August 18th, 2011

wave

Short and sweet

Thanks to Sethu from Chennai for sending this along to me:


இலக்கியம் பல படித்து
இரவுகள் பல வழித்து
கவிதை படைக்கிறேன்...
ஆனாலும்
தொலைபேசியில் நீ சொல்லும்
..ம்.. என்பதற்கு ஈடான
கவிதை என்னிடம் இல்லை.


--by Sam Sudarsan, on his Facebook page.

Transliteration:

ilakkiyam pala padithhu
iravugaL pala vizhithhu
kavithai padaikkinrEn...
AnAlum
tholaipEshiyil nee sollum
..mm....enbatharkku eedAna
kavithai ennidam illai.


I read a lot
Keep awake through the nights
And create a poem...
But
I have no poem
As good as
the "mm"... that you say
On the telephone.


Delightful little vignette...
wave

Not just flying the flag....

On Independence Day, I found that almost every auto had a Tiranga flying:

auto flg 150811


But surely, pride in one's country should not just be a matter of flying a flag for one day. If, after flying the flag, I spit (and urinate and defacate) on the roads, cheat my customers, want (and pay) bribes, try to get ahead at the cost of my fellow-citizens, and am rude to people...am I really showing my pride for my country, or my contempt for it? Dhould my love for my country not show itself in a constant attempt to keep it clean, observe its laws, and respect its citizens?

Here's the decoration at the Bangalore Club.

150811 blr club

In this Club, they won't let men (this restriction is only for men..as illogical as can be!) into the main dining hall without shoes and a shirt or a tee shirt with a collar (no sandals or "sports shoes"!)...and does not allow men into the next-door restaurant if their "sports shoes" are not made of leather. Which century are they living in?

When we take pride in enforcing such idiotic laws...are we proud of being Indian?