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The 15th Lok Saba elections have brought to surface the aftermath of what has been going on in Kerala during the last 3 years of governance ( or lack of it) by the ruling coalation.  It should make all Keralites hang their heads in shame, because  they were the ones instrumental in the acendence of the current rulers to the throne . Albeit,  under the mistaken hope  that this bunch of jokers will bring in  a better alternative than the earlier outgoing circus.. !

The sad fact is that these guys forgot to do what they were elected to do  in their made race for ‘one-upmanship’ between warring constituents and their leaders. They gave the business of governance a contemptuous go by, and all efforts were channeled mainly into unproductive faction fights. The chief Minister was targeted and made to bite the dust many a time by ‘clever’ moves of the Official faction chief who attempted sometimes hitting through proxy. And the ever-obliging media , hungry for news,   gave a ball-by-ball account of these skirmishes as if that was all that mattered . The aspirations and needs of the people became the casualty!

The end result of these ‘star wars’  was quite visible in the elecorate’s reply – a thorough drubbing through the ballot box… These guys managed only a meagre ‘4 out of 20’ score!

As if all this is not enough to learn a lesson, the ‘gladiators’ are back at it again after the election dust has settled in…
Last heard, the Chief Minister is sharpening his claws to scratch the face of his bete-noir using some  ‘statistics of the failure’and  laughing all the way!

You guessed right, they will never learn…
> Click here…animal-planet1

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The 15th Lok Saba elections have brought to surface the aftermath of what has been going on in Kerala during the last 3 years of governance ( or lack of it) by the ruling coalation.  It should make all Keralites hang their heads in shame, because  they were the ones instrumental in the acendence of the current rulers to the throne . Albeit,  under the mistaken hope  that this bunch of jokers will bring in  a better alternative than the earlier outgoing circus.. !

The sad fact is that these guys forgot to do what they were elected to do  in their made race for ‘one-upmanship’ between warring constituents and their leaders. They gave the business of governance a contemptuous go by, and all efforts were channeled mainly into unproductive faction fights. The chief Minister was targeted and made to bite the dust many a time by ‘clever’ moves of the Official faction chief who attempted sometimes hitting through proxy. And the ever-obliging media , hungry for news,   gave a ball-by-ball account of these skirmishes as if that was all that mattered . The aspirations and needs of the people became the casualty!

The end result of these ‘star wars’  was quite visible in the elecorate’s reply – a thorough drubbing through the ballot box… These guys managed only a meagre ‘4 out of 20’ score!

As if all this is not enough to learn a lesson, the ‘gladiators’ are back at it again after the election dust has settled in…
Last heard, the Chief Minister is sharpening his claws to scratch the face of his bete-noir using some  ‘statistics of the failure’and  laughing all the way!

You guessed right, they will never learn…
> Click here…animal-planet1

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On 20th March 2009,  the Police in Trivandrum ,  detained a group of activists of All-India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) for attempting to disrupt a ‘fashion show’ . The ‘fashion show’ was held at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan ( Poet Vylopillil must have  turned in his grave at least a hundred times at a very high RPM! ).  The perpetrators of this assault were some of the students  from Sree Chithira Thirunal College of Engineering. These self–appointed moral policemen claimed that all these fashion shows were an affront to the cultural ethos of Kerala. They didn’t  say  ‘India’, mark you! ; so much for the ‘cultural ethos’ business! The ire of those young people may be  understandable unless you happen to be  a ramp rider too…

And to some extent I tend to agree with these ‘policemen’ !.

Very often  people organise a ‘fashion parade’ or a ‘fashion show’ or whatever they call these  female ‘ramp-riding’ . However, the question that is disturbing many sane people  is this.  Just because they do it in far-off places like France and America  should we Indians also follow suit and expose and exhibit our women for a few bucks more?  These shows thrive here  because , for one,  they are  considered ‘haute culture’ . And secondly ,  because people harbour in their heart of hearts   the snobbish belief that holding such events will take them one step closer to being a notional part of the  ‘International Circle’. Also there are a set of blokes ( and ‘blokies’, of course! )  who are willing  to come from far and near to sit an ogle  at the exposed  ( mostly ) and unexposed parts of human anatomy in the name of fashion!

It reminds one of the  ‘mattuchanda’ ( or caltle market ) regularly conducted in certain parts of Tamil Nadu where they bring  and line up cattle from many villages to conduct trade. These are also paraded before prospective buyers. One of the  differences between these two events may perhaps be that in the case of ‘mattu chanda’  the ‘oglers’ can also pry open and look into the  mouths  of their prospective ‘buys’  to gauge their age and health! …  The other point of difference is that  these girls are not for sale!

During a ‘show’ these ‘human cattle’ are made to  strut up and down the ramp with a much practiced disdain  and a bored look at the folks who sit at their feet with rapt attention. They then  strike some gawd-awful funny poses , barbecue themselves a few times and  walk back , dangling their rumps  at the watcher folks! I wonder whether at all those oglers notice any of the the ‘fashion apparel’ hanging from their bony shoulders.. not that they wear much any way!

Switch on the ‘Fashion TV’ and you will understand what I am trying to say. Virtual skeletons that shame the “slumdogs” of  Ethiopia, pathetically ricketty to the eye, anytime poised  to unscramble themselves and pile up on the ramp … these are the images that flit past. Without exception,  these ‘beauties’ all   could  disappoint  the vultures in the African skies because they have  only bare bones to offer to  them  should  any of them  happen to collapse in some African Desert! It is rumoured that ,  in the name of maintaining their  ‘slim’  shapes these girls virtually live of thin air!

Like the foot-and-mouth desease, the fashion show virus has also penetrated  the animal world … There was a news paper report that a fasion show was organised somewhat recently by a set of market savvy fellows who lined up a number of dressed-up cannine species to walk the ramp, in order to champion the cause of some animal food products. According to this  report these   canine recruits were also given some intensive training for the event  before they were let loose……maybe to  hold their bladders till the show was over ? 

And the dresses these ‘show’ girls  wear and  display ? Oh, My! The less said the better. (  of course , there is always  only ‘less’ of it to be said , anyway)…
These days any person who can hold a pair of scissors without dropping it  can make a claim to be a ‘fashion’ designer!  And in this  world of ‘ high fashion’,  plunging necklines  are already on a suicidal  dash downwards  to meet the up with the rising hemlines head-on …And if that trend continues, not long from now  the twain shall meet , I am sure, and then  the designers can  start advertising   about  these  new ‘virtual dress designs’.

Some of these ‘fashions’ are also very difficult for the common man (read: not ‘affiliated’ to the ‘International Circle’ ) to stomach  ..click here! >ramp-riders

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