Gay Weddings First? What Next? Humanist Ones?

In the UK you can choose to have a Humanist ceremony, but outside of Scotland? All marriage must involve a legally recognised service.

These are religious in nature. Scotland however voted in 2005 to allow “humanist” weddings. It is one of the six nations in the world where this is allowed. It lets a couple express their love and commitment through the story of life and the affirmation of those they love and cherish rather than the words of a state.  [Read more…]

Age of Kali – Valentine’s Day

So what would you do for love?

In India, Valentine’s day is pretty big. Indians are pretty romantic in the cheesy sort of way. Diamonds, Flowers, Cards, Stuffed Animals… The whole shebang.

But one of the sadder sides of this is the backlash. You see in a country whose movie heroes regularly fall in love, there are those who don’t like the concept that people can love things. And yes, I understand that these people sound like the villains from My Little Pony… but this is a major problem.

I didn’t blog yesterday because I was busy on a highly romantic (and highly cheesy and nerdy) date with my girlfriend. She was stuck in the UK, I was stuck in India so we made a meal and sat down to eat on Skype. It’s silly but free and fun and a nice thing to do. I mean when people say Valentine’s day is a commercial trap, my response is “So is Christmas, but I still notice you scarfing down turkey with the rest of us…”.

However there were hundreds of thousands of couples like ourselves who went out and about on dates to demonstrate their love. And they ran afoul of one of India’s best kept secrets.

It goes by the name of Saffron Extremism. Hindu extremists harassed, beat and in one case forcibly married couples. In a lovely little twist one such outfit claimed that Valentine’s day lead to rape (rather than the culture of moral policing by people such as the Bajrang Dal, BJP, Shiv Sena and Ram Sena).

Oh cheer up! It’s better than it used to be. This year police defended the couples, however in 2009 they actively beat and attacked couples in support of the fanatics. A marked improvement.

Ash is Sick

Ash is my girlfriend and the author of Tigasuku Tales. As you may already know!

She had to be admitted to the hospital yesterday scaring all and sundry because she had a transient bout of high blood pressure.

Doctors are still investigating into what could have caused this but she is better and back home. If you wish to send her some love, check out her site and leave her a message wishing her well. I cannot really be with her in times such as these (I have my Viva presentations tomorrow and day after) but I can get random strangers on the internet to give her e-hugs and cheer her up.

So check out her blog and send her some love.

Of iPhones and The Game

I am currently stuck at home due to flooding in Chennai. Typhoon Nilam is set to make landfall today and already the winds have picked up and we have been subjected to constant rain. It’s no hurricane but it is pretty nasty.

So while poking around this new fangled reddits, I came across this absolute gem of stupidity. The link is NSFW as is this article. Lots of references to them. [Read more…]