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May 12, 2010

Hail O' Strange Times

Posted by Quintessence Of Illusion

                                            Wodehouse and His Fine Cows






The point about todays British general election is we missed it.If anything,it was like the cows waning "audience appeal" so entertainingly described by PG Wodehouse in his Blandings series on that fluffy-minded,pigloving peer,Lord Emsworth."It was a fine cow,as cows go,but,like so many cows,it lacked sustained dramatic interest"


So too the British general election.It was a fine election,as elections go,but like so many elections,it lacked dramatic interests,for India,because modern day Britishers dont bomb cities,nor do they interfere in nations and thier affairs,nor do they trouble people with immoral policies.What makes Indians fluffy-minded about British politics is a million-dollar question.I guess we regard Britian as too tiny,formal imperial power and hence boring.....maybe something of that sort.




Punchline 1:Wodehouse who conveyed a certain idea of England,is still to capture the         faded,cabbage roses and cribbage essence of Englishness,to us Indians,so that Britian can compete with Americas entartaintment quotient.
                2.It is in Indias interest to know more about 21st century Britian than half-remembered passages from Wodehouse and rude one-liners on how continental people have sex lives but the English have hot-water bottles.












                                             The Rich Poor Blame Game






We live in interesting times.Till few days back newspapers and tv channels were full of Mayawati's high denomination garlands,huge pay-scales for young executives,and MPs deciding thier own salaries.Now getting a fix on yours neighbours income is becoming as tricky as finding out the true owners of an IPL franchisee.People are acting uncannily.They not only pretend to be either richer or poorer than they are (which is understandable),but sometimes(and this is infuriating)claim to be broke while suggesting that they are very rich.Their anguish is synthetic,its an ersatz melancholy.Consider this:"The wife said,my three-month-old BMW needs a coat of paint.I Told her ,i dont have a dime to paint the whole thing with."In my social jigsaw,these are the people who dont fit.And in contrast there exist people who are deprieved of the basic living facilities......no proper food and shelter...no source of income.Result-A large number of people joining the Mao-army.Maybe we deserve nothing better than this


Punchline 1:India is a poor country where rich people live.
                  2.India is a developing nation where people are against development.


11 comments:

Aniruddh said...

It has all become a matter of marketing now,its how you sell that determines the amount of interest it generates,be it the elections of nations or the WT20 or the Mao uprising. However much we blame others we just fail to blame ourselves, and so may be we all suffer.
Anyways another really interesting read, strongly opinionated but cynical and factual. Loved it yet again!

Sayandeep Kundu said...
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Sayandeep Kundu said...

nteresting one sis.. yes..india is still running through a huge economic imbalance, the onus being on the power that be.. and on our mentality too.. definitely it's one of its kind where wealthy ppl brag about their wealth..and the impoverished suffer at every possible moment.

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

yeah....but folks my whole point of writing it is that we dont know what are we doing....and why are we doing......thats the reason we are suffering

Sayandeep Kundu said...

i think we know what we r doing.. but we don't know that we r hiding ourselves...

Sayandeep Kundu said...
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Sayandeep Kundu said...

that's the reason why we leave others suffering..and those who suffer only give us back sufferings in return...
just a game of minnows flinging at one another the stones of contempt leading to our whole suffering..

atindriyo said...

holy cows!

Anish said...

the stiff upper lipped brits with their wry sense of humour and impeccable countenance and test cricket like politics are of no interest to the majority of Indians who prefer to flaunt their intellectual side by parading their knowledge of American politics....hmmmph...

great write-up....very witty...

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

@Atindriyo:indeed
@Anish:very true friend and thank you

Bikramjit said...

This may be completely off the topic.. but the problem in india is that each and everyone has there own interest foremost, then there closeones, then friends of friends and so on.. and then last comes country...

The politicians are not answerable...

Here as we found out on the expenses Row a few months back.. politicans are answerable and THey have to answer or get booted out...

The day this happens in India we as a nation will be Much better placed ... and hopefully better equipped to deal with 21st century ...

A interesting article :)