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In India, Republic Day was recently celebrated. Republic Day is about marking a change of constitution for India, post-independence from the British Raj, because previously the Raj‘s devised colonial structure was what the written constitution was all about. Republic Day, should thus be also remembered, I believe, for the Raj‘s contribution to India: like Canada, the government in India is (very rarely) modelled after the Westminster system, but apart from that the brilliant Raj‘s place in the history pages in colonial history, is unrivalled. Here’s a look at what celebrities in India have been onto amongst all the celebrations:
Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is the heir of the Bhutto family in Pakistan. She is something rare: as a woman, who once ruled a sharia state, even though women’s rights is a concept that is foreign to that same state, she proved that she is a rebel with a purpose. Often cited as “powerful”, Bhutto was indeed the first ever woman who became the head of state of a Muslim country. What does that mean? It means that Bhutto could fight sharia law, all by herself, as a woman, from within the borders of Pakistan. Talk about her abilities: she is more than Superman in politics!
Her father lost Bangladesh’s Liberation War of Independence (1971) to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his political allies, and then Bhutto was executed: the very poor Bhutto, only three years later had to jump into politics, as a woman. It’s not a wondrous surprise why she has been lauded for her unique take on politics as the first woman to lead a Pakistani political party, and the first “female head” of an Islamic government, and her opposition to India, as well as national rivals, gave her the nickname, “Iron Lady” (like, Margaret Thatcher, a former British Prime Minister also has the nickname “Iron Lady”) or “BB”.
Bhutto was eventually assassinated in December 2007 so we now just have her legacy in Pakistan to content with. And what a bulky legacy she has left all of her political contemporaries in foreign policy! As sad as it might be that Benazir is no longer there in politics, during her lifetime she certainly proved her knowledge in politics as a graduate from both Harvard University and University of Oxford. “No one, in the consciousness of many, can contest that no matter their roots or accomplishments, according to so many devout followers, across the globe”. And I agree: who can bend all rules and regulations like Benazir? People who love her are perhaps people, who like her, have no boundaries of understanding, at all: believe it! They actually only know they must overcome every obstacle that life has thrown them! How marvellous!
Coming from a state that practices sharia law, Bhutto was nothing like any ordinary Pakistani woman, during her studies at Harvard: she was socially active, as well, as a Phi Beta Kappa. Harvard University taught her everything about democratic values, and she repaid it all with “a special present” to Harvard Law School. How interesting! Now, it’s only time for her and Zardari’s son to finally reappear and throw his name into the political ring…Bhutto would have been so proud to see him demonstrate his “privileged local might”. No matter what you say or do, no one can erase Benazir Bhutto’s legacy in her beloved Pakistan (in politics) with all of that! Why? Because who can ever forget how Benazir overcame all odds to rule Pakistan, as “a female leader”.
Richard Feynman was one of those lecturers in Physics every one wished they had and yet I cruised through life not knowing of him at all, until I was in my A-Levels. My A-Levels was from EDEXCEL: I studied for those British board examinations my whole life, even though sometimes dabbling in the Cambridge examinations in school for competitions, that I naturally won. I never studied the AQA, the largest examination board in England, for me it was always EDEXCEL, the largest examination board in the United Kingdom and it was tough to surf that successfully enough to study at one of the top universities in the world.
I had Physics in my A-Levels. For that, I had many books. One of those books was an Oxford book on A-Level Physics. In it, there was a chapter on quantum mechanics. I was a big fan of that book because I had to spend so many hours on learning all by myself. The self-study mode is hard because it is so difficult to not procrastinate (for me: with Wiki/VF/The Simpsons) but these books made the task a lot simpler. I liked the book because it was clear, it was comprehensive and each of the chapter was divided into two separate pages, making it easier to break down all of the syllabus, for me to study.
In the book there was a quote from Feynman, I found very amusing:
I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.
I think I would like to disagree with that comment. I found quantum mechanics in my A-Levels to be a piece of cake. The photoelectric effect equation was not as tough of a nut to crack as so many students would make it out to be, although I realise that I would be the odd one out there, with that sentiment – that feels so amazing! I have always been naturally talented in mechanics in Physics, which is perhaps why, I didn’t find cracking the photoelectric effect equation, very challenging, after one-too-many mechanics experiments, with trolleys, a ticker-tape and a runway; it’s not tough: just input the values, where you are supposed to, after learning all the many Greek symbols and what they are all about!
I do not find quantum mechanics so challenging, I find it very interesting: it is no Kirchhoff’s Law; that is bloody annoying!
That is a fashion question that is often the biggest to young girls. How to hold your hair in a bun? How to wear the right pair of heels without stomping on your date’s feet when Teenage Dirtbag plays on the stereo? How to match my pink corsage to my date’s awfully dusty yellow tie?
How to go together to school in the dark to eat sausages when there’s no place to sit and dance until I can dance no more in my Esprit? What to tell “Whale” when I have had such a packed day only resting my feet in my blanket, and my head in A Tale of Two Cities sounds the most amazing idea?
So many questions, so little time. It’s like your always up for a test in school, even when it’s nothing academic, it’s simply prom. This is why it’s always great to think about the biggest school party of the year, all-year round.
The idea behind this #fashionpolaroid was to demonstrate how fabulous a prom is. Wear a bold pink taffeta-style evening dress and pair it with shimmering Cinderella slippers to prom. Then accessorize the whole look with glittering earrings but go easy there because I don’t like fashion that’s too layered with shiny expensive things.
About the makeup, make sure that it is understated because I find that so beautiful on the catwalk or in a couple of my favourite magazines, such as Female Malaysia and Harper’s Bazaar. Looking glamorous “on your prom day” isn’t easy but it’s what I love to do so I choose a whole lot of nudes and rose-tinted shades for beauty. Happy Prom!
Nigeria is a country that is usually associated with colourful adventures, from jollof rice to masquerade jumping. But now it is also connected to a new brand of superheroes, inspired from Batman and Superman.
A local startup from Lagos, Nigeria that made its debut in 2013 to address a gap space in their market over non-existent African superhero tales, decided to sketch out a new generation of localised avengers. The founder, Jide Martin, as a young child would always base all of his decisions in life re-imagining it in Gotham City or Metropolis and what either of the superheroes that call it home, would do if they were faced with such a situation.
The primary character is Guardian Prime, who hides his identity from the public. A fashion designer by daylight, and a crusader by night, the comic has evoked sentiments such that bad things only happen, according to Prime, when people stand by and do nothing and this is not what a Nigerian is. Nigeria is warped with a lot of troubles and thus it needs a superhero: this is where Guardian Prime comes in. He was drawn with that thought in mind, that he is a hero, who will see through every trouble if you have faith in what you do, if you have faith that what you do will make a difference to Nigeria and enshrine the country in the minds of people, around the globe.
There is also Hero Generation, filled with a myriad of characters, each displaying different kinds of powers and abilities. Max Speed is a rich boy that has an anger management problem that is nothing worth joking about, PowerBoy is a boy from the military and quite tough, and Nutech is a nerd. Although, Hero Generation is most certainly informative, the idea of Guardian Prime as the ultimate superhero of Nigeria sounds more appealing because the land needs one strong hero that Nigerians can put their trust in and identify with in times of grave trouble.
Hero Generation is certainly colourful enough because of the character depiction there: glorified identities like that do exist in the world and they are identified as superheroes. However, Guardian Prime is the essence of Nigeria – it is what makes people recognize Nigeria as a country that has the power to do something about the wrongs in their African society, rather than act helpless because they are alone in the fight against the bad guys. As an alternate course of history in Nigeria, sometimes the superhero can also be the bad guy: this is demonstrated in Eru, a very interesting bad guy. Eru is a lecturer, who works in the daytime in Lagos University but as night comes he distorts into the very definition of everything scary in the world. Why? Eru is tied to the ground by a promise that he must terrorise the night and punish innocent people.