Going Green

A few weeks ago, I’d promised to write about how we can contribute to preserving the environment in small ways…realistic ways…here are some suggestions which do not require a lot of investment but are easy to do and eco-friendly.

  1. Carpool. I know, I know it is a bit of a drag but it means fewer cars on the road and hey, it will be cheaper on your pocket as well! Uber etc. have this facility. Otherwise you can gang up with a few of your colleagues who live in the neighbourhood and take turns driving.
  2. Use cloth/jute bags instead of plastic bags for shopping. Even when you go shopping, carry a shopping bag with you and bring back less plastic back home.
  3. Buy houseplants. Keep them wherever possible. Caring for plants is therapeutic. It gives you a sense of purpose and pride to see something flourish. And also – it is good for the environment. If you have friends or neighbours – share a cutting of the plant with them! Grow your own veggies if you have space!
  4. Gift a plant to people. Believe me, it is a good gift. These days you can get some nice, fancy plant holders in which you can grow your plants (in case you do not want to come across as too cheap).
  5. Conserve water at home. Please remember that while you may think its harmless to have the tap running continuously when you are washing dishes/brushing your teeth/taking a shower this isn’t the case. Switch off the shower/tap when you really don’t need it. Be mindful of how much water you use.
  6. Start paying your bills online. I’m referring to your electricity, internet, mobile bill. Opt out of receiving paper bills and pay them online. File your taxes online AND
  7. Start reading online newspapers. I know, you like the feel of a newspaper in your hands early in the morning but think of all the trees which had to be cut to make them in the first place!
  8. Stop buying bottled water and carry a water bottle with you instead. Most packaged water is stored in plastic bottles. See my point? Get yourself a bottle made out of stainless steel (better than glass since it won’t break) and USE it over and over again instead of buying bottled water and adding to the huge mass of plastic waste that cannot be recycled.
  9. Turn off your lights! Yes – I’m talking about instances when you are sitting in your room and the lights in all the other rooms are on! Stop this bad habit. Every time you exit a room, switch off all unnecessary lights etc that are not required. You save energy in this process.
  10. Opt for organic food/energy conscious transport. If you can afford it, do it. Encouraging environment conscious organizations is a step forward in promoting them and discouraging those that aren’t.

Hugs! Share, if you care.

Ladyhawk

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Let’s talk about Genocide

Every one talks about WW2 with horror. Innumerable pictures of the concentration camps have left people appalled by the atrocities that the Nazis committed.

And yet, once again – we don’t seem to learn from history. No, we let things happen and once they happen – once its too late…we decide to step in. We. The world. Let’s give ourselves a hand of applause for fucking things up BIG time.

Let’s talk about the Yazidis. Who are they? Quoting from Wikipedia:

The Yazidis or Yezidis are a Kurdish religious minority or an ethno-religious group indigenous to northern Mesopotamia (see also Ezidkhan) who are strictly endogamous. Their religion, Yazidism is linked to ancient Mesopotamian religions and combines aspects of ZoroastrianismIslamChristianity and Judaism. They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of Iraq. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s as a result of significant migration to Europe, especially to Germany. 

Beginning in August 2014, the Yazidis were targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in its campaign to “purify” Iraq and its neighbouring countries of non-Islamic influences.

Purify. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

While thousands of Yazidi men and young boys are either dead or missing, the crimes against women are horrific. Daily beatings/rape. Imagine someone doing that to you. Wouldn’t it break your spirit? Maybe you’d want to kill yourself. Imagine the anger, the hurt, the fear, the rage. And above it all, the gross INJUSTICE of it all. Makes my blood boil.

More people need to be made aware of this. While the UN (A failed establishment in my opinion) is ‘supposedly’ trying to investigate this and bring perpetrators to justice…I wonder how many of them will actually be caught and punished. How long will it take? Will they be killed or given life imprisonment? Will all of them be caught?

I watched an interview where one of the lawyers said that crimes against the Yazidis should be treated as a ‘genocide’ since it would mean that they would be recognized as a community, different from others. What a horrible way to be recognized, first of all. And talk about intolerance. Its spreading across the world like an epidemic.

Be thankful for your freedom. Be thankful for the little things in life…even if you don’t have much…you have a lot more than millions and millions of people on this planet and in that regard, you are fortunate.

For now – watch this. Educate yourself. Spread the word. More people should be talking about this.

Spread the word. Justice is required and on an urgent basis.

Over and out.

Ladyhawk

Perspective

I can’t live like this…’

Melanie’s voice cracked as she spoke to her friend, Nisha. It was 1 AM Indian standard time, daytime in the US, where Mel lived. Nisha was half asleep, struggling to keep her eyes open.

‘There there…what’s the problem?’ Nisha suppressed one of her many sighs as she anticipated half an hour of wailing to continue. She was right.

‘I had to leave my bungalow and shift into an apartment complex! AN APARTMENT COMPLEX. I feel so suffocated, I open a window and there are no green spaces…just buildings all around me. I live in a concrete jungle!’

Noreen rolled her eyes. Concrete jungle, AKA the most expensive apartment complex in that city.

Noreen felt a drop of water land on her forehead. She squinted, searching for her glasses in the dim, flickering yellow light. The only light that worked in her bedroom.

‘Damn!’ she muttered, ignoring Melanie’s rants but supporting them with occasional hmms and mmms…the roof was leaking again. The sad part of living on the top floor in Mumbai during the monsoon. But it was the only flat that she got. Single people, especially single women didn’t have much of a choice, if you were lucky enough to get a house in a decent locality, you’d better take it, leaky roof or not.

‘And my maid didn’t come yesterday! I had to wash all the dishes myself and ANDREW wanted me to cook! Can you believe it? He thinks we don’t need a maid, we should cook ourselves? I’ve never had to enter the kitchen in my entire life.’ 

‘Can’t you hire a part time maid for the days she doesn’t come?’ Nisha muttered absent mindedly.

Melanie pretended not to have heard her ,’AND so I cooked, I almost cut my finger and chipped my nails washing the dishes, now i’ll have to go for a pedicure all over again, its such a drag!!’

Nisha looked at her own hands. Nails? What nails? She had given up the idea of growing them out. She had soft, tiny hands, almost like a child’s. By some miracle all the cooking, washing and cleaning hadn’t wrecked any damage on them yet. But there wasn’t anything attractive about them. Her nails were as short as short could be. She filed them at home. Dishing out a grand for a pedicure which wouldn’t even last a day didn’t make sense to her.

‘I also have to walk six blocks before i reach the parking! I mean, can you imagine walking for six blocks on stilettos? My feet had so many blisters. I’m soaking them in hot water as we speak!’

Nisha smothered a chuckle. Stilettos were out of the question for her as well. Barring a few special occasions, she wore flat shoes, sensible shoes like her mother called it, to work. Comfort over style. Plus one really couldn’t walk on the street in stilettos. The potholes would kill them. Did she mention she walked to her office? It was a ten minute walk and she enjoyed it.

‘Why don’t you wear flats till you reach the parking?’

There was a pause then Melanie laughed loudly, ‘ Hey girl that’s a great idea I don’t own any flat shoes but it will be a good chance for me to go shopping and relieve myself of all of this stress!’

Nisha suppressed another snort and muttered some non – commital words of encouragement, as she endured another couple of minutes of wailing about the traffic, lack of space in Mel’s five bedroom apartment, the fact that they had only three bathrooms instead of five, that they had bay windows in only four rooms…that….

She was relieved when the conversation ended. She never had been able to understand Melanie. She had it all. A great house, a good, rich husband, a great job…she was living the American dream but she was always unhappy.

She looked around her one bedroom house a bit sheepishly. She had one cupboard, which housed all of her clothes, shoes and jewelry. A smaller closet had some linen. The kitchen was well stocked for one person.

There was a sofa, a desk with a chair, a lamp and a bean bag if anyone came to visit. She had a bunk bed, of which the spare bunk was seldom used unless a friend came over.

The house wasn’t great. She’d had to get all the electric points fixed when she’d moved in, along with fixing the plumbing. She had a maid who cleaned for her three times a week. But she was content. Material things didn’t really matter to her. They never had.

It really was a matter of perspective. You could have it all…and still feel unlucky. Or you could have nothing and be grateful for the little you had.

She chose the latter. Her eyes closed and she immediately fell into a deep sleep, her tired body giving in to sleep’s sweet call. She didn’t notice that Melanie was calling again, this time to complain about something else no doubt.

What a depressing month

This post will not win me any brownie points. It isn’t intended to. I never wrote to be popular. Yes, popularity is nice, it gives a temporary high but being honest about how I feel about things…being effing authentic…that matters more to me than anything else….

Woke up to heavy rainfall today which escalated into flash floods Floods in Mumbai…I saw the lane outside my house look like a mini river….why are we surprised…it happens every year. People pay homage to the ‘spirit of Mumbaikars’ and within a day, everything is forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life…much as I love the city, I don’t want to stay here anymore.

Thousands of miles away – Hurricane Harvey wrecks havoc on Texas…you guys have my sympathies…

North Korea fires a missile over Japan and in retaliation South Korea carries out a live drill of dropping 2000 pound bombs from fighter jets and doomsday conspirators scream that ‘the end is near’…well N. Korea has a crackpot as a leader but so do a lot of other nations…one who uses Twitter a lot and another who helped him to get elected while having a shot of Vodka…

China and India end their impasse regarding the border dispute near Bhutan, Indian media calls it a ‘victory’, not sure if it is…but who will check the dragon, everyone is scared to provoke it…my question is why are certain countries allowed to bully others?

The UN is the biggest failure – I stand by this statement. When it comes to strong arming countries who do what they want, when they want…it hasn’t been able to do much…

Violence in Barcelona…my prayers for the families of those who lost someone special as well as a speedy recovery to the ones who got injured…terrorism is something the world must fight as one united body but it isn’t as simple as ‘killing all terrorists’. It goes way deeper. Think of what misery a person …or rather, generations of people have gone through…think of the anger inside them…only once those problems are addressed will terrorism come to an end…

Donald Duck pardons a racist person who is guilty of targeting Mexicans…a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville…I have one questions to ask all white Americans – you aren’t the original inhabitants of your country. The ‘Indians’ are in the true sense of the world. You also migrated from Europe a few centuries ago…so aren’t you also migrants in a way? Don’t bother answering. I don’t want a debate.

I address the entire world who is guilty of this….while it is easy to shut your borders, prevent refugees to enter your countries, please remember that as you sow, you reap. Karma is a bitch. The consequences of your actions will bear fruit someday and the future generation(s) will pay for it. I do not wish ill for anyone. It is just how nature works. How the universe works. And it is sad. Because we think we are invincible but we are not.

Speaking of terrorism…ISIS might have faced a set back but I feel the ones who have survived will regroup and form another group someday…who knows…its not good for the world at large…no form of violence is…

I am sure there are more depressing things which have happened which I could have written about but this is enough…for now…I just hope the people who believe that better things are in store for humanity keep on believing and keep on working towards it. We need more faith in the fact that not everyone is evil…we need more good Samaritans and we need more love…less hate.

Over and out,

Ladyhawk

Entitled

While you take a sip of your expensive wine…

Feast on imported bread…

I scrounge around in dustbins…

For my children must be fed.

You sleep on satin sheets…

On pillows made of fluff…

I sleep anyone where I’m safe from bombs…

The ground no longer feels rough…

You bathe in bathtubs strewn with petals,

Scented candles and bath bubbles…

Scrounging around for a sip of clean water…

Is one of my daily troubles…

You go to work, come home to your families,

Complain about the heat and taxes…

All I worry about is how to stay alive…

In my world, no one ever relaxes…

How I long for not feeling afraid…

And freedom that’s mine to keep…

Clean clothes, a square meal, a roof on my head…

And a night of peaceful sleep.


Dedicated to anyone who thinks their life is tough..please remember that there are people who are dying due to wars, famine,slavery and diseases all over the world. Be thankful for what you are, what you have. It could all be taken away from you in a flash and then what? Don’t take life for granted. Help others. Volunteer. Donate to the UN and other charities who need, DESPERATELY need money to aid people and countries which are facing a humanitarian crisis. Don’t know what I am talking about?

Peace out,

Ladyhawk

 

Free Spirit

I sat under the stars…

Contemplating my life…

An outsider may think its perfect…

To me, it has always been wrought with strife…

I’ve never been really happy…

I’ve never known true peace…

The devil’s constantly whispering in my ears…

If only I could do as I please…

What’s right…what’s wrong?

What’s black…what’s white?

Why can’t I cross the line sometime?

Why can’t I for once NOT be right?

Who makes the rules to rule my life?

Who gets to judge me when I die?

I’m sick of pretending to know the truth…

When my life has been one fat lie.

If only I could do what I want…

If only I could be thoughtless like a child…

No limits, no boundaries, no rules to follow…

How I long to run free and wild.

 

Lera Lynn – Lately

Came across this song when I was watching True Detective 2. I would recommend the series by the way. I’ve seen season 1/2 and they are a treat for people who like drama/crime series.

I claim no rights to this song, posting as a fan. Lyrics below:

Lately I’m not feeling like myself
When I look into the glass I see someone else I hardly recognize this face
I wear when I stare into her eyes – I see no one there
Lately I’m not feeling like myself

Lately I’ve been losing all my time
All that mattered to me slept my mind
Everytime I hit another town strangers appear to lock me down
Lately I’ve been losing all my time

The mystery that no one knows
Where does love go when it goes?

Lately words are missing from now on
Vanished in the haze of love gone wrong
There’s no future, there’s no past, in the present nothing lasts
Lately someone’s missing from now on

The mystery that no one knows
Where does love go when it goes?
The mystery that no one knows
Where does love go when it goes?

 

Goodbye

While the internet will be flooded by tributes…I don’t have the words to express my sadness…people like him have touched the lives of millions though their music…and when someone kills themselves or dies…you realise two things…one…life is very short…too short to waste away being angry…on holding grudges and thinking about revenge and two…no one’s life is perfect…who knows what your close ones are going through…do not be fooled by their fake smiles…if you see someone in pain, help them. You may save a life.

Rest in peace Chester…you have left  void in this world that no one will ever be able to fill. I hope you are reborn as a musical genius again and perhaps then, I will watch you perform someday…listening to your songs when I was a teenager gave me so much comfort…I cannot even express it in words…I do not even understand why I feel so sad…thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with us…

Over and out…

Climate Change & the Paris Agreement

Woke up this morning to read the news which I thought was going to happen anyway. The US backing out of the Paris agreement. People shouldn’t be surprised – look at this image.

Image result for donald trump paris agreement meme

What else do you expect a man like him to do? 

But what exactly is the Paris agreement? A lot of people are talking about it but not a lot of them know what exactly the agreement entails. Why is it a big deal?

First of all – let’s get one fact straight. Unlike what Trump and a lot of other people may believe – climate change is happening. Global temperatures are rising, believe it or not and every day makes a difference. And if we don’t take care – in our own small ways as individuals, collectively as nations and universally, as humans – we are just harming the planet that we call our home.

The Paris agreement was a big deal because it was the first of its kind. 195 countries ratified the agreement where they agreed on the following: (source: Wikipedia)

(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;

(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

In a nutshell – we need to control the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees C if we want to save our Planet.

Trump said that the deal was bad for the US and wasn’t in its best interest. I don’t know the details of what the US planned to do – but the fact of the matter is – he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. Because Obama pushed for it. Because a lot of people who voted for Trump/funded Trump will lose money and jobs if the deal comes through. Which is crap cos there are plenty of jobs that will be created through introducing renewable forms of energy. 

Sure, the world might lose out on a lot of funding from the US which would have helped them to introduce clean, green and renewable forms of energy…this is especially with respect to the developing world.

But the world doesn’t need to get depressed. The rest of the world will continue to try their best to stick to the agreement. Also – the US itself is divided regarding Trumps decision. The states of Washington, California and New York are already going ahead with what they call a Climate Alliance where they will continue to take measures to control emissions and introduce renewable energy across their states. 

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger quit Donald’s presidential council after this decision. Good for them. But I doubt this would make a difference. He’s too thick-skinned and worried about himself to care about what anyone else might do.

The thing is – like Angela Merkel said – Germany cannot rely on the US or the UK and nor can the rest of the world. There may soon be a new world order. We just need to realize that the US is no longer going to be the so-called Global watchdog and we need to take things into our own hands. If anything – it will help the rest of the world to grow up and for countries like India – to increase their international presence in the global market.

I’m not a big fan of talking about politics nor is my post intended to infuriate people – this is just what I feel about it. For once, I am happy that I am not an American and that I am an Indian. Our PM might have been a controversial figure but he has more common sense than Trump does.

Over and out.

Years of Living Dangerously: Letterman

For those who are concerned about Climate Change – read this. Also – it will bring a lot of things into sight – esp. how the US isn’t doing its job properly addressing climate change and encouraging solar companies to grow. No – there is a power struggle going on there – and the whole world is going to pay the price for the never ending greed of the power utilities.

I claim no rights to this – reposting it to bring about awareness. I would urge people to sit down and watch this and share it with others.

Over and out.