Thursday, October 16, 2008

So….What’s your Style?


People confuse Fashion with Style. They are two different things altogether. Fashion is something that you can learn, cultivate and something that you can buy. But Style is something that you are born with…something you possess in your genes.
You can buy the most fashionable accessories and clothing but if you cannot carry them…….you will feel & look out of place.
If something looks good on your colleague, a movie star, a model, a friend, or someone you envy, it’s not necessary it will look good on you as well. You need to identify your body type and then flatter it to the maximum with the right stuff.
Sometimes you need to take some risks. One should try something really different, something outside your comfort zone. Something funky and fun. By doing this, you'll find out something new an amazing about yourself, and this is what style is all about. Try it out.....you may become a trend setter for others to follow.
My Style
“Comfort & Simplicity” is what is my styling funda.
I am always up to mixing & matching my clothes, accessories, shoes/ slipper’s etc. I actually fancy skirts and jeans….they are my all time favorite. Red, pink, blue, green, black, white are my favourite colors.
Shopping……..is something I just really hate doing! I wish the shops could visit me and ask me to make my selection. I know shopping is a ladies best pass time….but maybe I am the odd one out. But yeah……let me mention here that I love buying my own stuff because I know my style. Shopping - it even takes me 2-3hrs at times, maybe to simply buy one top. That’s why I love shopping alone.
Make-up is a completely No-No for me…..I look too dressed up with the foundations, lipstick, rouge, mascara etc. I only wear black kohl and lip balm. Accessories is too the minimum…yeah but I love accessorising.
And if you ask me….what I am most comfortable wearing?.... then let me tell you that I am most comfortable in my night-wear which is a set of pajamas and a loose loose T-shirt. Its gets even better, if the T-shirt has some holes and is actually discolored…;-)
Yeah, let me also mention that I do not discard my good fitting clothes so easily. Two reasons, one I am very possessive about them and second, these clothes act as my shape indicators…..if I do not fit into them -3-4yrs down the line…it surely warns me to workout even more rigorously.
“Fashions fades, but style is eternal.”
If you want to give me your styling fundas, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.
Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself, God Bless and don’t forget to Always keep it stylish!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Stupid Common Man…….the so called Aam Aadmi*


The image depicts the Common Man - drawn by Laxman
The common man of India is not over-reacting to the current circumstances in India. Each one of us infact is terrified with the several blasts that have shattered busy metros/ cities in India. We are afraid and helpless and we the so called “common man” cannot do anything to prevent this from happening.

We feel powerless!!!

The recent bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Malegoan have traumatized each citizen of this country - each common man of this country. When we go out of our home on our daily voyage, we are not sure, whether we will return home at all……..or even if we return home, would we be back in one piece.

Is it that the group of people causing this destruction in India is smarter and intelligent than the Indian police and the so called state authorities?

This is an earnest call to the state authorities, the various democratic parties in India, to come together and fight this war against terror.

We cannot afford to play politics on this subject of terror. We need to place our grudges, personal wars aside and collectively and mutually destroy the terrorists group. These terrorists communities are fundamentally trying to disintegrate our unity to destroy India. They are essentially banking on our politically rivalry amongst each other – our hatred towards each other, to play their terror games.

As said by Mahatma Gandhi, "Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking."

This article of mine is inspired from the movie “A Wednesday” which is a remarkable film with theatre at its best. It talks about how we have been allowing these attacks to happen in our country without rectifying the problem till today.

In nervousness and extreme anxiety, the common man someday will be forced to take law in his hand. And this would lead to chaos in the country!

If you are an Indian and you haven’t seen the movie yet……I persuade you to go and watch it….its a fantastic film. And even if you cannot comprehend Hindi, I still persuade you to grab a DVD of this film with an English subtitle.

If you have your views on this situation in India, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself, God Bless and

Remember, “By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.”

*Aam Aadmi (Hindi)– Its means the “Common Man”

Monday, October 6, 2008

Why are Christians in India being victimised?


Peace loving Christian population in India, which constitute a mere 2.3% of the Indian population are being persecuted and victimized since Dec 2007 and the situation is not getting any better even today.

Each day there is news flashing on all newspapers and displayed on prime time television that Christian churches are wrecked, holy statues are broken down, Christians are beaten and burnt alive……my question is, Why are Christians harassed for being Christians????
Faith under attack
Faith is under attack here in India. We should be ashamed of the way we treat our Catholic brothers and sisters in India……but the feeling of guilt and shame will only be felt if you have a conscious. It is obvious that the people who are causing this kind of disharmony amongst the citizens of India are without a conscious or should I say they are deceiving their soul.

An individual can decide which faith he wants to follow. Whether he follows Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity or Buddhism, it is the faith that an individual wants to believe in. No-one and No-body can stop him/ her from following his/ her faith.

Yes, even I believe that forceful conversion is against the law and should be punished. However, if an individual wants to convert willingly - of his own conscious, of his own mind…..no one can stop this from happening…..neither you, nor me, nor anybody from the centre and the state authorities.
The Centre is humiliated
The centre is ashamed of the situation more because they are terrified of what people in the international arena’s will think about India which today is a liberalized country…..a country which thinks global…..a country which is in the pipeline of signing the nuclear deal……The centre is asking themselves questions like, “Would we loose our face internationally”, “Would we loose trade/ commerce with other countries?”
Has anybody asked the citizens of the country, the victims of this bloody attack on Christians, how do they feel? Do they feel secure living in the country which penalizes people for following their faith?


My views in a layman’s perspective
As mentioned earlier, faith is something that a person is grown up with. In some cases, an individual is born in one faith and then moves on to believe in another because he/she believes that a particular faith gives her the peace of mind and happiness.

Infact, we should be happy that a particular faith makes people happy and content….whether an individual follows Faith A or follows Faith B is not something that anybody has the right to question. India and WE Indians should be proud that we have so many cultures, faiths, traditions, ethnicities, because of all this variety…India is diverse and this is what makes us different for the rest of the world.

The girl who does the household chores at my residence is born in a Hindu family. At the age of 18, she ALSO started believing in the Christian faith? She just has one thing to say that she sees no difference in the two faiths that she follows. Both the faiths teach the same thing….to love your brothers and sisters and live and let live in harmony.

I envy this girl…..I feel she is really lucky to be able to follow two faiths in her one being.

The centre needs to take an immediate action now before the situation goes completely out of control. It needs to call a meeting with the persecutors and ask them what is their motive behind their horrific act and punish the defaulters for their cruelty.

"Religions die when they are proved to be true."

If you have your views on this situation in India, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself, God Bless and Remember, “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”, so Keep The Faith Always!!