Sunday, January 23, 2011


Scene (repeated umpteenth time ):
Dood x – “ Hey …what’s your caste ?”
I – “ ummm…why ?”
Dood x – “just wanted to know …you just , just like that “
The following 10 mins. are taken up by a lengthy discussion of my ancestral origins . It ultimately ends in me getting compared to Imran khan from “jaane tu ya jaane na” and I am asked if I have to do all that that he had to do in the movie ..
( yeah ..imagine me on a horse…or hitting a guy…food for laughter  ? )

Which brings us back to the main issue ?
Yes …people do look upon caste even today .And by people I mean …people of my generation .
We are very quick to say that we are progressing…progressing where , I ask you ?
Going to the pubs…drinking….drugs … live-ins ?
And yet …tiny lil’ things like ‘caste’ and superstitions keep tugging on our armada pants.
Or turn to the “matrimony section” …Sunday newspaper… funny but enlightning .

Scene II :
Dood x – “We went to this guy’s funeral or something …we must come back and take a bath and throw away the clothes “
I conveyed the idea to my mom . Who , is turn gave me a 15 mins. lecture on how we have to deal with cadavers every day  and I’d dare not do all that !

Scene III :
Dood y- “hey , I am not worried at all . The boss is from my caste/village …I am sure I’ll get a promotion “
(question : Ever been to you village ma’cheire ? )

Scene IV :
One of my friends was getting married . The guy …typical dream Indian groom .
( IIT …IIM …6 figure salary )
The mother-in-law , “ now , it wouldn’t look good if the bahu goes outside and works “
This , considering..that my friend had qualifications almost equal to the sonny boy !

Scene V :
Dood z- “ummm ….hey I can’t eat non-veg. or drink today…it’s some auspicious day”
This .. considering that , the guy is a regular drinker …chops non veg. like anything …and CANNOT RECALL the last time he went to the temple .
Funny , our modern age corporate bachcha log turning into ‘agyakaari’ ( obedient ) lil’ mumma’s boys .. it makes them feel good …as if they are still tradition bound .
Trust me , God won’t mind …

Liberated , are we ?
Somehow people want to follow Amrikkan culture ( hell ! amrikkan movies …shows…songs …brands…daaru  )
What we don’t realize is …we are just picking up the wrong points from their culture as well .
->Agreed , the teenagers over there lead a more independent life . And probably a lot less restrictions . But then , most of them move out of the house … start living n earning …by the time they are twenty something .
We , sitting on our couches..revelling in mummy-ka-pyaar , and demanding the same luxuries … ( did anyone say ‘unfair’ ? )
->live-ins ! ahhhh….
Yes , steal it from the Amrikans . Next time , check out the divorce rates too ( oh another field in which we are moving ahead btw )

Yes , we do have a lot of ‘bad points’ in our esteemed Indian culture .
We , as the coming up generation can keep an open outlook …can’t we ? that will a certain extent ..
So , the next time someone asks you your caste , tell them ,
“Dood ….I know it . and that’s enough .”


  1. you should be a hard hitting journalist, with all this writing about society and it's evils :P

  2. that is very true akshay!! we need to pick up things that are GOOD and not all the fluffy icing stuff

  3. doood...this is sooo true!
    and the last line just blew me away!

  4. Hey Akshay,
    All that modernity is more in living than in thinking.
    Even the most educated fall prey to superstitious fears...I have dozens of living proofs just around me...
    It’s a sad pseudo open world with absolutely closed minds still.