World Food Day: Bizarre ideas that gave us food for thought
Some theories need a closer look. These are few such
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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
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
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
Alok Nath mulls legal action over rape charges against him by producer Vinita Nanda. India Today's @thakur_shivangi speaks to the actor's lawyer Ashok Saraogi and here's what he said. #ITVideohttps://t.co/Nounxo6IKQ pic.twitter.com/Dko8sqIXRe— India Today (@IndiaToday) October 10, 2018
“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
India woh desh hai jahan Sanjay, Mahabharat mein Dhritarashtra ko bata raha tha ki yuddh mein kya ho raha hai. Iska matlab uss time bhi yeh technology thi, internet tha. Uss zamaane mein bhi yeh sab tha iss desh mein: Biplab Kumar Deb, CM of Tripura. pic.twitter.com/yG2W5C34Wd— ANI (@ANI) April 17, 2018
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
Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 9, 2017
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
Even if petrol prices are at its highest, men will take women for drives & in today's time, women will take men for drives. This isn't the movie that you're going to stop watching as at this time you need to spend less on driving & more in theatre: Ekta Kapoor on fuel price hike pic.twitter.com/kyhaowGHVN— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2018
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!