“Techie gang raped by group of cabbies”
“12 yr old molested by neighbor in Haryana”
These sort of headlines have become a common occurrence to us. Just reading about these headlines sends a shiver down my spine and a terrifying question pops into my mind “what if it’s me ? “. Safety and Security of women have long been compromised and the reasons given by those responsible are various but I don’t want to hear them, because I know they aren’t valid. Some people blame the victim’s clothing, movies, modern culture, night shifts and just about everything under the sun but I wonder if they truly believe them because I know I don’t , they aren’t just senseless but also insulting as now has come the time when I can’t even choose my wardrobe. Mahatma Gandhi said “India will be truly independent only when a woman can walk home alone at midnight and reach safely” but looking at the state of affairs , a doubt creeps into me and I wonder if his dream will ever see the light of the day. What would be my dream u may ask, my dream is to go out at 7 o clock with the confidence that I will return home safely, my dream is to wear what I want and not be judged by my clothes and my dream is to smile back if a stranger smile’s at me and not wonder if it’s safe to do so.
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Are you one of those people who are utterly frustrated with the RAGA-NAMO mess and confusion prevailing in the country today? It is that point in time when everything that happens around us takes a political angle. Whether it is the falling value of the Indian currency or distribution of tablets to farmers (!), anything and everything has a political background to it according to the media and people alike. India is known to be a young country with an average age of 25 years. Is the young country; more specifically is the youth of the country really interested in electing the next government?
Before asking that question, I think I should ask how many of the 18-year olds in our country actually have valid voter IDs. And that how many of them, I am sure the answer is going to be minimalistic, are actually willing to give up their plans of ‘partying’ on a public holiday to go out and vote? The answer is going to be even less proportional than the previous one.
So here I give you four reasons why you SHOULD go and vote during the next General Elections:
1. Moral Responsibility
“India is a country where Pizza is delivered faster than an ambulance.”
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I wake up feeling really tired. Yesterday took a huge toll on me. Salzburg was extraordinarily beautiful, but walking through the mountains and keeping up with the tour guide in the wet, cold rain was more tiring than I had imagined. It is 8 a.m. and the breakfast buffet closes up by 10.30 a.m. As usual, I got ready in time and had a hearty breakfast.
I have a flight to Switzerland today. So after having breakfast, I checked out of my hotel and took a cab to the airport. I hate the rule where you have to check in three hours before an international flight. I have traveled so many times and each time, I check in and clear the security check half an hour after I arrive at the airport. I wanted to spend more time in Munich. I didn’t really get to do much here. But Austria was thrilling and it compensated for everything else.
Something that deserves another glance!
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