So you think you can dance?

Dancing is something which is common to everyone- all countries, cultures, religions, both the sexes and all age groups. From a Canadian to a Russian, a villager to a high society businessman, everyone knows what dancing is and has some or the other time danced in their lives.

In our Indian culture itself, there are so many forms of dances that it may take an entire lifetime to master anyone of them. There's Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Bhangra, Kuchipudi and so many others. Having learned Kathak for a few years myself, I think I can safely state that it is no 'bai haath ka khel' !

But dancing is more than learning just a form of art. Dancing is also a way of expression of happines. Think about it. Whenever you hear a good news, dont you dance as an outlet for all the happiness and energy that just got built inside you? Don't you jump and clap your hands or shoot your hand up in the air? That's how liberating dancing is.
But hello, not everyone can dance. I, for one, can't. Go to any shaadi and I can bet that you'll find at least one weirdo on the dance floor, dancing like a madman on loose.

All the Blooywood films have portrayed heroes as good dancers. The villain snatches the girl, the hero goes to save her, kills the villain and then both the hero and the heroine dance in the end, most likely in a remote desert in one scene and a snow clad mountain in the next.

What I am trying to say is, the 'hero' has always been portrayed as a good dancer. Hence, we expect our boyfriends and husbands to be good dancers because of the image created. People are expected to be good dancers because of the 'hero' effect. (the 'hero' effect is only partially responsible. There are a few other reasons a s well)

Not just Bollywood films, but dancing has always played an important role in Hollywood too. In films like Dirty dancing, Step Up, Save the Last dance and Bring It On (come on, cheerleading is almost dancing), the central idea was dance.

Step Up was the movie that made me look at dancing with a different perspective. Oh, how I wish I could dance good enough, just so I could be with the seemingly perfect Channing Tatum [<3].>
And dont even get me started on the number of dance based reality shows that have cropped up.
Even as a kid, weren't you bugged by all those Aunties who kept saying 'Beta, Aunty, ko dance karke dikhao!'. Jeez. A kid can't even get his sleep.
Dancing comes to us naturally. As an expression of joy, a form of art or just about anything. There are some who don't dance (because they can't or don't want to), but to each his own, right?
And incidentally, today, as in 29th of April, is World Dance Day. So put on your dancing shoes and groove to the music. (wait, what was the phrase?)
Happy Dance Day! :D

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Love or Mortality?

A few days ago, I was watching a movie called Tuck Everlasting. In it, there was a family of immortals, the Tucks, and Jesse Tuck falls in love with Winnie, a mortal girl. But the Tucks didn't want to be immortal. They accidently drank water from a spring which cursed them with immortality.
Now obviously, Winnie couldn't be with Jesse while she's still a mortal, because as she ages, Jesse would stay frozen as he is.

So she debates whether to have water from that spring. To give up her mortality at the cost of her love or give up her love at the cost of mortality.
Tough one, huh?

It actually is. I put myself in her situation and found it really hard to choose between love and mortality. Now normal (mortal) and lucky (love-wise) people actually have both. Their 'someone special' and the ability to die. But supposing you didnt, Suppose that by some twist of fate (in love with a vampire?) you HAVE to choose one.

Which one would you choose?

Now me, I am a die-hard believer of love and a HOPELESS romantic. But I also believe that living forever would really, truly suck.
What would I do? No idea.

You can't just choose love in the spur of a movement. I know its a very noble thing to do and the test of true love and all, but its a very hard decision.
Another thing I'd like to point out here.
Take the case of Twilight. When Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and to continue their realtionship, Bella'll have to be a vampire ergo immortal, she instantly agrees to be a vampire.

But that is not normal human reaction! I mean, I adore the Twilight Series and all, but this particular point was difficult to believe. No matter how intense and serious a relationship is, you just wont give up your mortality in a second.
I'm not saying she shouldn't have become a vampire. I'm just saying, she should have taken out the pros and cons and at least considered the alternative and think about the consequences.

But she was all "Bite me".
Its not Romeo and Juliet where the only obstacle was family enimity, 'cuz I'm all for eloping. Its a question of your mortality.

Currently though, I still dont have the answer as to what I would choose. But maybe, later in life when I'm actually in love and have a 'muse' (!), I'd be able to answer that. Just maybe :)

All my love,

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