A poet’s privilege

aged-antique-classic-429246Privilege, privilege all around. Sweet words and even better sound.

Love and war, rape and fear. Are all ideas that men hold dear.

To speak, to try, to bow, to cry.

All are worthy of shame, if not done by a beautiful dame.

Life and strife, girlfriend or wife. Day or night, they should be worthy of sight.

Allowed to care but not to dare.

Dark or light, bow before our might.

To think is blasphemy, to protest a sedition. On top of that, you’re not doing the right rendition.

My protest in itself is a privilege. Devil in me staring at that cleavage.

But hope is a good thing, no one can resist its bling.

To dream is better, if not today than later.

From shout, to scream, to do so freely is still a dream.

But witches or muggles. The end is near for all our struggles.

So smile and smile, in your own best style.

The night is darkest, just before the dawn. That’s what I was told by my Mom.

My privilege speaks, maybe foul it reeks. But we were told the world was never for the weaks.

So I want to change such a world. Without violence, without blood.

So the day will come, maybe not today but in years some.

The horizon will be bright, and we’ll all watch that sight.

Happiness can be found, if only you try to look around.

Life is tragic, but words are magic.

They heal you, from left and right. Prove that might is not ever right.

So hug and love and kiss and care. Shout from the rooftops, that “Yes I dare“.

-Mayank Manish Pathak



Why Trump is good for the World

“For the night is dark and full of terrors”

In the 20 years that I’ve existed on this Earth, never has it looked so surreal. It’s a series of nightmares which don’t seem to stop. At this point, the apocalypse would be a welcome relief.(Sam & Dean are you listening?)
Today, I’m reminded of Einstein and his famous words: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

I don’t know what the world is high on, but I want none of it. But I’m digressing. I was here to tell you how an orange blob, who now sits on the most powerful throne of the modern world (After Putin, the puppeteer obviously), can do some good.( I know right, even I have a hard time believing it) Before I go ahead, I’d like to assure you I’m completely sober (Mummy swear).

I start with something that had been happening as I write this. The millions of women (and men), marching in anti-Trump rallies, not just in the good old ‘Murica, but all over the world. This kind of public protest didn’t happen for Obama (come on, that guy is a bear hug, personified) and probably won’t happen for anyone else *sneeze* Putin *sneeze*. So, literally, one of the first thing that Trump managed to do as soon as he became the POTUS, he united people all around the globe, against him. It also brought women’s rights and issues to the forefront (which was much needed tbh). He also has brought the racist, sexist and neo-Nazi features of not just America but the entire western world in the limelight. Well, I say it was about damn time. He also is a poster-boy for what happens when you don’t care enough about democracy and voting (only 30% of Americans voted for him). So, next time you don’t vote, take a good look at what happens and who gets to grab your…… sorry PG-13 content.


Kitten, I meant to say grab your kitten.


I’m not sure how else to put this, but Trump has some pretty bad ideas. His pied-sky solutions are exactly what you’d expect from someone with no government experience. He’s casually proposed war crimes without even realizing it. He has all the political instincts of a stoned teenager, and for this reason, there are a lot of promises he’s made that simply won’t happen … starting with his signature move.

As one of the writers at Cracked points out, “Imagine walking into an airport, screaming that you should get to fly the plane, and then, to your complete dumbfuckery, having that demand fulfilled. Suddenly you’re sitting at 40,000 feet in front of a massive jumble of switches and lights and have no clue what to do. That would be a nightmare. For everyone on board.” Yup, that’s Trump for you. It’s been said that an easy litmus test for politicians and leaders is that if you would have them as your kid’s babysitter. Nope. Not him. (or even Modi) So, how did he became the babysitter of a country, you ask. My money is on Putin. That’s where the CIA is betting. And the FBI, NSA, NRO. The list goes on. But it also gives a clear view of what is wrong with the system. It is a glimpse of what kind of people gets churned out if your system is fucked up enough. I mean look at the Cabinet. It is filled with, let’s be honest, dumbfucks and people who think climate change isn’t real and evolution is an opinion. (and Big Bang was God’s idea of nuke).

Where is Dumbledore’s Army when we need it?

The people around me who are saying let’s wait and watch, he hasn’t done anything yet; you’re utterly wrong. The moment you start taking this whole thing as normal or anywhere close to it (like sun-to-earth-distance close to it) you start normalizing Trump and everything he stands for. You start normalizing, sexual assault, sexism, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and above all, stupidity. If you think, you’re an Indian and you don’t get affected, you’ve no idea, my friend. The entire world is several steps closer to the WWIII because an orange Cheetos has access to Nuclear weapons and his signature style is firing things (He fired all the Obama appointees he could, even before the inauguration). And that’s not even the worse thing. If you’ve anyone whom you care about, living in the USA, you need to start worrying. Also if it’s not too late to point out, Trump’s rise is the almost mirror image of that of  Hitler (that dude with the funny mustache) and the Third Reich. Plus his rise has emboldened neo-Nazi and alt-right (that’s not a computer shortcut) groups throughout Europe and the rest of the world. There is a triple digit increase in hate crimes in the US. People around the world are sponsoring Nazi Swastika proudly (what’s wrong with you people?) and performing Nazi salutes. ( I thought we took care of this in the ’40s).

But above all, it’s a moment of introspection. The kind you have when you wake up in a desert, tied to a cactus and a dead clown and you’ve no idea how you got there. So, pause and think. Because it’s not just USA or India, the entire world is on a downward spiral towards a hole. And one must realize, that in today’s globalized world there is no place you’re safe, especially if nukes start raining. Hallelujah.

So, that’s it. Donald Trump is President of the USA. He knows the launch codes. And he hasn’t tweeted them yet. So far, so good.

Why is Sheldon always right?

A letter to the educated, liberal, men

i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty.
before I’ve called them intelligent or brave.
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is the most you have to be proud of
when your spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like, you are resilient
or, you are extraordinary.
not because i don’t think you’re pretty.
but because you are so much more than that
-rupi kaur

When we think too much and feel too little, we become the demons we’ve been running away from, our whole life. When the following quote was being written in the scriptures, “यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता:” ( where women are worshiped, there is the abode of god) I don’t remember reading any riders. I don’t remember any asterisk at the end of the sentence mentioning that only those women are to be worshiped which conform to your (quite patriarchal and misogynist, if I may add) definition. Do the god(s) actively avoid the women wearing skirts or going out late at night? And if they do, how can someone so misogynist be a god? Similarly, I can’t give respect to anyone who doesn’t respect women, whatever his age or authority.


How can someone claim that they’re not responsible for what happens to the other half of the population? I believe it is my fault. When you choose a misogynist to be your leader, when you vote him to power, when you look the other way when someone else molests a woman, when you don’t call out the guy leering at a woman’s breast in metro, when you don’t stop the degenerates whistling at women, when you call your ex a bitch, when you complain that women are getting more privileges than you, when you complain of empty women-only metro coaches, when you don’t fight for women; you, my friend are at fault and so am I. You and I are the educated, liberal, men who can make a difference. We’ve got the inherent privilege to speak and be the things which, sadly, a woman will have to fight very hard for.

If you don’t get what I’m saying, this guy does a brilliant job of explaining it. Do watch.

If you’ve asked a friend to call you freely whenever they need help, just like me, then today’s the time to help. Today is the day we need to be the voice of our friends. The same friends who are too scared to walk alone in broad daylight, who prefer to stand in a women’s only coach rather than sit in one filled with men, who are mandated to reach hostels before 9, who are scared of cabs, autos, buses, who are tired, who are scared of ALL MEN. Because the ones they’ve trusted have broken that trust, too many times.

Yes, it is difficult to be a man as well, especially if you live in India. Yes, sometimes it is the fairer sex who is wrong. Yes, you face the same restrictions as your sister. Yes, there will be women who will wrongly accuse you, even call you pervert. If someone is starved for millennia, I believe they can have as many cheat days as they want.(If you don’t understand, there’s a comment box at the end)
There are times when it’s not just our fault. When men aren’t taught about periods, when they are grossed by sanitary pads, when there is virtually no sex-education (apart from Xvideos), there is no mention of consent, and when patriarchy is promoted by women themselves (typical mother-in-law is a classic example), men can’t be the ones solely at fault. But do you become corrupt just because the system has loopholes or you try to fix those gaps? So, take the blame. After all, we’re part of the problem.

It’s unusual to watch, a man being grabbed by the pussy; and not the other way around (courtesy Stephen Colbert)

So, stand for them. Stand if you want to prove that not all men are worse than animals. Stand in front of the one who is too buffed up and scares you as well. Stand in front of that dozen who whistled, even when you’re alone. Stand when another makes a rape joke. Stand when your elders are sexist. Because the problem isn’t that all men; the problem is, enough men exist to make life hell for women.(And you asked why that feminist-type is angry, huh) The system and the people in authority aren’t going to stand up for women, we’ll have to. Not because they need us. Women are stronger than we ever will be (Do I even need to explain?). We need to stand up, because it is the decent thing to do, and it is the right thing to do. That should be reason enough. Also because as it turns out women aren’t raping themselves (Surprising, right? Mind blown)