Archive | May 2012

Brigitte's Banter

I’ve been in the blogging world for almost four months now, so I don’t claim to be an expert at this way we find ourselves communicating in the 21st century.  I do, however, consider myself a gracious and nice human being and try to extend courtesies when someone takes the time to acknowledge my work.

With that in mind, I’ve come up with a few tips that I believe all bloggers should keep in mind when they have something to say, whether that be from their own writing or when they comment on others.

1.  Find other blogs that you like and comment

I’ve found those blogs by exploring, sometimes through Freshly Pressed blogs, friends’ blogs or just by accident.  If I find one that I think is interesting, funny or inspiring, I make a comment.  I figure if they’ve taken the time to write something, I can do…

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LADAKH 2- LAND OF GOMPAS

Ladakh is predominantly a Buddhist region. Majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest Muslims. As a result each village has a monastery perched on the highest point of the village. Most of the monasteries are old, very old some dating back 600 to 700 years. The monasteries are brightly colored in sharp contrast to the simple and austere lives of the monks. I specially loved the murals, s0me as old as the monasteries themselves and also the brightly painted doors.

 

LADAKH- A PALETTE OF COLORS

Ladakh  was the chosen destination this summer vacation. So the last week turned out to be a wonderful experience as we explored an altogether different world. Ladakh is a part of the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. We had heard a lot about it’s rugged beauty from friends and were eagerly looking forward to the trip. We also got a lot of advice regarding the Dos and the Don’ts because of the high altitude of the region (10,000ft and above as it comes in the region of the greater Himalayas), and the fact that we would be flying to Leh(the main city of Ladakh) from Delhi thus making a forced ascent from the sea level to about 10,000ft. The first day was thus reserved for complete rest and acclimatization. Thereafter we began a trip that was more than an eye-opener. The mountains and peaks are devoid of any vegetation but it seems as if God simply poured all the colors on His palette on this land. The mountains show such variations in color. There were all the shades of brown, pinks, purples and even green; the waters of the rivers and lakes in every shade of blue possible. Sharing here some pictures from the trip.

CRIME ‘N LAW

Couldn’t help myself. I’m not a very political person but have been reading a lot about this in the newspapers and couldn’t ignore it no matter how hard I tried, so here goes.

This is about ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Bill (2011)’. This bill has already been approved by the Cabinet and now has been sent to the Rajya Sabha  for the final debate. If passed it will become a Law. A law that makes sex below 18 years of age a punishable crime. And this law will be applicable to both, boys and girls. When it was first tabled it had a provision for consensual sexual activity between the ages of 16 and 18, but now that has been dropped, criminalizing teenage sex. The motive of this Law is supposedly to prevent sexual exploitation or abuse of minors. But come to think of it, will it really do that? I’m not an expert in Law nor do I understand much about law making. What I say here are my thoughts as a lay person who reads the daily newspaper.

This is the period of their lives when youngsters explore their sexuality and are curious about things that are natural. In this age of Internet, to think they are ignorant about sex ( it’s not just our eminent  MPs and MLAs who watch porn on mobiles/tabs) and thus need to be protected by such a law is foolish and ostrich like. Today children mature much earlier than we did in our times. Call it easy access, changing times or whatever. They are also capable of taking mature decisions with clear understanding of right and wrong.

What they really need is proper education, information and guidance about sex and related health problems. But whenever there is talk of introducing a proper sex education programme in the schools our lawmakers suddenly regress back to the middle ages. With this law in place the activities of the young will not stop but will simply move underground because it is difficult to forcefully stop something that’s natural and trying to do so will do nothing to solve the problem. Practiced under covers it may have adverse effect on the health of the individuals.

And , in our country where the ‘moral police’ thinks nothing of harassing adults, imagine them in the case of youngsters.( And here ,everyone-from the parents, to the neighbors, to relatives-can turn into moral police) The police will also get another set of targets to trouble or earn their ‘extra’ income from. We will then need a different kind of protection law for the children.

Also, more importantly, imagine being called a criminal for life just because they indulged in an act in the heat of the moment or out of curiosity.

In my opinion, this regressive law should not be passed as it is. The children must be protected from sexual abuse but the law also has to be mature and in tune with the times. Other countries too have similar laws and the law has provisions to differentiate between a normal act and an abuse. With this law our country will be just above the countries where sex is legal only within the boundaries of marriage.

Emphasis should be laid on imparting better information to the young so that they can take the right decision and act accordingly.

“Better to educate than to enforce”