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In a man's world...

I stumbled upon this Indian web-series and loved it!!

In the West we have been talking a lot (since 2013 at least) about India and the safety issues for women (rape, harassment etc.); here is how some Indians try to tackle it by educating in an entertaining way. And you realize how a man's world India is... (we forget, we get used to, we don't react anymore when it is a guy doing your pedicure!)

It's the story of an Indian guy who believes that the world is unfair to men and women exaggerating about their situation and suddenly get thrown in a world where the women / men roles are reversed (episode 1). He then experiences getting promoted at work (episode 2), experiences being chased when going out and asking help from the police (episode 3) and finally getting married and living the "housewife"'s life (episode 4).

Don't forget to put subtitles (option at the bottom!):



The forbidden fruit...

... or how Indian males look at women...

I must say this video is quite close to reality...

It is an ad made to fuel the discussion around the attention, the looks, given to women in India (beyond the stories of verbal or sexual abuses). And for this to change, there is quite a bit of work, going back to the source of the palpable male sexual frustration etc. etc.


Why in India most men wear rings?



I got surprised first when I saw men wearing rings. Lots of rings. I still don’t like it but at least I understand it: they wear them out of superstition.


Spirituality and superstition, the line is very thin. I think belief in stone belongs to the second category but this is only my opinion…  Here some people are ready to pay a fortune to have a certain number on their car plate. Some women change their first name after marriage to have a more auspicious one. Some marry trees or cut the throat of a goat if the marriage is announced inauspicious by the stars – and we are talking high class society here.


So why not wear gems?

“In Vedic astrology, gemstones are recommended based on your horoscope. It is believed that by wearing these prescribed gemstones you can overcome the obstacles in your chart. The cause of unhappy relationships or lack of success can be astrological. Wearing a certain gemstone may turn your love life and career around so you can have a fulfilling relationship.      

Gems affect the subtle energy field, which emanates from every living thing, where our energetic and emotional habits, thought patterns, belief systems, and so on reside. The energy pattern of a gem directly affects one's emotional and mental energies, and over a period of time this promotes long-lasting changes.    

But the correct use of Gems is quite necessary. Gems are classified in to two types: Hot and Cold. Ruby, Red coral, Diamond and Cat's eye are Hot gems whereas Pearl, Topaz, Blue Sapphire and Gomed are Cold in nature.        


Ruby (Manimya)
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyRuby is said to give name, fame, virtue, vigor, warmth and commanding power to its user. It also enhances the status of a person. It helps to cure peptic ulcer, fever, rheumatism, gout. Ladies should avoid the use of Ruby as it can destroy the body luster. Ruby should be used in Gold.



Pearl (Moti)         
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyPearl is used to remove the evil effects of moon and it strengthens the mind and increases the good sleep and cures insomnia. It also gives good memory, cures uterine disorders, heart trouble and eye diseases, hysteria and pleurisy etc. It also increases sexual strength and makes the conjugal life happy, removes melancholy and increases fortune.



Red Coral (Moonga)        
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt is said that Red Coral instills courage in its user. It also helps in curing blood related diseases. Coral ensures material happiness, recovery from diseases indicated by Mars such as fever, cough etc.



Emerald (Panna)              
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt increases intelligence and brain power. It improves faculties related to brain such as memory, communication, intuition, the intellect and the ability to learn. It is advised that newly wed couples should not wear this because it impairs conjugal happiness due to reduction in sexual desires.


india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyTopaz is one of the most widely used gems to help achieve better financial status. It is also believed that if there are obstructions in finding a suitable match for a girl, she gets married by wearing Topaz. It improves vision, gives life security, protects one from poverty, removes adversity, misfortune and melancholy.



Diamond (Heera)              
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt is said that the one who wears a diamond has a luxurious life. Diamond is also supposed to enhance the name, fame and artistic quality of a person. It also enhances sexual power, cures diabetes, diseases of urine and venereal diseases, skin and uterine diseases.



Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj)            
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyYellow sapphire gemstones are very useful in astrology and vedic properties. It has many healing powers and is very important in star signs. It is said that this gem increase financial status. It will give wealth, good health, fame, name, honour and success too.



Blue Sapphire (Neelam) 
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyBlue Sapphire removes evil effects of Saturn. It is said that blue sapphire has the magical power to elevate its user to a higher status from all sides. However there is a caution. Sometimes this stone may react adversely. It is suggested that Blue Sapphire should be tested for one week before final wearing. It could give you everything you could desire such as health, wealth, longevity, happiness. It also restores lost wealth and property. Can improve fertility in a barren women.


Gomed (Gomode)             
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyThis Gem is for Shadow planet Rahu. The Shadow planet Rahu is supposed to be responsible for all sorts of delays or very late fulfillment of ambitions. Gomed can help in achieving speedy success in less time than expected. It cures diseases caused by affliction of Rahu and Saturn. It also increase appetite, vitality, confers good health, wealth, happiness and all sound prosperity.


Cat's Eye (Lahasunya)    
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyCat's eye is useful for eradicating evil influences of Ketu and diseases given by Mars. This protects its wearer from hidden enemies, mysterious dangers and diseases. This is normally milky in color. For businessmen, it is a miraculous result giving stone. Bestows wealth by secret means like horse racing, gambling, stock exchange market and speculations.”



The stones should be recommended by an astrologer. 

However there is also a stone depending on the month of birth: 


Aquarian (Jan. 21-Feb. 19): Garnet            
CONSTANCY. From the Latin Granatum. According to the legend Noah used a garnet to light his ark. The gem resembles the pomegranate. 


Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20): Amethyst            
SINCERITY. From the Greek Amethystos, meaning without drunkenness. Amethysts have been used to signify Christian humility. Believed to protect a wearer from extremes of passion. 


Aries (Mar. 21-April 20): Diamond
INNOCENCE. Used in an ancient ritual in India, where wealthy parents would sprinkle tiny diamonds over the heads of infants to keep them pure and virtuous.


Taurus (Apr. 21-May 20): Sapphire              
CLEAR THINKING. Praised for both its beauty and coolness to the touch, some believed the sapphire could put out fires. It was worn by the Greeks speaking wisdom from the Oracle.


Gemini (May 21-June 21): Pearls 
HEALTH & LONGEVITY. Its round shape and luminosity help explain why it was long considered the sacred gem of the moon.


Cancer (Jun 22-July 22): Emerald               
LOVE & SUCCESS. The rich green of the emerald gemstones make them an appropriate symbol for new life. Said to be helpful to women, bringing love and safety in childbirth.


Leo (July 23-Aug.22): 5 stones: Onyx, Carnelian, Sardonyx, Tourmaline & Golden Topaz          
FIDELITY. Named for the island of Topazios, the ancient Greeks believed the yellow topaz guarded against calamity.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Carnelian             
SUCCESS, STRENGTH. Believed to guarantee success in anything tried. The most favorable pieces are a deep red to red-orange hue. Carnelian was once considered strictly the property of nobility. People holding a high social status were often buried with this fleshy, pinkish-red gemstone.


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Chrysolite or Peridot          
MARITAL HAPPINESS. Called the "gem of the sun," its black and white alternate sardonyx symbolizes both the sun and moon.


Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Topaz  
FIDELITY. It should be worn by every Scorpio to guarantee protection from "tears of sad repentance." 


Sagittarius (Nov.23-Dec. 21): Lapis Lazuli 
TRUTH AND FRIENDSHIP. Sagittarius also responds to the energies of topaz, chlorite, turquoise and red tourmaline. 


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20): Ruby              
CONTENTMENT. Named from the Latin for red, it is said a ruby's luster will be revealed even if the stone is hidden beneath thick clothing.”




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