Here’s what’s wrong with hijab tourism and your cutesy “modesty experiments”

Must read. A beautiffly expressed piece on hijab tourism.
Generalizing ill-informed observations to the entire population is a way to fool yourself to think that you are intelligent and you know everything. Let’s be more accepting and less judgmental in life and make this a better world to live in.

Ms. Muslamic

Hijab: sometimes, it feels like everyone’s giving it a try. Lauren Shields is just the latest feminist to embark on a ‘modesty experiment’ based on the veiling traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Last year, a teenager on Tumblr wore hijab to the mall and ended up with 200,000 reblogs. In 2010, a young journalist went ‘undercover’ in hijab for a month to find out what it was like. Liz Jones wore the burka in 2009; Danielle Crittenden over at HuffPo wore it all the way back in 2007, like some kind of Cultural Appropriation Hipster. Over at Vice, Annette Lamothe-Ramos wandered around New York in a burka and then wrote a really insensitive article about the experience. Apparently if you’re stuck for ideas for content, a reliable fall-back is to dress like a Muslim woman for a day or so and then bang out…

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Simple Moments Matter (part 5)- My wandering soul

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ~ Cesare Pavese

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

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Being away from the world of words

I was away from the blogging world a few weeks back. We were on a holiday in Manipal, Karnataka with friends.

My thoughts on what I felt being away from this virtual world, that feels more real than the one we see, touch and feel everyday.

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I was away,

Away from a world of words,

Enriching thoughts,

Deep hidden desires,

Constant movement,

And tempestuous passions.

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I was away,

Away from a world where words are everything,

Honest expressions,

Soul stirring emotions,

Encouraging pats,

And profound memories .

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“Quintet of Radiance”: Five Ennobling Awards

Yeahhh, my first blogger award!

Thank you Shivani for nominating my blog for this award.  I am really happy to be a part of your world through this virtual space. Thanks for your encouragement and constant support.

Please visit her space for some awesome soul enriching thoughts at http://shivaani8.wordpress.com.

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Being Me


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No, I don’t want to go where everyone else is heading,

I do not like crowd,

I do not want to be a part of any crowd,

I don’t want to belong,

It is claustrophobic. It is exhausting.

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No, I don’t want to be a bird,

I want to walk the roads,

Swim across oceans. Hike mountains.

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Deanne Bray’s Rude Awakening — ASL Video on Signs of Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse? Is telling your partner that she was born to cook an emotional abuse? When your husband tells you that you do not dress well, is that an abuse or his love for you? When your father asks your mother about her whereabouts all the time, is it because he cares or because he like to control her?

I have not come across a better video than this to give answers to all those basic questions related to domestic abuse. Please watch it and share it. It is a social issue that is close to my heart and want your help to spread awareness about it.

If some one you know is going through this, remember the three simple steps:

LISTEN- SUPPORT- GUIDE

Thanks Amy for sharing this on your blog. Please visit her space to learn more about domestic abuse.

Links for help:

Emotional abuse is not okay.

Why don’t domestic abuse victims leave?

How to get out of an abusive relationship?

 

Picking Up the Pieces

(Captioned) Co-written by Julie Rems-Smario and Deanne Bray. Acted by Deanne Bray. Produced in American Sign Language as a resource for the deaf community, this video spells out (pun intended) what domestic violence is and what to look for if you suspect someone you know is being abused.

Information on Deaf Hope can be found on their website at http://www.deaf-hope.org

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Simple Moments Matter- part 4-Sunshine in my life

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

Sharing some sunshine through my clicks with all of you!!

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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“Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather

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“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ~ Helen Keller

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Keep Shining!!

You may like this:

 Simple Moments Matter (part 1)

Simple Moments Matter (part 2)

Simple Moments Matter ( part 3)

Settling down or moving on?

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Settling down or moving on? This question secretly creeps into my life quite often.

There are times when I feel settling down is a great, convenient and a stress free solution to everything. Being in one city, makes you feel safe & gives you a sense of belonging as you understand all the underlying cultural and social nuances.

Within me, slowly, this sense of belonging turns into a sense of longing for something new and exciting. I start imagining myself living in a different city, enjoying brunch by a lake side and living a new refreshed life.

Moving on and living in a different city, is not an easy task. You basically start afresh and carve your path in an unknown territory. Smallest of things like buying grocery feels like fighting a battle at times. I certainly do not enjoy the entire process of leaving everything behind and renting a house and setting it up from scratch. It is emotionally overwhelming and at times I hide somewhere within me to escape chaos.

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