The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Summary chapter 8 and 9

Erica became sick. Changez describes her as pale, and she was in her own state, a nostalgia. He could not actually get in touch with her or speak with her. It looked like she had a fever and it had been days since she had washed her hair. This is an example of a bad mental state, where you stop taking care of yourself.

Changez went back home to Pakistan, and he was happy to see his family, but he did not miss America that much. However, he was concerned for Ericas state of health.
He wanted to stay there for a longer period of time, but his mother and father said he had to get back to America. He finally went back home to New York, and by that time he had not been shaving his beard for almost two weeks.

After he got back home to New York, he wanted to meet Erica. He spoke to a nurse who told him that Erica was in love with someone else. Changez finally found Erica, and she complimented his beard and said that his beard brings out his eyes. Erica brings up Chris, once again, in the conversation, and makes Changez furious, because he is dead. Erica gives Chris a hug after excusing herself for everything, and said he should leave.

On his way home, he regrets not kissing Erica before leaving her. He felt like he had sort of failed a test.

Back at work, Changez is being told by Jim that many of his coworkers thought he looked a little shabby, because of the beard and all that. He is being offered to write about a new project, valuing a book publisher in Valparaiso, Chile.

I think the story is getting more interesting after reading about the situation between Changez and Erica. I look forward to read more about how her mental state eventually develops, and how the war in Pakistan ends, and how everything will be for Changez.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

My impressions so far are quite mixed. I find the story a bit hard to understand, and the language is quite advanced. I do not usually read a lot of books, so I do not have much to compare this one with. However, the way the narrator tells the story is interesting in its own way, what I mean by that is the way he is only writing from one person’s view. We get closer to the main characters feelings and thought, and that makes the book more interesting and understandable.

The Underwood Samson company was quite strict and told their coworkers that if they did not put their best efforts in their work, they would get fired. It seems to me like the leaders are trying too hard to make this company the best of the best, and that the way they are pushing their workers to work harder, in a kid of way that might make them weaker and loose their faith in themselves and the company itself.

Changez says that he immediately felt like a New Yorker after arriving to the “city that never sleeps”. I think he feels home and included because there are many people in New York, both from Pakistan, India, China and all over the world. This might make him feel home in a sort of way, as I probably would have felt since there are a lot of Norwegians in New York and all over the USA as well.

Changez meets a girl named Erica, at his time at the Princeton University. Erica is told to be a stunning woman, attracting a lot of guys besides Changez himself. He seems quite interested and blown away by her looks, and I look forward to reading what happens between them in the rest of the book.

9/11 – The day of terror

After reading the tragic stories from people experiencing the tragedy, I feel very hurt. Imagining the frustration and the horror they witnessed, all the civilians being hurt and all the families left behind. It is very hard to accept the fact that we actually have this type of crazy people in the world, wanting to harm others just to prove that the safety of United States of America are not good enough and how easy it is to do terror.

A lot of conspiracy theories are out on the internet, people questioning who really did this terror. Many of them has theories about Bush and the US government standing behind the terror attack, if not so, there are questions about them knowing what was about to happen.

I am including some of the theories about this inside job from http://mindprod.com/politics/bush911insidejob.html#INSIDEJOB

A high amount of proffesors and constructions engineers has explained that there is no possibilities of a tower to fall straight down, especially when the airplanes crashed on the top of the towers. The fire and the gas that spilled out when the attack happened, can not burn metal, but that is what happened.

I have mixed feelings about the way that it happened. I am not too sure if the americans did it to themselves, but there are truly some interesting facts and theories about what happened.

No matter who did the 9/11, the terror was a tragic happening in history, killing civilians and fireworkers, police officers and children. This is a day we will never forget.

 

Outsourced

Outsourced is a movie showing a lot of cultural differences and relatable problems when it comes to communication and lifestyle. Throughout the movie, Todd needs to accept the Indians and he eventually starts enjoying himself in the new culture.

Respect is a very important thing in the Indian buisness market. They often want to do things their own way and be respected for it. Todd is not as polite and respectful as he should have been towards the coworkers, and the movie has a turning point where Todd finally understands that he must calm down and start letting the Indians do more as they wish. That’s when he lets his workers gather all the items that they would like to their working desk, family photos, buddha statues and so on. Todd starts realizing that all cultures are different and that he has to adjust to the Indian culture.

The Indians are hospitable and family is very important to them, and thats why they are interested in making good relations. For Todd, it is quite unusual that they ask a lot of personal questions. An example of this is when he lives with an Indian family and when they wanted to introduce him to a Indian woman, and he said no, and as a result they thought he was gay since he denied the offer.

Personally, I think that this film is a very exciting and interesting movie about culture and communication. The movie is very funny and entertaining. It teaches us about choosing partners, establishing important relations and network and how to be open for the culture and country that you are visiting and working with.

Todd learns to accept, appreciate, tolerate, explore, how to adjust, respect and most imporantly understand the fact that people are different and have different needs and perspectives in life. Ethnocentrism is important to raise their homeland’s pride, but it should be kept in a toleratable level to fit in new cultures.

Poem: Life is worth living

Life is Worth living

You might wonder why

When you are sitting there all alone

With no one to hold

Alone and cold

 

You`ve might been hurt

Being put down in the dirt

Feeling lost in a world

Full of the unknown

 

Life is worth living

When you find your rock in life

Something to hold on to

Something to do,

Someone to help

 

Find your values

And follow your dreams

Be truthful and grateful

Trust and imagine,

Be yourself though

 

Life is worth living

When you find your way

Through ups and downs

A road is being made while your walking

 

We only have one life

Bring the best out of it

No dreams are too big to achieve

Remember to breath, live in the present

And you will succeed.

 

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#METOO

#metoo is a campaign online where victims of sexual harassment have come forward with their story, sharing the hashtag to stand up against sexual harassment. People from all around the world, mostly woman, have told their story. More and more men have begun to tell their stories.

Sexual harassment is not only about sex, it is about power. “A report conducted jointly by the TUC and Everyday Sexism found that 52% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment at work”. Worldwide, we can conclude with a lot more than 52%. This does not only occur woman, it happens to men as well, but a lot less.

Sexual harassments can occur in all sorts of circumstances. It does not have to be of the opposite sex and the harasser can be anyone, an employee or a non-employee. For it to be a harassment, the harasser`s conduct must be unwelcome seen from the victim’s perspective.

We need more laws, strict laws, where the harasser should be punished with tickets and prison. In stead of days behind bars, we need to lock the harassers up for years. This to prevent others from doing the same. The victim must be taken a lot more care of, no matter the circumstances. It is not acceptable to treat a person like a sexual object and ask for sexual favors involuntarily.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/16/facts-sexual-harassment-workplace-harvey-weinstein

Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood

Gran Torino

We saw this movie called Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood at school. It was a very interesting and exciting movie to watch, and I enjoyed it very much. All though the ending was quite shocking and sad, I think the movie expressed a lot of important messages.

Culture can influence one’s belief because all cultures and religions has different views of specific things, like who is in charge and what is right or wrong in this world. In the movie we meet the Hmong people from Korea and we can clearly see a lot of their culture and traditions, like when their newborn in the family got baptized and the ceremony they had for him. Thao was being fooled because Walter thought he did «woman work» since he stood gardening.
While Walt, the main character, got to know these Hmong people, he started to open up his eyes for different views of life, and he started communicating and socializing with them, he came over to parties and family gatherings.  I think it is very important to be open for new perspectives of life, just like what Walter, Sue and Thao experienced. After all, at the end of the day, we are all equal and the same. In my personal life, I have learnt that no matter where you are from, what you believe in and what colour of skin you have, it does not matter. Your «enemy» might have the same interests as you. Do not judge anybody before you truly know them.

Thao and Sue experiences a lot of violence and hatred throughout the whole movie. They got beaten, called names, and their rights where obviously violated. Their cousin was in this gang with other immigrants and americans, they fought and argued about Thao and said he should join them and do criminal acts, like stealing Walter’s car.
Sue was being violated on the streets while walking down the road with her friend. These American men stood there at the corner, starting to push her around between them, harassing her, calling her names and tried to rape her. She stood up for herself, even though they really crossed the line.
Harassment, violations, hatred and criminal acts are a couple of the challenges and pressures that the second-generation immigrants have to deal with, unfortunately.

Film review «Girl rising»

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Documentary, Richard Robinson films

This is a documentary with eight different stories told by girls around the world. In the documentary, we meet nine girls; Wadley, Suma, Yasmin, Azmera, Ruksana, Senna, Mariama and Amina.

We saw this film in our international English class, and now we have got the task to write a film review.

Ruksana made the greatest impression on me because I kind of found myself in her. She loved to draw, and she could not stop drawing in her schoolbooks, neither could I. She seemed cute and peaceful. Her dad took her to a shop, where he bought her pencils and paper to draw on. She was so happy.

She seemed very strong and hard to break, while the thugs attacked their city. The police came, hitting the people and tearing down their houses. His father agrees to leave town, but they did not leave when they realized how far they had travelled. As long as they had each other.

The love the family showed to each other was delightful to see, it made me happy because nothing is better than a well-connected family, especially important though hard times.

I lost myself in a couple of stories, everyone touched me. I find it hard to imagine a normal day in their lives because of everything that I am used to in my daily life. It is really devastating to watch these kids having a hard time, but still smiling and enjoying every single piece of life. The movie made me want to send money to organizations and different charities, a little amount of money for us is a lot of money for them.
I can sympathize, but empathizing is more a challenge because I can not fully understand what they are going through, based on the little I know about their cultures and lives.

I think the facts that is told in this documentary might touch those who are not already familiar with this issue. The documentary tells us that 66 million girls are out of school or the fact that there is ¼ chances for girls to be born into poverty.

The movie was very touching, and I found it very interesting to watch. It made me think and appreciate what I have. I have an ocean of opportunities ahead of me, and I wish that every single girl in the whole would could feel as I do.

Girls are rising, girls are worth the investment and at least; educated girls works.

 

 

 

photo taken from https://shop.girlrising.com/products/girl-rising-commercial-dvd

 

Hurricane Harvey is destroying Texas

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Thousands of people have fled to their rooftops to get out of the water. As much as 66 cm of rain has been pouring down the last couple of 72 hours, and they are still expecting a lot more to come. More than 30 000 people are placed in temporarily shelters.

Houston emergency services are working constantly trying to rescue people. They have received approximately 6000 appeals for rescues. 50 counties has been affected by the terrible hurricane.

The area of Aransas, where the hurricane hit, they have been evacuated and told not to return because the area has no water, power or communications.

 

 

 

Picture Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies, visited 29.08
(http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/tropical-storm-harvey-displaces-30000-texas-170828132218843.html)