Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shubho Bijoya

Well, it was that time of year all over again, when the unwashed masses or rather masses who don’t understand what a deodorant is, despite the television telling them that applying said deo, usually with an extremely silly name will get them laid, came near my house. And have now left, for which I am eternally grateful – Shubho Bijoya to me means the end of the crowds – which is why it is a good day. The masses generally honked their horns a lot, groped the occasional other person (this, as someone tried to explain to me isn’t sexual it just is well, Indian, because we like ‘feeling’ other people. Really now?) and picked the odd wallet. The Puja being a curious side-show run by middle-aged Bengali women who don’t work giving them their one chance in a year to act important.
It isn’t as if I’m not religious, but the rampant commercialization of the Puja – four pandals I saw were lead sponsored by – a betting company (bwin, the guys who sponsor Real Madrid); Coca-Cola; some random deodorant company with a skimpily clad woman on the poster (we are worshipping ‘Ma’ here, remember) and some other random mutual-fund company, maybe the guys who call me up five times a day trying to sell me a plan.
Surprising isn’t it, but at a level we actually celebrate misogyny in this country or at least under the ‘modern’ anti-imperialistic religion that we follow, which kind of dilutes the ‘maryada’ and ‘sabhyata’ arguments that are thrown at you by whackos sometimes. Of course, you can argue that I belong to whacko school as well, but the guys who belong to whacko school really are people who put stupid ring-tones and worse call-back tones. And of course people who defend a child-rapist on the grounds that he makes good movies.
Surprising isn’t it? The Americans all said and done, pursue a rapist for over thirty years and then spring a trap on him that has given many people across the world a massive moral dilemma. And we desperately try to bury a case so that a large pasta dinner can be enjoyed at 10 Janpath. Makes you wonder if Mayawati really does have a decent point. Even though, a college friend from Lucknow argues that the massive parks are great places to go for walks and get stoned every evening. I really didn’t know that UP politicians were chasing the stoner vote-bank. It is a bad idea to rely on stoners for votes, as successive college elections prove. The guys like sleeping. And I should know.
Anyway, the reason for my tardiness lately has been a Gym, I’m too tired to frikking think. Well, not quite, but I’ve been watching a bit of cricket on the side and really haven’t had the time. No wait, actually I’m just making excuses, I’ve been lazy. Period. That, and some other stuff.

7 comments:

Smita Sahay said...

Hilarious! Took me ten minutes to read cos I kept shaking, and then forgot which line I was reading...not that I minded reading some lines a second or third time!

Anonymous said...

"And of course people who defend a child-rapist on the grounds that he makes good movies."

Guess who is defending the child-rapist?

"Straight up, what he did to me was wrong. But I wish he would return to America so the whole ordeal can be put to rest for both of us. I'm sure if he could go back, he wouldn't do it again. He made a terrible mistake but he's paid for it. I think he's sorry, I think he knows it was wrong. I don't think he's a danger to society. I don't think he needs to be locked up forever and no one has ever come out ever — besides me — and accused him of anything. It was 30 years ago now. It's an unpleasant memory ... (but) I can live with it."

Partha Pratim said...

I think you are trying to connect too many things here. From Durga Pujo to Mayawati, the connection seems ill nourished though the points are well taken.

Anonymous said...

Do you know that your post, when viewed in Google Reader has a Scientology ad under it?

Anonymous said...

"The Americans all said and done, pursue a rapist for over thirty years and then spring a trap on him that has given many people across the world a massive moral dilemma. And we desperately try to bury a case so that a large pasta dinner can be enjoyed at 10 Janpath."

I wish you would spend some time reading news that doesn't originate from the usual propaganda channels. Your ignorance about how America functions borders on ridiculous..

The list of US criminals who have never been punished for their misdeeds is endless. Here are few well-known names:

The Bush Rape Story
http://www.counterpunch.org/carter1220.html

http://bushcrimes.net/

Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales of crime
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4AI11B20081119

http://digg.com/politics/George_Bush_Dick_Cheney_Charged_With_War_Crimes_In_Canada

LIST OF ALLEGED CRIMES IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/crime2.html

GBO said...

Just take a look at the banks of the Jamuna in the DND area. On one side, in Delhi, you have slums and effluents right next to the river from DND through till Badarpur and beyond. On the other side, in UP, you have a park along about 2 kms, and then pure natural biodiversity almost all the way through to Agra.

Mayawati does have a point. And what's wrong with Buddhism, anyways?

ms said...

please, please be the one to mention lal bahadur shastri and his achievements next time you are at a press event.
and the angst you feel at this commercialisation of our faith, you are not alone!!