World Food Day: Bizarre ideas that gave us food for thought

Some theories need a closer look. These are few such

 |  3-minute read |   16-10-2018
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Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

So what when one is well fed? Well, it’s time to turn our attention towards some of the most unique (read bizarre) ideas that were thrown at us in recent times.

After all it is World Food Day, and food for thought is, though not more, as important as food for the belly.

Donald Trump’s idea of climate change


Trump first thought climate change is a hoax. You now like that news about Jaden Smith’s death. But he soon realised it’s not. “I think something's happening. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference,” the US President said during an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes show. To err is human, right? However, he is certain that it is not man-made. Therefore he doesn’t want to waste trillions of dollars on trying to do something about it. He’d much rather use that sum on building a wall. Well...

Alok Nath’s idea of rape


“Neither I am denying this nor do I would (sic) agree with it,” said Alok Nath reacting to Vinta Nanda’s allegations of rape against him. Alok Nath’s nonchalance has created a niche for a different kind of voice, a third voice in the #MeToo narrative. In the midst of the accused and the accusers, Bauji stands for the apathetic. #MeToo shall pass, as long as you have your sinskar, err sanskar in place.

Biplab Kumar Deb’s idea of mythology and technology


If it wasn’t for Mr Deb, we’d never know that Indian’s not only invented the zero, but the internet too. Apparently Dhritarashtra used to get live updates about the battle of Kurukshetra sitting in his palace in Hastinapur. Deb’s observation is important because it teaches us that BR Chopra sold us a lie. Why no one checked Ashwathama’s Facebook account, though, beats me.

Chetan Bhagat’s idea of tradition

Perhaps from the same school of thought as Deb, acclaimed writer and historian of engineering college behaviour, Chetan Bhagat had recently said that firecrackers are related to Indian traditions. Last year this time, the Supreme Court banned the selling of firecrackers to combat air pollution in Delhi. And Chetan saw what no one else could — an attack on Hindutva. Some might argue that firecrackers were not invented until the 9th century in China, while Diwali pretty much existed before that. But then, if Hastinapur had Internet, can fireworks be far behind?

Ekta Kapoor’s idea of petrol price-hike

Petrol prices are through the roof, but so what? Ekta Kapoor believes “men will (still) take women for drives and in today's time, women will take men for drives.” Notice how Ekta talks about empowerment of women — we, the women folk will take men for drives. The effects of fuel price hike on literally every aspect of life is okay, but one should never have to restrain themselves from going for a drive!

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