Sunday, June 24, 2012

Maybe I should publish/delete this :P

(For the previous post which led to this : Too weird to live , too rare  to die B) )
Maybe I should write a post after all. 
Is a strange thing.
I really do not get all this hype about 12th standard at all. Peer pressure forces me to shriek 'I am in twelfth' occasionally .But damn it , I really haven't got that feeling yet. So what is the hype all about? I don't even know! Is it about it being the last year in school or is it about the board exam/ mark / future part of it. Maybe it is both.
Maybe it is not. 
Maybe it's an out and out fictional garb created by the PARENTS , so that they can cover their anxieties about our future with 'ours'. 
Maybe I'm too thick skinned since I am a humanities student. Yes , I am a humanities student <3 
Maybe I am using too many maybe's . 
I am gonna reveal an open secret to every young reader out there. Never trust the elders when they say it gets easier. The biggest misconception lying around the corner is that 'work hard in tenth and get your group , eleventh will be a breeze' . Eleventh can be called a breeze when Chennai is covered in snow. In fact "11th standard is the toughest class for a science student , who has to learn a whole new lot of concepts and stuff", says one lad who is trying to clear that class for the past many years. 

This is another 'secret' :P
It was a whole NEW experience for me - my eleventh grade. While others grappled science and math ( dark ,dark  waters , but at least familiar ones) , my fellow classmates and I encountered whole new disciplines to master. At least we loved it. 
For all those blissfully unaware of what I'm trying to convey , 'HUMANITIES' is a group or stream of subjects students pick in their 11th and 12th ok? It is like the  science + bio you take for becoming doctors/ bio technologists/ lawyers/ architects  and science + computer science you 'pick' to pursue engineering. Yes , you heard me right. People who aspire to  become lawyers take pure science or commerce . I cannot help mentioning here that your normal law paper consists of the following subjects - economics , political science , history and sociology. All subjects found in the humanities stream. 
So it is annoying when people say there is no scope in humanities. What can one really do if  all the aspirants who ought to take it , instead pursue science/commerce to keep their options 'open'? 
Maybe if I elucidate on the cool subjects we have , it would lure you in! 
We have Psychology ,  You just cannot not bat your eyelids when you hear of this subject. Commonly associated with 'reading people's mind' , psychology teaches a lot more than that and is sure to make you a more mature individual. Beat this - we are currently having a lesson on all the psychological disorders that happen to people. In that one lesson , I get to see the one line stories of many Indian films . Anxiety , Schizophrenia , hypochondriasis , bi polar mood disorder. You name it ; we have it! There are a lot more sane cool things too - like illusions , perceptions etc etc. 
History - Love it or hate it , you cannot ignore it! ( ok , it is an old line :P but that syncs with 'history'?' :D ) It is unbelievable that some find it boring and pointless :O Learning about completely new cultures and eras surely has its own aura. That too 11th syllabus covers exotic locations of ARABIA - the middle east :D , Mongolia , Greece and much more! Watching history films instead of drowning in the ocean called classroom is surely cooler ^_^
 And the point i would like to particularly cover in this post - The correlation between the humanities section and 12th = none. 
Proof :- 
  • Classrooms are still empty
  • We still go for excursions :O
  • We still keep eat during periods ; and sleep MORE. 
  • We are still BORED of doing nothing 
  • We still thrive on gossips and drama 
  • Teachers still give us FREE periods
  • We still study last day
  • WE still manage to have fun. 
So all this hype of  adults screaming 'study study study' for a year is unfelt by us. Imagine if we really do slog it out (quite unnecessarily ) and look back to see a final year filled with nothingness? xO Oh god that would be the worst that could happen.
I mean the next worst thing after failing in twelfth and having to pay donation for the suckiest college.
I just re - read whatever I have written and realize that I have jumped from the issue of twelfth grade pressure to humanities discrimination quite easily :P However I do not want to remove these ramblings as they do have some semblance of  content sticking to it.
Which is :

  • Pressure in the twelfth year is a myth. Every grade in the Indian educational system has its own kind of pressure. What with KG children having to leave their mothers and primary ones having to carry backpacks bigger than their backs :O  ( Maybe I should write an exclusive on this topic later :P )
  • Humanities rocks. Booyah! to all the illiterates who still have the nerve to ask me the subjects I study. They are : History , Psychology , Sociology , English and Economics. 
  • Dumb kids pick subjects totally unrelated to their career path , to appease their parents. 
  • Never forget to have fun at any point in your life. 
And this is how you write in points and gain marks lol xD 

Semi ^_^

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

An accident on the highway

self constructed accidents? :P
Open the newspaper and you find tiny paragraphs reporting tonnes of accidents. So many of them that , they would give these matrimonial ads a run for their money.While the latter's content clearly shows how dumb people can still be :- "Wanted. Fair , tall -5'6 ft , good looking high caste bhramin girl. Sub caste no bar with good family values. For mechanical engineer boy earning high salary. Divorced once. Kids with ex wife." Surely gross stereotyping wouldn't get you a bride -_- and seriously yeah when would men get some REAL qualities. Ahem coming right back to the topic at hand - the latter reports show the dumber in fact, the dumbest side of human nature.
I am gonna tell you 3 stories , tell me if you can find the correlation.

15 Aug 2010
In the dawn of  an another independence day for India and the opposite for me ( my brother was born on the same day =P ) Mr.Vembu and his wife were travelling in their ancient yet still regal white ambassador. They were returning from a truly wonderful trip to back home. The word wonderful found a place in that sentence because Mr.Vembu aged close to fifty had finally finished building his dream 'mansion' or 'palace'.- for that was the magnanimity of his dream and its successful implementation. Everything about that man was big scale i remember - right from his frame , voice to dreams and his sheer generosity. His life was settled in pretty much every way , both his 'kids' were already married and he could anytime expect grandchildren to toddle with. He was stupid enough to travel on a highway.

2nd January 2011
Mr.Malayappan and his wife were making their first and last trip to their son's place in Bangalore over car. First time because his son had compelled them to make the trip with his children and wife. And last time because yay! the son was planning to shift back to chennai and re build their ancestral house , settle here and well be with them!! They were much happier than they would care to admit and their grand kids ankitha and drithi were angels from heaven gifted to them =)  Both uncle and aunty always kept their house 'spick and span' clean and were so disciplined and kind that they would suit the 'nice headmaster' role in a movie if they acted :P
They were foolish enough to travel through the highway.

4th June 2012
Mr.Raman was pleased with himself more than ever. After years of  temporary employment , he had finally started an enterprise of his own , He had gone to coimbatore to recruit some staff and gained 3 lakhs there. Life couldn't be better than this he thought. He called his wife Indra , to inform her that he would be there by lunch and asked her to make some for him. Always a staunch believer of kabalishwarar , he gave out a small prayer for go to keep him as content as this always.
He was dumb enough to drive on a highway.

If you geniuses haven' read the title or the last line of the paras already ,here it is - all the people happened to be riding on a car through the highway and either lost their life or miraculously escaped death by a few inches. Vembu uncle's driver was sleepy enough to launch his ambassador into a stationary bus. While uncle immediately lost his life in a painful way , aunt had to survive multiple fractures , neck surgeries and a bout of coma and come out alive. To this day , her memories of the accident are nil as she was sleeping when the car hit and lost conscious shortly after that. We had to inform her about her husband's death only months later as we were scared that she wouldn't survive the shock.
In the second case , when my uncle was driving in the 'middle' of the highway a drunken driven car coming at a pace of 130 kph lost control and flew in the air like superman and landed on his car. Both his parents lost their lives and he lost their parents.
Something like that
More recently , just about a week back my cousin Anish studying in 7th standard lost his father because the driver of the opposing car decided he was too thirsty for whiskey and some risk and  decided to overtake a lorry in his drunken stupor , only to crash into a poor man's car. Both the driver's family of four , Anish's dad and his friend 27 year old died in this horrific incident.
All this may mean nothing to you , just another news report or worse. But how long or how much will it cost before we realize that reckless and drunken driving will lead to nothing more than tragedy and destruction? Every time you are having a shot and driving on the road you are putting yourself and more importantly a lot of other INNOCENT people at risk.
Not to sound like a life insurance agent , but just for a second imagine your mom/dad or your loved ones being killed out there? Is it worth it?
You worry about your health ; we worry about others!
If dying out of tuberculosis or child birth is sad in this century , dying of accidents is like the saddest of this millennium. From now on when you read the news let 'an accident on the highway' be regarded as 'the accident on the highway' as life cannot be sucked out for the sheer amount of statistics.
Engaeyum Eppothum was a very moving tale trying to cover the story of lives behind an accident.  Does anyone know any other movie like that ( of the same genre? ) If so please share in the comments column.
Sorry for those readers who were looking for humor as usual from me - mocking the dead is not cool.

P.S - My uncle's friend just lost his life after being in coma for 12 days. Cause of death : He slipped and fell from a bus.

P.S.S - it may look as if it is me alone who is losing people due to accidents. But if you inquire in your family/friend's circle , you will be sure to find at least 1 death in the past  2 years. I am not even joking ,the death count is increasing by the minute.  So spread the A.W.A.R.E.N.E.S.S and most of all follow it yourself.