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A Bollywood Bully and a Badass Hero

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The story begins quite conventionally, to keep up with Bollywood! There is a Villain and there is a Hero(ine) if you will but I feel heroes (just like villains) should be gender neutral. So you get the idea! This guy is our villain and the girl is our hero.

Just like most of our Bollywood stories, the villain has his entourage of sidekicks. These sidekicks include an England educated guy from a royal family who for some weird reason believes that one of the factors determining your job is genetics. There goes to dumps years and years of struggle of our forefathers who invested their entire lives fighting the class barriers! Apparently, IQ and EQ is something even money and English Colleges can not give you.

Second in line of the many many sidekicks of our villain is this below mediocre Daddy’s boy whose Daddy has spent his life making equally below mediocre movies which invariably included a Hero confessing love to heroine by slapping on her buttock, but all is in the name of comedy and what is comedy without a butt slap? If the argument of our royal regarding genetics holds ground, the son should be equally if not more fixated to butts.

Our villain is again from a filmy family. Being a super rich son of a rich daddy, he takes pride in sitting amongst the most happening crowd of tinsel town and making fun of clothes and accents of the less fortunates. The villain’s brilliant ideas in the past included yards and yards of chiffon wrapped around a skimpy blouse, which has since migrated to a bikini and somewhere between the saree and the bikini you will find a threadbare triangle involving love and friendship.

Our hero; in stark contrast comes from a humble family of a small town and has a weird albeit endearing speech pattern. She is also known to stand up against a self-proclaimed Greek God (ironically yet another guy whose Daddy brought upon himself to launch his son’s career). I don’t say that she is invincible and the best in her craft but I do know for sure that she has way more talent, our villain and sidekicks combined. Although I do wish she could have turned down her last movie, which also starred the snobby royal sidekick in question.

Now since the introductions of related parties are over and done with; let us get to the root of the cause which makes me take sides and call one party a hero and another a Villain. Our hero valiantly took upon herself to stand before the villain and called out his bluff. She accused him (rightly so) of promoting ‘Nepotism’ by way of launching only star kids and thereby sidelining raw talent which is known to gradually fade away after years and years of futile struggle. Before you guys come over me all guns blazing, I do acknowledge there are a lucky few people without rich and famous Mamas and Papas who have managed to make a mark but let us all be honest and admit if your Daddy is not a big shot or if you are not from beauty pageant background your future is now bleak in the industry thanks to Nepotism which our hero has bravely pointed out. Why can’t our villain and his sidekicks acknowledge what is right before their eyes? Life has been easier for them in terms of getting breaks as compared to other people. And this was all our Hero was saying when almost entire industry ganged up on her.

Genes should ideally not be a substitute for talent and hard work. Should this not be a universal truth? Why is there even an argument? But sadly that is not the case. There is a majority which vehemently argues in support of Nepotism. I do not say that privilege should be forsaken or all the privileged ones are mediocre but at least that privilege should not be blatantly rubbed in other’s faces.

So this son of butt fixated daddy and a snobby royal joined our dreamy villain on the stage of a shady and incompetent award show to throw some jibes on our Hero and in their words our hero should not speak at all for the greater good. This gang further claimed that “Nepotism Rocks”. Now if Nepotism Rocks I wonder what else will rock next? Will it be “Mediocrity Rocks”? Or will it be “Hypocrisy Rocks”? I wish and pray this day of Mediocrity and Hyporicy rocks never come. As long as there are Heroes like the hero of our story; We can still hope that a day shall come when only Talent shall rock and not Nepotism. Here’s wishing end of this story is as conventional as the beginning and Hero wins against all odds…. Heroism Rocks!!!!

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To my dearest Ex-husband…,

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My “Dearest” Ex Husband,

Let me start with what this letter is not; it is not a confession of love I once had for you and neither  it is to convey any regret for our failed marriage. I do not think you will ever come across this piece coz if I know you correctly, video games is your thing and reading is bore for you. So this letter although addressed to you, is for all those once madly in love couples (especially the women half of the couples) who have decided to call it quits for whatever reasons. We were together for almost 7 years of which 3 years as married couple and I desperately need to draw out something from our failed relationship even if it is nothing but bitter lessons of life, this is why I sadistically chose to relive our lives together.

I will start with Thank You!!! You remember how I used to get irritated when people would say everything happens for a reason and I need to find happiness in adversities of life. Well!!! It turns out people were right. I never thought something good could come out of abuse you subjected me to. But thanks to your behaviour, moving out of this marriage was way easier. So, thanks a lot for calling me Ugly and Not good Enough. Retrospectively I wonder why I chose to believe you when you called me all this when there are people (better human beings than you) who called me “Beautiful” and “Perfect”.

Now that the worst is over; by worst I mean our marriage, let us talk about the lesser evil, i.e. our Divorce Proceedings. First things first, congratulations!!! Our divorce proceedings have lasted longer than our marriage itself and this very fact has reaffirmed my faith in higher power of divorce vis a vis marriage. There are a few things I wish we both had done differently to make the process less harassing and less painful for both of us. The things you have said to me in our marriage and during our separation should have been seen by me for what they were; your insecurity and your defensiveness as a result of abuse you subjected me to. But against my good judgment, I fell in the trap and I responded emotionally and often angrily at the filth you threw at me. People generally fight to win; but in a divorce if the two parties are fighting, neither of the two wins. There is only one winner in the fight of divorce and sadly it is neither the man nor the wife; it is the Lawyer. Your insecurities and my anger have proved to be very expensive for both of us.

I hope the couples reading it learn from our mistakes and deal with divorce like what it is; a nasty job that needs to be done. A dead rat in the house needs to be disposed off or else the house will stink; I don’t think disposing off rat’s corpse calls for emotions of any kind. Divorce is just a process of disposing off the corpse of a dead marriage (metaphorical rat) and nothing else. The kind of person you are, I don’t think you would have behaved differently during our separation; the onus of dignified divorce just like the onus of dragging the marriage was on me and I failed. I wish I had reacted differently during our divorce than I did just to save my time and money if nothing else.

In spite of whatever happened, the things you did and said to me and the way I responded; it would be a lie if I say all those 7 years were bad. There were times we were good, when you were less of a jerk and I was less of a bitch. So, thank you for all those times when you made me smile, for making me believe that you loved me (which was very rare and restricted solely at beginning of our relationship)- although it proved to be one of my many delusions but till the time this delusion lasted, it was beautiful. I hope someone sees in your eyes the same innocence I once believed existed and I hope and pray this time around, with another woman, you come across as  a man I once imagined you to be.

I shall consider this struggle worth the pain if you learnt your lessons and will no longer call any girl ugly or not good enough or try to abuse her into submission. I surely have learnt my lessons; never again will I let my emotions rule my judgment. Never again will I let a man get away by calling me “Not Good Enough”.

 

From,

Beautiful and “Almost” Perfect Ex Wife

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To my dearest Ex-husband…,

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My “Dearest” Ex Husband,

Let me start with what this letter is not; it is not a confession of love I once had for you and neither  it is to convey any regret for our failed marriage. I do not think you will ever come across this piece coz if I know you correctly, video games is your thing and reading is bore for you. So this letter although addressed to you, is for all those once madly in love couples (especially the women half of the couples) who have decided to call it quits for whatever reasons. We were together for almost 7 years of which 3 years as married couple and I desperately need to draw out something from our failed relationship even if it is nothing but bitter lessons of life, this is why I sadistically chose to relive our lives together.

I will start with Thank You!!! You remember how I used to get irritated when people would say everything happens for a reason and I need to find happiness in adversities of life. Well!!! It turns out people were right. I never thought something good could come out of abuse you subjected me to. But thanks to your behaviour, moving out of this marriage was way easier. So, thanks a lot for calling me Ugly and Not good Enough. Retrospectively I wonder why I chose to believe you when you called me all this when there are people (better human beings than you) who called me “Beautiful” and “Perfect”.

Now that the worst is over; by worst I mean our marriage, let us talk about the lesser evil, i.e. our Divorce Proceedings. First things first, congratulations!!! Our divorce proceedings have lasted longer than our marriage itself and this very fact has reaffirmed my faith in higher power of divorce vis a vis marriage. There are a few things I wish we both had done differently to make the process less harassing and less painful for both of us. The things you have said to me in our marriage and during our separation should have been seen by me for what they were; your insecurity and your defensiveness as a result of abuse you subjected me to. But against my good judgment, I fell in the trap and I responded emotionally and often angrily at the filth you threw at me. People generally fight to win; but in a divorce if the two parties are fighting, neither of the two wins. There is only one winner in the fight of divorce and sadly it is neither the man nor the wife; it is the Lawyer. Your insecurities and my anger have proved to be very expensive for both of us.

I hope the couples reading it learn from our mistakes and deal with divorce like what it is; a nasty job that needs to be done. A dead rat in the house needs to be disposed off or else the house will stink; I don’t think disposing off rat’s corpse calls for emotions of any kind. Divorce is just a process of disposing off the corpse of a dead marriage (metaphorical rat) and nothing else. The kind of person you are, I don’t think you would have behaved differently during our separation; the onus of dignified divorce just like the onus of dragging the marriage was on me and I failed. I wish I had reacted differently during our divorce than I did just to save my time and money if nothing else.

In spite of whatever happened, the things you did and said to me and the way I responded; it would be a lie if I say all those 7 years were bad. There were times we were good, when you were less of a jerk and I was less of a bitch. So, thank you for all those times when you made me smile, for making me believe that you loved me (which was very rare and restricted solely at beginning of our relationship)- although it proved to be one of my many delusions but till the time this delusion lasted, it was beautiful. I hope someone sees in your eyes the same innocence I once believed existed and I hope and pray this time around, with another woman, you come across as  a man I once imagined you to be.

I shall consider this struggle worth the pain if you learnt your lessons and will no longer call any girl ugly or not good enough or try to abuse her into submission. I surely have learnt my lessons; never again will I let my emotions rule my judgment. Never again will I let a man get away by calling me “Not Good Enough”.

 

From,

Beautiful and “Almost” Perfect Ex Wife

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Daddy Dearest…A letter I wish you could read…

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Dear Paa,

Since you left a lot has changed….

The world kept telling me:  when you lose a parent you get a God!!!

But I keep telling this world to stop feeding lies. When I lost a parent like you, I started a war against God. Honestly and humbly, God has so far been winning all the battles and tired now I have called for a truce. I am old now you see and have finally realized winning is overrated even if it is against God..

There have been many positive changes since you left. Indian Cricket team is stronger and there is a phenomenon called T-20 and IPL. One bad news though; Sachin Retired. Better movies are made today, kinds which would have reminded you of Gurudutt and Bimal Roy.

Incoming calls on cell phones are free now and outgoing is cheap thanks to crazy competition
The kind of cell phones made these days u wud not have believed. Although I still have your huge black Nokia size of a brick which costed a fortune. It is on my bedside near your photograph. Middle class started imagining cars other than Maruti Suzuki…

We have Facebook now where snap opinions are formed and judgments are passed. People have opinions on me and some have passed judgments on me as well. Yours was the only opinion that mattered and yours is the only judgment I am still scared of. I try to live up to the reputation of being your daughter but screw ups in my life are inevitable. The intensity of these screw ups is aggravated with your absence…

People no longer write letters and give cards on Father’s Day. They just tag their Dads. But don’t worry if you were around I would have written a letter like always (and also tagged u… I can’t help it… it is illness ). You would have liked Facebook. it’s a fun place to be on, away from reality. I spend most of my spare time here. The reality is still very hard for me. I know you would not have liked this, but my habit of running away from harsh truth has not changed. I will definitely try and put my feet on the ground and head out of clouds and do something worthwhile to make u proud.

I miss having u around when I see the world becoming so much fun and so colorful. Just the way u would have liked. Most of all, I miss having a good competition in sense of humor and writing skills department. People have everything but seem to have lost humor


It would have been fun if you were around. Now that I have a job and make ok money, I would have pampered u with really expensive gifts. Trust me when I say I can afford to. I m that grown up. I also know u wud have been crazy proud of me coz I can now buy things for you from my salary and not from money saved from pocket money. The truth is; I am always short on money. I fall short by 50 bucks a week, exact allowance I got from u…

The world is fun and more colorful but you not being part of it makes it empty and spoils the fun… you should have been around… not because I need you to take down God for me…. But only because I love you and I did not tell this to you enough when you were around…there are a lot of I love yous to say and not enough time to say it…. I hope people reading this learn from my mistake and say a lot of love yours while there is still time…
Taking down God along your side would have been another level of fun..Did I say Happy Father’s Day… can’t wait to see you again and settle scores with God….

 

Love n Hugs n Kisses…

Your Little Girl…

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Best Bollywood Dance Ideas to Rock Sangeet, on This Wedding Season

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Wedding season is on, and just when you are planning out your attire for the evening, here are few ideas to rock the Sangeet function too. If you are the bridesmaid or the bride yourself, here are the steal-worthy ideas that will make you stand out. We have listed down, few choreography we loved. Do check it out and let us know which ones you liked.

Best wedding dance ideas:

  • Badri Ki Dulhania | Title Track | BOLLYWOOD | Naach Choreography

  • Udi Udi Jaye (Raees) by Devesh Mirchandani

  • Pinga | Bajirao Mastani | Bollywood | Naach Choreography

  • So You Think You Can Dance: Bollywood dance by Svetlana Tulasi & Ridy (Jhumka Gira Re)

  • Bollywood Dance performance by the Mona Khan Company1

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The official TEDTalks video of Shah Rukh Khan

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We have been waiting for this for so long, the official TED  Talk video of Shah Rukh Khan. It’s not just a name, he is phenomena. He is so well-read and has an innate charm and wits and it reflects when he talks. He isn’t those typical preachy guys, he is fun, he is witty, he is articulate and most importantly draws life lessons from his personal experiences and the words have the power to connect to the masses. Without much ado, just check out this amazing video of his recent TED Talk, where he talked at a stretch on humanity, fame, and love. So, go ahead and click on the play button below:

Inspired? I am sure you all must- be. Now, check out  10 big quotes from Shah Rukh Khan’s addressal:

“I sell dreams and I peddle love to millions of people back home in India, who assume that I am the best lover in the world.”

“I have been made to understand that there a lot of you who haven’t seen my work and I feel really sad for you. That doesn’t take away the from fact that I am completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be.”

“I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It is an ageing movie star, grappling with all the newness around itself, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.”

“By the time I was 40, I was really flying. I had done 50 films by then and 200 songs and I had been knighted by the Malaysians and given the highest civilian honour by the French government. Humanity was soaring with me. We were both flying off the handle actually.”

On the internet:  “We had expected an expansion of ideas and dreams; we had not bargained for the enclosure of judgment.”

“I looked at my face and realized I am starting to look more and more like my wax statue at Madame Tussauds.”

On joining social media:

“Everything I said took a new meaning, everything I did- good, bad, ugly was there for the world to comment upon and judge. Everything that I didn’t say or do was met with the same fate.”

“Reality became virtual and virtual became real. I started to feel that I couldn’t be who I wanted to be or say what I actually thought. And humanity at this time completely identified with me. Both of us were going through mid-life crisis. Humanity, like me, was becoming an over-exposed prima donna.”

“I tried to reconstruct my identity on social media.”

“Neither power nor poverty can make your life more magical or less torturous… Whatever helps you survive is perhaps the oldest and simplest emotion known to mankind. And that is love.”

“Mankind will never be the wiser about its future unless it is coupled with a sense of love and compassion for their fellow beings.”

“You may use your power to build walls and to keep people outside or you may use it to break barriers and welcome them in.”

Not only this, there is more in store. SRK is all set to launch the Indian version of the TED Talk and in an exclusive interview he described the format as,

“People will share stories about changes in society, in life — whether it’s about the climate, dangerous diseases or to help empower women — and all of this will be integrated. There are some beautiful stories — both Indian and international — which the team is planning to get on one platform and do a nice mix of Hindi and English speakers. I feel it will be a niche show.”

So, we are waiting for the execution of the project and would love to hear your thoughts on what you loved most about his TED Talks.

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Meet the 106 year old YouTube sensation who is rocking the culinary world

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A 106-year-old grandma is taking the culinary world by storm with her traditional recipes and out of the world cooking style. Meet Mastanamma, who recently celebrated her 106th birthday.Let's Talk Random Meet the 106 year old YouTube sensation who is rocking the culinary world Food and Fun Lifestyle RANDOM Trending

So, it all started when her great-grandson wanted to start a YouTube channel- CountryFoods. He wanted to showcase the traditional recipes and was looking for someone who can create those recipes in the most authentic style. That’s when he thought, who can be better than her granny? Because not just him, everyone around her loved her for her spirit and cooking skills
So, he approached her with the idea but she could not relate to it (for obvious reasons), infact she found it funny. But she still gave it a try and now she loves her new found stardom.
And, everyone who sees her can’t help falling in love with her infectious energy, warmth and of course her lip-smacking recipes.
Till now, this sensation has gained over 200,000 subscribers on her channel. We also appreciate her grandson-Laxman for his brilliant idea and execution. He swears by her eggplant/brinjal curry recipe, you should check it out too and since we loved her unique style of cooking, we have added one recipe here. But before that, check out this video that talks about her story.

Inspired? now, check out her amazing chicken recipe cooked in the watermelon shell.

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Strong is the new Sexy: Serena Williams

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You remember that time when we would not stop gushing over the decision of Kareena Kapoor to walk the ramp all pretty and dressed up and happily flaunting a baby bump? At that time it was considered to be a benchmark of feminism by all of us. But it is ancient history now. Then came Beyonce our beloved queen bee who set some really high pregnancy announcement goals clad in a beautiful bikini and she didn’t just stop there. Her performance at the Grammy’s with a baby in her belly was out of the world. We all thought this is the maximum on Goddess scale.

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But wait !!! Not so quick. If there is anyone who deserves this title of Goddess if there is anyone before whom we all should bow our heads in reverence it is Serena Williams. Lately, she announced she is 20 weeks pregnant and we all started calculating backwards. She was 2 months pregnant when she not only participated in Australian open but went ahead and won the title in style. She won the final match without losing a set and she had a baby in her womb all this time.

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So what makes this woman a Goddess you ask? When for most of us mere mortals it is difficult to hop out of the bed and we are all cranked up in a snap thanks to hormones flying crazy at that time of the month when so called Chums pay an unwelcome visit; this woman has a whole person inside her and is totally ruling her job. I can not even begin to comprehend the kind of scary thoughts she must be having. But she overcame all of this in style. Honestly, whatever little I am into tennis, I was a fan of Sampras once upon a time as a kid then I was in total awe of Federer. It shames me to accept that in spite of being a self proclaimed feminist, I chose to ignore a woman who is equally good at her job as these greats and it took an out of this world badassery on her part to draw my attention towards her. Believe me when I say I have goosebumps when I am talking about her. Serena Williams happens to be anything and everything that is amazing about being a woman. The kind of physical strength a woman’s body holds and the kind of emotional strength it takes to be doing what she did is unfathomable. Anybody and everybody who has ever questioned choices of women who decided to have a baby without compromising on their careers; the answer is Serena Williams. Anybody and everybody who has questioned professionalism of pregnant women; the answer is again Serena Williams.

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Life must not have been a cakewalk for her. Being Black and being a girl in an unforgiving world and on top of this, deciding to play a sport which was a rich white man’s game for a very very long time. Her hairstyle was questioned; why would she wear beads they asked, claiming that the beads distracted opponents. Her choice of clothing was questioned; isn’t it way too short and way too tight when she decided to wear catsuit for a game. Her choice of bra was questioned; she makes so much of money, why can’t she buy some good quality sports bra to cover those nipples they advised. She kept silent and she kept doing her job and she kept ruling at her job. Showing to all of us self obsessed feminists- This is how it is done.

Next time anyone who worships a pregnant woman for walking down a ramp or worships a pregnant woman for dancing at an award show; to them I shall say yeah they are great and everything but there is one Goddess who rules us all and her name is Serena Williams. We should stop telling the world that Serena Williams is one of the greatest female Tennis Players. We should stop saying she is the greatest sportswoman of all times. We should also stop focusing on only the fact that Williams is one of the greatest Sportsperson the world has ever seen. We should tell the world what Serena really is: She is a legend and a revolution we have been waiting for so long. She has set some really high goals for each one of us and every subsequent that time of the month when I am thinking of calling in sick or am inclined to reach office a little late; I shall remind myself what this Goddess would have done in my place.

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A beautiful choreography on Bajirao Mastani’s Aayat

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I was getting bored in office, when I started browsing through YouTube, and this is the first performance that I saw and was spell-bound with the grace, beauty and the dancing style. Let us know if you liked it too.

 

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There is a Superhero called Superpreet

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Dearest Superpreet Kaur!

I have an idea that I am being a perfect jerk because I am using your story at such difficult time in your life, so I will begin by apologizing to you. I am very very sorry for using your story without your permission. You must have already noticed that I took the liberty of modifying your name slightly because I am in total awe of you. My intention behind sharing your story, however, is not that bad because in this crazy messed up world where most of us are emotionally challenged, we can learn a thing or two from Superheroes like you !!

I have seen grief myself and my own blood boils when people use my grief and try to make sense out of the disasters of my life. My grief is mine alone and the world has no business in taking my grief and drawing out lessons from it and then shoving the same lessons down my throat. Trust me when I say that I hate myself for doing the same to you what the world has been doing to me all these years. But I will draw a line; I am not going to take out lessons from your grief and recite the same to you. Why am I telling my version of your story then? Although I accept that I have no intention of using your story to make this world a better place but please allow me to try and become a better person myself through your strength of character. Like I said, I have seen grief; but what I have not seen is the courage you exhibited when fate forced you to read out the news of your own world coming crumbling down. You had one job and you made sure you did it come hail, come storm or come death of the love of your life. I wonder where you get this courage from and I am embarrassed to accept that I let my emotions grab hold of my good sense and I refuse to learn to be better emotionally equipped disaster after disaster and grief after grief.

I am in awe of you because when I see people here in India killing a man for apparently eating cow meat, when I see people in Pakistan killing a student and then defiling his dead body for apparent blasphemy and when I see people all over the world refusing to consider people different from their own kinds as humans I wonder why couldn’t these people contain their emotions? The little I know of grief; anger is a major part of it and somewhere you must have felt it as well. Although not all of us can be superheroes like you but there has to be a way to control this anger and sadness which makes us want to burn down the whole world. If only we all just do our jobs (like you did) and just fulfill the purpose for which we were born (I am pretty sure it does not include taking away human life for whatever reasons) wouldn’t the world be a better and safer place?

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I am sure you have as big heart as I imagine you to possess and you are going to forgive me if you come across this piece for using your story. It is just that in the first time in forever I want to become a better person and that is because of you. You don’t know me but please believe me when I say; if I could, I would take away all your pain just to make sure that beautiful souls like you never know what pain is. But I guess that somewhere down the line it is pain that makes souls beautiful and for you I can relate to this song:

Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman
Standing up to a test while wearing a party dress
Sometimes looks can be deceiving
When you’re quietly over achieving
Oh, sometimes it takes balls to be a woman

With Love and Blessings and Healing,
From Girl who knows Grief but no Courage

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