A couple of weeks ago, I visited a friend who was admitted to the hospital. On my way out, I decided to take the stairs (instead of the elevator) since I was just 2 floors up and anyhow the elevator was tiny and claustrophobic. Halfway down, there was an elderly gentleman who was walking down, one hand on the railing and the other hand taking the support of a walking stick. Instinctively I reach out and grab his right arm to support him. He accepted the help gratefully and both of us walk down.
“People expect me to take the elevator” he says, “..but I like to exercise when I can”. When we reached the ground floor he thanks me and then suddenly asks “Are your parent’s alive?”. It was a question that caught me off guard. “Yes..” I said..He then continued.. “If you don’t mind I will tell you something. Talk to your parents for at least five minutes a day. Ask them whether they’ve taken their medication, had their breakfast..just speak to them”…..
He paused for a while before continuing… “It will make their day more enjoyable…”
Words to live by !!!
It was 1981. Admissions happened and lo and behold we ended up in RVCE.
WHAT??? RVCE??? THAT ROWDY COLLEGE? That was the first reaction from everyone I talked to.
“Beware of ragging guru” one guy told me, “They make you take a bath in the nala” (for those not in the know, the above mentioned nala is the enormous drain that passes by the college). Another one told us horror stories of what would happen in the college bus on the way there. “I heard they make you hang out of the bus”….
Before passing judgements, the reader is reminded that the characters in this story were 13 years old at that time.
The day started at VHS with the daily assembly. Students would gather in the quadrangle and arrange themselves by classes. The teachers would be on the stage. KSC out in front and the rest of the teachers lined up behind him at a respectable distance. Usually prayers would be followed by announcements and a speech by KS Chandrashekariah (KSC). The speech would be about things like study habits (some great speeches), or general advise to us advising us not to eat stuff sold in front of the school (this was a losing battle for poor KSC).
So one day the assembly gets halted in the middle for an announcement.
Happy Ugadi to All…really need to get back to Blogging. I miss writing.
Now that the Elections are here, it will definitely provide new fodder.
I miss Lallooo, Deve Gowda and the other stalwarts who provided so much to write about. Too bored to write about Rahul Gandhi…
Dear Reporters and Newsreaders on CNN-IBN, Times Now,NDTV and all the other etc etc Channels… please note the following:
1. Its not Karnatak… its Karnataka…see the extra “A” at the end? Come on is it so hard?
2. Its Bengaluru not Bangaluru, not Bangaloooooru
3. The CM’s name is pronounced Sidda-raamaiah..NOT Sidda-ramya..if you can’t say it just say Siddu like the rest of us…
4. Finally its Kannada…not Kannad …again its just an extra “A”..if you guys need to get paid extra to say it..just say so to your employer !!!
Do I call you Rajdip? No its Rajdeep…
Do I call you Arnav..no its Arnab…
Do I call you..don’t remember the name of anyone on NDTV !!!!!
Take some time and effort before you start blabbering on National TV.. If you can’t, there are others who can…
States want to be labelled backward. Why? Because they’ll get more funds without working for it.
Communities vie with each other to be labelled backward.Why? Because they don’t have to work hard to get seats and jobs.
I even have a friend who got a certificate that made him a backward class in a minority community just so he’d get an Engineering seat.
Without going into details about how the system is screwed up, lets look at the mentality that causes people to do it.
Basically, the mind is fed from a very young age that you don’t need to work hard and there is an easier way without having to use your brains. The method is to milk the system and find loopholes that will help you in the milking process.
Communities that cannot milk the system get jealous and start protesting. There was one community in Rajasthan that put thousands of people on the street demanding a lower Scheduled Tribe status instead of their current higher status… WTF !!!
I get it that there are people who are economically backward and need to be helped. But the people at the receiving end of a lot of this largesse are not poor. They just want to as one “leader” puts it, they want to “qualify for government jobs” hence the need for re-classification. They don’t want to do it on merit.