Why Beautiful girls of noida keep their faces hidden?


While traveling back and forth to Noida from Delhi, I noticed that beautiful girls of Noida keep their faces hidden. Perhaps I need to correct and say that most females hide their faces while traveling on road, be it motorbikes, auto rickshaws and buses in the Uttar Pradesh’s most modern city. Now, it is not voyeurism on my part, but simple curiosity that makes me question something that is not visible in other Delhi/NCR region cities like Faridabad or Gurgaon and unheard for in Delhi.
Is it the fear of eve-teasing, improper touching or worst that makes the girls wear scarf and clothes that hide their head and face and shows only their eyes? Is it fear, mistrust and the urgency to reach the safety of office or back home before nightfall that in those questioning eyes?
It is easy to criticize the government of the day in U.P. for lack of security or measures that can instill confidence in women; but when we compare it to other places across the country, be it Mumbai – whose ‘safest city for Indian woman’ tag lies in tatters post Shakti Mills photo journalist rape incident or Delhi, which secured a prominent place in the international hall of shame post the Nirbahya rape and brutalization are not safe cities either.
Perhaps as a society we need to seriously ponder what is the meaning of advancement and development, when we fail to provide security to one half of our population. Are the police and state set-up good only to provide gun-toting and ‘in-your-face’ security to the politician and their relatives at tax payer’s expense?
The beautiful girls of Noida and other cities who have to resort to face hiding to prevent cat calls and eve teasing are in stark contrast to their cousins in the west; where there is a whole movement like Slutwalk that stresses on girls independence to dress the way they please and not allow the self-appointed mandarins of society dictate what or how they wear? Something that is hardly imaginable in a country like India, with its self bloated huge ego, despite the token protests and participation in such events by cities like Bangalore.
And do not forget that we are only talking about the so-called modern cities of India, with its educated and forward-looking population and not the interiors of states, where age-old male dominated power structure still exists. The Women Village elders or Sarpanch are but token cosmetic measures that fool no one and extra judicial gatherings of powerful and conservative men in Khap panchayat hold sway.
The real measure of progress in terms of society’s thinking and behavior are amply demonstrated when the chief minister of India’s capital Mrs. Sheila Dikshit herself advises women to reach home before nightfall. What she leaves unspoken is that ‘…else be prepared for the consequences and not blame the government for not providing security.’ To be fair to the aging women politician and her ilk, the police cannot realistically provide round the clock security to every beautiful girl in the city. More so when the men refuse to grow up and remove the shameful tag of sex-starved nation from India.
The experiences of the American girl Rose Chasm  in India, who was ogled, followed, touched, rubbed, molested in this country, is enough for every right thinking and educated person to hang his head in shame. And if the beautiful girls and not so beautiful girls alike have to constantly commute in fear with their faces hidden – it shows that our so-called progress is fundamentally skewed.
If only we had invested in giving morals to our kids and taught them to respect the girls and women not related to them. If only we had taught them that every women and girl you see on the streets is not there to be stared and visually raped then perhaps beautiful girls would not have to hide their faces in noida or other cities and we could truly be a modern nation that gives and deserves respect.
Photo courtesy:  Mehmet Salih Guler

The Black Magic in everyday life

You always thought that Black Magic existed only in Horror movies, novels and was the past time of psychos; right? Prepared to be surprised then; for magic – be it black or white is very much the part of our every day existence and it is sheer ignorance on our part not to recognize such occult phenomena. Or perhaps a part of us is fearful and mindful of the lesson we have been taught since childhood to steer clear of magic, occult and tantric.
If we talk of India, then the thugee was quite prevalent during the British Era and the thugs were not only known to kill their victims after fooling them but also engaged in a variety of black magic rituals. They were worshipers of Goddess Kali and are also said to have made human sacrifices to the Goddess. (link) To be sure Human sacrifice – hideous as it may sound – is not something restricted to India, take for example Incas of South America, who indulged in such practice in the 13th century.
A good example of the Black Magic in everyday life can be found in any town or city in India during the festivals of Holi and Diwali. When you find the intersections of four road dumped with of talisman, earthen pots, red clothes, vermilion, lentils and lemons and brooms. The rationale is simple, to gift away your ills, diseases and misfortune afflicting you or your household to some poor soul who is foolish or brash enough to step on these black magic objects or pass it over in his car and crush it under its tires.
You must have also seen men dressed in green, who carry a green chador or single bed sheet of linen with coins and currency notes thrown liberally. They usually carry a broom of peacock feathers with which they brush your hair and shoulders and seeks alms.  One of them converted a 10 Rupee currency note into a small egg shaped stone in front of my own eyes; which I politely declined to accept.
One the other hand we have several instances of white magic; like the sadhus or holy men who bless their disciples with holy water and holy ash or murmuring few magical words with the tip of their thumb on the believer’s glabella or the spot between two eyebrows. The online and offline explosion of magic talisman like those that ward off evil eye and bring luck or your lover is too known to merit a description.
Another example of black magic in everyday life can be seen in the cremation grounds of Hindus, where the elder son performs Kapal Kriya, which is basically using a bamboo stick to crush the skull of the dead man on the funeral pyre so that his skull cannot be used for black magic by a Kapalik or practitioner of darker side of magic.
Are people just ignorant or fearful about Black magic in everyday life and whether or not it really exists is matter of another debate. What can be said without argument is that there are forces and powers beyond our understanding that awe us and demand fearful respect. You can call them energy fields or demons or fairies or djinns whatever you wish; but until science and knowledge unravel all the mysteries of the universe people will continue to believe and fear the unknown and darker side of things and existence.
Image credits: Photographer; Agustí Ortoneda. Model; Draïgona Vampire.

The Neighbor’s wife.book trailer

He was Hitler’s sculptor, she was his neighbor’s wife. He was the toast of the Aryan society she was a persecuted Jew. He was obsessed with her beauty and she cloaked her motives. The affair of a Aryan with a Jew was unforgivable in Nazi Germany and yet they rushed in where Angels fear to tread. That’s the plot of my new novella in the works.

Reader’s comments on Chicks of Characterization

Kristy Denice Bock said… Wow, a prince and a would-be nun. That’s positively scandalous! I can’t wait to read it!!


December 13, 2010 9:53 AM

Clancy said… I’m just thrilled to see a man writing romance. We all know how we loves us some men. Men writing romance is like frosting on the cake! Yay for you, Vickram. Now go get some more guys doing what you’re doing.

Clancy December 13, 2010 10:29 AM

Hywela Lyn said… I really must learn to spell check my comments, sorry! There is nothing more romantic to a romantic woman than a romantic man – and if he can also write romance, that’s a match made in Heaven! Forbidden love sounds like a wonderful story. Wishing you loads of sales, love and success Vickram.

December 13, 2010 12:08 PM

booklover0226 said… This sounds pretty interesting. Not something I would normally read, but I’m always looking for something different. Thanks,

Tracey D  December 13, 2010 3:47 PM

Miriam Newman said… Star-crossed lovers are always special. Good luck with the book!

December 13, 2010 8:46 PM

booklover0226 said…What wonderful comments. I look forward in reading your works.Thanks,Tracey DDecember 15, 2010 5:09 PMSky Purington said…You had me at…”an avid follower of all things paranormal and magick since childhood,” Vickram. Same here!

The Forbidden Love sounds fantastic! Will certainly be checking it out.🙂


December 14, 2010 9:54 PM