Monthly Archives: June 2014

#TeamAnarkaliSuits VS #TeamPatialaSuits

*do yourself a favor and do not read any of this*

I am Anarkali, and I am superior. 

 

 

Girl, please. You are nothing compared to me #TeamPatialaSuits4Lyfe

Are you kidding?? Uhh firstly, I’m named after a Mughal courtesan, so.

 

That’s nice. I’m named afted a prinCELY STATE. SO. 

 

 

I am perfect for twirling.

 

Well I’m practically designed for bhangra.

 

K well I’ve been trendy for like, the past 11 seasons. 

 

Your mainstream fashion shows mean nothing to me. MY TRADITIONAL CHARM IS TIMELESS.

 

 

Tradition? Have you ever heard of the Mughal Empire. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN PAKEEZAH? 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes anarkali. Everyone knows you’re B-wood’s favorite. But I’ve had my moments in the spotlight too-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUYS. 

 

Stay out of this, M!

 

This is our battle!!

You guys. Don’t you think that, instead of fighting, you could maybe try to work together??

Work together?!

ME AND THIS DIVA?!?

Sorry M. Not going to happen. 

Oh. So are we just going to pretend like Payal Singhal at Lakme Fashion Week 2013 never happened?

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Hello??

M, I don’t…

We don’t know what you’re talking about!

Really? You “don’t remember” that time when the two of you worked together, and it was beautiful??

 

A PATIALA SALWAR WITH AN ANARKALI??

NEVER, M. IT. NEVER HAPPENED. OKAY?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What happened to you two? Don’t you remember what it was like to be together? Joined in fashionable harmony?

That…that was one time, M.

We were drunk. 

 

You’re clothes, you can’t get drunk!

WE ALSO CAN’T ARGUE. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP YOU FROM WRITING THIS MESSED UP POST, DID IT?

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This never happened. 

-M

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1984

Guys. I live in North Carolina, right? The most Panjabi thing here is…me. We RARELY get Panjabi movies down here on dvd. We don’t even have Disco Singh yet. BUT TOMORROW. GUESS WHO’S DRIVING (5 hours) TO GO SEE 1984…IN AN ACTUAL THEATER????

 

YA GIRL. YA GIRL AND HER MOM. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

 

That’s right. Diljit’s new movie 1984 is playing a few towns over, and me and my momma, who has become a huge Diljit fan, btw, are going to go see it. I can’t believe we’re actually able to see a Panjabi movie in theaters. AHHHHHHHHHH.

Okay, so real quick, 1984 is a film based on the true events of the Sikh genocide of the 1980s and 90s. Thousands of Sikhs were killed, robbed, and raped during this time, mainly at the hands of the Indian government. For the past 30 years, we’ve been silenced about it. At the time, India banned foreign journalists from entering the country, to prevent the rest of the world from seeing the atrocities India was committing. Even today, Sikhs are denied visas into India for speaking up about the genocide. Only recently has there been some aknowlegement of what happened to us at the time, while we have been reeling from it for decades. The fact that movies like this one are starting to come out is huge. It’s long past time for our story to be told.

So if you live in a random place like me, hope is not lost! If there’s a showing near me, there’s definetly a possiblity there’s one near you too. I encourage EVERYONE to go see it, Sikh or not, Panjabi or not, brown or not.

To see if it’s available near you:

http://www.fandango.com/punjab1984_174015/movieoverview

 

-M

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MALERKOTLA

I told you I’d be back soon :)))

You guys, I have to tell you about this city I found out about, OMG. 

It’s in Panjab, India. 

 

 

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It’s called Malerkotla.

 

Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan were there once. 

 

And it’s just your average, Panjabi city. 

 

 

…EXCEPT IT’S  REALLY NOT. 

Malerkotla has a Muslim majority, unlike the Sikh majority in the rest of Panjab (India side), and the Hindu majority of most other Indian states. Before 1947, this would not be unusual. But after the Partition, many India-side Muslims moved to newly-created Pakistan. But Malerkotla Muslims? They were basically like, nahh, we’re good here. While the rest of India and Pakistan was suffering from a crazy amount of rapes and murders, apparently nothing happened in Malerkotla. If this isn’t suprising enough, wait untill you hear why this was. 

 

In 1705, the 7 and 9 year old sons of the 10th Prophet of Sikhism were sentanced to death by being bricked alive (???) by a powerful Mughal, Wazir Khan. Eventually, the sons, Fateh Singh and Zorowar Singh, were actually bricked alive, and to this day, Sikhs everywhere remember their martyrdom yearly. Growing up, I learned about this event. But what I did not learn about was the protest to the sentencing by Sher Mohammad Khan. He was the Nawab of Malerkotla, and argued with Wazir Khan, saying that the act to be committed was against Islam, and was inhumane. When his protests weren’t heard, he walked out of the court. After the 10th Prophet’s sons were killed, the Prophet himself approached Sher Mohammad Khan, and thanked him for his protest. He also gifted him with one of his own swords. So, beautiful story, right? DID I MENTION. MOHAMMAD KHAN WAS WAZIR KHAN’S BROTHER? That’s right. He went against his own bro to try and save people of a different faith. And so Malerkotla has continued to reference this strange, heroic yet tragic, event, when it comes to inter-religion dealings. During the Partition of India, they were basically like, “Should we move to Pakistan? Ehh, remember that time our guy tried to save your guys? That was nice. Let’s just stay here then.” Even during the Sikh genocide of the 1980s, it seems that literally nothing happened in Malerkotla. 

 

Not to mention, it has some really beautiful architecture.

 

 

 

 

 I think another reason I love this city so much is that it gives me a glimpse of what Sikh-Muslim relations must have been like before the Partition. When the Partition happened, my family in Pakistan had no intention of moving to India. It was only after they saw the violence that they decided that moving to India might be safer than staying (which ended up not really being true.) But I think it’s pretty cool that even though they knew that they would be living in a Muslim-majority country, they did not want to leave. I guess the way they saw it was, they weren’t Muslims, but they weren’t Hindus either. So why move, only to be in another country where they’d still be a minority? They might as well stay in the home they know, with the people they know. I can’t help but wish they had indeed stayed, especially if the result would have been more cities like Malerkotla.

I mean, not that Sikh-Muslim relations are bad now, I don’t think. I know that there’s a bunch of Sikhs in Kashmir, and they’re tight with the Muslims there too. Also Iran. 

 

ANYWAYS.

If you’re interested, check out these videos on Malerkotla. Also do it if you’re not interested. Like, I put them there, you know? It’s just common courtesy. 

 😉

 

M’kay. See you next time 🙂

-M

 

P.S–You guys, I like this. Instead of weekly posts, I’ll post anytime I have something really cool to talk about. I feel like this is better for everyone? Maybe I’ll actually post more this way? Also, quality of quantity? Question mARKS???

 

 

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…Hey.

IDK. 

IDK WHAT HAPPENED, OK? 

I JUST STOPPED BLOGGING. 

Have I had blogger’s-block before? Yes. Have I always soldiered through it? Yes! But this time, I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t. I decided that when I really wanted to blog, I would do it. And for some reason, today was the day. Interestingly enough, it’s actually been a month since my last post that wasn’t really a post. 

 

Basically, I don’t know why I stopped blogging, but I think I know what I’m going to do to make sure I don’t feel like stopping again….

nomondayposts

 

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M, WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

Aww, Voice of Reason, I missed you!

FIRSTLY, I DID NOT MISS YOU. SECONDLY, YOU’RE GETTING RID OF WEEKLY POSTS???!?!?!?!? ARE YOU CRAY CRAY? HAVE YOU GONE OFF THE DEEP END? HAVE YOU BOARDED THE CU-CU-CHOO-CHOO?

Yes, Voice of Reason. I have done all of those things. But I also just have a feeling that my *ahem* leave of absense, had something to do with the weekly schedule. Possibly. But it also might not have. So that’s why we’re going to give it a try. Ok?

No. This is not ok. Do you think I can just be available whenever??

Well…

I’m going to my room. 

WHAT NOW?

Nothing! It’s just…Voice of Reason…we both know you don’t have a room. 

Oh I think I do. 

I think you don’–*sigh.* Okay, go to your room then. 

 

Well, what Voice of Reason thinks is not important. It’s what you all think!

 

Excuse me??

…I thought you were in your room?

….I was. I was just on my way. 

Okay. So like I was saying, I hope all of my 2 readers are okay with the new schedule. Or lack of one. (Speaking of 2 readers, I actually don’t think there are 500 of you, as previously stated. I think, because my Facebook and Twitter are connected to the blog, WordPress was counting my FB friends and Twitter followers as my blog followers? Like, what? Facebook friends, really? Half of my Facebook friends aren’t even my friends! Nonetheless my blog followers! I’m imagining saying all of this in a whisper, so that WordPress doesn’t hear me complaining. Anyways, not counting non-followers, we’re down to about -3 followers. It’s fine though, we’re fine.)

 

Alright, well. I guess that’s the end. Of this. Just this post, not, like, the blog. Again. I’ll be back soon, okay? I PROMISE.  Man….I feel so guilty right now. Like, this level of guilt:

… I wasn’t with my side-blog this past month, I promise! 

-M