Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Painting the city red?!

I see the city painted red...n I feel sick!
I was on my way to office...as usual in the trichakra yaana...we pass the main road n I see hoards of girls...many look like school kids...some college kids too...many from the lower or middle class backgrounds...almost all dressed in red, paying their tribute to St Valentine! n I feel sick!
no, no, I am not one of those flag bearing, slogan shouting culture police types. In fact I feel sick when I see/hear/read about them too. I believe in individual freedom, human rights and all dat 'typical urban middleclass pseudo intellectual' notions.
Nor am I a cynic...a 'hoovu haasige chandra chandana' or a 'dard ke phool'is very much part of my dreams...n life. A 'die-hard romantic' would be the term.
But I felt sick yeasterday...
If couples have a nice evening together and the bahaana of Valentines jus adds flavour, who am I to crib! Our culture is quite strong based for a poor St Valentine to shatter it. It is irritating the way the culture police reacts to this...getting the couple married! how ridiculous can they get! A bunch of jokers who make hell out of others lives!
Back to the girls on the main road. Yep, its but natural in that age(he he! yes, today i am feeling like a grandma!) to get attracted to the other sex. But the mass hysteria over getting a valentine! Jus see what it is doing to their lives! I did have my share of crushes(ya ya, I continue to have a fair share to date:D)...but there were other things in life that were important too...studies, literature, music, friends... Somehow this excessive hype over valentines n the bf/gf aquisitions make me feel these ppl are messing up their lives. These are the formative years in one's life, and if one gets the priority wrong, life can just turn into a huge regret later. n I feel all the hype of this card-culture is jus the raajmaarg to that! I feel these kids dont know how to handle life...may be I am realy growing old! I dunno why I felt for them...I jus felt sick... Is there a way out?!

8 comments:

surya said...

hey wat a pleasent surprise to see a comment from u ....

hey thanx ....

Warrior poet said...

Hey that is true, i agree with you, the formative years are one of the most important ones where they learn to find somehing of their own.

Good writing Sree


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Warrior poet said...

Hey i know where u got the "hoovu haasige chandra ..." its from the "Yaava Mohana murali" ..song right......god what a powerful song...i cudn't hold back my tears...it was electrifying.

And the title "iruvudellavabittu" also ....

Sree said...

eggjactly rags! ardha raatrinalli kaNNeer bardE innEnu! goobe!
sar, have provided audio links to these two songs(yaava mohana and dard ke phool). kELi aanandisi!:)

Gowtham said...

have very little to comment on this entry and all i can do is to agree with your thought-flow - getting the priorities right during formative years -- hmm, can't argue with that one....

there seems to be some mis-understanding (about yourself) in the last couple of lines though -- you are growing up, not growing old...

Sree said...

hmm..illa, getting preachy is more 'growing old' than 'growing up' annstu in retrospect!:)

Anonymous said...

tumba chenngide....

Prateek said...

hmmm.. maybe you're right... n maybe you're growing old... maybe you should not... :)