This Is About Me
I love animals. I hate to see them dying on TV or on the roads. But I love mutton too.
I do not like what the US of A has done to the world. But I'd love to visit California and Alaska.
I do not like that McDonald's is so unhealthy and that people live on it. But I do sometimes yearn for KFC's chicken.
I respect Gandhi. I do get goosebumps when i think of his work. But I do not like what he did to Kasturba.
I'm scared of lizards. I'm scared of the thunder. But I love the adrenaline high when riding on a roller coaster.
I like khadi. I like the ideology behind hand-woven cloth. But I also like muga silk from Assam obtained from killing millions of silkworms.
I know chemical colours are bad, and hence white is most eco-friendly. But I love fuschia. And lemon green.
I like flat sandals because they are cheap, I can walk miles in them. But I love stilettos.
I respect the Maoists but I do not like them being violent with poor tribals.
I think simple marriages are best. But I'd like to have a good mehendi evening full of dance on the day before my wedding.
I think in English, and can impress boys with nice English words. But I know that without Assamese language, I am rootless.
I respect all politicians and senior police men. But I do not respect their lies, hypocrisy, violence, manipulations.
I hate Mumbai for its traffic and apathy. Yet, I cannot see Mumbai not knowing about the beautiful India that I travel through.
I support the India Against Corruption campaign, but I know that its middle-class supporters are equally corrupt too.
I love Delhi for its wide roads, gardens, open spaces, old Dilli charm. But I hate the expensive transport system.
I do not like the Congress. But I still hope and want Rahul Gandhi to be the Prime Minister, to bring in some youthful ideas to our country.
I stand up for women's rights. But I will wear my bra too and shop for it with utmost care.
I cannot live by excluding some ideas, in order to include some other ideas, into my life.
My honey is your poison. My poison is your honey.
And someday, I might campaign for your poison because it is healthier than my honey.
Am I a hypocrite? I think I'm just being honest.
Am I a bad person because my interests and disinterests are conflicting? I'm just being honest.
All I know is this: I cannot live in isolation. I cannot live in rejection.
Embrace. Embrace. Embrace.
This is about me. Or you too?