I'M BACK. :) *BILLA MUZIK IN BACKGROUND*
Howdy people..! Long time eh? Yeah! Yeah! I know. I’ve been rather busy with the production roll out and all. It was one heck of an experience. More on that later. Now, to be honest, I never had a topic to blog about/never thought about writing a post until I heard two men talk at length about how sophisticated their kid’s schools are and how they have IIT coaching embedded right in their curriculum.
Usually, I have the attention span of a gold fish when I listen tomen-in-their-mid-thirties talk to me/talk amongst themselves. They either talk about their rosy life across the pacific – which makes me even more grumpy [What? Event after 5 years I have not travelled onsite. Now, whose fault is that?]. Or, about the ordeal which they went through to put their kids in a decent school.
Sorry boss, not interested. Thanking you.
I mean, why waste time listening to them when I can happily at ogle at the very-few-pleasing-to-look chicks in my abees? Huh? But this time, I listened for the first few minutes and I felt it to be interesting. Interesting – as in, how these dads started vouching for their kids school. One said, “They have air conditioned class rooms even for kinder garden students”. I sensed pride in the way he spoke. The other said, “You know what, the even have a CCTV system installed and the whole facility is under 24X7 surveillance.” Of course, feeling safe and happy that his child is in safe hands. CCTV? Really? Who are we talking about? Fugitives sharing a room? Or, kutty pasanga* playing with each other without any worries whatsoever, bullying each other, pulling each other pig tails? OK! Having a CCTV is a precautionary measure. Agreed. It even makes sense given the raise in the no. of child molestation incidents. But is that really a deciding factor? Now, please don’t give me the age old and utterly cliched, “We struggled a lot during our school days. We had to walk miles in the hot sun, bare footed, carrying a torn jolna-pai**, wearing torn trousers and all.” Here's a bit of current affairs - In Hyderabad, they are charging 3L per year for Pre-KG admissions it seems. Coz, it’s an international school. Who cares man?
And a diaper costs 40 Rs. And taking into consideration the no. of times he poops, you'll have to shell out 7k on a monthly basis just to deal with SHIT. Yeah! Now, make your peace with that.
If I were a parent -
- I will ask my kid to go and play in the sun like there’s no tomorrow.
- Will let him to get bruised [to an extent], will let him to feel what it actually feels like to get hurt
- Will let him to feel the scab as the wound heels which will teach the most important lesson “Given the time, - everything will heel”. *pats self. See, I told'ya. i should stick to my genre ;-)* - Will let him to mingle with kids from all backgrounds [As long as they don’t teach him to yell #NGOTHADEI*** at the age of 5. Eventually he’ll learn no? Then whats the point?].
If you listen to me, he’ll grow up as someone who has seen tough times in his life. He’ll be prepared even if the worse were to happen. Otherwise, he will grow up as a snob only. #youDecide
OK! I know, this post doesn't sound like me. Anyways, at times, I do get all riled up and sentimental. Enjaai
And, again, why is it a boy again? Therla man. It came out. Just like that. Kutty ponnu's these days are too fancy these days to play in the hot sun and get bruises.
** Carry bags used in the late 80s.
*** very popular and easy to use Tamil expletive.~ cheers.!