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Sometimes I don’t understand to what extent people go to prove themselves or rather make fool out of themselves. I was reading this piece of article on Female First and it really pissed me off.

 

An Italian showgirl and model is offering her virginity for one million Euros.

Twenty year old Raffella Fico – a contestant on the Italian version of TV show ‘Big Brother’ earlier this year – wants the cash to buy a house and pay for acting lessons.

She said: “I can’t wait to see who’s going to pull out the money to have me.”

The starlet is quite comfortable with the arrangement, adding: “If I don’t like him I’ll just have a glass of wine and forget about it.”

I can’t wait to see who’s going to pull out the money to have me.

Raffella has even drafted in her brother to back her claims up. He says: “She’s never had a boyfriend. I swear on my mother’s grave. She’s a devout Catholic and prays to Padre Pio every night.”

Last week a 22-year-old US student, Natalie Dylan, launched an online auction for her virginity on a Californian radio show.

 

The most annoying thing that I found about this article were her brother’s comments. What is he trying to prove by saying that she is a true catholic? I am not a catholic and I am not sure what Bible preaches but one thing that I can say is that no matter which religion you are following, none teaches you to do such bizarre things to make your dreams come true. I sometimes sympathise with the sex workers who have to work even when they don’t want to but there can be many reasons behind choosing the job. I could still understand doing something like this had you had a family to support, you were struggling for your ends to meet and you are left with no other option but this.  Her statements “If I don’t like him I’ll just have a glass of wine and forget about it. I can’t wait to see who’s going to pull out the money to have me. “ definitely doesn’t give me a feeling that she is going through some crisis. Is she a wannabe, who is trying hard to become popular by doing just anything and everything?

 

It pisses me off when people try to do things under the veil of religion. I remember a colleague Asma, who was a Muslim and had a compulsion to wear burkha. She was well versed with the preaching of Holy Koran and used to share them with her friends as well, something good that she was doing. But what got on to my nerves was that she was preaching to others but when it came to her own self she decided not to follow any of the teachings. She taught that a woman should not wear lipstick, should keep herself covered with a stole all the time, should not let her hair open etc. When she herself used to step out of the house, she used to wear full makeup, let her hair open and although she used to wear burkha while stepping out of hostel but that burkha used to go off as soon as she covered a few miles from the place. I could never understand why she was trying to do such things or why people like her try to impose things on others when they themselves don’t want to follow such stuff?

 

I respect people who take their religion seriously and follow it, I am not a religion fanatic but if someone believes in his/her religion, I respect that. I have never been one of those who has criticised any religion or has said things against any body’s religious views or opinions but I hate people who try to hide their black souls behind the veils of their religious views. All I’d say is Grow up! Life is too short to divulge into such stupid things.

 

Sorry for a dark post today but I think I needed to write this down. Coming to the lighter side, Jay from The Depp Effect gave me this award.

 

 

I love her blog except the insects that she loves posting, which gives me good reason to pee in my pants. 😀 She lives in some beautiful part of the world where a lot of greenery still makes your mornings fresh and the twitter of birds still work as a sweet alarm clock. I must not commit this crime by not mentioning that she is a Jhonny Depp Fan. Cheers Jay! 

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Be Coz U Can says the home page of the Bucks New University, Britain and be coz our profesr gives us the liberti to misspel any word in English language, v wil!

Without further ado I’ll tell you why I am playing with words, and that too in such an gauche manner. Ken Smith, a lecturer at the Bucks New University in Britain, has said that the most common spelling mistakes made by students should be accepted as variants. This move, he says, will save educationists a lot of hassle since they won’t have to keep correcting the same mistakes. According to him twenty of the most common mistakes such as Febuary, ignore, speech, occurred, their, truly, speech, twelth should be overlooked.

I have both view and a counterview to what he said.

View

Language purists must be fretting about the statement that Mr. Smith has passed but if we look closely, there is already a difference in spellings of American and British English. We Indians follow Queen’s Rule for English Language i.e. British Rule. So, when we spell colo(u)r, Americans would spell it color. But aren’t both the spelling universally accepted? They are. So, why make such an uproar about bending a few rules for commonly misspelt words? The purpose is to clearly pass the message even if we bend a few rules. At schools we are taught to rhyme “i before” e “except after c” but the question arises is how many remember this rule by the time they go to university?

I remember, last year a student on my website posted the following, though a little annoying for a person like me but he was successful in passing the message:

Read this –

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I

was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the human mnid,

aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it

dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the

olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in

the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can

sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter

by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and

I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt.

So, even if I write like this, um I not pasing ma message rite? Why fret then?

Counter view:

Imagine everyone choosing their own way of spelling the words. It would only lead to a mediocrity in the society where ‘standard’ would be a word of ancestors. I’d agree that the teachers may be facing problem in correcting every single spelling, but aren’t they putting a stop the development of a student? Spelling February as Febuary just because it is phonetically correct doesn’t not help . An article here suggests that Initial Alphabet Training (I.T.A.) was never successfully made mainstream, and later on children had to shift to Traditional Spelling. The text messaging and emails have already added much quirkiness in the language and if we bend more rules, it’s going to increase incompetency among the lot. So, I feel that the solution is to improve the school systems, and add relevant syllabus that can help in improving the standards. Language can’t be static but too many variations would steal the beauty and intelligence from the language.

I’d say English is a Phunny language. Isn’t it? Tee Anyone?

[Fagive me if I have made any speling mistakes]

…So, I should get more privileges.

 

Today’s post is debatable so I’d like you to bring forward your views regarding the issue.

 

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Since childhood we have been taught that beauty is skin deep. Every parent’s main stress is on building the character of his ward than about how he/ she should look. But are parents really successful in doing so? Isn’t the peer pressure, the beauty advertisements on television leaving a totally different impact on their kids?

 

Synovate conducted a Global beauty survey for over 7000 people that tackled a range of beauty issues in nine markets – Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea, India, Singapore, Spain, South Africa and the United States. Here are the results-  

  • Nearly one in five respondents would have plastic surgery if they had the money but another 30% would do absolutely nothing differently if money were no object
  • The Spaniards desire darker skin and the Koreans strive for paler skin
  • More South African men than women would use a personal shopping / style service if they could.
  • Wash’n’go Canadians spend less time in front of the mirror than people in other parts of the globe, yet are more likely than nearly everyone else to feel inadequate courtesy of beauty advertisements
  • Americans have the poorest self image when it comes to beauty with seven percent saying they are not beautiful and want to change
  • Beauty doesn’t buy you any extra kudos in Korea where 96% disagreed that beautiful people do not have to work as hard
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall… The highest daily mirror time goes to the Bulgarians with 31% spending more than 10 minutes a day gazing at themselves, followed by the Americans at 26%.
  • Singaporeans relate beauty to confidence more than any other market, with just under half saying it’s all about self-belief
  • 41% of all respondents agreed that they pay attention to beauty tips in magazines
  • It’s good to be beautiful in Brazil and India where 55% of people think you can get away with less work as long as you look good
  • Were money no object, nearly half of all people would have regular facials, massages or other treatments. This was as high as 77% in Brazil (91% of women) and 72% in Spain (86% of women).

 

 

Though I am not very much justified to write this post because when I got my second job, I got it more because of my looks and speech (considering that English is not my first language) than because of my abilities. I didn’t know it when I was offered the confirmation letter but later I got to know that my boss wanted a good looking girl in his team because the team consisted of five men and a girl who was no-so- pretty by his standards.  So, I was in. I was somewhat aware that even if I actively don’t use my charms, I still had a weapon and I could use it whenever and wherever I wanted to. During the six month period that I worked there, I enjoyed all the privileges; I was offered to accompany my male colleagues for their meetings, I was made to conduct interviews, I was offered to accompany them for high profile parties, etc. but all this became frustrating after a point of time because I couldn’t see any growth from professional point of view. And, ultimately I went there to work and not to charm men. So, I quit. It sounds kiddish now because I am over with it but many people spend their whole lives concentrating on their looks and charms. Today when I look at it from an entrepreneur’s point of view I’d probably want to employ a person with more grey cells than someone who knows believes in spending more time in front of the mirror. Indians especially have inferior complex if they are have a dark skin tone but this all comes from the parochial society. Parents feel pressurized from the society if they have a daughter who is not beautiful. The matrimonials are filled with proposals such as ‘Wanted fair, beautiful, educated girl’ for so and so boy. The guy may be an ugly dumb fart who would be licking his boss’s ass to move high up in hierarchy  but the girl with whom he wants to marry should be prefect in every aspect. Go get a life buggers!

 

I personally think that ‘pretty and dumb’ can’t get anywhere. But ask a boss who has a beautiful secretary, who could flutter her eyes, blush at the comments of her boss but makes 30 mistakes in typing one sheet of paper. Wouldn’t he be jaundiced, and would deal with her sweetly than had his secretary been short and fat? Leave work places, teens today are feeling pressure to look sexy and beautiful. Influence of magazines, websites, television, friends are all are making teens conscious about their looks and leading them into eating disorders, making them unhappy, pushing them into depression, and in dire cases even forcing them to commit suicides. Though it’s not been many years that I have stepped out of my teenage but I think me and my friends were barely conscious about how we looked. We were happy wearing shorts, jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts and spending our time reading books or playing sports. And definitely we never got bored doing all this; I think innocence and jollity is the biggest charm of teenage.  We never indulged ourselves into ipods or fashionable clothes or rather never felt the need to. Our role models used to be our teachers, writers etc but never pop stars, actors or models.

 

Keeping yourself clean and presentable is one thing but is it alright about being obsessed about your looks? Isn’t it more important to flaunt our ken than making our looks the pivotal issue in our lives?

 

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