Delirious Growth

People around children always are on the verge of excitement. The almost attained delirium is ‘when is the child growing up?’ While most of the children make these ‘grown ups’ sad with the things going up as usual, the ‘bodily grown-ups’ always mutter a few words of dissatisfaction to these. The reason is ‘he is not growing up.’

The readers can judge these mutterers to be mature. But, let me offer a few revelations about them. They seem to think that only their version of growing up is right.

To be clear, every pervert individual thinks that ‘growing up’ is right according to him. For example, alcoholic perverts –however mild they may be– think that the moment the child drinks, he has grown up; lustful people think courting a girl makes him grown up; robbers think stealing the first goods makes him grown up. This can go on and on.

They are so obsessed with the child that they ‘help’ him with everything possible to grow up. Doesn’t this beg the question, ‘who is grown up? The child or the pervert? And more so, what makes him grown up? Is it the stature or the vices? I think the former is very applicable and anything else sounds lame.

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An Employer’s Guide

As employers are very strict at picking up their leaders, here come across the mind a few traits to find in these. These are very important to look through in a person’s character. While other qualities seem artificial, these hit right on the bull’s eye.

Take a keen look at them.

  • A hate for sympathy These handpicked people should hate others showing sympathy to them even in hopeless situations. It is wise to see in them a quality that hates being portrayed as a lowly, ‘poor’ or wanting individual. Such people deserve the top spot because this reflects an undying spirit.
  • Having great comeback stories Their life should be full of grit and determination. An indomitable spirit could resolve any glaring difficulties at work. Stories such as rising out of a wheelchair or a hopeless difficulty can instill respect among peers. Some examples or such stories are Edison, Beethoven. Both were deaf. Louise Braille is good too.
  • Dreamy eyes Eyes say everything. People who see a silver lining in every dark cloud do fit the bill here. Dreams can be seen in eyes. This ability can sustain through demanding situations.
  • A pragmatic foresight A clear focus on things that can be achieved is good too. This unwavering mind can help a great deal. Panic should not be the word. This assessment is a pivotal part of the whole endeavour.

No one possessing all these qualities can falter. There is a very fat chance of probing this impossibility. Could they care much?

Talk more, Pay more

People from the lower strata of society always conform to this kind of norm. Whenever their customers approach them, they keep eyes fixated on making big bucks. They cajole their clients into shelling out extra money for services through sweet talk. It is wise to say that such people are not satisfied  monetarily. Being insecure, they maliciously siphon off money from these.

As you approach them, it is very vivid as to where the plot is about to take you. They ask numerous questions and many of them give a vague hint of concern that is artificial. Some of these ‘businessmen’ are very good at counseling problems.

I can relate this mannerism to many taxi drivers, autorickshaw wallahs, barbers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and more. Recently, a barber did this to me. He asked many things about my native, mother tongue, occupation and even hobbies. Needless to say, I ended up paying more.

What these people think is that they are very smart. When, in fact, the nature can be aptly termed as manipulative. The pleasant thing about the experience is that you become very benevolent and less irksome while paying. This is a very good strategy indeed.

But look more deeply. It begs the question- ethical? And even more, people view your conduct as distasteful. They even think about your upbringing. Thus, it comes across as very unpopular to people. So, strive for a virtuous life!

Big Bangalore

Life in Bangalore is not at all difficult. All one has to do in order to survive among the populace is just a lot of ‘big’ things. Here are three things to emulate Bangaloreans and survive: say it big, talk big and the last, be big. I say this, being a Bangalorean myself.

  • Saying it big Bangaloreans, when asked about their acquaintances’ and friends’ work information, always add the adjective ‘big’ to the employer. So, people’s relatives and friends always work for ‘big’ companies- whether you like it or not. All of them work for ‘big’ MNCs, ‘big’ German engineering firms, ‘big’ corporates and so on. This fad is so deep into its people that even a famous FM Radio channel makes big money here and is named ‘Big FM’.
  • Talking big Here, whenever people get stuck in traffic snarls and flout rules, there comes a ‘big’ factor into play too. When the law enforcers catch them, they talk ‘big’ things and the officials let them go out of fear. Once, I was caught with my friend by a traffic cop. Being near to an Air Force area, my friend talked ‘big’ that he was from Air Force. We were not apprehended and let go scot-free. His well-built physique played the trick.
  • Being big This is an added advantage. One need not do the above two things and lie, if you have this trump card. Life can be like a lion here, if a person is big- needless to say. As it is said, ‘Lions rule, dogs dither’.

Hence, everybody in Bangalore should strive to make it big. Only then, life is more colourful and easy here. Being big makes a big difference in my city and no one can chain a lion. That’s for sure.

Cinema: Shaping a Culture

Mainstream cinema in India has evolved over the years and a keen look at it shows that it is directly moulds the culture that is perceived by the common man. It is a widely followed medium and people are found raring to go watch any recent releases. So, there is a direct influence on its large audience and hence, a whole populace because of this.

1.4 crore Indians go to movies on a daily basis, which is roughly 1.4% of the population.

Cocktail (2014), Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani (2013), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) are some of the movies that show a different attitude towards the perceived Indian culture. The main characters, here, are found to be a bit bent towards the taboo side. The female lead is a strong crusader of nightlife; does not mind to have a drink or two; even smokes or has ‘crazy’ ideals and more.

The fan following of these celebrities is overwhelming on twitter: Deepika Padukone has a fan numbering of 54,40,000; Kalki Koechlin has 1,90,000 followers; Parineeti Chopra boasts of 16,00,000 followers. This makes the impact more profound.

These trends are soon going to catch up sure, as they did from the Polka dots in Bobby (1973) to well-toned abs in Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998). People can become more comfortable with such ideals. Cinema surely shapes a civilization that has these traits in it long before, but does not approve them publicly. A new generation beckons.

The Cause of Decadence

People are prone to many illogical assumptions. They cannot get more sober in using the right word for others. Much of this is directly influenced from movies. As every cause relates to movies, people cannot help watching these themselves. One of the reasons for this is the addiction among movie-goers.

A prominent case of movies affecting the society is the belligerence glorified in them, finding a place in it. This has gone so deep into our culture that belligerent people are considered to be ‘manly’.

Belligerence is not in the least manly and this direct influence of movies in a person’s attitude is very telling. Belligerence can be meant to say vandalism and only ruffians are found to live as such. Though these set of people probe extremities in their actions, a good amount of belligerence from ‘men’ is enough to label them as such.

People mimic their heroes of the netherworld and petty squabbles are encouraged. As time goes by, the pettiness grows into a more feral nature. This creepy thing about movies is a nice thought to consider towards boycotting them. Before getting profound, these should be tamed. Signs are evident as people are besotted with anti heroes more than ever.