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If you are like most people, then for summer vacations or to retire has crossed your mind. There is so much to enjoy for the whole family, either indoors or outside, having fun in the sun. Florida is one of those states that has it all because the weather is ideal year-round, the beaches are pristine, and there’s always a new way to take it all in.
When you think about buying in Florida, you probably think of a few places first, like Miami, and you would be right to do that. But, there are several other cities that will give you a high-quality lifestyle, while providing you with a solid financial real estate investment, as well.
Let’s take a detailed look at the top 3 cities in Florida to buy real estate, and why.
When you think about Miami, many things come to mind, but if you haven’t visited in person, it’s hard to get the full picture. Miami is a vibrant mix of old-world character and new modern lifestyle, all wrapped up in one. You can find neighborhoods in Miami, such as Belle Meade, that have homes built in the 1930’s that stimulate your senses and imagination. You can literally imagine yourself living in a new beach-side, pioneer town, just discovered by people. But, amidst the old-world feel, are touches of modern amenities, giving you the perfect balance of history, character, and contemporary creature comforts.
Another well-known fact about Miami is that it’s home to the best nightlife in the world, literally epic, and people flock to Miami’s South Beach to be a part of it all. There are famous night clubs like Liv in the Fountain Bleu hotel, where celebrities can be seen any day of the week, partying and having fun. Of course, there are luxurious condos on South Beach in buildings built by world renowned architects and designers. They can be small, yet well-appointed studios, to large, over- the-top penthouse condos.
Another way to invest in Miami’s real estate market is buying a luxury mansion on Star Island, Coral Gables, or any number of prestigious addresses in Miami. These properties are ultra-exclusive and can have 10 bedrooms or more. They can be adorned with stylish furnishings, and have amenities like saltwater swimming pools, arcades, Italian marble, and more.
Before you run out and see the homes for sale in Miami, you might want to contact a respected Realtor, because investing in Miami real estate comes with a hefty price tag. It’s not uncommon to spend a million dollars or more on a property that still may need renovations.
The one place everyone with kids is already familiar with is Orlando, FL. Home to Mickey Mouse and the entire Disney World family, Orlando represents some of the most innocent times and memories we have as children. It also has one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation, with a median home value of $250,000. It is much different than Miami, since most of the homes in Orlando are newer and full of cutting-edge technologies and building materials.
Orlando real estate investing makes sense, and with so many attractions (Universal Studios, Epcot, Sea World) bringing millions of tourists per year, it will stay that way. Orlando’s home values have increased steadily through the years and investors can expect to see that trend continue in the future.
Treasure Coast of Florida
If you enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle, and you appreciate the outdoors, beaches, and waterfront activities, then the Treasure Coast may be the place for you to invest in 2019. It is comprised of several small cities, such as Port St Lucie, Stuart, Palm City and Hutchinson Island. The reason that it makes sense to invest here is because there’s any and every type of real estate available at affordable prices. But, just because it’s more budget friendly, doesn’t mean there aren’t new and breathtaking waterfront mansions that can cost millions.
But, for the most part, you can buy a property for considerably less, depending on what type of real estate you want. The Treasure Coast is truly special, and one of the untouched coastal gems in Florida. The waterways are pristine and wind through all the cities, respectively. People love all the golfing communities, which are built around championship courses and amazing golfing centers.
According to top Treasure Coast Realtors, there are numerous single-family homes for sale in Port St Lucie situated on oversized, waterfront lots. Owners have deep-water ocean access, plus room for large yachts and other water toys.
For those looking to retire beach-side, there are oceanfront condos available on Hutchinson Island in full-service buildings. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a salty breeze from the Atlantic Ocean from your bedroom window? These buildings offer full fitness centers, concierge services and endless outdoor activities at your doorsteps.
Looking forward into 2019 and beyond, Florida is a friendly and welcoming place to invest your money that will not only pay dividends, but give you the quality lifestyle you want to enjoy. No matter if you want to live on the beach, near Florida attractions, or near the electric nightlife in Miami, Florida delivers. Just remember that hiring a local Realtor will save you both time and money, because they know the areas better than anyone else. Make sure you research the agents before you hire them to ensure they are the authority in the cities you want to live and invest your money.
"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.