Thursday, August 27, 2009

Less Sex, More TV in the Motherland: WTF!

I am working on a new column at work entitled “That’s Messed Up” about stuff you find and have no other words to say, but that’s fucked up! The first installment is about a proposed new law in India to bring electricity to every village in order to encourage couples to watch more TV and therefore have less sex. See my response to the ridiculousness below ...


With over one billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. At the rate they’re currently growing, in fifty short years, India’s population will surpass China and become numero uno. The government is fiercely working to try to curb the population boom and save an already struggling nation. A recent CNN article outlined the latest bright idea politicians have come up with to prevent unplanned pregnancies: “Bring electricity to every Indian village so that people would watch television until late at night and therefore be too tired to make babies.” Yup, you heard it right; apparently, more TV equals less sex.


I have lived in India and worked in the slum communities over there; I am keenly aware of the resource strain overpopulation creates. I also know that China’s one-child policy is not the most effective (or humane) approach to population control. However, for a nation that’s edging to be a global superpower to say that giving people electricity to watch more TV is an effective governmental policy to control baby making is just ludicrous. How about education? Or condoms, perhaps? Or how about first ensuring every home in India has running water and a proper drainage system before tackling the need for a nightly dose of Bollywood entertainment?


It angers and saddens me that a headline like this shows up on a global news site. First of all, I’ll bet my left kidney (and throw the right one in, too, for that matter) that this policy will never get passed. Second of all, being an Indian myself, it’s just embarrassing. If people want to hump, they’re going to hump. It’s an animal instinct—we like to get it on. Before pumping money into tiring people out so they don’t have the energy to do the dirty, a lesson in birth control really should be the first step.


Omar Mohammed, an over-eighty-year-old man (who admittedly has never heard of the concept of population control) has twenty-four children. Even Omar sees through this shoddily thought-out plan; “After watching TV,” he says, “when we look at scintillating things, we will probably want to make more children.” Amen, Omar! Watching half-naked Bollywood men and woman would make me want to do the monkey dance all night long, too.

India, I have one thing to say to you—that’s messed up.


In the world of Web 2.0, the onslaught of news, personal stories, and random information we hear throughout the day can leave us in a state of shock. That’s Messed Up is a series dedicated to the various things we find and have no other words to say but, “That’s Messed Up.” If you come across anything that makes you want to utter those same words, please send it in care of the editor toshyla@realgirlsmedia.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jewels and Gems


After going to Carley's wedding this weekend I am finally getting really excited for ours. (HURRAY!)

I came across these stunning earrings and matching necklace on etsy. They are vintage, probably from India and absolutely stunning. I had to share. I love how they are versatile enough to wear everyday or be saved for a special occasion.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Congratulations to Carley and Adam!




I am recovering from an amazing wedding weekend. My best friend Carley just married the sweetest boy in the world, Adam. (I was a bridesmaid!) I had so much fun celebrating with them and all of my dearest friends. Some of the highlights of the evening include:


1. That moment (See above!) when the doors opened and Carley walked down the aisle arm and arm with her parents ... not a dry eye in the room. She looked absolutely gorgeous.
2. Meghan physically pushing over all of the competition to catch the bouquet. Jeff (her bf) ran away hid and cried a few tears I think.  
3. My friend Lauren stealing a baby. (See below.) Her boyfriend had a damn near heart attack.
4. Making a speech for Car and Adam with my bffs, Meghan, Em, and Lo. "It's a toast, not a roast!"
5. Passing out in the shuttle on the way home only to wake up and turn Car and Adam's room into a sex chalet complete with glow sticks, organic lube, rose petals, pearls, and a chocolate cake with penis candles ontop.


Oh! I almost forgot, the appetizer grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, yum!!!








Monday, August 10, 2009

Tibetan Love Flags


I adore this Buddhist prayer flags from Tibet. They represent luck, happiness, longevity, and prosperity—exactly what a wedding day should represent. I love the idea of incorporating auspicious traditions from other cultures into our special day.  I found this from user Kkrishna on etsy, my fave shopping spot. Now if only they had prayer flags representing tequila and tandoori chicken, we'd be set ... a bride can dream.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry



In the words of Chicago (or Az Yet):

Everybody needs a little time away,
I heard her say, from each other.
Even lovers need a holiday,
far away, from each other.

Hold me now.
It’s hard for me to say I’m SORRY!
I just want you to stay.
After all that we’ve been through.
I will make it up to you, I promise you.


Consider this my apology for neglecting my cupcake and curry loving folks. Since I am the queen of excuses (as some people have told me), I’ll let you in on a few reasons why I’ve been astray:

1. I moved from Houston, Texas back home to San Francisco, California.
2. I started a not-so-new job. (I’m back working at DivineCaroline, woo hoo!)
3. I have not thought about the wedding at all in the past month.
4. I realized that it’s hard for me to write about weddings because to be honest, I am really not that into weddings.
5. I am incredibly lazy.

Alas, I have not forgotten you, in fact I ate a cupcake yesterday, some curry last week, and finally put a deposit on the San Francisco venue … more on that to come!