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Gracious

 Gracious by Ben Howard.

There’s a lot in Opening Lines. Its how its strikes a chord, in you. The opening line is like an opportunity, a chance to feel something new today. Music is my cover. I have a lot to cover. Its a mask that masks the good the bad and the ugly. 

What’s in words, they say. There’s a lot. There’s me in them, says my reality.

How would you know?
When everything around you’s changing like the weather,
A big black storm.
And who would you turn to?
Or hide a ghost, a shadow at the most, would you let me know?

My music are the lyrics. Its all about what the songs says to me. I do not go by genre, I go by words. There’s very little I have to say, and a lot more that I want you to listen. When I can’t say, my lyrics do.

Cause I don’t want to,

To trouble your mind with the childish design of how it all should go.
But I love you so,
But it all comes clear, when the wind is settled, I’ll be here, you know.

Sometimes, I just sit and listen to you because I find clarity in your words. When my reality is hazy, your music guides me through. Your lyrics are my music. 

Cause you said ours were the lighthouse towers
The sand upon that place
Darling I’ll grow weary, happy still
With just the memory of your face

You sing and I listen. What if your music just stopped someday? What will I listen to? I would be lost if you left me. They say, ‘Not all who wander are lost’. But what if you never find me? What will I be then? 
That’s when the chorus rings,

Gracious goes the ghost of you
And I will never forget the plans and the
Silhouettes you drew here and
Gracious goes the ghost of you
My dear


 

Daily Prompt 

 

Hey! I Don’t Like Coffee!

Yes, Yes. I know what you are thinking. 

‘How can you not like Coffee!’

Dear Daily Prompt, Thank you for giving me a chance to write about this. 

I am tired answering the question. ‘Hey! I Don’t Like Coffee’.

And, just because I don’t, I am not particularly weak. I don’t even understand why people are so fascinated by it. Even if they are, I don’t understand why they want me to be too! Since, I don’t drink coffee, I do not have a fair understanding about it. So when people talk about Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Peaberry, and names I can’t pronounce, I absolutely am out of the conversation. Personally, the coffee lingo is more like Elvish. I prefer Elvish to the coffee lingo.  

Also, it is so hot all the time. You are actually waiting half the time for it to cool down. It has this bitter taste all the time! No matter how much cream or sugar or milk you had, it is still Bitter and Brown (No, I am not racist). It messes with your sleep and your stomach. I love my sleep way too much. How can some brown liquid just mess it up like that? Your eyes are basically popping out. How can I miss the coffee stains? One wrong move and coffee everywhere. I prefer staying away from everything that I can spill. 

The age old question; ‘Hey, wanna meet up for Coffee?’ makes me awkward at any minute of the day.  

And, they never really get your name right at Starbucks.

So, while you stick to the over priced cup of coffee, I am going to pick my favorite Potion. Which is basically anything other than Coffee.

A glass of water, a coke, juice (but, I always want to get fatter), mock-tail, a pint of beer or a bottle of vodka (That’s not possible, I am underage). Anything, but coffee. 

 

The Social ‘No’work

So, what was Internet made for? Breaking the ice, alright. What happens after you break the ice?

Social media works like the dumping policy?

 Got an idea, put it up online and watch it go VIRAL.

A cause- social, political or cultural- has its purposes. How people present this is where it could go wrong.

So, maybe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a wise man’s call.

But, how about we talk about the #Jadapose. Did you read about that? Please do. That is what the Social Network can do.

Was that breaking the right ice?

Did THAT have to go viral? Does a rape victim deserve to be undignified publicly like that?

The Social Network is a tool. How you use it, is your choice.

It comes with more debase than charity.

Breaking the Ice

Iraq Decoded

The reasons for violence in Iraq go back to the divisive policies of Saddam Hussein’s regime which had laid the seeds for political tension between the Shiite majority and the Sunni minority. This situation was made worse by the catastrophic management of Iraq by the US-led coalition forces after the 2003 invasion, a free-for-all struggle for power between Iraqi political groups, and the emergence of Al Qaeda-linked Sunni extremists.

 The “original sin” of the modern Iraqi state that came into being in the 1920s was its domination at the hands of a Sunni elite, in a country that was majority Shiite. The perception that the top positions in the government and the army were reserved for the Sunnis was greatly reinforced under Saddam Hussein.

Cemented in the late 1970s, Saddam’s regime was controlled by a narrow group of Sunni officers from the city of Takrit. There were many Shiites in the ruling Baath Party, and many Sunnis who opposed Saddam. Regardless, political power became closely associated with religious identity, despite the regime’s secular nationalist ideology.

Things got worse when Iraq’s Shiite Islamist opposition began openly to challenge Saddam – not because he was a Sunni, but because his regime was secular and authoritarian.

Saddam’s response was predictably brutal. By targeting Shiite religious leaders, the regime managed to alienate large sections of Iraq’s Shiite population, laying the seeds of resentment and sectarian mistrust that is so prevalent today.

Iraq after Saddam

The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 destroyed the old order, enabling Shiite Islamist parties to claim power in 2005 through free elections. The former Sunni elites were displaced by a new Shiite-dominated government. As rival Shiite politicians jockeyed for power, Sunnis felt sidelines, and many accused Shiites of collaboration with foreign troops.

At the same time, the US-led interim authorities made a catastrophic decision to disband the Iraqi army, putting thousands of officers out of work. Later, Iraqi government passed so-called “de-Baathification” laws, which barred former officials from the Baath Party from state employment and benefits.

Because Sunnis had dominated top military and government positions under Saddam, these measures affected them more than the Shiites. The majority-Sunni provinces in Iraq’s north-west took these developments as a direct threat to their community, an act of collective revenge by the Shiite leaders who they thought where working to monopolize all power in the new Iraq.

Civil Conflict 2006-09

Islamist extremists among the dozens of Sunni insurgent groups began deliberately to target Shiite civilians. A bomb attack on a Shiite shrine in the town of Samarra in February 2006 triggered revenge attacks by Shiite militias, leading to open conflict in religiously mixed areas.

Millions of Iraqis fled abroad, as Sunni and Shiite paramilitary forces fought it out for the capital Baghdad, with tit-for-tat sectarian killings and ethnic cleansing of whole neighborhoods. Outside interference prolonged the carnage: jihadists from across the Muslim world poured into Iraq to fight for Al Qaeda, while some Shiite militias apparently enjoyed Iranian support.

The violence in those years was not solely sectarian in nature. Shiite militias loyal to the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr fought government troops and clashed with other Shiite Islamist rivals. Sunnis from the “Awakening” movement turned against Al Qaeda, accepting state payroll under US patronage, while others fought in the national army alongside Shiite soldiers.

 By 2009, the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki managed to subdue most Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias, saving the state from complete disintegration. However, by this point the mixed Sunni-Shiite areas were devastated. Although only a minority of Sunnis and Shiites played an active role in the violence, the damage to the fabric of the society was done.

Current Situation

Today, major warfare has finished but Iraq remains an unstable place. Although Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians cooperate in the central government, there is no real consensus on the future direction of the state. The oil production is booming, but the state is unable to create enough jobs or boost development.

There is a widely-held belief in the Sunni provinces that the government in Baghdad discriminates against them. This resentment creates a fertile terrain for the anti-Shiite propaganda of Al Qaeda-linked groups, such as the “Islamic State in Iraq”.

Some Sunni leaders want equal participation in central government. Others want majority-Sunni areas to become a federal, autonomous entity within Iraq. A minority of extremists wants a total war against Shiites. Unfortunately, this minority is well-funded and well-organized, and there are plenty of unemployed young men willing to take up arms.

Latest Developments

The US troops pulled out of Iraq in December 2011, marking the last stage of transferring full state sovereignty back into the hands of Iraqi authorities. The oil production is booming, and foreign companies are scrambling for lucrative contracts.

However, political divisions, in combination with a weak state and high unemployment, make Iraq one of the most unstable countries in the Middle East. The country remains deeply scarred by the brutal civil war (2006-08) that has poisoned relations between Iraq’s religious communities for generations to come.

The central government in the capital Baghdad is now dominated by the Shiite Arab majority (about 60% of total pop.), and many Sunni Arabs – who formed the backbone of Saddam Hussein’s regime – feel marginalized.

Iraq’s Kurdish minority, on the other hand, enjoys a strong autonomy in the north of the country, with its own government and security forces. The Kurds are at odds with the central government over the division of oil profits and the final status of mixed Arab-Kurdish territories.

There is still no consensus on what the post-Saddam Iraq should look like. Most Kurds advocate a federal state (and many wouldn’t mind seceding from the Arabs altogether if given a chance), joined by some Sunnis who want autonomy from the Shiite-led central government. Many Shiite politicians living in oil-rich provinces could also live without the interference from Baghdad. On the other side of the debate are the nationalists, both Sunni and Shiites, who advocate a unified Iraq with a strong central government.

Al Qaeda-linked Sunni extremists continue with regular attacks against government targets and Shiites. The potential for economic development is huge, but violence remains endemic, and many Iraqis fear the return of civil war and a possible partition of the country.

Sectarian Tension and Fear of Spillover from Syrian Civil War

The violence is spiking again. April 2013 was the deadliest month since 2008, marked with clashes between Sunni anti-government protesters and security forces, and bomb attacks against Shiites and government targets carried out by the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda organization. Protesters in Sunni areas of north-western Iraq have been holding daily rallies since late 2012, accusing the Shiite-led central government of discrimination.

The situation is aggravated by the civil war in neighboring Syria. Iraqi Sunnis are sympathetic to the (largely Sunni) Syrian rebels, while the government backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who is also allied to Iran. The government fears that Syrian rebels could link with Sunni militants in Iraq, dragging the country back into civil conflict and possible partition along religious/ethnic lines.

The Iraqi Government

  • Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki: Iraq’s central government is a dysfunctional coalition of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders. Maliki, a Shiite, has emerged as the strongest politician in Iraq, a master tactician who enjoys close relations both with the US and Iran.
  • Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): While Kurdish leaders participate in the central state institutions in Baghdad – navigating between Sunnis and Shiites – they do as they please in their autonomous entity in the Kurdish north. The Barzanis and the Talabanis are the two most powerful Kurdish families. Their flourishing trade relationship with Turkey, despite the Kurdish issue in that country, shows that everything is possible in politics.

 Iraqi Opposition

 In and out of government, the movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is Iraq’s answer to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. This Islamist group appeals to low-income Shiites with a network of charities. Its armed wing has fought against the government forces, rival Shiite groups, and against Sunni militias.

Sunni tribal leaders: Sunni politicians in Baghdad have lost much of their credibility through association with the Maliki government. But traditional community leaders in Sunni areas have been at the centre of opposition to the Shiite-led government, and have backed the efforts to counter the influence of Al Qaeda extremists.

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) is a deadly terrorist outfit that specializes in highly-lethal car bombings. ISI’s traditional base is small Sunni towns in the Anbar province, but its unofficial capital is now Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

Refer to this video for a visual and simple explanation of the entire situation in Iraq. Complete credits to the creator of the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQPlREDW-Ro

Manifesto

Bedtime Stories

Before you start reading, this one is going to be better than Adam Sandler, Trust me.

Gone are the days when my mother read me a story and it always ended well. They lived happily ever after and I slept happily ever since.

Bedtime Stories have changed from fables to rants, from fantasy to veracity. Sleep Procrastination is the technical term and it is addictive. People who are ‘Bedtime Procrastinators’ make huge unrealistic plans and on the contrary do very little to actually make them happen; in the night, wide awake, on their beds while the world sleeps because they ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING! Now hold it, I can make these conjecture because I indeed am one. *smirk*

It is at 2 a.m. when I suddenly feel determined to change my life, read more, make more friends, make amends and be a better person. I often run scenes in my head about conversations which could have been better. *Damn. I should’ve said this.* I make up scenarios which can never possibly even happen.

  • Andrew Garfield staring at me while I work in my lab coat. (Ain’t no one got time for that.)
  • Running around in my Jimmy Choo shoes.
  • Being on Dr. House’s team.
  • Actually speaking better than Oprah Winfrey.
  • Being the Honorable guest at Obama’s Birthday party. (Like, I am stoned.)

Jokes apart, I actually do quite a lot of thinking. Serious emotional drama in those moments of weakness. Assumptions can actually make life simpler (or harder). Procrastination makes life seem a cake walk, because I have contemplated a situation from EVERY possible angle while I couldn’t sleep. Its like preparing yourself for the day that awaits you. I am complete in this moment, I am satisfied for while procrastinating, I live life on my terms.

Sleep Procrastination has now become a drug. Not one day goes by that I do not make up a lullaby.

Guess What.

It’s Working.

Bedtime Stories

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Someone Wake Me Up…

I have often told myself, ‘Don’t cry yourself to sleep’. But, no. No one is listening.

Here I am sharing this recurring dream I’ve had for like 4 years now.

Abandoned buildings or houses scare me to death. They remind me of isolation, desolation and Death. Death frightens me to levels I can’t even describe.

This dream of mine has been extremely disturbing because, I NEVER WANT TO DO IT.

It’s dark and I seem to walk towards daylight, like emerging out of a tunnel. I got my flip flops, jean shorts and a purple T-shirt on (Which is my favorite outfit, always). I don’t really see my face, but I am sure it’s me. It’s everything about that figure that reminds me of me. I am heading towards a deserted 4 storey building. It has been demolished, or burnt or ravaged… I am not quite sure. I make my way up the stairs; I swear I feel like I am reluctant to do so. I get up to the roof, and it is breezy, sheepishly windy. I make my way to the already tarnished ledge. I look down. It’s pretty much dark. I don’t know if I will ever touch the ground, dead or alive. But I am staring down, I see myself… Smile.

And, I am wide awake. I often jolt and sit up, its like I had to make a decision, and I just didn’t. I never jump off the ledge in the delusion (I hope I never do). It is almost surreal, I can feel myself losing my balance, tumbling into nothing. 

I believe my dream is symbolic. It stands for a choice. I often have this nightmare (if it is one), on nights that I am upset, sad or depressed. It says something to me, I still haven’t figured it out.

Next time I dream, Please, Someone wake me up…

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