Moblog 01:59 PM
my first micro blogging
Posted via SMS on Friday, November 16, 2007 using Activ Mobs' Moblogger.
I have moved my blog to my wordpress account.
Watch the documentary BullDozer made by the Budhan Theatre on the plight of their Chhara community.
Logged into my orkut account after returning back from 5-day trip to Goa. And what I see on my homepage is 9 friend requests and none of the requester looks familiar to me. No doubt orkut has made life easier by helping us find old school and college friends but the annoying aspect of orkut is getting friend requests from strangers. Especially women are bugged by these friend requests from the romeos of the cyber world. Don't know if the same happens with the guys. All those guys out there do tell if you are also flooded with friend requests from the juliets on orkut.
The above picture is my orkut homepage where I have 9 new friend requests(all males) from people I don't know. I am not open to making friends on internet so all these friend requests would be denied by clicking ''no".
Apart from the friend requests the scrapbook and the message inbox is flooded with messages from anonymous like -
"wanna have friendship with me" - The simplest friendship message
" hi i dont have any chat friend or girl friend......can we?????????" - This message gives an impression as if orkut is a dating site.
"hi girls,well i am a goan guy, aged 23 workin abroad. i am a simple and down hearted guy. i am tall, medium complexion and a very honest man. i am looking for my life partner. If any girl is interested in me, kindly message me on orkut or leave your telephone no. thanks alot ".
- This message was sent to the members of a girls' college community. Ever thought that orkut would play a matchmaking role in India. May be time will come when it would leave behind all those matrimonial sites like shaadi.com and bharatmatrimony.com who claims to be no.1 matrimony in India. Infact I think orkut would be more effective than these matrimonial sites as the bride/groom can find all the details about the prospective groom/bride from their profile and not to forget the testimonials. So all the guys and gals out there getting ready for their marriage, make your profile look good and impressive and bribe your friends to write a perfect testimonial for you before the person looking for you hits on your orkut profile.
Orkut recently entered its third year. It has become one of the most favourite timepass leaving behind Yahoo messenger and other chat services. Orkut is addictive and I am also a victim of it. All is fine with orkut till you are able to stay in touch with your friends but becomes irritating when you receive friend request and messages from Anonymous especially if you are not in favor of making internet friends.
Orkut is a great social networking site but like everything comes with its disadvantages, same is true with orkut. I have never come across any guy in the similar situation. All guys there on orkut let us know if your scrapbooks and inbox also gets loaded with friend requests from anonymous gals.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s(AMC) bulldozer for the 12th time demolished the huts of the denotified tribes (DNTs) in Maninagar, Ahmedabad. It was on 8th Feb. 2007 when people of four denotified communities, who have been staying here for last 30-40 years, became homeless.
For their survival they used to sell maps in Ahmedabad city, villages. Women used to make plastic ropes at home itself and men used to go for ear cleaning work. Some used to sell toys while some of the women used to go for begging for their family’s survival. These people have been living under terror of the AMC as they demolish their houses and even beat women and children brutally.
Various applications have been submitted for a permanent settlement but there has been no positive response. Now “Sambhav” group has started a petition against the demolition drive of the AMC. Sambhav is a volunteer social group of the students of DA-IICT, Gandhinagar who go to Maninagar to teach the children of the people belonging to the denotified tribes. More on Sambhav here. The petition is a part of the struggle for getting a permanent settlement for these tribes.
People are suffering a lot. It is hot summer in Ahmedabad and there is no shelter for them. Now they cannot even go for earning because they have no place to leave their children. People are lying with empty stomach. These nomadic tribes need our help to make their dream of having their own house come true.
I request you to sign this petition and forward it to as many people as possible if you want to contribute to this struggle. Sign the petition here.
The previous post on the other DNT tribe of Chharanagar can be read here.
Feeling bored and lonely??? - Try considering a dating agency.(Courtesy: Google)
One of the Google search results for "how to spend time when feeling bored". Had been feeling bored for some time so as Google has been the solution to all the problems, tried finding ways to pass time through the search engine. While surfing through the results came through a counselling webpage where some people expressed their reasons of feeling lonely expecting some solution to it from the counsellor. But none of the solutions were motivating enough and none of the reasons matched with mine. Some of the sample reasons - "feeling lonely because I don't know what am I going to do when I graduate", "feeling lonely because I am not aware what I want from life".. Too serious reasons for me to get lonely... And some funny ones like A guy had expressed the reason as "feel lonely because I don't have a girl friend". I think for him the solution of dating can be useful. I think after reading these reasons my loneliness has disappeared. What was my reason for being lonely?? Let me think...Not that I’m around people that often. May be not seeing my friend since morning made me feel lonely. Not a bad reason for a tryst with boredom :)
But really tough dear to kill time when you don't have anything to do, don't have anyone to talk to, don't feel like doing even things that you enjoy. Sometimes life is too busy to find time for anything, and sometimes it gets so boring that one has to find things to kill time. My favourite time pass has been surfing through internet but today didn't enjoy that also. Tried killing time surfing through blogs, reading email archivals. Reading previous mails of your friends in your Yahoo, Gmail, Rediffmail can be a very good way of spending time through which you can relive some of the past good memories...How could I forget orkutting??? But unfortunately got bored of that also.... A hard day but could successfully end the day without any feeling like harming myself(it happens when ur loneliness increase Courtesy:Google) with this post..Now its 10 minutes to 0000 hours.
Hoping to have a unboring and lonely-less day tomorrow!!!!!
Theatre has become the part of their life. Be it protests or be it their anger or be it creating awareness in society - theatre is the medium they use for raising their voices and communicate it to the mainstream society. These are the Chharas - the denotified tribes(DNTs) of Chharanagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. This community was labeled as a "criminal tribe" by the British during their rule. But even after 60 years of independence, not much has changed for them and they are still living with the stigma of Criminal tribes. No jobs, no respect, constant surveillance by the police, imprisonment without any explanation, outcasted by the society - This is the life of the people of Chhara tribe. These people are infamous for stealing petty things and production of liquor.
Never had the urge to earn more and more money as some of my colleagues in my college. Almost all appeared for CAT and other MBA exams...Why MBA??? Reason: Want to earn a lot of money for a very comfortable, secure life..Very few would be really wishing to do management because they want to do it. Was adviced by many around me to go for it because everyone else was doing and a BTech degree holder's salary would not be sufficient to have a life full of comforts. But no money didn't attract me much even after I come from not much financially well background. I have my own plans and priorities in my life(may be I will tell you about it next time).