Sunday, 30 August 2015

Fallacies towards Lawyers/Law students

When I let people know I’m a law student they think it is amusing to tell me ‘Ha, all lawyers are liars.” No, it’s not funny. Not at all.
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The job of a lawyer is to defend his client, so yes, he is placed in situations where he is required to bend the truth, as in spin the fact in a way that benefits him. He does not lie, per se. Because that is unlawful and no lawyer is stupid enough to risk being disbarred by providing false evidence to the court. Let me explain this further- say you are brought before the court of law for assaulting a man. And this is not the first time your temper(infamous one of that) has got you into trouble. 
When the prosecutor (the one against you) calls you a habitual offender because you have done this before, I (your lawyer) will defend you by saying you have bi polar hence not of sound mind. Both the lawyers do not dispute the fact that you have done this before (assaulting, I mean), we do not lie about that. We only twist the fact to our benefit. Get it?
No, lawyers/law students are not liars. We do not propagate lying. In fact, in the term of my
internships, I’ve encountered that a dishonest lawyer doesn’t receive much respect. He is spoken of as someone you cannot trust. Every profession has those odd ones who do not understand professional ethics, it is not concentrated in the field of law alone.
If people think all lawyers are going to hell for the sin of manipulation, let me remind those nice folks that lawyers twist the truth for them. To defend them. This is one of the hundred reasons I would say law is a noble profession. 

I’ve heard this said multiple times before. As a novice in law school, I took the quote to mean literally. For me the words ‘a great lawyer knows the judge” meant I had to know him personally (like take him out to lunch or buy him expensive gifts) so that when he gives out a judgment, it is favoring me.
It was in second year of school, did I really start to see the true light behind this sentence. No, it does not mean what you think it means.
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What the quote is actually trying to say that apart from having excellent knowledge in law, the advocate must understand the judge he is arguing before. This revolves around studying the judge’s psychology. Each man or woman have their personal way of understand, learning and perspective. When you know what the language they understand is, your arguments will be framed to drive home your message.
One of the essentials of communication is “knowing the audience” and this quote is saying just that. Know how your judge thinks. For instance, if you informal in your arguments and the judge you are before is strict about such decorum, you will want to modify your style of speech to a more formal one to get the judge’s approval.That is what this means.

Next time you want to think of lawyers as liars, you will be grossly wrong. And a great lawyer does not “bribe” the judge. That’s two fallacies broken down.

Power to us law students. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

10 things that smell or taste of India that you can carry in your pocket

On August 15th India celebrated its 69th Independence day. Amidst the patriotic slogans, the flag flying high, the national anthem becoming the song of the day, I wondered if I were to leave India, what would be that one thing I would carry along to remind me of India. Something small that can fit my pocket, whose smell or taste I associate with my homeland. So, I went around asking and the suggestions compiled formed this list.

Cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf
Spices! Spices of India is what had Christopher Columbus searching for this peninsula, which led India to start trading with other nations. It is our gold and our treasure, the music in our food.


This is a spice but one that deserves its own bullet point.  The world’s most expensive spice, saffron is revered in India. 

Vicks, Amrutanjan,Zandubomb


So, Vicks’ existence isn’t confined India, but it is also indisputably an integral part of nearly every household. For running nose to headaches, Vicks has worked its miracles. No traveler leaves home without a tub of this in his pocket.  The same goes for Vick’s contenders Amrutanjan and Zandubomb.

Coconut oil

Hair shower isn’t complete without having massaged it with coconut oil the day before. Apart from cooking, coconut oil has multiple uses in the Indian household. It is the substitute for lip balms on parched lips, lotion for skin, burns etc. Coconut oil is our olive oil.

Is a bride complete without hands decorated by henna?
Also called Mehndi, made from crushed leaves of the henna plant it is a color leaving substance used for temporary body art. For a mehndi lover, one does not simply wait for festivals.


Paan-betel leaves prepared with areca nut and some other stuff and used as a stimulant.
Because of its strange taste (at least for me) and adverse effects, paan isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a popular cultural activity (the paan chewing).


The smell of jasmine buds haunts Indians. Festooning women’s hair or garlanding god idols, jasmine in Hindu household goes a long way. 


India is famous for its sandalwood trees, and its fragrance has been channeled into pastes, creams, lotions, face powder, soaps, garlands made with the bark’s shavings, sandal wood dolls, perfumes, incense sticks, and sandalwood oil.  I think that pretty much shows how much in love we are with this tree.


People all over the world use turmeric in cooking, but an Indian household worships the existence of turmeric. As an antiseptic, it is used for wounds, skin etc., as a spice+ health benefit it finds its way into all (like, 97%) of our food. As an Hindu item, it is used while worshipping the gods. Turmeric embraces India with its distinct smell, taste and color.


A red colored substance, it is used excessively by some Indians as sindoor.


Almost impossible to carry it in a pocket but nothing reminds one of India as pani puri does. A no-cook snack loved by almost everyone, this would easily be the favorite thing to have on a rainy day. Or just any hour, really.

Our roots travel with us, in its smell or taste. What is the one thing that reminds you of your homeland?

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Dream catcher craze

My best friend has just started a new blog! I’m really excited for her. She is just beginning to discover the kind of posts she wants to make, but I know it if off to a great start. I wanted to share it here,  a blogger motivates a fellow blogger right? 
Here is the link^ I would be thankful if you guys dropped in!
So, I’ve been up to some DYI. This was a dreamcatcher I made for my cousin as a thank you gift/peace offering. He was the one who got me the judicial clerk internship and I kinda tortured him to make that real.  The little stone you see at the center is actually a seashell; it was gift from a friend who brought it from the Adaman islands for me! I wanted the dreamcatcher to be connected to nature. 
The way I went about it is the black shows the universe, the blue the galaxies and sky, the pearls planets and such celestial bodies. The seashell, just because!
What do you think?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

#3. Update + Reading Challenge 2015 book reviews!

My vacation comes to an end today, tomorrow marks the day for a new school year! Am I excited? I am going to miss the holidays, yes, but I can’t wait to plunge into new law subjects (does that make me a nerd?).I had been worried that I didn’t have time to do some art, even that was rectified! 

So, this is a young version of my brother. I’ve let this sketch go cold many a times before which is why I wouldn’t call this my best work. However, I’m glad I finally got done with it! 

Over to the reviews!

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A book of short stories: Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan

A book with a love triangle:The Selection by Kiera Cass
A book by a female author: The Elite by Kiera Cass

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's coming-of-age tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the Deep South, and is a searing portrayal of race and prejudice told through the eyes of a little girl. Filled with atmospheric evocations of life in the 1930s and a moral and caring sensibility,To Kill a Mockingbird is both a brilliant rendering of a specific time and place as well as a universal tale of how understanding can triumph over old and evil mindsets.Most of all, To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern-day morality tale of how prejudice must be met, fought and overcome--no matter where it is present or how difficult that task might seem.
My god, what a book! I’ve had this book with me for some months now and every time I tried to get around to it I never stepped over page two. And then I watched the first ten minutes of the movie and realized that it had kids in it XD With renewed motivation I set about to reading the book and never could stop. It truly deserves the reputation it has. Six year old Jean Louise Finch aka Scout is the protagonist and seeing things through her eyes gives everything a new perspective. She is a tom boy, quick to lose temper, but smart with things. Being the only girl in a family of two men/boys, her father and brother are the people she looks up to the most. You can see how they influence her character, how she wants to be like Jem and how she tries to inculcate her father’s teachings. What sets her aside is how she views people. Though she is unable to understand why people behave as they do, why they deal with hypocrisy, her innocence and people instinct makes it possible for her to reach them on a different level.
The other character that I loved is Attikus, the father. He is easily a powerful character, even with his simple ways. Without his wife he is left to bring up his children but he does it rather well. He gives them a free rein, allows them to think for themselves but he is always there to correct them and refine them. He has deep rotted principles to which he does justice. I love the kind of respectable, inspiring man that he is. If there was a character I would consider my model, he would one of them.
I want to keep talking about this book, analyze each character. I loved it from start to the end- with all its stories, philosophy, messages, humor and moral.

Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan

Malgudi Days is a captivating novel comprising three interesting stories based on the life in the small South Indian town of Malgudi, located on the banks of the river Sarayu. Malgudi Days is a novel that revolves around the happenings in a small fictional village named Malgudi, which is located on the banks of the river Sarayu in South India. This book is a collection of 32 short stories that are highly amusing. The remarkable feature of the stories present in this book is that they are all centered around the lives of mere commoners as they go about their daily routine - See more at:
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time now. It is one of India’s popular books that people have been reading for generations. It seemed time I did too.
R K Narayan has created a masterpiece with his Malgudi Days. Each story is unique – they mostly deal with the life of a common man, his struggles, his aspirations, his view of life, his family and his happiness. The writer gives this peek into people’s lives, people who could easily be me or my neighbors. His simplistic writing holds the book together throwing more light on the story rather than the writing itself. Each tale stood out for me, my favorite will always be the first of the collection, called The Astrologer’s Day.

The Selection  series by Kiera Cass

The Selection, The Elite, The One
Book 1- For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Book 2- Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
Book 3- The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
As the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.  (

The book cover made the girl in me interested and I wanted to see what was behind the pretty cover picture.  I read all three books in a day (yeah, it was quite a feat) so the story sort overwhelmed me (in a good way!). The book is set in a dystopian world where people are divided into classes based on their talent and they are restrained to the work, benefits of the class. America belongs to the class made of people who sing or do art which is not high in the class hierarchy.
I liked the character America, she is someone who can think on her feet and is useful in situations. What makes her likable is that even in the face of luxury, she doesn’t get carried away and tries to remain true to herself. Off all the girls, that is what makes her special and reason Maxon takes to her. She is honest, maybe a tad bit straightforward, and doesn’t let people bully her. She kind of reminds me of Katniss, a girl who adapts to situations.
Maxon v Aspen. I like Aspen for the reason that he goes all out when he does something. He doesn’t stroll around in the middle ground for long and he is honest about what he feels. Maxon is still trying to figure out the world and his place in it. He is slowly overcoming his father’s intimidation and trying to be a better person in America’s eyes. His desire to use his power and influence to make the world a better place  coupled with his charm makes him a character you take to.
Overall, the series was a good. Nothing exceptional but it makes for a relaxing read. Sometimes, that is just what you want!

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