Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Modern Day Wisdom…

I don’t know why I remember this old story about “wisdom” and using your brains and acting more smartly, that my paati (grand-mom in tamil) used to tell me. It was a very beautiful story involving Shiva, Parvati, Narada, Ganesha & Kartikeya. Let me narrate the same to you guys in case you aren’t too well informed. Later, you can thank my paati for that…

{begin traditional story}

Narada comes to kailash parvat with a rare fruit. A fruit that has to be consumed in its entirety i.e. should not be distributed amongst people. He gives this fruit to shiva and parvati and asks them to give to either ganesha or kartikeya. Shiva and parvati are confused as to whom to give the fruit to. Then they decide to give the fruit to the one who is wiser amongst the two. What better to decide who the suitor is than having a contest? They then decide that the fruit will be given to the one who will take three pradakshinas (rounds) around the world. Kartikeya, the swifter amongst the two, takes his vehicle, the peacock and starts the rounds at full speed. Ganesha, his usual slow self, decides to ride his mouse and take three rounds of his parents and completes his pradakshinas with ease, in turn, gets the fruit and consumes it even before kartikeya is back. When kartikeya is back he gets infuriated by what has happened and thinks Ganesha has cheated and won the contest. Ganesha explains to him that his parents meant the world to him and though technically he isn’t even close circling the world, logically he’s done better than what was asked for. And Kartikeya got angry and left kailas parvat and settled at Palani

{end traditional story}

And my dear paati used to end the story by saying “and that is wisdom and that is how you should respect your parents”. How I love my paati. She was the most amazing paati one would have ever had. But she is no longer alive. She only reminds me of the story in my dreams and thoughts. And I still enjoy the story with an un-ending innocence.

But those were the days of innocence. Those were the days when children like me used to be gullible. We used to accept all that our parents /grand-parents said, without ever trying to figure out, whether anything makes sense or not. Whether anything fits the logical sphere of thought or not. But nowadays the kids are really smart, actually street-smart and not so gullible. And I don’t think I will ever try to narrate the same story to my children / grand-children (actually I will try a couple of times in the name of trying to keep my culture alive, but with kids of today, you just can’t guarantee). So this is the modern version of the same story. Paati, if you have internet connection up there and you read my blog, please don’t try to find me and haunt me for screwing up the story so bad. I just wanted to post something because I had no other work to do.

{begin modern story}

There is this guy called Narada. Amazing chap. Very simple looking chap, but I don’t know how he affords it; this guy has ROAMING ON all the time. And he carries a ‘Jimi Hendrix’ guitar too singing the songs of Kula Shaker (Govinda Jaya Jaya) and Prodigy (Narayana) and he just rocks to those songs. One day he, abode his private charter, decided to pay a surprise visit to Mr Shiv and Mrs Parvati. They resided on 31, Kailash Parvat, Mansarovar 21. Oh what a beautiful place was their residence. They even had a landing stretch and a helipad where guests could park their flying vehicles.

So after parking his charter, guitar in hands, Narada went to meet Shiva and Parvati. Surprisingly they were at home and they had kept the door open. Their kids, Ganesha and Kartikeya were there too. Narada had carried a gift with him, which was good manners. The gift was a latest Sony NCRW 5678, a mobile phone -cum- 7 MP camera -cum- Pocket PC with 128 MB inbuilt RAM and 512 MB MMC card upgradeable to 10GB. Shiva and Parvati were not too excited to see this gadget, but thought, that this would make an ideal gift for their kids, Ganesha & Kartikeya.

But there was one problem. This was the last available piece of the Sony NCRW 5678 model and there was no surety about availability of the same in the future. So, the simple solution to this was that either one of the two sons could get it. But who would be it? Both were deeply interested in having the gadget, I mean, which young lad would miss out on such an opportunity. Upgradeable to 10GB could you beat that? But the tough decision was to be made. It could ONLY be either Ganesha or Kartikeya. There could be no win-win strategy here.

Shiva and Parvati got an idea and decided to have a ‘paichan con-test’ between Ganesha and Kartikeya. Both of them were given a photo and were asked to identify that person. It was also told to them that, that person lived in the southernmost tip of Antarctica. The address was also given to them. It was 13, Snow White Apts, Whiteflakes Street, Antartica 23. If needed, they may have to travel across the globe in case they wanted to get his / her name. This person was not any superstar / rockstar who could have been easily identified. It was a difficult task, a tough ask you may say…

Kartikeya was the first to take off. He ran to his secret parking lot, took his position in an already parked MIG-34, adjusted the co-ordinates and swooshed off at speeds higher than the speed of sound. He was determined to identify the person within 2 hours. Ganesha on the other hand, caught hold of his mouse, attached the mouse to an old Celeron PC, scanned the picture into the computer, put the image and did an image to image search on google. Simultaneously he logged onto http://mtnl.antartica.com, the online telephone directory of Antartica and put down the address given to him. He identified the person within the next 5 mins and the answer from both the sources was a match.

He runs to his father with the answer. Shiva verifies the answer and provides the brand new Sony NCRW 5678 to Ganesha. In the meanwhile, kartikeya returns after finding the person ‘in person’ and also clicking a Polaroid photograph with that person to be given as proof, only to find Ganesha playing around with the everything in everything device and exploring the features. At this moment, his anger knew no bounds and demanded an explanation for everything that happened. Ganesha then provided Kartikeya with a discount coupon from NTIT to join their full time, basic course which taught ‘windows, office, emailing & internet surfing’ at their Palani branch. And everyone lived happily ever after…

{end modern story}

I hope my kiddo buys this story / idea. If not him / her; paati, are you reading this?

adios...

19 comments:

memphis said...

shaabaash ... very good. side effect of working for a publication house?

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

The traditional story was good and the modern one is really wht we call "adapt to the changes". Cool one "eye-errrr"!!! :)

iyer education said...

paro: the effect is on me... not on the side :P

scribblez: adapted it is ;)

IdeaSmith said...

LOL....brilliant adaptation, Iyer. You should probably write a book called 'Mythology 2006'.

iyer education said...

idea: thengew... 'mythology-2006', how coincidental, i am reading this illustrated book on world mythology and started on it just yesterday...

and... if i ever write that book i will print only one copy because you will be the only one to read... even bird wont read my book... :(

IdeaSmith said...

Well, I surely will!

IdeaSmith said...

What's the book you are reading by the way? I read one called 'Gods, Demons and others' by R.K.Narayan awhile ago....decent re-telling. Also got some websites on mythology from around the world linked to Alternate Idea...run through them.

memphis said...

en whos side?

iyer education said...

idea: firstly thangew... and secondly i am readin this book called "world mythology"... i just borrowed it yesterday, so i dont know the name of the author... thirdly i will definitely run thru the links...

paro: su side...

Lord of all Things said...

unuh..!
celeron pc and mouse hehe!! good one

Demi Goddezz said...

EH? I thot I had already commented on this one..

But anyhooos.. Fundoo post.. but why shiva parvati and examples of parents yaar...they cud get anything they want in a jiffy.. talk about mortals man hehe:PP

OK and about ur paati.. hmm thats a senti topic.. but ya i guess nothing can be compared to what our paatis have been to us:))

iyer education said...

LoAT: :)

winny: firstly you didnt... secondly assume shiva and parvati to be mortals with names of shiva and parvati... thirdly i lahu my pati :)

Demi Goddezz said...

hmm I lahuu my paati too.. and i dont know urs ,,but I lahuuu her too :))

Debalina said...

Yet another interesting lesson !
So,the moral of the modern story is celeron is faster than MIG.

Shall we have a modern Ramayana by Iyermiki ?

KJ said...

nice modern version!!!

the inocence of children is seen to be believed. when we were small chldren, dad used to bring those kwality icecream in cups n hide it. then he'd pretend to do magic & present them b4 us! we used to believe it until we one day, when we saw otherwise..:-((

:-))

Ammey Kesarkar said...

Ganesha’s vehicle is ‘mouse’.
Mouse is mighter than the MIG

iyer education said...

winny: :)

debalina: dont tell me u didnt know that... chalo iyer education ko kuch to credit mila ;)

kj: u try and do the same ice-cream trick with the kids of today and let me know the results ;)

ammey: mouse is definitely powerfuller than MIG... i mean can you scroll an MIG... it is impossible isnt it?

Bird said...

But iyer MIG has a joystick

iyer education said...

bird: ganesha has a usb memory stick... he's just upgraded to a wireless mouse too