Monday, January 05, 2009

Addendum

The Success & Ability magazine had requested me to write something similar to this and it has appeared in their Oct-Dec 2008 issue in a slightly edited form.

There are advantages of having a vacant face with uneven eyes; one large and another too small. The large one squinting sideways with thick glasses (supporting myopia) magnifying the effect, overgrown stubble with an antiquity of few months. And, the head jutting forward like a turtle’s. All these giving an impression that the top most compartment in the body of the person possessing these features must be empty.

The most obvious advantage may be that you don’t have to remember every casual acquaintance whom you may be meeting only once in three months, six months or even a year. The first question they ask is; “Do you remember me?” and readily pour their bio-data on you without even bothering to wait for your response. So, it is utter waste of precious GBs (gigabytes) of your brain trying to store data of such people because they are always ready to introduce themselves afresh.

There are numerous other benefits of having the looks of a retard; one being that there is zero expectation from you. So, when you seek the blessings of your tuition teacher (who just spent an hour a day with you during the two years) after securing higher second class in Pre-Degree Course (12th in current jargon), what you hear is: “I never thought you were a serious student. I was under the impression that your parents called me after being fed up with your tantrums to join college like your siblings. Anyways, this (holding up the mark-list) is of no use for you as you won’t even get students to take tuitions because of your speech problem and you can’t even think of getting a regular job. The only thing I can see you doing is teaching poor kids free of cost”.

He even had a take on my hobby to despatch Letters to the Editor. He always used to ask me what purpose it served other than wasting time by going through the newspapers and magazines, taking the trouble of writing them down, harassing someone to type it out (in the pre-computer days) for me and spending two rupees for the postage. It was no use telling him about the thrill of seeing one’s name in print or even about my journalistic aspirations.

Flash forward some fourteen years: The aforementioned teacher’s protégé (yours truly) has graduated in Commerce by appearing for exams as a private student (means, you can study sitting at home and appear for exams). He has a clerical job in a MNC. And, above all he has become a small-time film journalist contributing to newspapers and web portals.

Still, when someone sees me sitting in front of my laptop; he tells my parents, “Achha Hain Aapne ise yeh leke diya hai, Khel Toh Sakta Hai. TV Dekhke bhi Bore Hojata Hoga” (Good you have given him this, at least he can play. Watching TV for long is too boring). My parents say; “He works on this”. And, the reply will be; “But still…”.

They say; it is difficult to change attitudes. Very true!

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I’ve to thank a very dear friend, who was proofreading this line after line as I was typing it and gave some valuable suggestions to make it look polished the way it is now. Still, the flaws that remain here are because of stubbornness not to change them.

What makes me extra happy is the fact that four of my poems, which I never thought were publish-able anywhere other than this blog have appeared in the same issue. Please have a look:

Twilight Hour, A Stroll, Mirage and Words

9 comments:

James Bright said...

Happy New Year My Dear Friend.

monsoon-dreams said...

hi dear,
thats great!pls send me a copy of the mag.i know every line of this article byheart!

venkiteswaran said...

dear paresh

a very happy, creative and peaceful new year to you

keep up the spirit, you never fail to inspire me...

love

Alexis said...

Nice post Paresh. Well written and your sense of humor makes it even more effective. Wishing you a great 2009.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paresh,

A very Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you peace, health and happiness in the New Year.

Love the humour and what a nice way to start the year with....spreading smiles across people's faces!!!

Keep up the writing and as much as I don't agree with the sad notes that come by every now and then...you have permission (even if you believe you don't need anyone's permission!!)to indulge in some of it... if you intersperse it with generous doses of such articles!!!

All the best..
SN

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Good effort and great to meet you here ,

Ravi said...

I'm really jealous of your gift with words.
Have a great 2009.

harimohan said...

dearest paresh
you socked it to them with satire
carry on and on
you are a winner all the way long
god bless

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

I came here from Dr.HariMohan's blog. Happy to make your acquaintance. And to read your witty piece.