Thursday, April 29, 2010

Excess baggage



I remember a scene vaguely in a Sathiyaraj movie where a kid asks him why he was using his caste as a surname and Sathiyaraj gets a paradigm shift moment. I look round and see that this is not an isolated case, the naming I mean.

A whole lot of people proudly put their community or more specifically their castes behind them as if it is some honorary degree. The question is why?

This is a land which has given birth to many religions and the predominant way of life, it is not a religion mind you threw up some rules on who does what and so came the class system where one prayed, one sowed, one traded, one ruled or something like that and the rest they say is history.

Today I know a “Vanniya Kula Kshatriya” if you understand something of the language you understand that it would amount to a “trader class warrior” and he is sitting in a software company. Isn't this a fair sign of how obsolete some of these "rules" have become.We have left so much behind and yet we hold on to so much of the past, even today this excess baggage serves very little to a normal man except the few who make a living out of it. The political parties will head this list and their very raison d’ĂȘtre is something that is worth nothing more than a piece of paper which is needed to get some benefits of the governments misplaced largesse be it education or a job. For everything else the paper can remain in the cupboard till the big day when a match is made. Marriages may be made in heaven but the right “communitications” are made down here.

Let us move ahead people from the divisions of the past and let not an inter caste marriage become a jaw dropping event. Ironical that you can change your faith and you have the freedom to do so but you cannot do anything about your caste or community. To sign off a small joke I picked up:

An honorary degree is like the curl in the tail of a pig:
- it follows the main part of the animal
- it is highly ornamental
- in no way does it improve the quality of the ham

(Read the same replacing degree with caste)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Of April heat, CSK, HYderabad and appraisals



Its 20 days since my last post and let me look back and see what happened in between:

-Appraisals were not “aapraisals” this time, thank to some work, some luck and lots of grace from above. It was a reasonably good one, however a small slip between the cup and the lip made it a little lower than exceptional. So there is more to look forward next time

-Trinity got her head shaved and it took some time for me to get used to her bald pate. Undeniably a girl’s crowning glory is her hair.
On the topic of hair shaving, I do not think it is a great idea to go to church and shave the head there, no it may be acceptable to some, but it simply is not what I do. Bowing to family pressure we went to Our Lady of Health church in Besant Nagar, but one look at the unhygienic surroundings & we made a quick dash to Naturals and got the deed done

-Went to Hyderabad with family for the wedding of a classmate. It was a mixed bag, we did some sight seeing despite the heat, but some how felt very unwelcome and like strangers in the wedding house. Previous weddings we were always part of the family. May not make many such trips again. Poor Trinity had a real tough time and made me resolve never to make her suffer such trips again

-Took part in my first tweetup and for an impromptu meet it was good fun with around 12 of us there. Met two old bloggers and lots of new microbloggers who I am now following and getting followed in Twitter.

-CSK made things difficult for themselves to make the semis and finally made it to the semis after some good work by the Indian Batting contingent especially MSD who roared to life in Dharamshala and guess what yesterday they stormed in to the finals out-bowling, out-batting and out-fielding the Deccan Chargers. So the IPL is finally ending and maybe I can get back to farming and treasure hunting.

-Learnt that Modi-fying is kicking you own ass when trying to kick someone else’s ass after the Tharoor-Modi Twitter saga that is grabbing news space.

-It is getting HOT!!! and no signs of respite with dog days ahead.

-Just noticed that my blog rank has gone up 12 places

Friday, April 09, 2010

As I drove...


Near my office, I saw this. Wonder if it is a fact.


Note the woman in black on the scooty, a closer observation may reveal to you that she is wearing a sweater in the hot Chennai sun in the morning. Not sure if it is vanity or insanity.




This truck was apparently coming on the other side and it appears that the driver was exploring new ways of crossing the road.