When was the last that I thought of you...I know not...but am I the one who goes alone on this path...and should I but care only a little for the souls that follow or those as march ahead?
Mode C is a way of life, perhaps my way of life: C for Cool, C for Cold, C for Chaos, C for Calvin. Ultimately, all of it boils down to the way you look at things. Are they not how they are but just how they appear?? No...and yes...Almost all the seriously critical fundamental concepts of life...aren't they just the bogies under Calvin's bed that he is afraid of? Miss Wormwood, Susie, Mom and Dad, and of course above all, Hobbes...aren't they all merely the means that he uses to attack these bogies?
Reflecting on 'living the Calvin way', I have started to believe that life and our reaction to it can only be explained by a number of Calvin and Hobbes strips combined together. The philosophy, as I like to call it, is to know that you are not alone. It is not just my perspective alone that is going to help me fight my bogies. I will be able to inch towards the Calvin way only when I perceive the other perspectives on my way.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Of Pappu, Munni, Postman Uncle, and Bharateeya Blog Mela
Pappu and Munni had done it again. Not exactly counted amongst ideal children, the brother-sister duo was living up to their reputation even today as they bunked school to go the Mela that had come to their town. Pappu and Munni had never seen a Mela and were very excited at the prospect of seeing if what they had read in their story books about such fairs was actually true. Mummy had given them their pocket money only yesterday and their pockets were full of jingling coins as they made their way towards the crowded street that led to the Mela. As they were about to enter the huge gates that welcomed them to the Mela, they heard a familiar voice behind them. "Oh no! Postman Uncle had seen them, he will tell all", thought the children.
But Postman Uncle was smiling. He came to where Pappu and Munni were standing, scooped them up his broad shoulders and after smilingly admonishing them for bunking school, agreed to show them around the Mela and not complain to Mummy or Papa (of course, Munni's tears and Pappu's tantrums had a role to play). "First up", said Postman Uncle, "we will go to see what you children will like the most".
As Pappu and Munni stood awed at the wonders that the Bioscope-wallah was exposing them to, Postman Uncle started telling them about Indian film industry, including eight things about Bollywood
that Amardeep says people might not know about. He introduced the children to India's greatest film makers like Satyajit Ray, their movies like Pather Panchali and Arnab's intensely personal take
on the legendary Pather Panchali. Postman Uncle also told them that apart from movies, TV and print media have taken up important roles in the society but as Arzan says, their lop-sided priorities
might as well make it impossible to take anything you hear or read at face value.
In answer to Pappu's rather innocuous question about the quality of Indian movies vis-a-vis Hollywood movies, Postman Uncle relayed the views of Sunil who does not see the need to be defensive about Bollywood
, not any more. "In fact Pappu,", said Postman Uncle, "if you really want to see the current face of Indian movies, hop on to this music review of The Rising
by lazygeek and you will find what works and what doesn't".
The Book Stall
After spending quite some time with the Bioscope-wallah, Pappu and Munni had moved towards the glisteningly covered and unique smelling books. Flipping through the books, Postman Uncle told Munni about how Vikrum finds it difficult to impart the knowledge of books to Mumbai's slum dwellers for whom, even bandages are luxury
. "In the internet era", said Postman Uncle, "books have been replaced by sites like Wikipedia but as Dilip says, their accuracy is subject to change
, as well". When Pappu complained of lack of time to read all these books, Postman Uncle silently glared at him and told him about how Amit discusses Attention Deficit Disorder
and its impact on journalism and media.
Removing his glasses to wipe them, Postman Uncle seemed to be lost in a different world as he advised the children to be true to their books' learnings and not let things end up in a situation, as described by Patrix when he talks about the Desi Columbine
. As Pappu and Munni hung on to his words, Postman Uncle told them to try and develop their culture, language, and literature along with them selves, just as Charu talks about her musings on language
The Food Pavilion
By now, the children were famished and the inviting sight of The Food Pavilion proved irresistible even for the otherwise sedate Postman Uncle. As they made their way through stalls of delicacies, Postman Uncle warned the children about the ills of roadside food but all the same, pointed them to how Rashmi explains people wanting to stomach street food
. Seeing Munni dig into her chaat
plate with gay abandon, Postman Uncle started his discourse about etiquettes but in good measure, backed it up with Ram's anecdote about The Bite-ing reality
The International Exhibition
"How come he is so tall, Postman Uncle and how is that girl so fair?", Pappu shrieked out as soon as Postman Uncle was finished paying for the chaat
they just had. "Children, that is the international stall and those people are not Indians." "Who is an Indian, Uncle?", asked Munni. Postman Uncle just smiled in reply and told her about how Surya wonders about what it means to be an Indian
and about Nimbupani's mixed feelings
about the difference between Indians born in India and those in the US or between Indians and people from the Indian Sub Continent.
When Pappu wanted to know if he could go to visit some other country, Postman Uncle advised him to get a job in the IT industry when he grows up and then, as Sumne points out, everyone will ask him, "Yavaag Foreign Ge??
". He continued, "Once you go there, however, you will also have to adjust to their way of doing things, as Nilu did by re-learning how to nod
Ever the source of information, Postman Uncle told the children about achievements of Indians abroad. "However", said Postman Uncle, suddenly getting misty eyed, "before foreigners accept India and other South Asian countries in their fold, we need to counter prototypes like the one Aaman calls the blanket assumption
that pan-Islamic terrorism is only about the Arab Muslim populace.
The children had now moved on to the India House and were busy impressing Postman Uncle with their knowledge by shouting out names of the Indian leaders they could identify from the hanging posters. Postman Uncle kept smiling at each name the children shouted and from his side, entertained them with Dhiraj's tales of how Wajid Ali Shah turned into Krishna
. "It has always been the spirit of Indians that has made them successful despite all odds", said Postman Uncle as he took the recent example of Gaurav's descriptions of the Mumbai downpour, here
. To drive home his point, Postman Uncle quoted Indiagenie on how the spirit of Mumbai
came forward to counter the natural calamity.
Coming back from a conversation with a friend he had met in India House, Postman Uncle found the children engrossed in space station models. Seeing this, he started telling them about how Indian industry was successfully shaping India's future, notwithstanding the debates plaguing them like the one Neelakantan mentions about in arguments over the value added by a call center job
. Postman Uncle went on to tell Pappu and Munni about the modern centers of development that these businesses had given India and to illustrate such centers, Postman Uncle used excerpts from Saket's post on his first experiences at Delhi and adjoining Noida
The Curios Shop
The children hardly listened to the last part about other commercial centers of India as their attention was diverted by the curios shop keeper who kept digging out one item after the other for the children. Laughing his rather jarring laugh, Postman Uncle recalled the experience of the unsuspecting rabbit by the name of Neelakantan who barely managed to escape the jaws of an MLM specialist greyhound
. Warning the children against spurious products and services, Postman Uncle gave the example of Bangaloreguy who finally had only split hair and ruined garments
On being shown a really innovative product, Postman Uncle reluctantly agreed to buy it for the children but he told them to be careful with it because he said that at times, there are more issues related to an innovative product than one thinks of right away...something similar to what Aditya talks about as he presents the two sides of the Brain-enhancing-drugs coin
Even Postman Uncle had lost track of time, roaming around with the wonder struck kids but as he chanced to look at his watch, he realized that it was time for him to deliver his letter and for the children to go home. Passing his hand over their heads in blessing, Postman Uncle asked Pappu and Munni to promise to be good and further sharpen their knowledge and develop their personalities through appreciating and getting involved in things like the Scouting movement and its present significance
as described by Arzan. "It is only when you have a solid foundation, that you will be able to think like Saheli who wishes tools of technology to encourage more cooperatives
, working for the benefit of all.
As the children walked back to their home, they kept thinking of the day's wonders but at the same time, Postman Uncle's wise words were not lost, either. Pappu and Munni made a silent promise each to them selves to follow Postman Uncle's advice and have something substantial to show Postman Uncle when they meet him at the next Mela
Posted at 07:57 pm by Nitai
July 29, 2005 09:15 PM PDT
Great format for the mela - very original - you shall be linked soon
July 29, 2005 09:19 PM PDT
Thanks Aaman :)
July 29, 2005 10:28 PM PDT
You know, Papu (not Pappu) is my pet name. And somewhere I am also like the children that you have mentioned in your blog. ...... mmm ..... Nostalgia!.... :)
July 30, 2005 01:22 AM PDT
Hey Papu, hope the nostalgia brings back happy memories!
|Aditya Bidikar |
July 30, 2005 02:37 AM PDT
Wonderfully presented. Well-selected. (That's mainly because you put me in :) )
July 30, 2005 02:42 AM PDT
Thanks Aditya and about putting you in, had to....some interesting views, and that too on BED ;-)
July 30, 2005 09:27 AM PDT
Excellent work dude! Very engrossing.
July 30, 2005 09:48 AM PDT
Thanks Neelakantan :-)
July 30, 2005 01:10 PM PDT
cool dude.kya fundoo scene create kiya re tune ! i can almost see pappu n minni.bhai agle mele mein apun ka stall bhee laga diyo plz;)
July 30, 2005 01:14 PM PDT
wo kehte hai na hindi me...dhanyawaad Abhinav bhai :-)
As for aap ka stall, thori cost benefit analysis karni padegi ;-)
|Lazy Geek |
July 30, 2005 02:10 PM PDT
Hey Nitai, Refreshing Blogmela after a long time. Enjoyed reading it.
July 30, 2005 02:25 PM PDT
Really well organised blog!! Engrossing content. All the blogs you have selected stand out.
July 30, 2005 02:58 PM PDT
Thank you Lazy Geek and Keshav :-)
July 30, 2005 03:07 PM PDT
Loved the format. Great pictures and some excellent posts. Whattamela!!
July 30, 2005 03:15 PM PDT
Thanks Ammani :-)
Quality of posts was courtesy those who sent in the nominations...kudos to them and of course, to the writers of these posts.
July 30, 2005 04:14 PM PDT
Brilliant post Nitai. Quite the best Blog mela ever.
July 30, 2005 04:36 PM PDT
Super mela...!! Thanks Postman uncle, we shall meet in next mela :)
July 30, 2005 05:44 PM PDT
Whoa! Thanks for the kind words, Ravages.
Pappu beta, you better stick to your promise of being good if you want to be shown any more Melas ;-)
July 30, 2005 06:40 PM PDT
July 30, 2005 10:08 PM PDT
A very nice mela :)
July 30, 2005 10:42 PM PDT
great work on the blog mela. Loved the way you wove all of it into a interesting story!
July 30, 2005 10:59 PM PDT
Thanks Vulturo, Shanti, and Bangaloreguy :-)
July 31, 2005 12:31 AM PDT
Wonderful Mela!! I did have a similar idea for mine, but accept that I could not have lived up to this standard!
Rather than just being a directory listing of posts, I really liked the way you have weaved them together in a heart warming tale!
July 31, 2005 01:20 AM PDT
Thank you Ram. I am sure you will set new standards in the Mela that you put up, and of course, there always are other ideas... :-)
|sunil laxman |
July 31, 2005 02:09 AM PDT
A very enjoyable mela.
July 31, 2005 02:29 AM PDT
Thank you Sunil :-)
July 31, 2005 06:32 PM PDT
Best Mela ever, man. Incorporate this Mela itself in the Mela, kinda like the recursive fundas of GNU, PINE etc
July 31, 2005 07:06 PM PDT
Thanks Gaurav :-)
Umm...interesting idea, that.
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