Thursday, October 26, 2006

Confessions of a 21 year old psycho

The fact that I call myself a Psycho is not because of lack of self esteem nor its a matter of pride but its a plain simple 'fact'. Someone said (Robin williams) "everyone is instilled with a spark of madness and its not worth losing it". Not that I read this quote and I chose to be one, I loved being 'childish', whatever that means. 'Lose control' was the raaga on which my life has been based upon so far and I like it that way.. serious no kidding.

Ok let me speak my mind on trivial, common sense based, philosophies, that convinces and even encourages me to be the way I'm. Here goes.. Life is for once, so its better to live it the way you want to. Since its only once (c'mon be practical, do u know ur previous life's configuration so to speak??), every move you make, every decision you take gains importance. After a point in time you are not 'there' cos you are meant to be there, rather you are there because you chose to be there. You are standing on a heap of decisions you had made and you continue to change the track of your life. Also keep in mind that everyone eventually wants to be happy. So trying to be careful and be seriously conscious or be conciously serious about the decisions you take makes you a serious person and hence you lose the essence of life.. being happy...
so I can conclude this.. Life happens, ticks by every second, even as I type these words, and is uncertain and is unfair for the most part, so I would prefer to help myself by staying 'light' and be impulsive and take decisions, cherish lighter moments, value people more than money, understand that education is a means and not a mandatory aspect, its worth while only if its fun doing it. At times I might have to bite the bullet and be unhappy and whine about what I am doing, yeah shit happens.. but make sure I do that 'whineable' activity cos its gonna get me to a heap which is ripe with oppurtunities to full fill my desire, the need to stay happy.

So much for my attitude... so much for my passions.... sometimes thinking is a drawback, and if you are a natural intuitive thinker like me(laugh all u want but its a fact), you are most of the times not convinced about the things you conclude that too after lotta thinking!! so "live for the moment and dont let the moment pass by" is absolutely convincing...

Also I would wanna mock all the those guys who think being childish is being not so "sophisticated" have a wrap around you and you cheat yourself for your own well earned misery... self imposed, society imposed way of existing, its just 'existance' and not living.... even a dumb algae vegetates and hence exists....

P.S: If you are planning to hire me and you decide not to cos I'm a psycho.. then I actually would wanna tell that I'm not a psycho, serious no kiddin... LOL

Monday, October 02, 2006

Meet the Batch mate

The thought of missing India is a system level daemon that seizes to kill itself. I and many others who have come to this country (US) for the sake of 'studying', to establish a career and the many other myriad reasons, miss our homeland badly. Let me not whine about it. But rather I would wanna talk about the "characters" that we miss being here.

I/We call them 'batch mate'. This is a male(most 99.99% of the times) whom every south Indian would see in a typical south Indian marriage.He would be carrying a money pouch which carries heavy cash usually, and all he does is the managerial tasks like saying "Oru batch saapida polaamey?". From this we derive the characters name 'batch mate'. He usually holds the bag by his arm pit or make sure it doesn't slip out of his hand by a complex knot thru the small handle like on the corner of the pouch.

I 'm most certain that everyone who's been in and around tamilnadu (can be generalised to south India) can relate to this character. He usually falls into the age group of our appa's, mama's and chithappa's and periyappa's or in short we refer to them "uncle" in english. They are known for their sharp acumen.

Here are the few characteristics of the batch mate:

1) Usually wears ethnic south Indian dress leave alone during marriages.
2) Has a stuffed shirt pocket which has usually useless chits dating over a month and INR bills usually in higher denominations and usually amounts to a value that can be 'useful' in any kinda emergency.
3) He's known for his 'attention craving' mannerisms. You can usually find him in 50% of the group pictures in recpetion album or even the marriage album.
4) Night time behaviour of batch mates : This subcategory focusses on his night time behaviour.
a) Last one to sleep.
b) Checks to see if every light in the house/chathram/hall is off.
c) If in house makes sure all the entry points like doors, windows, at times even balcony doors are properly closed and make sure the lock is secure by pulling the lock more than once.
d) Take a pitcher/sombhu full of water and keeps it beside himself.
e) Can't sleep without a torch, usually the ones Goorkha uses, the long silver colour metal one, no matter how many new flash torch lights come, which they get to see in "exhibitions", which are far more efficient than the one they use.
f) Usually wakes up to pin drop noises. The light from the house opposite to his' and the sound from the house that is 7 buildings away is bright , loud and clear most of the times.
5) Knows all the train timings. you can see them using the phrases like " tvm mail 4 35 ku thaambarathukku varuvaan". Note the male gender they associate with trains. For no reason they use it.
6) During the farewell's at the train station, while most of the characters shed tears due to happyness , sadness, 'cry for the sake'ness, he never gets emotional. They usually ponder about things like " raja, water bottle vachurikaya.. onnum pretchana illa idho naan vaangittu varen".
You don't get to see more practical people than these.
7) Usually works (90% of the times) in banks or LIC or some other government job like BSNL, ED etc.
8) Usually have a experience in tens of years like say "naapadhu (40) varsham service".
9) They would have had many promotions and usually would have reached a saturated state.
10) They are up-to-date on 'current happenings'.
11) They drink Coffee like 20 times a day.
12) Their wife character i.e Ms. batchmate is a silent innocent female with extreme/surreal helping tendencies, like cooking for far relatives' train journey, waking up as early as 4 am to vegavechufy/cook 40 odd idlies.
13) Wife knows every possible mannerism of his and behaves accordingly, if not the wife would be berated then and there.
14) The kids of his are quite sharp like himself.
15) They usually embarasses the youth ranging from LKG kid to a final year BE student by publically asking/requesting embarassing questions/actions like "vijay, nee nalla dance aduvayamey.. enga aadu?" or like the famous "vijay inga va.. indha batch oda saapuda po". Usually this 'vijay' would have been waiting for his age group cousins to accompany him with food and he spoils it just about perfectly.
16) He considers 6 am as a late wake time.
17) Talks about kris srikanth, gundappa vishwanath, gavaskar every time they talk about cricket.
18) They are the ones who are most feared by shop keepers.. they will ask for extra cover for the purchase, haggle immensely.. they have award winning negotiating skills (even the saettu/marvaadi's get fooled) and they learn from their past experiences.

You start to think about these peculiar characters you had seen growing up as a kid in south India, all of a sudden their absence makes you want to be as responsible as a 'Batch'.