Earning our PRIDE

Dear Diary,

Today we put an end to the black and white and grey. Today, we earned ourselves a full rainbow. Full of colours, love, joy, hope and happiness. And most of all, a promise. A promise of a better tomorrow. A promise of a safer tomorrow. A promise of a world where we can all live as equals. Every colour coming together to create something extraordinary beautiful. Today, we’ve earned our PRIDE.

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Love is Love

They say if it ends, it wasn’t love to begin with. If it’s over, it never was.

Shouldn’t it be the other way round though? If it ever was, it was love! Even if it were only for a day or a single fleeting second or simply one-sided, if you felt it in your heart, in your mind, in the very being of your soul, it was nothing other than love? Do you mean to tell me that a flower in bloom, which later withers and dies, was never endowed with sweet nectar? Or a Mayfly, which lives but for a day, is not one of God’s loved creations? If something ends, it never began? If something’s over, it didn’t exist?

No, darling. Love just is. And you’re all the more luckier for having felt it, experienced it and lived it. Let’s not smother it with the expectation of being everlasting.

Because

Love is what it is. Not what it ought to be.

So live. And love. And in loving, live once again.

Today is a great day for India! A centuries old, oppressive, discriminatory law was repealed. There’s no need for anyone to live in the closet anymore. You can dress yourself in a rainbow if you want and step out of the closet into a country accepting of love, individuality and choice. Today, love wins! And in doing so, gives us hope.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Beyond Brilliantly Beautiful #Review

Like most people advertised on social media, I watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society today. Yes, the name’s quite a mouthful. Thankfully, the movie is quite thoughtful.

What began as a disillusioned writer’s quest for the perfect house in the aftermath of the second World War soon turned into a study in how home is where our people are. Our people. Our family. Not the good given ones. But the family we find and choose for ourselves. Only because they accept us. We belong to them like they belong to us. This connection might exist from even before we come into contact with them. That’s where home is.

Thrown into the mix is also how books can bring people together. Even in great adversities like war. Like-minded or disagreeing, but with the spirit to hold their own thoughts and views. Speaking of spirit, the movie also depicts how the spirit of a place and its people can help unleash another’s spirit as well. A coming into your own story for all ages.

More fascinating still is the fact that so many themes, emotions, undercurrents and relations are portrayed in such a kind, beautiful, thoughtful and endearing manner. Each character has its own arc, revealed bit by bit. The viewers piece together the story, just like the writer whose journey we’re following – and are left awestruck. It’s over two hours of pure subtlety. No scene is extra and no action is useless. A nicely tied together package of cinematic brilliance.

I don’t usually write movie reviews. Not that I’d call this a review. Its more of a need to share this movie with others so that they may also get to sit back, think and enjoy. I wish I had better words to describe it. I think i’m still recovering from it and have been rendered quite dumbstruck. It’s an experience. Really.

If you do watch it, will you please let me know? I’d love to discuss it with someone without the fear of revealing spoilers!

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend. Thank you for reading.

Love,

Varnika.

Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market – the EU Controversy Explained

Here’s why the internet could potentially have broken!

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Till a month ago, the world waited with bated breath as members of the European Parliament contemplated a proposed directive to herald a new Copyright Law within the European Union. This Directive aims to create a digital single market and has been named as such. However, the proposal has been a hotbed for controversy right since its very inception in 2016. While many advocate both for and against its enforcement, not all understand why so many open letters were written to the Parliament, especially by internet giants like Wikipedia and why Facebook and Google staunchly opposed it as well. On the other hand, stalwarts of the entertainment industry, especially sound and music, were vehemently in favour of the law. 

The Parliament, in its esteemed wisdom, did not bite the bullet and sent the proposal back for revision. It will now be tabled again in September which is but a momentary…

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Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to write this.

 

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Dear Diary #1

Dear Diary,

Today I realised that it’s true – we teach others how to treat us by what we allow, what we stop and what we reinforce. So, I’m entrusting you with a few notes to remind me of this on the worst of days –

  • Roll your eyes generously
  • Take pride in putting your foot down – even stopping it, when required
  • Shamelessly create noise or a freaking furore when fools turn a deaf ear
  • Go bonkers! Often and enough

Remember, you are all you’ve got, you’ve got to watch out for yourself.

In the words of my all time favourite movie (which was, surprisingly better than the book!), The Help –

You is Smart,

You is Kind,

You is Important,

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