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Mumbai schools ban girl-boy touch

Students keeping a distance from each other !

Mumbai:They may be co-educational schools in metropolitan Mumbai, but are still insisting drawing on a line that divides the boys from the girls.

Two schools in Mumbai issued notices this week asking girls and boys studying there not to touch or hug members of the opposite sex.

What has this country come to !! Why bother having co-ed schools at all ?!?!

I think majority of the crimes (eve-teasing, rapes, etc) that happen are due to one reason only – Lack of proper boy-girl interaction and education and awareness about what makes them different from each other.

School authorities say the rule will “discipline” students, who are easily exposed to and influenced by violence and vulgarity on TV and other media.

I don’t really understand why we need to have all boys or all girls school. Would it help the child in anyway? I don’t think so. Will scrutinizing each and every move made by students help in anyway? Would there have been a need if these kids were given personal growth and sex seducation classes at the right age at school and at home ?

“You know, they are in school as of now. Un logo ko abhi se hum agar in batoon ki soth de de, toh woh kahan par jake end hoga that’s beyond our imagination, (They are in school now. If we start ignoring these things, you just can’t imagine where it will lead them to),” Richa Bhatia, whose children go to one of these schools, says.

Are schools and even the parents being prudish? Definitely YES !

The Cyclone has passed. But the damage its done is unfathomable. The mainstream media has not justice to this episode at all. I was watching the evening news in one of the Indian channels here and it said everything’s back to normal. BACK TO NORMAL????? If only.

Like Amjad said in his latest post, It took 37 years to build Oman to what it was and its all gone. This is a video (which is on Amjad’s blog too) posted by HemiOman. A heart-wrenching video of what has become of Oman.

My source of regular updates on the real story was from Ali’s and Amjad’s blogs. I take this opportunity to thank them. If it weren’t for them it would have been really hard to make it through the past couple of days. Communicating with my family back in Muscat was not easy. Their regular updates atleast gave me some idea as to what exactly was happening there. The mainstream media was of no help what-so-ever !

Daddy update : He finally got to go check on our apartment. The area surrounding it is still completely under water. They hadto take help from the Omanis there to get to our house. Not much damage to our flat except the little amount of water that seeped in. All the people living in our apartment have moved out. Its still not in a live-able condition.

On a personal note, I think…Oman didn’t deserve to have to go through this. A country that has been so kind to its people and also to all the expatriates. It is going to take a couple of months atleast to recover from what has happened. 

I hope and pray Oman receives all the support and strength it requires to get back on its feet. 

Updates Below….

Cyclone Gonu

Cyclone Gonu

Its not very often you see a place like Oman in the news. And now it’s on for all the wrong reasons.

Oman, the place that I call home. The mountains, the beaches, things you see all over the place. Something that I’ve found a lot of comfort in, usually. The thought that these very things might aid nature’s mysterious act is not a very comforting thought.

Its only when things strike home ground that it really effects you. Like it has, now.

I know too many people there. I grew up there. Major parts of my immediate family is there. My dad is still there.

I hope and pray the cyclone passes away without doing any damage.

Update 1 :

  • The strength the cyclone has been reducing. From category 5 to almost category 1 now.

  • The eye of the cyclone has still not passed Oman. 

  • People staying close to the coast line have been asked to evacuate and move to the interiors/higher grounds.

  • There is no electricity is most parts (Or all, I’m not sure) for hours together

  • Chances of phone lines being cut.

  • Flights have been cancelled. Airport closed for the day.

  • Been raining heavily and intense winds all over the place

Well here’s daddy update. Last night I spoke to him, he was still staying at our apartment which is just a couple of meters away from one of the beaches there ! He called up today morning, said part of our flat had got wet thanks to all the rain water seeping in. But besides that things were ok ( That’s the sugar coated version I get from my dad !!!! That’s why I needed to keep myself updated from other sources. The newspapers here didn’t mention a word about any of this ! )

Dad called up again an hour back. Said he was moving out and going to my Aunt’s place. Finally ! There’s no power and phones might go dead. Which means no way to communicate 😦  A very scary thought. I’m not much of an optimist and that’s not really helping now.

Update 2 :

  • The cyclone’s moving towards Iran and UAE now.

  • It continues to rain in Oman.

  • There is still no power in most parts

  • Problems with phone lines during the evening.

  • Things should settle down by tomorrow

  • Airport remains closed. All flights cancelled

But that’s just about the cyclone part. Major parts of the city is under water. Floods and wadis all over the place. Rescue work has been to the minimal as roads have been washed away. Some have been blocked due to mudslides and helicopters can’t be used as its still quite windy. The wadis are the biggest problem as of now.

Daddy’s all safe. Good thing he moved out. The entire ground floor of our apartment is under water ! There has been no electricity the entire day. Land phones not working and cellphones, well just hope the batteries don’t run out !

Things are looking better now. Its just a matter of time until everything settles down and gets back to normal. And hopefully within the next week he’ll be here with us !

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Update 3 :

Thank god for Bloggers in Oman. Sleepless In Muscat has been my one source of regular updates on what is really happening there. Found this picture (and some more) on another blogger’s(Amjad) blog.

Mc Donalds under water !!!

I recently watched Kabul Express, a Bollywood movie about the experience of two Indian journalists in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Kabul Express

It was after watching this movie that I realised I didn’t know a lot about Kabul, Afghanistan or even about the Taliban. Wikipedia , as always, is where i got all my information from.

I’ve always found it annoying that a lotta people still think that back in India we’re still pretty backward. And that we don’t have any modern amenities. I’ve found it annoying that people still go by what they read in newspapers or watch on television. There is a lot more to a country than what u see in the news. Its always the negatives that are in the news, not the positive. It usually the thoughts and views of a few that are portrayed in news item, not the views/thoughts of the majority.

It is now that I realise that i’ve been as ignorant as the rest of the people. I’ve been doin the exact same thing that I’ve hated about other people.

I’ve made amends and taken one step forward to change this. I have learnt my lesson.