Thursday, March 24, 2005

India's brains,drains and much more..

The cooker was steaming with full fury.With the entrance exams around the corner,my cousin was grappling with textbooks,Indo-Pak cricket matches,Pooja Bedi's atrocious attire on Zoom TV and of course,our own superstar's new get-up for "Chandramukhi".I found it funny.Even I'd been through something similar sometime back.Coming to think of it,it seemed funny.You had your own tagets for your exams,then the parental and peer pressure!Whoa!That's quite a lot!It was sheer fun watching him read two lines,then bat an eyelid,look up the score on TV,change channel(to channel 71,in particular),and see who Ms.Bedi was dating on air,then watch our superstar give insights into how innovative "Chandramukhi" is and how he was inspired from the Gita,to fight it out again,after "Baba",which was a disaster.
He then heard a shrill sound,which sharp in nature too,more of a cry,which loudly announced that there was no way that an enginnering seat other than ones in the premier institutes would be accepted."You can run a road-side tea-shop after your school days,my boy",my aunt remarked,observing the way my cousin was stretching and ywaning after a strenuous session which spanned 10 minutes with the textbook!It was nice,watching all the action from a distance,recollecting old memories.(LOL!)
With the middle-class citizen being so ambitious,at least as regards academic achievements,the onus is always on the students in the family,facing their 12th grade exams.No outdoor events are planned,ceremonies and functions are skipped,and more time is spent on assessing the numbers on a rectangular piece of card-board(also called a report card),rather than on numbers in the salary slips.
Not before long,"brain drain"was a major issue!Nowadays it is not heard of much,though we seem to be the only country where students aspire to study in exotic locales like Netherlands,Switzerland,and the more regular US,UK,Australia.While from once angle you can call it as "brain drain",look at it from the other angle too.It is a nice development actually.With so many youngsters going places(quite literally at that!),our country's image is indeed boosted.While it is easy to say that people are being mean and doing dis-service to their alma-meter,it must be noted that it is definitely not a bad idea to study abroad and settle down there,from an individual point of view.In fact,someone with a very technical background is expected to(amongs his friends and family circle atleast!) go abroad and do his/her master's which can fetch a well-paid job and catapult him/her to a certain "foregin guy/girl" hall-of-fame!Well,so to speak,it has even become a necessity,with brides and grooms looking for US/UK fellas as potential spouses.
What this has ultimately resulted in,is what we see around us.Our country is not clean on anyday,there is no literacy in village areas,there are problems aplenty like unemployment and water scarcity.Well,with government and local colleges allocating seats to students more on "quota" basis,the meritorious and hi-fliers are bound to seek greener pastures abroad!There's anarchy in politics,and the way the government functions.The country's policies,state resources and funds are managed by severly ill-qualified people,and this can only change if some young turks can be benevolent enough,and turn down foregin offers and stay here to change India.With the kind of people I see around me,I feel it will happen sooner than later!
Go for it folks!!
And do look out for Chandramukhi!It should be simpy superb!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Of kings of romance and party-goers!

Hooray!!feels good to be blogging..but have often wondered whether it was that i am actually on my way,i guess it should be fun!Have been to other blogs too,and it is so surprising that you find so many people write so well!It is a nice experience reading other blogs,and was not sure of the same feeling replicating while writing one myself,but I hope it should feel good too.
Onto the topic for the day..though I am not quite a film buff,I have to admit,it was a good feeling watching those films of yesteryear,with those superb songs,mellifluous voices of playback singers,et al.
In this context,it is a necessity to talk about those old Tamil movies,featuring the great trio-Gemini Ganesan(the "King of romance"-as he was popularly called),Sivaji Ganesan(not related tot each other!) and the mass hero M.G.Ramachandran.While I personally did not initiate the idea of watching black and white movies in my younger days,my parents certainly did,and they had they say!Iwas forced to watch B&W movies on those days when I'd have rather watched Kamal Haasan kiss Revathi,or our Aamir Khan ask Rani,"Hey,kya bolti tu?"!
Well,those movies are boring..or so I thought.It might not be a good idea talking about the story lines of those movies,but definitely,what was startling,is that,I actually found out what "acting" was!When these yester-year actors "acted",they did,they did not shake a leg unnecessarily before hte camera!And,what was more startling,was that,the actors today,seemed to have a different view of "acting".There were more emotions,and that "sense of value" in those story lines,definitely.No wonder,Amitabh,Dev Anand,Dharamji,Hema Malini,Rekha,are all regarded very highly by critics and fans alike.
The trend is different nowadays.Even before one steps before the camera,he has a claim-to-fame,and most of the time,it is notorious in nature,I must add.Speaking of Rekha,the connection here is obvious.She is the diva of Bollywood,and more importantly,the daughter of the hero of my first blog.Sadly,she was reportedly not present during his cremation,an issue which is definitely hitting you in the face,because,it is the moral right of a daughter/son in n orthodox Iyer family,to be present during his/her father's last rites.
What maybe the reason behind this,we might never know,but it does seem very odd,considering our man had seven daughters and a son to put his name as their surnames(Ha,he is the undisputed king of romance,isn't he?),and innumerous wives(no fun or pun's a fact!).
When our diva can show up at parties in Mumbai,flaunt her Kancheepuram saris,Nakshatra jewellery and give a peck on the cheek to young and old Bollywood stars alike,it is definitely disheartening to note that she has not regarded her father's last rites an important enough ceremony.Where Rekha is today,it is partly due to her father too,without denial).Why I am talking about this issue in particular is that,come what may,it is not a good idea to forget our roots.We must remember the hard times,and cherish the nice moments as well!(Ha! that much for a thought and a message here.)
Our country's youth are caught between pubbing at nights and cooking up stories at home for coming late!This must change!Am not here to reform!But,this ain't bbad for starters!
Cheers fellas!(For those pub-hoppers,cook up believable tales at home!!)