Monday, March 15, 2010

Disipleen problem!

My dear mate Nep had written a blog on 'Disciple in india' where he discussed about people who might ask how much a kilo of discipline costs.

My dear bro, you have misunderstood it. It's not the actual problem. It's even worse.
You have written about people who think it is called 'disipleen'. There's a  much bigger population that doesn't know it's existence at all! Pity!

You can buy tomato only if you know that tomato exists. In similar lines, how can people who don't understand the concept of discipline, can ever ask for a kilo of it?! And if it were possible, there wouldn't be a queue either and VIP's would be topping it! :(

Everyone who goes abroad, any Indian for that matter, starts appreciating the system that the country has! He says the roads are so clean that he can eat on the road without dining plates, the traffic is so organized, there's queue everywhere, the beaches are blue-green, services at all terminals are great, no corruption, and what not!

The same guy returns back to India and first thing he does is tears the tag off his luggage and drops it right at this foot!
  1. Can't he walk to a trash can?
  2. Can't he stop before the stop line?
  3. Can't he not drive without blowing horn at hospital zones?
  4. Can't he slow down at go-slow zones?
He doesn't want to. These are the justifications given.
  1. There are no trash cans 'near' him.
  2. The person before him is already beyond the line (The traffic constable is not watching)
  3. There's too much traffic and I want to go ahead.
  4. I have an urgent work.
We find so many reasons to cross the line but never a reason to stay within it.

The worst code of behavior on roads is followed by Indian women. And I feel ashamed in bringing out the truth, myself being a feminist. The truth is that women have leverage over men's sympathy for them.
Any mistake committed by women is forgiven and they take it to their advantage. They drive recklessly and never are concerned about rules. Rules are always mocked at!

And it's always someone else's mistake - the corrupt government's or the neighbors', never ours.
Or you do it because others do it.

We go to the beach have a plate of our favorite dish and don't bother to trash the plate.
We love to take a picture with the horizon as the backdrop and then we drop the water bottle into the sea.

All we care about is keeping our house clean. We empty our trash at the neighbor's doorstep or the roads and complain the municipality for not picking it up.

The list is never ending.

Most people I have come across say that they feel the same and they want to change but they don't want to be seen as an idiot in front of others.

Toady, I had to help a man who was hitchhiking. He wanted to go the bus stand. I had to stop at the signal which didn't have a free-left green for one particular turn. (Most people don't care about it and they consider it free always and never stop there. It causes jam and they start complaining.) This man on the pillion asked me to drive and when I refused he started giving all kinds of justifications and tried to convince me to leave. And when it never happened, he started complaining and I asked him to take another bike if he didn't want to wait.

Let's face it! You never got caught in a traffic jam! You 'are' the traffic jam! Why cross the yellow line and block the opposite traffic? Why block the free-left turn? If you don't respect the ones waiting in the queue before you how can you question a third person who comes late and joins the queue ahead of you? After all he did just what you did a few minutes ago!

We are proud to be Indians when Sachin hits 200 or the team wins against Pakistan or Australia! Is that all our patriotism? We are proud to call ourself a part of this country then, but we don't belong to this place when on a dirty road uh!? Who made it dirty? 

One piece of paper might not make the place dirty. But what if one piece a day by a 1000 people for 1000 days? We Indians are so narrow sighted. We say our mistakes are so tiny. We don't see the big impacts of the so many tiny mistakes. 

We watch movies like Anniyan, Indian, Unnai pol oruvan and Sivaji and pray when will someone like that rise to save the day! When the truth is told that, that person is us, we say that cinema can't be brought into real life. It's just for entertainment. Aren't we fooling ourselves??? Be true to your heart and answer this question and you will know how stupid we are!

Everyone says I am idiot! I am not for India. I don't belong here and that this place will never change.
I am proud to be an idiot! My granddad was an idiot too! If he wasn't such an idiot, an entire village would be drinking air for water today! That idiot made an oasis out of a desert! That idiot is now an unsung hero! For all those idiots out there - Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

My mom says, "I have seen this place for the past 40 years at least and it has never changed. You have to live with it."

What is 'this' place? Isn't it just us that we make this place? If every single person thinks the other is dirty and will never change, when will anyone think that they are part of the system? If one person doesn't change during an entire life time, how will the entire country change over night? 

Change starts with us. Be the change you wish to see.

We all say, "Tomorrow India will be a great nation - A developed nation!" Why always tomorrow? What's wrong with today? Only today leads to tomorrow! If not today how can there be a tomorrow?

Actually, Tomorrow begins today!

It's high time we pulled up our socks, rolled up our sleeves and got down and dirty to make a beautiful tomorrow, today! 'Do' it today!

[Spend 10 minutes for India - Dr. Kalam's presentation]
[Two Indias - Lead India campaign]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


காதல் சொல்ல நெருங்கினேன்
கயவன் கண்டதாய் விலகினாய்!
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