Transindia — help make it happen!

Transindia, by Meera Darji

Meera Darji wants to make a documentary about the hijras, the term used in South Asia for people who don’t consider themselves men nor women but contain features of both genders. Usually assigned male at birth, hijras have effeminate traits and present themselves in femme outfits. In Indian culture, they are/were seen as holy human representations of Ardhanari, the composite of Lord Siva and his partner Parvati. Blessed by Rama in the Ramayana, they to go to weddings, childbirth and celebrations to dance and bring fortune and fertility. They were featured in the Kama Sutra, although a vast percentage of them renounce to sexuality and channel their sexual energy into other sacred activities.

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28. January 2015 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Beliefs, Brighton, Coventry, Croatia, Culture, Film, Idaho, India, Japan, Leicester, London, United Kingdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still on maintenance mode — here’s a sneaky peek

As you can see, I’ve changed a bit of the look and a tiny bit of the concept of this website. I still need to restore images and make a few changes here and there (a pretty menu, anyone?). Anyway, you can roam around and be surprised by anything new that suddenly appears. I’m so tired of keeping everything hidden!

14. January 2015 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Self-Promotion | 2 comments

25 Aniversario Licenciatura en Artes UDEM – Parte 1

Translation coming soon.

20. October 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Dallas, Drawing, Events, France, Houston, México, Mexico City, Monterrey, Museography, New Jersey, Puebla, Visual Arts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reporte UK: ist

ist

As you may know, every other week I write for La Pop Life recommending some project or event from the United Kingdom. The UK Report (Reporte UK), as it’s formally known, is written by me one week, by Samuel Valdés from Sloucher another week. Sam used to live in Sheffield and I live in Leicester, so each one of us has had the opportunity of meeting local and national bands, attend their gigs and share the findings with you.

In this occasion, I talk about ist, an Anglo-Scottish-Canadian band that had left four years ago and came back for one night a couple of weeks ago.

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25. September 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Canada, England, Leicester, Media, Music, Scotland, Self-Promotion, Translation, United Kingdom, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sleep Machine – Short Story

To be translated

03. September 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Creative Writing, Short Story | Leave a comment

Style XL: The First Plus Size Catwalk Fashion Event in the Midlands

"I have enough clothes and shoes, I don't need to go shopping".- said no woman ever. Your Clothing.

“I have enough clothes and shoes, I don’t need to go shopping”.- said no woman ever. Your Clothing.

As you may have read in past months, I tend to travel up, down and all around to plus size fashion events and Fat Acceptance meetings. From London to Sheffield and all the way to Leeds, I love visiting and supporting collectives that hold the often confusing belief (to the rest of Western civilisation) that fat people deserve as much dignity and pride as everyone else. This sense of dignity and pride includes being able to navigate society, establish professional, amicable and intimate relationships, start and develop a career, get involved in joyful physical activities for health improvement and maintenance, and simply survive without fear. And for most of these activities, unless you work on a nude beach, you need clothes. Clothes that reflect your personality, are worth the money and are fit for the occasion.

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06. August 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Events, Fashion, Leicester | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

Creative Coffee: World Domination Summit

Chris Guillebeau: Young, Cute, Non-Conforming. Photo: Entrepreneur.com

Chris Guillebeau: Young, Cute, Non-Conforming. Photo: Entrepreneur.com

To be honest, I have a complicated relationship with Chris Guillebeau and his work. Just like with Seth Godin, Mark Boyle and other “disruptive” intellectuals, Guillebeau’s ideas sound too good to be true and too simple to be universal. His concept behind The Art of Non-Conformity is exhilarating. Not only did I download his Brief Guide to World Domination, but I printed it and included it in a very special folder I read for inspiration and empowerment, among The ‘Undeclared for Life’ Manifesto by Puttylike’s Emilie Wapnick and The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing edited by Mary Jaksch from Write to Done. I wanted to believe that, like him, one could travel around the world on a budget using nothing but intelligence and thriftiness. That one could publish several books independently and attract the power of thousands under the wings of tenacity, integrity and tenacity again.

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29. July 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Events, Leicester, Lifestyle, Portland, Travel, United States | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nerdsville Book Club: M.J. Arlidge – Eeny Meeny

This post is a review for the Nerdsville Book Club. Eeny Meeny was the first book of the month, as selected by Apple Charlotte. Read her review here, as well as reviews by Isha, Marie and Ragini.

Eeny Meeny Cover

Let’s play a drinking game, shall we? I know it’s quite early in the day, but we all can do with a shot of tequila or two in the morning. Or three? Or even more?

It’s quite easy: grab a crime novel, any crime novel, and whenever you encounter any of the following tropes, pour in your favourite alcoholic drink into a shot glass and gulp it. Are you ready? Here they are:

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31. May 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: England, Entertainment, Literature, Novel, Southampton, Television, United Kingdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Dead Sparrows – Short Story

The Dead Sparrows, via MorgueFile

A dead sparrow once again. This time, in the mailbox.

They always appear wherever she least expects it: in the bin, between the newspaper pages, in cereal boxes. Under the pillow. In the sink. Like wicked toys from a Happy Meal. Like presents from the cat, who loves her so much and who purrs at her feet.

The other day, she opened a bag of beans to clean them, and there was one. She split an avocado in half, and she found him instead of the bone. Dark brown, rigid, curled up into a ball, with his feet crushed and without any fingers left.

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29. May 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Creative Writing, Literature, Self-Promotion, Short Story | Tags: | 1 comment

Stephen King – Carrie

Carrie-Cover

When I was in high school, I wanted to be like Carrie. I wanted to have strong, mental powers to defend myself from the bullies, the teachers, and sometimes from family itself. I wanted to have them on the palm of my hand, unable to escape after one joke too many. I’m pretty sure I’m not the one.

Surprisingly, more and more teens shared this disdain and desire. Not necessarily absolute misfits. A few Halloweens later, this beautiful Suicide Girl chick from university went dressed as Carrie to one of the most decadent parties I’ve ever been to. Mind you, the same party had a bloke dressed like a member of the Ingsoc Thought Police, and I think I saw many Alices in Wonderland, Alex DeLarge and even the Aztec god Tlaloc. Accidentally on purpose, it was a literary themed party. Nobody killed anyone, though. Some people shagged, some people threw up and some people threw up while shagging. Nothing like Brian de Palma’s apocalyptic film adaptation, nor like the straight-to-TV alternate fantasy featuring Angela Bettis, which, quite ironically, we were watching before going to the party.

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19. May 2014 by Cynthia Rodríguez
Categories: Education, Film, Literature, Novel, United States | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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