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12/14/2011

"Dirty acts" in India: law or society?

I went to see a movie, The Dirty Picture. It tells the story of Silk Smitha, a South The-Dirty-Picture-Starring-Hot-Vidya-Balan-2011-Hindi-Movie-Review.jpgIndian actress who became famous for her “sexy” roles. She was vividly pictured in this movie, with a few suggestive scenes and A LOT of boobs (clivage) showing!!

 

Two things caught my attention from the audience.

The first one was an exclamation (of sheer surprise) from a middle-aged woman when the naked back of the actress came up on the screen (we later realised that she was sitting on a guy).

The second one was a middle-aged couple behind me; the man (like fat, bold, glasses, moustache) was fondling his woman’s boobs (the hand well inside the shirt) for more than an hour – she seemed to like it. In a houseful theatre, including children!!

 

Then it got me thinking…

 

Let us start with “public display of affection” (holding hands, kissing etc.). How many times

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11/30/2011

Tantrism

A philosophy I quite like:

 

"Although it would be ridiculous to say that eroticism in art or religion began in any one place, it is certain that the specific philosophy known as “Tantra” began in India. It also reached its highest artistic

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“Tantra” is a Sanskrit word taken from the root tan-, “to expand.”

“Tantrism” is a form of religious practice that takes elements from its Vedic roots and combines them with elements of Buddhism and Hinduism to form a synthesis with universal roots. Elements of Tantra date back nearly 5,000 years to the Harappan Culture (Indus Valley Civilization, c. 2300–1700 B.C.)

 

Invasions by the Huns, the Moslems, and Victorian soldiers led to an end of the flowering of Tantrism in India. It continues to this day, but nothing could rival the expression Tantrism found in the Northern Medieval period in India.

 

Tantra involves esoteric sacramental practice. For instance sexual intercourse is

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11/21/2011

The Indigo mystery.

Indigo is an Indian low-cost, my favorite. Brand new planes, a nice TV ad and they are regularly on time.

When I went back and forth to Bhubaneshwar, I found the stewardesses’ haircuts weird: how could they all have short hair? I looked and looked and finally I was sure: they wear wigs!! Poor things... 

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 I took Indigo later on and all the hostesses were not wearing the wig but on that flight to Orissa, we felt on Pan Am airline in the thirties! 

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 What is even weirder than the wig is the short haircut which is still not common at all in India. It is for “easy girls”. Hostesses to make people fantasize? Another thing I noticed: no steward, only women!!

And still for Indigo, here is the recruitment ad – the requirements are the same for all the companies. It includes a “clear complexion”. Americans would love that: straight to court!! 

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