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Racism? Are we too touchy sometimes??

1 Jul

I am sure that this post is going to be politically incorrect.  Let me say at the outset that I respect everybody and nothing is meant to be derogatory here.

Once a new colleague joined to our team.  I went to talk to him and to welcome him.  He was obviously from Kerala and so I said “So u r a Mallu?” as a part of my conversation.  Afterwards another colleague pulled me aside and said that I should have not called him a “Mallu” since it is considered derogatory.  Ok – this I did not know.  So I went back the the first person and apologized.  I told him “I used the word Mallu just to imply that you are from Kerala.  I was not aware that this term is not considered respectful.  I am sorry.”.  He replied – “So what?  I am a Mallu!”.

The real question is are we too sensitive about racial sterotyping?  What if we call a person by an obvious connotation like black, mallu, paki, etc?  Is it essential that these words are derogatory?  Are we being too sensitive?

Ofcourse, whenever I am aware that a word is considered politically incorrect – I do not use it.  But still the question does not go away – as a culture are we too sensitive?

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What if : Arvind Kejriwal instead of Modi was on Googles #Top10Criminal list

4 Jun

Recently Google put it’s foot in the mouth by listing the democratically elected Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world in the #Top10Criminal list.  It appears that random insinuations are sufficient to get on this list and small detail about being cleared of all charges in all courts of law don’t count.  While Prime Minister Modi shrugged of the list – as it deserved to be – here’s what would have happened if the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal was on the list.

1. Dharna in front of Google office – Gheraoing the poor employees who go there to earn a measly salary.
2. Bijli / Paani cut off from Google office.
3. Police deployed to monitored the crowd berated for taking instructions from LG.
4. Encouraging the recently fired for performance Google employee to hang from the tree.
5. Midnight raid / sting operation on Google’s top execs to check what exactly they are doing inside their homes.

No wonder there is no Google office in Delhi.

 

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This is meant to be a piece of satire – and the list above is NOT real.

#GoHomeIndianMedia Trends on Twitter

4 May

Nepali’s most recently were fed up of the juvenile behavior of Indian media wherein they were asked banal questions like “How are you feeling?” to a person who has lost many things which may include his home, his savings, may be more … But then what more do your expect from the Indian media who were aptly (in my opinion) called #presstitutes by a honorable retired general and serving junior minister.

This reminds me of an interview I watched very long ago – I don’t remember which channel it was on. It was an interview with Sachin Tendulkar’s mother on Sachin breaking some record.

Journalist : Ma’am how are you feeling now considering that your son has broken this record.

Mrs. Tendulkar: You are only feeling sooo happy, so think how I must be feeling.

Journalist: Did you know that he will be come so big and break this record in his childhood itself.

Mrs. Tendulkar: You only tell me, what can one fathom in a child about what he will do as a man.

(Translation: bad and mine 😉 )

Original – from memory goes something like this –
Journalist : Ma’am bathayiye aap ko kaise lag raha hai ki aap ki bete ne itna bada record thod diya hai.
Mrs.Tendulkar: Aap hi bathaiye – aap ko hi itni kushi ho rahi hai to mujhe kaisa lag raha hoga.
Journalist:: Aap ko bachpan mein hi patha tha kya ke ye itne bada record kayam karenge.
Mrs.Tendulkar: Aap hi bathaiye na – bachpan mein kya patha chaltha hai.

Woman Attacked in ATM : Indians rush to get QR codes

20 Nov

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19-Nov-2013 :  In the early hours of the morning a 38 year old lady was attacked and grievously injured in an ATM.The CCTV footage, though grainy, clearly show a middle aged man wearing a blue and checked shirt assaulting the woman with a machete.  The city police are confident of arresting the man based on the photographic evidence.

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The Home Minister in replying to media persons has agreed that safety of the citizens should be of highest priority and towards this end circulated a draft ordinance which detailed the procedure in which every person in the state will have a unique QR code tattooed on his or her forehead.  This will make it easy to identify the assailants in the future.  He also said that Sri Bandan Bilekani has kindly consented to lead this effort.  The QR code allotment and tattooing will be taken up on a war footing and will be completed within a record time of fifty years.  The expenses of the first year Rupees One Lakh Crore (Rs.1,00,00,000,00,00,000/-)has already been released for this purpose.  In parallel the best science institute in the country has started research on how to make the tattoo’s visible on the generally dark complexion of locals.  The possibility of fairness creams or white ink tattoos is being examined.

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The attack in this blog is true though the rest is fiction.  As you obviously know.

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On a serious note : Yes, making fun of a woman in trouble is not humor rather it is bad taste.  But in this case it is really helplessness.  How often have you seen policemen in Bangalore hiding behind trees to collect black/white fines from motorists instead of managing traffic?  Where are the police, enforcement machinery, etc. when you need them?  Unfortunately life is and will continue to be cheap in India – there are a billion more so no worries!

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