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Hi! I’m Justin Raj, a stock broker by profession, is also a freelance Journalist, an amateur Filmmaker and an enthusiastic Marathoner who possesses the ‘bad habit’ of writing too much. And as long as that ‘bad habit’ stays with me, I keep on posting to my blog.

A blogger is basically a tech-savvy writer. He is a keen observer with a sharing mind, not a silent spectator to all events which happen around him. If a reader is a person who loves to gain knowledge, a blogger or writer is one who loves to share his knowledge and dare to speak out his opinions and ideas. Like a singer expresses by singing, dancer by dancing, actor through acting, a blogger blogs his feelings and ideas out. Literally, Freedom of Expression is his shield and the blog is his Sword.

Here in my blog, write-ups are archived in 9 labels. In ‘Sweet and Bitter’ you can read about my diverse life experiences and valuable lessons I learnt from it. ‘Published Articles’ offers you my articles which have been published in Daily Newspapers. In ‘Random Brain Waves’ you can meet up with my random (or at times, weird) ideas. Poetry writing has eventually become a new hobby as well as a part of my blog. You can read my poems in ‘Verses’. In ‘Marathon’ label, you can read about my marathon experiences, challenges and how running a marathon can shape a man’s life.

‘Vlog’ is a recent addition to my blog as I realize the potential future of visual media. Sometimes, a 3-minute video can do the magic of expression than a 3000 word article. In this label you can watch the short films, documentaries, advertisements et al I have made. ‘Favorite Articles’ consists of articles which have influenced my outlook and attitude on life. Being a tireless traveler, ‘Travel’ label takes you to various travel experiences of mine. Conducting researches is a part of Journalism. In ‘Research Articles’ label you can get articles which throw light on various researches I have conducted.

Every life meets with various challenges, diverse experiences and at the end, all those teach us valuable lessons for our future. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own said H. G. Bohn. I learn more by my own mistakes than others. It doesn’t mean that I’m a fool! I learn from other’s lives too. My blog is a platform for sharing not only my life experiences but also the valuable lessons, ideas and poetry triggered by them.

To my mind, blog is a thinking man's tool. Blogging is more a passion than a hobby for me. It is as if talking something to someone somewhere in world. My words keep on talking to the visitors of my blog. I can feel the magic of words! And that’s the power of blogging!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

God's Own Gender Gap


Few months ago, in God's Own Country a young lady was raped and killed in a train. This tragic incident took place in broad day light while she was commuting from the workplace to her home. Media went gaga over this incident. Several organizations and sections of people went on with agitations and strikes. Number of political parties made this unfortunate incident a good reason to blame the ruling government.
As usual, financial help came from government to the family of the rape victim. Security has been beefed up in ladies compartment of most of the trains plying across 14 districts of the state.
In fact, who is the real loser? The government or the organizations those are fighting very hard for this cause? Of course, the family of that poor girl.
This murder brought an irremovable scar on the image of this scenic and peaceful state. It also brought out our attitude towards women in general.
Who to blame? Definitely the attitude of the people of my state. Whenever I talk to young men here, I wonder whether they have any female friends or female family member or at least a female neighbour. Most of them talk about women as if they have never seen a woman in their life – more on a sexual outlook.
Unfortunately, there are lesser opportunities for woman and men to gather or socialize in our state. Especially among young people. Why there are separate seats for ladies in public transport systems? Why can't women sit with men? I never seen this strong sense of gender gap in any other states other than my home state.
If the general attitude was right, this incident have never happened in my life: Day before yesterday I was travelling by bus to a near by place in our area. The bus was crowded and I managed to get a seat. After few stops the man who was sitting near to me got down and the seat next to me became vacant. There was an old lady standing near to my seat. She was too old and barely stand. So, I asked her to sit near to me. But she refused my offer with an artificial smile.
I couldn’t understand the reason behind her refusal to take the seat. She was at the age of my grand mother. But she simply refused.
Unless there are chances for socialization among men and women in my state, more rape, eve teasing and killing will take place in this beautiful place which boast of hundred percent literary rate in the country and blessed with tons of intellectual capacity.
In a civilized society, raping and eve teasing shouldn’t be allowed or encouraged. All these are the results of insufficient knowledge about sexuality or frustrations generated from unsatisfied sex or restrictions in society to mingle with opposite sex. In a progressive society, there should always be opportunities to understand both sexes.
In a primitive, natural state, man is not pornographic. When human beings are naked and nude and man knows the woman's body and woman knows the man's body, you cannot sell PlayBoy. It is impossible. Who will purchase PlayBoy? And who will look into all that crap? - Osho
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