Saturday, February 20, 2010

God wants you to know...

There's this app on FB..."On this day, God wants you to know"...

Here's what I had today:

On this day, God wants you to know...
... that all is well. All is going according to plan. Trust that there is a bigger picture. Trust that life is unfolding as it should.

I know its just a stupid Facebook app, but it still feels great :) Good message, no?

And on second thoughts, I feel this is written by an Indian...truly impressed by the 3 Idiots, and hence the line...."all is well" :D

Will we ever get there?

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about my Facebook profile picture... I had put up a wedding picture since it was Wedding Picture week on FB. I ended up going to my picasa site where I have all the pictures, and he was awed by all the work that must have gone into dressing me up like that. I mentioned the lady who had helped me with it, how efficient she was and all.

He then shared something about his own wedding. He is Brazilian and his wife is American. The wedding was in Brazil, so they went there about 3 months before the date to make arrangements. So the lady who was going to do his wife's hair...and then he laughed, saying, well, he was a big gay guy, really. Dressed up as a lady, didn't fool anyone though... and he continued with his story. The lady had come alone, without assistants, and didn't have enough time to do the bride's hair. Everyone who did manage to get it done, were delighted with what she had done for them.

He had many other interesting things he said about his wedding, but I could not get this one out of my mind.
Can we ever imagine this happening in India? Transvestites being accepted, getting respectable jobs, and being appreciated for their work, instead of ridiculed or feared for who they are?

I admit, even I turn away when I see them on traffic signals in India. I think its out of fear. Probably because I didn't understand anything about them, didn't know much about them. I live in the San Francisco Bay area. SF has a huge gay population, and I don't treat them the way I do in India.

I for one, am a changed person after this conversation with my friend. I promise, I will at least give a friendly smile when I encounter a transvestite in India.

As for when will the mentality of others change, when we will see acceptance? I don't think it will happen in my lifetime. So what if the courts have accepted them, the people have not! Sad, ain't it?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Back to the Future

Just realized that I have more memories than dreams.
That's gotta change! I need to make new memories, and for that I need to plan.

So that's the resolution for this year: Dwell less in the past, live the bright new day!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Identity Crisis :O

So y'all know why my name is aneri_masi, right?
Alright, if you don't know, here it is again.

My sister's first kid, Aneri, was born about 12 years ago. She and I were (and still are) the only ones here in the US, rest of the family was (and still is) at home, in India. (Funny how home is always India no matter how long ago you left without any intentions of returning!). this little angel was born (I started to say brat, but can't. She was (and still is) a very good kid. And there are too many parantheses here!) this angel was born (actually she was (but isn't anymore) a GIANT baby from a tiny mother. People would ask her, seriously? YOU carried HER? Parantheses overload again!) she was born and everyone wanted to see pics. I was (and still am) the most computer savvy one in the family. So I had to figure out how to share the pics.

Yahoo was (aah, here, I can say, but it is not anymore!) one of the most convenient tools to share pics. So I got a new account, and called myself aneri_masi. The rest, you all already know, no? Half the world knows ME as Aneri!

Now, coming to the identity crisis part:

Aneri (the real one) is on my FB. I post comments to her comments saying "I agree with Aneri", and THAT feels weird! Or I say, "Hi Aneri, how are you?" and it feels like I have completely lost my mind...asking myself how I am doing!?

Looks like I am going to have to change my name and return the identity to the original owner :o|

Who should/can I be now?!

I was (but cannot be) aneri_masi anymore :o|