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Infidelity FTW

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When I first read this headline – “Mother’s Day makes wives want to cheat on their husbands” – at first I was like “WHAT?”. Then I was like “how in the name of everything that’s adulterous and naughty did they generate such statistics?”. I did a double-take when I saw that they picked up this data from a dating website* for married people. Then I did a triple-take (and a silent LOL-chuckle) when I read the website‘s tagline –

LIFE IS SHORT. HAVE AN AFFAIR.

It’s a pity I can’t open the website from India, but it makes me wonder all over again – Why do people get married at all? Why exactly do Americans get married and then find it necessary to fool around? Indians have the ‘excuse’ that arranged marriages are an ineffective method for finding matches for people (yeah, nice try). But, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any non-demeaning reason for such American infidelities, given the supposedly advanced state of their civilization and liberal thinking. I single out America not because of any bias against the country -it is the best country to be a citizen of, for now at least – but because it seems like most of the remaining ‘Western Civilization‘ seems to have done away with this annoyance by quite often choosing to not get married at all.**

Is physical and emotional fidelity supposed to be more like a fine print in any marriage nowadays?

(via kottke.org)

*I seriously doubt whether such a website would be allowed to even run in India. It would be demonized for trying to ‘put bad thoughts’ in the minds of ‘pure, married people’. Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil – that’s what we are supposed to do.

** Sorry that I mention this without any supporting links, it’s just something I read somewhere. Please feel free to search for stuff to prove/dismiss this (and send me a link if you find one for either)

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July 6, 2010 at 5:15 am

Resolutions – I has dem

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I was reminded of a post I saw quite some time ago on kottke regarding Twitter trends at this New Year. It (the post) mentioned how people included booze-related keywords like ‘hangover’ and ‘alcohol’ more frequently when they are twittering closer to the weekend than around Wednesday.

If a similar twitter trend was to be done for the word ‘resolution’, I’m pretty sure it would spike real hard in the first and last weeks of the year and would be relatively lull in between (unless people upgraded their computers and got better monitors).

Trying to validate this hypothesis, my resolution for the year is three-point-five-fold –

1.  This is the year I will be a strict conformist (not that I have been particularly anarchist/ non-conformist in the past). Specifically, my aim is to limit my book-reading to entries in this list. I’ve read so far just 10 out of all these, and had never heard of almost half of these until recently, so it is a fairly unrealistic resolution yes. End of specifics.

2. I will try to explore more the field of behavorial economics – or whatever the field of economics the freakonomics guys are experts of. (The book is not quite as cool as the blog is, btw.)

3. I will visit one new country this year – and not just so that I can add new pins to my Cities Visited facebook app.

3.5. A mini-resolution – to not save posts as drafts too often and to post them instead.

The fate of my 2008 resolutions has not been that great –

1. Stop wasting time on pointless stuff, and waste time on relevant stuff. Corr: be less ambiguous/ obscure FAIL
2.1 Stop cracking crappy jokes which test the limits of patience of unfortunate people who happen to be in the vicinity. FAIL
2.2. Be more respectful, less rude, more polite, more punctuational (i.e. use better punctuation) – in general be a more boring person, just to see what it feels like. somewhat FAIL
3. Not drink more than once a week, and not drink on 3 consecutive weeks. occasional  FAIL
4. Stop resolving to get into shape and actually get into shape (Not intended to sound like Neo. Stop trying to hit me and hit me’ ) – PASS then FAIL
5. Stop resolving to go get myself a girl, because it seems like a waste of a resolution – epic PASS, which by itself is an epic FAIL
6. Embark on one memorable >=7 day trip (preferably solo), inside or outside India. – PASS, Thankfully.
7. Watch a match at Old Trafford Almost PASS  (I watched one at Stamford Bridge. Old Trafford, here I come this year! )

As part of my resolve to accomplish resolution 1, I’ve already created an elaborate spreadsheet with macros and all to document my progress. All I need to do now is just sit and read 🙂

Hopefully, this will be the year of optimism and great motivation and minimal financial shocks. Amen

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January 7, 2009 at 7:52 pm