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What do movies like The Intern and Suffragette tell us about “Empowerment” in the 21st century!

The next wave of empowerment will be in the areas of inclusion and diversity both in concept and in practice since it is evident that most companies with diverse ecosystems are also the most thriving. There is a need for a more holistic approach towards workplace Equality – shrugging off the whole equal opportunity gimmickry that is merely a façade in many companies considering the factors like gender and pay gaps at play. With the brouhaha around 2012’s Mayan apocalypse safley behind us (barring the occasional crap on “end of the world” shenanigans), the only thing that perhaps ended wasn’t our world but the belief of status quo. Change albeit metaphorical is inevitable and nothing can be more endearing to see it unfold right in front of us. Antiquated industries are getting digitized by the day and the old is getting reinvented to its brand new 21st century avatar. We are seeing this disruption in all aspects of our lives. Change is the real source where empowerment stems from. You should watch Suffragette, a new release. The movie revolves around the early feminist movement demanding equal rights against the backdrop of archaic and misogynist attitudes of society. In more ways than one, the premise and the message the movie conveys can be traced back to the current century and it obviously manifests in […]

#WomanPower – Learning from International Women’s Day; Leslee Udwin’s BBC documentary – India’s Daughter; UN’s Official Theme

In an extremely hypocritical world, we live in, a single day in a year cannot undo the many prejudices that women struggle to cope with around the world! On one hand, there is massive progression on women’s rights and on the other, parts of the world continue to grapple with women’s right to equality and freedom! Case in point – When it comes to celebrating women’s day, nothing can be more discouraging to see one country propagating women’s right and the other restricting it by deliberating on conservative attitudes towards women! I believe it’s time to focus on women’s issues as a whole rather than focus on the bad in one country or one part of the world. Clearly, the issue of sexual violence against women spans countries and continents. BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ addresses this very clear divide between progression Vs. the misogynistic mindsets more like the good Vs. evil! Well, I’m not a feminist and I don’t have any agenda in writing about International Women’s Day.. but as a son to a Mother who has taught me to be respectful and grounded, brother to two most adorable sisters and an uncle to a niece, friend and colleague to incredible […]

The UnRetouched trend; Gucci’s Reinvention; Succès de Scandale – Learning from Miley, Madonna & Iggy Azalea = Celebrating Inner beauty! Selena Gomez Vs. Nicole Kidman

The notion on beauty, objectifying beauty and its complexities are varied but now it is reaching an apocalyptic level of liberation becoming more vivid, true to the core and sight for sore eyes. Case in point – from Madonna‘s unretouched pictures for Interview magazine in November last year; Kate Moss‘s recent unretouched Vogue Italia spread shot by Peter Lindbergh; the leaked L’Oréal cosmetics campaign showing Beyoncé‘s uneven skin tone; Cindy Crawford‘s much debated stretch marks via Marie Claire Mexico.. to the very recent, Iggy Azalea accepting that being a woman and having cellulite is perfectly normal! Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, Julianne Moore’s role of Alice Howland and her gripping performance in Still Alice and especially the deglamourized performance from Jennifer Aniston in Cake all point to a clear emphasis on “real beauty”, “real-woman” beautiful from the inside! UnRetouched, most definitely is a trend now.  What is sad is that the reaction over it in social media from certain quarters which is quite disgusting – as if there is a sheer lack of moral consciousness out there! I totally respect freedom of speech howsoever opinionated (strong, succinct, relevant or otherwise) as some people can be subtly honest and bold about their introspection on what’s trending – however, today, […]

Fashionating Twins – #SS15 revisited @ #TheRow and #DSQUARED2

I’m almost done and dusted with couple capers! Couples finally tying the knot and all the post-nupital-fun they seem to be having! Well, congrats is in order to couples who got hitched in 2014! A big year for the eternal-bachelor George Clooney who met his match in Amal Alamuddin (now, Amal Clooney)! Hopefully it’ll be happily ever after for you guys! All I am saying is that I can’t seem to deal with all the coupling-overdose in one big literal gulp!All the hoopla has sure led #kimye (Kim Kardashian & Kanye West) in the arms of the luxury French fashion house Balmain! Surely, one thing I learn here is that the more you are “out there” the more probability you will get to be “out here”!! Being constantly plastered across social media has immense benefits! But, the focal point of my post is the a pairing of a different kind. Here is officially my first post celebrating the oomph of real fashion rockstars and people I admire and people who fascinate me (wait, there are many, many more people I will be talking about, these 2 pairs on my list are just lucky to be the first ones). Picture: Popsugar, The […]

My Body = My Canvas

 I am a firm believer of symbolism much like the ancient cultures had their own myths and totems and spiritual symbols had different connotations for them. I procrastinated of sorts on getting inked for many years and finally took the plunge last year! Not getting one or two, but ten in total within a span of two months! It’ll be difficult to say “I will stop at ten”! But, what really made me get them in the first place wasn’t because getting tattooed is a fad of sorts but because I strongly believe tattoos are a way of expressing one’s individuality and not about “just being fashionable”. Although, part of me (which is overtly flamboyant at times) figured that a tattoo (or a bunch of tattoos) will only have its perks as it creates a curiosity about the person. It infuriates me on how people with #tats are perceived and it’s a real bummer! I’m much over opinionated people and false first impressions! Some of the most intelligent people I know with possibly the highest emotional and intelligence quotient combined are #Inked !! I won’t deny that the needles to scare me! But, there is something addictive about the buzz […]