You must have read the Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand..Well, if you haven't, then don't fret..Very soon, you too might join the ever-growing list of it's passionate readers. It's pretty amusing how quite a bunch of them actually read the book so that they can exhibit their pseudo-intellect. They evoke 'brilliant' conversations about it and depending on how they wish to be recognised, they either conform to the popular opinion about the book or attempt to shock by giving a drastically different view. I'm trying hard here to not be completely disdainful of the followers of Ayn Rand's novels..After all,I'm one of them too:) Eventually, the book has transformed into a symbol representing all those accomplishments which some truly possess and some pretend to.. Unfortunately for the latter, if the majority decide to turn their backs to that quality, they'll have a tough time trying to reverse the effects of their 'pretence period'. Don't interpret my words as an expression of dislike for this lot..I am as fond of them as I'm of Donald Duck.
Another stagnant,bleary Saturday afternoon...I pick up my copy of the newspaper and skim through the headlines.Splashed across the front page are photographs including a blurb about the recent blasts in Karachi. Slightly reeling from the thrust of the gory images, I feel a familiar rage simmering inside me. Not surprisingly, all that anger is directed not at the law-breakers,but the media at its manipulative best. It does seem to have a penchant for sensationalizing the slightest scrap of news it can pick up. And right across the front page.>Despite the hope we accrue from a delighted observation of improving conditions of life, the media kills a spirit of optimism in the most of us. Oh,the media definitely does print articles which have a feel good factor about them. But on page 5 or 11..hidden behind a sheath of depressing incidents that occured a day earlier. I try hard ,in vain, to apprehend what instigates/inspires them to print articles conveying unrest and dissatisfaction before the ones that spread good cheer.Undoubtedly,it IS the duty of the newspapers to inform their readers of the important events, of every kind, around the globe.All I ask for is some social consciousness on their part.If they do have a power to influence public opinion, why not make that constructive? Why not break the fall with a cushion over hard ground?
One of the most cliched topics i've heard and more often than not,I find it useless to discuss it. The usual ramblings about "How women are more independent now and how they are making a mark in every field previously dominated by men"..Somehow,I find the essence of feminity fading away in the quest by women to prove themselves as equals. A lot of them have unconsciously decided that to 'attain the status' of a man,one must accomplish everything that a male can to the same degree(not higher,but same). If men find mountaineering challenging and fun, we must do it so that we can prove ourselves as parallels..Sadly, the idea of freedom has been quashed under the weight of such an attitude as we chain our actions to what men do and think. Well,what can i say? Women are women.If they think like they have been designed to, placing family above personal goals, housekeeping over the assignments at work, a love for the arts equivalent to or over science...it cannot be judged as a lack of ambition,just as a difference in priorities. Women have to appreciate the fact that their role's a lot more challenging yet done with ease. Even if that role may be considered inferior by 'society', there's no reason whatsoever to compell women to think alike. She who belongs to the gentle sex needn't immerse herself in pursuit of the much-sought after ambitions of a man, unless the interest is genuine.She could just be herself.