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Europe Tour: Day 6

Day 6: 2nd June, 2013.

Another day in Paris; another day in Paradise. It’s really not possible to exaggerate the beauty of Paris. On top of that, the morning air just revitalizes you. Although I didn’t get much of a good night’s sleep owing to last night’s football game, I didn’t really care. I was in the heart of Paris and it was bliss.

I have always heard people say that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. I understand the health aspect of it but since the past few days, I realized one of the meanings of the saying: “A hungry man is an angry man”. Good food means good spirits. I never felt broody or depressed or fatigued. I was always in high spirits and I guess breakfast always contributed to that feeling. So after another great breakfast and a cup of caffeine, I set out to explore the city. Continue Reading..


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The Dizziness of Disney and How he Dammed the Dames.

Disney’s princess films set forth a standard for women who are allowed to have dreams. The whole idea was to represent a family value in their films for the ‘princesses’ or the average girl in a family who are often at despair or in troubles. Their approach at fulfilling this idea was to make fairy tales, creating plots with happy endings and wish fulfillment. Furthermore, it sets forward standards on how the girls can grow up to be proper women and find the right princes.

The ideal Disney princess is skinny, often fair, beautiful and do not have jobs of their own. They are willing to take direct orders and obey them to the word. Their beauty is their best assets and they can sing really well and better than other ‘evil’ characters. There is always someone who is evil towards the protagonist, usually elder to her, but there are sidekicks and helpful characters who are the key help in the times of her distress. The basic elements in the films are: Emotions, funny jokes, good prevailing over evil, cute animals (and sometimes inanimate objects) as their singing sidekicks, romance, love at first sight and always, music. The idea of happily ever after is usually fulfilled after the princesses meet their princes and are under their secured love. The princesses fall in love with the princes at the first sight.

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Political Contempt Of The Peoples Court.

It was a Super Sunday for all those who have been following the results of the elections to the 4 states, the 5th state returning the results on Mon 9th  Dec.

Call it a result in the BJP heartland or BJP strong holds, or by any other name. The fact is that the electorate in these 4 states have voted for one thing in common : Rejection of the Congress. In states like MP and Rajasthan, not only have they rejected  the Congress, but even given a clear preference to the BJP as the preferred party of governance. To an extent, they have even given a clear reference to the BJP in Chhattisgarh as well. What seemed as a tough fought battle initially, did not turn out to be so towards the end as can be seen from the 49:39 verdict in favor of BJP.

Delhi, acted a bit differently. They were in sync with the rest of the states in voting out the Congress comprehensively. Like other states, Delhi also voted in the BJP as the single largest party. However they gave BJP 4 to 5 seats short of a simple majority.  This is what the Delhi electorate wanted. It is their educated choice. It is their franchised decision. And look how the political parties are viewing this voters’ decision.

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