Shahrukh Month Discussion Post: What Gift Do We Want From SRK This Year?

It’s snowing in Chicago right now and my work has been a series of disasters since 8am, so I need a distraction. Let’s talk SRK.

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Another Internet Thinky Post! When the People Speaking for a Community, Drown Out the Voices of the Actual Community

I just have so much to say about internet dialogue! And the Gunjan Saxena debate that I am listening to second hand thanks to y’all has given me a new thing to think about. Also, once again, NO POLITICS. We have been doing fabulously with productive conversations about communication and internet culture without political specifics, let’s keep that up!

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Discussion Post: Mental Health Homework, List 3 Things That Make You Happy Today

UPDATE: This post has been up for 3 hours, and no one has commented. I feel this is a bad sign for our collective ability to be happy. I’m having a moderately hard day today. We didn’t watch Midsomer last night, and I think it has become a vital part of maintaining the careful mental health balance of the household, so now all 3 of us are feeling rumpled. Plus there’s thunderstorms, so the dog is unhappy. I’d go for a walk to get out of the stressful atmosphere, but of course I CAN’T GET OUT OF BED. Anyway, time to count our blessings in a simple effective technique for happiness!

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Hindi Film 101: Social Media Stories and Truth

This is going to be a tricky discussion to start. My Dad just sent me a link to a fascinating story in the New York Times about a twitter hoaxster, and it played into a concern I have had for a while about how anonymous social media internet sources are used again and again as though they are unquestionable truth told to you by a friend. Oh, and remember, NO POLITICS. But I am very interested in social politics, if that makes sense? If you want to talk about gender issues or race issues, totally here for you. Just nothing related to specific political parties and how they use the internet.

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Discussion Post: What Are Your Favorite Comfort Food Sitcoms?

I loooooooove sitcoms. Not to make me think and understand the world and blah blah blah, but to make me laugh while I am eating soup on the couch in front of the TV after a long day at work. You know, the ones you watch over and over again and get excited when you turn on the TV at the hotel and catch a rerun you haven’t seen in a while.

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Discussion Post: What Movie/Book/TV Show Have You Gotten Absolutely Obsessed About? (yes, you can say JHMS)

I guess also music album/stage show. Anything you think about obsessively, talk about excessively, and so on and so forth, until you are over it all of a sudden and it becomes this nice nostalgic piece of your past.

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Marriage in Modern Urban Indian Culture, a Random Thinky Post Inspired By the New Netflix Matchmaker Show

Not a 101, I am not qualified to write a 101.  This is me basically just sharing my personal history with learning about modern urban Indian marriage practices from people I know and things I have seen and read, and then you can share your own experiences and ask questions of each other and hopefully just talk and learn from each other.

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Helpful Advice Needed! What Superstitions Can You Suggest To Help With a Successful Toe Surgery?

Blah blah, world is logical, superstitions are pointless, we should all just trust to intellect and planning. But does anyone really believe that? NO! You can do all the research and planning you want, but if you don’t eat the right food at one minute after midnight on New Years, your house will burn down. FACT.

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Discussion Post: What Big Projects Are You Working On to Make the Days Go By?

If you are like me, you are craving something to mark time, a big long running challenge that has multiple steps and will eventually be completed. Building a deck, painting your room, organizing your books, something like that. So I thought, let’s share/brag! Tell the DCIB community about your accomplishments, and maybe someone here will go “oh, that’s a great idea, I should do that too”.

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Discussion Post: Share Your Favorite Funny Local News Stories

I love local news! The wacky “human interest” stories are the ones that are the most fun to talk about and think about and just generally make the world a happier friendly warmer place. And my Dad just forwarded me a follow up on one of the All Time Great Chicago local news stories. I will share it with you, and then you can share your stories with me!

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Discussion Post: What Are Your Tricks to Beat the Heat?

The heat wave rolls on here, and I am about to go spend 2 weeks at our family’s lake house, which is lovely but unairconditioned. So, let’s share tips about how we all deal with the heat in non-airconditioned ways! In a desperate effort to keep Margaret alive as she lives like they did in Olden Times for 2 weeks!

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