Weekends, college friends and cocktails 

 

Reunions when done properly are amazing right? The entire “Glam-team” minus one made it for an afternoon filled with laughter and candid conversations. It’s strange to think how many girl gangs I’ve become a part of over the years. But the wonderful thing is that every one of these groups seem to have evolved so much in the past decade and largely, I still thoroughly enjoy the company and value the friendships.  

 

In other news, I’m spending the long weekend at mums place and was surprised to find a parcel with my Rakshabandhan gift left on top of my pillow with a note from Scooby. It’s nice that the baby brother remembers, even though he is far away on vacation. 

Just like much of the informed world, I’ve spent last week having super polarising conversations about the Google unconscious bias and FB AI debacle. One one issue I think it does exist and there is no reason why anyone should be penalised for starting an honest debate. On the latter one I have only one thing to ask: “Mr. Zuckerberg, CUT IT OUT!!!! Have you heard of ULTRON?!!!!!!” 

IF YOU COULD, WOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR NAME? 

A notification from someone who migrated to the U.S. almost a decade ago annoouncing an important change she has embraced, has given rise to this very insightful question.

Apparently as a part of gaining citizenship you are allowed to change your name. All of us can agree that we had no say whatsoever in the matter of our names. It was lovingly bestowed upon us by our parents and elders (and was hopefully a well thought out decision). But I’m sure if one has to repeatedly resort to an impromptu class in phonetics every time you introduce yourself by name to just about everyone (case in point me for the entire duration of my stay in the U.S. and every single time I travel to another country), you do think if a name that was not a phonetic challenge could have made things easier. Which is why this girl who has a beautiful Indian name which has been mangled infinite number of times changed her name. Oh and she went one step further and changed her last name to an amalgamation of her birth father and stepfather’s names, which I think is an incredibly mature and a very thoughtful gesture, since both of them are wonderful men and have shaped her life in beautiful ways. 

So if given a choice, would you change your name? 

  

In 5th grade biology we studied that every human being has a unique set of fingerprints

Who knew that one day using technology, we would put that unique identity to use to the extent where it would allow us to get into our offices, unlock our phones and even get a national ID.

My earliest memory about the uniqueness of fingerprints is derived from old Bollywood movies that portrayed poor farmers handing over their land deeds to tyrannical landlords and since they were illiterate, they attested the document with impressions of their thumbs or in more recent years when CSI would lift a print off of a crime-scene and run it through a database to catch the bad guys (wasn’t CSI Vegas the best?! Grism was so cool) 

I miss the Blackberry but I’m warming up to the charms of the swanky iPhone 6 and have willingly submitted my fingerprint to seal the start of the new relationship.

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…… and its been a decade since I visited Rohtang Pass.

I love the Self Esteem Project of Dove. I remember Oprah featuring the “Real Women” a long time ago on her show, I didn’t realise that they had launched a full blown campaign.

Did you know women wrote over 5 million negative tweets about beauty on social media just in the year 2014?

When I watched this video I realised, I too had become a person who the minute I see a mirror, check for imperfections, pimples, freckles, misbehaving hair – instead of looking at MYSELF. This may be something so simple as hair at first sight, but to many its a real challenge. We all have things we don’t like about ourselves or at some point in time didn’t like, whether you choose to admit it or not. But its time everyone realised that we get this one body and we have to live in this skin till the day we bid adieu, WHY CANT WE LEARN TO LOVE AND EMBRACE WHAT IS TRULY A UNIQUE FACE instead of wanting to fit into a social-media-promoted-individualityless-mould? Why?

I just mentioned the TED app in my previous post and while we are still on the topic ….

………. this talk by Renee Engeln is something every single woman needs to watch. I especially love the part where she mentions that the focus today is more on the the way our body looks versus what we should truly be focussing on – what our bodies can do.

It was a nail on my head when she said that universally, every girl has figured out the pose to look best in pictures (and I happen to strike the same pose in many a photograph taken over the past 3 years) and we today worry about stuff that a few years earlier only caused movie stars and models to loose sleep over. Its a MUST WATCH.