husbands and fathers were political leaders? The truth is that they never had to try and break the glass ceiling. They were already above it. It is possible to argue that men too benefit from a political pedigree (like Rajiv Gandhi did) but there are certainly more men who have become political leaders without their wives and mothers being so.

The question is: Even if we talk of just the political arena, how many women in India who are not political princesses can even hope to becoming the Prime Minister? Ironically, when it comes to Hillary, we can ask ourselves: Would she have got to where she was if it wasn’t for Bill Clinton? I feel she may not have…but Margaret Thatcher of the UK got to where she was entirely on her own…so I guess Britian has something to be proud of.

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