Curd rice and pickle mean software and finance ?

Ram continued thus :

‘Bharat Ram cannot be a comic artist for the simple reason that he would need to earn his
living. And being a comic artist, a tambrahm cannot earn his living unless he is enormously wealthy’, he paused.

‘What has wealth got to do here ? Suppose I don’t bequeath anything to him, should he not be a comic artist ?’, I said, and added ,’ not only tambrahm, anybody that needs to live on comics alone without being wealthy would suffer. Is that not so?’

‘Not really. A tambrahm in that situation will suffer more than anybody else. And that is the essence of being a tambrahm’, he said with a vicious smile.

I waited for him to continue though I knew he was on the right path.

‘Saar, the very quality of a tambrahm is to be jealous all his life. And if a tambrahm has a
special quality that the rest of them don’t have, then 99% of the time the gifted tambrahm
would be destroyed just by being ridiculed and stymied by the rest of the crowd. What matters to a tambrahm is conformance. He expects the entire crowd to look, act and behave in the same manner. If one deviates citing special quality, he would be pulled down and trampled. And that would happen to the comic genius’, he said.

I didn’t like what he said for that was true.

Tambrahms want to look and behave alike. They have similar intelligence and are tuned to work in similar manner because they have similar up-bringing. A well to do tambrahm and an poor tambrahm have these similar characteristics. And they all have similar urge to overcome hazards and come out on top. And the means they adopt to do that are also similar. And so they conform to expected behaviour.

So, when a tambrahm has an unique trait and tends to behave in a peculiar fashion and hence does not conform to herd behavioural standards, he is trampled and crushed. So there this comic artist stuff for Bharath Ram would not be agreed in the community for tambrahms are expected by the tambrahm society to be either a software engineer or a finance professional and hence be in the US.

Probably software and finance are the byproducts of thayir sadham and mangai urukai ( curd rice and mango pickle ) – or so it seems.

Ram continued further.

( to be continued )

Why R.K.Laxman can’t get a govt job ?

‘What is Bharat going to do?’, Ram asked anxiously.

‘He wants to become a comic artist’, I said. ‘What ! Comics ? Why not an engineer?’, he exploded in surprise.

Bharat chipped in, ‘Because I want to write comics. If you want to become engineer, you become one’, he said and jumped off to play with his Lego pieces.

‘Oh no, you need to guide your child,Saar’, said Ram,’he wants to write comics ! How will he earn?’, he asked anxiously.

That is the basic problem. The instinct to safeguard livelihood so that once can eat one’s meal without having to starve. That is the primordial fear in any Tambrahm’s psyche. Tambrahm is an acronym for brahmins who are from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fear of survival, the fear as to from where the next meal would come, has been deeply entrenched in their psyche that this class of people have perfected the art of fearing livelihood.

And that makes them perfectly selfish. Let me continue with the conversation.

‘What is the problem in earning ?’, I asked as if not knowing what he meant.

‘What Saar, you don’t know the issues that we have to face in getting good colleges?’, he said. By ‘good colleges’ he meant good engineering schools run by the Government of India. These schools are rated high in the world and a graduate from one of these schools is bound to get an US visa either to study or work in the US. Most of the technical and software sector workers of Indian origin in the US would have been from many of these schools of excellence.

I tried to feign ignorance. So I said,’ What is the problem in getting into colleges? There are many now-a-days. And I need to see  what the child wants to do in life. Why thrust my opinion on him?’, I asked, for sure knowing that he would explode in explanation.

As expected he exploded.

‘Saar, have you acquired huge wealth ? Have you brought large swathes of land in Bangalore and Chennai that you can sell them to get into a college? How do you encourage your child to become a comic artist ?’. He couldn’t believe what he had heard.

He was mentioning the practice of the NRIs ( Indians that are not resident in India ) who buy land in the metro cities of India in the hope that once they decide to retire, they could sell land holdings to earn a post retirement livelihood. But he mentioned this in the context of planning a career for my kid.

‘Ram, I am not rich. But I don’t think I need to force any career option on the child. Let him choose his path. Any way, it is too early even to discuss about this with him’, I said.

‘So, Saar, please don’t allow him to choose such ridiculous jobs as being a comic artist. Make him an engineer and send him to the US. That is where we, tambrahms need to be in’, he pontificated.

That is the other problem with the tambrahms. If you are not in America, you are neither a Tam nor a Brahm – that is what they think. Therefore even during the first birth day of the child, tambrahm parents start dreaming about an American livelihood and IIT education for the child. Not knowing any of these, the child would be fast asleep in his bassinet.

I continued my talk with Ram. ‘So don’t you like R.K.Laxman’s cartoons ? Have you not enjoyed Madhan’s cartoons in Ananda Vikatan? Are they not brahmins ?’ I thought I had conquered Ram.

‘Saar, Laxman and Madhan are good, no doubt. They are brahmins, no doubt. But Ananda Vikatan and Times of India don’t have job reservation. That is why they got a job there. Suppose the Tamil Nadu government calls for a cartoonists’ position, do you think Madhan and Laxman would have got the job ?’

I had no answer.

But I continued in a different direction.

( to be continued )

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Why R.K.Laxman can't get a govt job ?

‘What is Bharat going to do?’, Ram asked anxiously.

‘He wants to become a comic artist’, I said. ‘What ! Comics ? Why not an engineer?’, he exploded in surprise.

Bharat chipped in, ‘Because I want to write comics. If you want to become engineer, you become one’, he said and jumped off to play with his Lego pieces.

‘Oh no, you need to guide your child,Saar’, said Ram,’he wants to write comics ! How will he earn?’, he asked anxiously.

That is the basic problem. The instinct to safeguard livelihood so that once can eat one’s meal without having to starve. That is the primordial fear in any Tambrahm’s psyche. Tambrahm is an acronym for brahmins who are from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fear of survival, the fear as to from where the next meal would come, has been deeply entrenched in their psyche that this class of people have perfected the art of fearing livelihood.

And that makes them perfectly selfish. Let me continue with the conversation.

‘What is the problem in earning ?’, I asked as if not knowing what he meant.

‘What Saar, you don’t know the issues that we have to face in getting good colleges?’, he said. By ‘good colleges’ he meant good engineering schools run by the Government of India. These schools are rated high in the world and a graduate from one of these schools is bound to get an US visa either to study or work in the US. Most of the technical and software sector workers of Indian origin in the US would have been from many of these schools of excellence.

I tried to feign ignorance. So I said,’ What is the problem in getting into colleges? There are many now-a-days. And I need to see  what the child wants to do in life. Why thrust my opinion on him?’, I asked, for sure knowing that he would explode in explanation.

As expected he exploded.

‘Saar, have you acquired huge wealth ? Have you brought large swathes of land in Bangalore and Chennai that you can sell them to get into a college? How do you encourage your child to become a comic artist ?’. He couldn’t believe what he had heard.

He was mentioning the practice of the NRIs ( Indians that are not resident in India ) who buy land in the metro cities of India in the hope that once they decide to retire, they could sell land holdings to earn a post retirement livelihood. But he mentioned this in the context of planning a career for my kid.

‘Ram, I am not rich. But I don’t think I need to force any career option on the child. Let him choose his path. Any way, it is too early even to discuss about this with him’, I said.

‘So, Saar, please don’t allow him to choose such ridiculous jobs as being a comic artist. Make him an engineer and send him to the US. That is where we, tambrahms need to be in’, he pontificated.

That is the other problem with the tambrahms. If you are not in America, you are neither a Tam nor a Brahm – that is what they think. Therefore even during the first birth day of the child, tambrahm parents start dreaming about an American livelihood and IIT education for the child. Not knowing any of these, the child would be fast asleep in his bassinet.

I continued my talk with Ram. ‘So don’t you like R.K.Laxman’s cartoons ? Have you not enjoyed Madhan’s cartoons in Ananda Vikatan? Are they not brahmins ?’ I thought I had conquered Ram.

‘Saar, Laxman and Madhan are good, no doubt. They are brahmins, no doubt. But Ananda Vikatan and Times of India don’t have job reservation. That is why they got a job there. Suppose the Tamil Nadu government calls for a cartoonists’ position, do you think Madhan and Laxman would have got the job ?’

I had no answer.

But I continued in a different direction.

( to be continued )

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காதில் விழுந்தவை..

“பிரும்மச் சாரிகள் இந்தப் பக்கம ஒரு வரிசையா உக்காண்டுக்கோங்கோ “.

“தீர்த்தம், பஞ்ச பாத்தரம் எல்லாம் இருக்கா?”

“ஆசமனம் பண்ணியாச்சா?”

“Dude, where do I get some water from?”

“மாமா, தீர்த்தம் வேணுமா?”

“என்னடா, உத்திருணி இல்லையா? ஓ நீ ஐயங்காரா?”

“yes, am in NUS for my doctorate in Bio-Inforrmat

ics”

“ஓம் பூ ஹூ பண்ணுங்கோ ”

“யாருக்கெல்லாம் அய்யர் பூணல் வேணும்? ஒண்ணா ரெண்டா? ”

“மாமா இங்கே மூணு பூணல். ”

“அப்பா, why is his பூணல் so thick?”

“உஷ், he seems to be an ஐயங்கார். That’s why”.

“இன்னிக்கி Scott Bruce Lecture 9 மணிக்கு. அதுக்குள்ளே ஆயிடுமா?”

“முன்னை போகணும்னா First batch 5:30க் கே வந்திருக்கணும் மாம்ஸ்”.

“Ph.D Thesis Sumbit பண்ணின உடனே ஜகா வாங்கிடணும் டா. இல்லே P.R. குடுத்துடுவான்”.

“ஸ்ரீ பகவ தாஞியா .. பரமேசுவரப் ப்ரீர்த்தியர்த்தம்…”

“பாவமே, வாத்தியார் ஐயர் சாஸ்திரிகள். நாராய

ணப் பிரீர்த்தியர்த்தம்  சொல்லுங்கோ ..”

“மாத்வாளுக்கும் இந்த சங்கல்ப மந்த்ரம் உண்டா?”

“ஐங்கார் எல்லாம் ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணப் ப்ரீர்த்தியர்த்தம் னு சொல்லுங்கோ”

“நாளைக்கி NTU லே Yale Ph.D. பத்தி Road Show இருக்கு, நீ வர்றியா டா?”

“Google Internship முடிஞ்சதும் VC யோட meeting இருக்கு”.

“V.C.- யாரு? Blackrock Capital தானே? அவன் ஒரு fraud டா. Ideas சுட்டுடுவான்”.

“மாமா, இங்கே அட்சதை குடுங்கோ”.

“தீர்த்தம் ஆயிடுத்து. கொஞ்சம் விடுங்கோ “.

“இப்போ காண்டரிஷி தர்ப்பணம். சொல்லுங்கோ – சாம வேதம் தர்ப்பயாமி..”

“U.C. Berkeley லே ஏண்டா Research Associate வேண்டான்னுட்டே. அப்பா ரொம்ப வருத்தப்பட்டார்”.

“இல்ல ராமு, NUS-லே Scholarshipலே Ph.D குடுக்கறான். U.C.ல Aid  கிடைக்கலே. இது betterனு தோணித்து”.

“யக்நோபவீத தாரணம் கரிஷ்யே ..எல்லாரும் ஆசமனம் பண்ணுங்கோ “.

“என்ன இருந்தாலும் Pilani Dual Degreeக்கு NUS M.S. better இல்லே?”

“நேத்திக்கி DC லே Conference. இன்னிக்கி ஆவணி அவிட்டத்துக்கு வருவேன்னே நினைக்கலே”.

“இப்போ வேத பாடம் ஆரம்பம். கை கூப்பிககோங்கோ . சொல்றபடியே திருப்பிச் சொல்லுங்கோ”

“மாமா காயத்ரி ஜெபம் எப்போ? நாளைக்கி தானே? நீங்க Los Angeles Presentationக்குப் போறேளோல்லியோ?”

“ஆமாம். நல்ல வேளை. பவித்ரம் வாங்கிக்கணும். நாளைக்கு SQ – Airbus A-380ல் காயத்ரி ஜெபம். ஆமாம், போன வாரம் Raghuram Rajan போன் பண்ணினாரா?”

“வேத பாடம் ஆயிடுத்து. வரிசைலே நின்னு நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணுங்கோ. எல்லாரும் தீர்காயுசா இருக்கணும் “.

“சார் நீங்க …. SMUல Design Professor தானே? நான் போன மாசம் உங்க TED Talk பார்த்தேன்”.

“ஓ அது நான் இல்லையாக்கும். என்னோட அண்ணா. நான் Barclays ல SVPயா இருக்கேன்”.

“ஒ ஐ ஸீ ”

avani sing
செட்டியார் கோவில் சிங்கப்பூர்

“Why so many Indian coming with white robe today to Tank Road Chettiyaar Temple lah?”

“Today Indian religious festival lah”.

“So what is the symbol on forehead lah ? sorry just to know”

“Ok. Let me begin. Once upon a time there lived a sage called Vyas”.

“Sorry ya, where you want to go already ?”

“Changi Biz Park”.

“Ok lah, another Little India aleady!”

” ”

“So all Indian come out of India. What happen to economy?”

“All Indian stay in India, so what happen to world economy?”

“You tell Indian story lah, that is better already “