Tuesday, October 23, 2007

South Indians - By a North Indian

I got this as a forward few weeks ago(see below). Just shocked and suprised to read this.
Anyway, this clearly proves the attitude of majority of people in the North. Obviously, people from South will have similar points. My intention was not to start flaming war, but to the reveal the differences and attitude of fellow Indians.

We make fun of our own country men and blindly follow the path of westerners. That's why I couln't find a Indian outside India. All I can find is a Punjabi, Tamilian, Gujju, Gulti..

These type of comments upsets me. Anyway, I am just another fellow citizen who believes that we will stay united inspite of all the differences. After all, it is all these cultural differences that makes India unique.

Description about South Indians(Must be written by a North Indian):

1. Keep long names. Names should be of atleast 4 words and each word should be atleast 10 characters long. Afterall, the longer the name, lesser the probability of sharing it with someone!! If words fall short add "an" in the end e.g. swaminathan, gopinathan, karthikeyan etc etc.

2. Add fathers name, grandfathers name, village name, street name whatever to identify you, afterall you dont have any identity of your own.

3. Use "H" after every "T" and "D" in all nouns, but dont pronouce the "H".

4. Make decoration outside your house with WHITE chalk, and call it RANGoli !!!

5. Wear lungis and fold them upwards to reveal your magnificient legs

6. Wear the most old fashioned and dull shirt (light brown and dirty cream is the way to go) match it with a brown trouser (if office ppl dont allow lungis of course) match it with equally dull sandals (wearing shoes is prohibited by culture), dont tuck in the shirt and walk taking short steps and shaking your butt. Give every impression that you are a homo (half of you actually are)

7. Wear a 100 rupee shirt, compare it with a 1000 rupee shirt and argue "whats the difference"

8. After taking bath apply lots of sandal wood paste on your head, after all its a bit lighter than your skin color. also apply it on the neck, chest arms and wherever possible.

9. Mix rice with curd, add salt to it. Eat it with lemon achaar and call it a delicacy.

10. Mix a few grains of daal, oops "dhaal" (read point 3) into a litre of water and call it sambhar.

11. Remove a few grains of "dhaal" from the sambhar and call it rayasam.

12. Remove the entire butter from the lassi and call it "butter milk".

13. Make sabzi mixed with coconut, cook it in coconut oil, add coconut to thicken the gravy, garnish it with dry coconut and eat with "parotas" alongwith coconut chutney! wait you are eligible to do that only if you have applied coconut oil to your head.

14. Make the smallest house on the smallest site possible and raise it to 3-4 storeys and put them on rent or better still make a PG.

15. Make houses so close to each other so that sunlight and fresh air doesnt get inside and humidity and stink doesnt get outside. 16. Make the smallest possible toilet in one corner and isolate it from the rest of the world by having no outlets for the gases and foul odor to keep the environment clean!

17. Have no flush in the toilets to save water!

18. Do engineering after your school. After all your father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, uncle are engineers.

19. Bastardise the english oops yenglish language. Mind your "YEMs" and "YOs". Make atleast 10 grammatical mistakes in each sentence. After all its not your mother tongue, you "didnt learnED" it in school and so "cannot able" to speak properly.

20. If you somehow by mistake construct a proper yenglish sentence, scramble the words and leave it to the zig-saw solving abilities of the non south-indians to figure it out.

21. Hate people from any other part of the world, especially north-indians as they make you realize your miserable lifestyle by having a extravagent lifestyle.

22. Wash your feet in the bathroom before eating. Wash hands at the place where you eat and throw water on the floor, to prove that you are not dirty!

23. Screw up things and exclaim "aiyoooo thuuuu"

Monday, October 8, 2007

Karunanidhi - Politician dare enough to speak on Ram Sethu / Sethusamudram

Karunanidhi – A CM dare enough to express his thoughts (on Ram’s existence)!!

Freedom of speech forms the basis of any democracy. But, it shouldn’t hurt the sentiments of other people!!
Thought I am not supporting the way that Karunanidhi had questioned the existence of RAM, I am not against him either.

I can interpret one thing from this for sure.
Irrespective of the risk of losing his votes from (82% - Hindus in TN) the people of his state, he is dare enough to express his thoughts.
This kind of behaviour from an 83 year only man is amazing.
I am completely against the secular politics played from the Dravidian founders.

But, I am also surprised by the fact his open I challenge to Advani didn’t get any response.
Karunanidhi is an experienced political player; one should remember that TN is the first state where a regional party won the election in 1967.
After questioning the existence of RAM, he also replied saying that he didn’t say anything other than what Valmiki mentioned.
I am pretty sure he know what he talks about unlike the BJP and VHP leaders who argues without reading Ramayana or being spiritual.

The so-called Ram Bhaktha’s burned a bus in TN-Karnataka border taking the lives of 2 people.
These types of dramatic scenes are never going to end in India.
Leaders like Karunanidhi will trigger the hatred buried in the minds of the people.

Now the question comes to the so called Ram-Bhaktha’s.
A party whose leader is the backbone of destroying Babur Masjid has no right to speak over preserving a Hindu heritage site.
The bridge was not called Rama’s bridge until the Sethusamudram project was announced. It was called Adam’s bridge.
Adam’s bridge was linked to Ram’s bridge in Ramayana after the VHP and BJP made use of it to play the dirty game of politics.

It is proved that, this very own BJP leaders approved the Sethusamudram project.
Why did they bother to approve the project that if it is going to destroy the RAM built bridge?
And we Indians are foolish enough to follow something without any basis.
Why didn’t any of the Hindus consider that to be sacred place before this issue popped up?
Oh, Man!! I am just tried of watching Indians fight for something so silly without even analysing it.

Anyway, now it has become such a huge issue. It will be taken up with a vengeance on both sides.
UPA government on the other hand is smart enough to dismiss the ASI employees for telling the scientific findings.
This is just a mere drama to get the votes of Hindus.

What I also noticed was there was a sudden increase in the number of blogs that cropped up in relation to this issue.
Most of them are biased and they believe it should be protected.

I can’t express such a view for this issue, as I don’t seem to understand the benefits nor the issues (ecological) it would cause.
But, I would like tell people, asking to preserve the bridge to honestly ask for themselves the following questions:

1. Why BJP approved such a project in the first place and now opposing it? Why wasn’t it such an issue when it approved it?
2. How many Bhaktha’s of RAM would have visited the sacred site?
3. Why wasn’t the name RAM SETHU or Ram’s bridge mentioned in any Indian map if it was the belief of 80% of the Indian population? Why didn’t anyone raise their voice against it?
4. If the bridge is 17 millions years old, then why there is no human existence in this subcontinent during that period?

Anyway, heard enough crap from well educated people regarding this without any justifiable answer.
But, in my opinion we Indians just carried away my emotions and it is easy for politicians (Be it Karunanidhi or BJP or VHP) to make use of it.
And, unfortunately we are paying the price for electing such politicians and being victimized.

For now, let us watch the game with patience!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

India's / Indians obsession with fair skin

Anyone who grew up in India would be very well aware that Indians are much obsessed with fair skin.

This is true especially in the marriage market ( Sorry, couldn’t find a better word to put this).
If we look at any matrimonial sites in India all of profiles would self-describe them as fair, wheatish etc… but none of them would call themselves dark. But, majority of Indians are brown rather than fair.

Though fair skin is always considered best in the north, South Indians obsession with fair skin had increased a lot in the past 30 years. I can see this transition transparently in my family. My grandma never acknowledges fair skin, blonde hair as beautiful but that is the not the case with my aunts.

This might have something to so with the heroines South Indian film industry as well. Most of them are fair and this seeds the mentality that fair skin is beautiful. And on top of that most men would want their groom to be fairer as they want to have fairer kids.

To me, it is your own freedom to be obsessed with fair skin, but I think you shouldn’t discriminate the darker counterparts.
Not to mention the fact that outside of India we are all brown Indians.

Fairness creams in India are sold to a greater extent and have untapped potential( I believe last year they were sold for about $200 million). In the past few years, not so surprisingly many Indian men have started using them as well.

I think dark people in South India are comparatively better off than dark people in North India.
Simple reason would be, there aren't that many dark people in the North and you would be the odd man out in the group of fair skin.

Anyway, I believe discrimination against dark skin people will aggravate the fair skin obsession and companies like UniLever or sure to make a huge profit out of it.