Friday, January 24, 2014

We are young.

I am one of those people, advertisers create ads for. I fall for every emotional ad there is knowing fully well that it is made solely for the purpose of buying customers like me and making more money. I know this, because well common sense and because I have a minor in advertising. And so while I should know better than to fall for this, I also applaud creative ads when I see them.

I stumbled across a page today that had links to 9-indian-ads-that-deliver-a-social-message and it made me think about how even though the current state of Indian politics and economy is horrifying I have obstinate belief that we will be okay.

While it is super easy for me to ignore the facebook rants of my friends about Modi/AAP/Congress etc because it doesn't directly affect me, I have a very cynical view of the future of the country, because each party surpasses the next in scandals and corruptions. It is extremely easy for me to turn a blind eye to the mess AAP has created in Delhi and being a democrat through and through it hurts my pride to say that maybe our only hope at this point is in fact Modi - the aforementioned article I read today gave me a lot of hope.

I read this on Quora recently and I know this to be true - Other countries(China etc.) succeed because of their governments, India despite it. The most amazing thing about us Indians is that there are literally so many of us, that we just don't quit. We have been fighting for centuries now and will continue to do so until we get what we want. We know exactly what's wrong with us and we are trying really hard to make things right. We recognize caste-ism as a flaw in our progress as a nation , we recognize that divorce and remarriage is still a social stigma, we know that the treatment of women in the country is appalling, but we are doing everything we can to change it.

Not too long ago, I blogged about how I was not proud to be an Indian and it has been my most viewed blog ever. But today I feel amazingly hopeful and optimistic about being an Indian. We are a country where 65 percent of the people are under the age of 35, there is nothing that we can't do. Besides Indians everywhere are known for their hard work and dedication, we as the youth of the country are marching on in the right direction. We have stopped letting shitty politicians take us for granted. Even with this whole Kejriwal fiasco (and excuse me if something I said is wrong because when it comes to politics, I am a little ill informed) we wanted a change and we voted for him - but if he thinks that after being given the responsibility of the state he can just keep on going just on the basis of publicity stunts, he has another thing coming his way.

In many ways now, we are more powerful than we have ever been. Our number maybe the biggest factor that can be pointed to for everything that is wrong about the country - but it's also our single biggest asset. And now since it is empowered, great things are about to happen.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding my Silver Lining

While I am hoping with all my heart that 2014 is nothing like last year, because I had a consistently terrible year. I am going to list out all the good things that happened to me. 

To start with, in January, I befriended two really amazing people. Very unintentionally we grew to like our company a lot and I can spend time with them even when they are a couple and totally not get awkward. And also both of them separately. 

I also went on some amazing trips with old friends which were all in their own right nothing short of legendary. 

I think I had my heart broken for the first time and then a couple more times in the first half of the year, and this is a silver lining because it proves I have one, contrary to my assumptions. Thanks to this, I am more in touch with my emotions. 

I made more friends with whom I instantly bonded and I think I’ll be friends with them forever. Effortlessly we are a part of each other’s lives and it’s fantastic. 

I started working on my next big life project, which may or may not become a thing (therefore the ambiguity) but regardless will be important for me.

I had some mind blowing, intense conversations with my parents about deep life choices and philosophy which I never thought I would. Thanks to this we understand each other a little more now. 

More than six of my really close friends are either married or have found the one for themselves.  This is exciting because obviously yay! and secondly because it gives me hope that I can’t be far behind. 

I also made a major life decision which may or may not affect me in the long run. But making it has been the hardest thing I have done all year. this makes me feel really grown up. 

Towards the end of the year, I was able to reconnect and play catch up with two friends who I had grown up in a way with. We bonded over all kinds of random things and it made me happy that some friendships can always be revived however long it’s been since the last time you talked properly. These people sometimes feel like an extension of your own family sometimes, because they have been there and see you go through everything. 

So even if my blog about the crappy things would be twice as long as this, I am still grateful and thankful for the little things that kept picking me up along the way. The truth is however cheesy and childish and movie like it may sound, it is up to you to find the best in the worst.