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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

modern magical mantras

In continuation of yesterday’s blog (entitled ‘the basics remain’) where nine proverbs were highlighted, in today’s presentation, ten more are examined. We are trying to discover how relevant these age-old proverbs are today. So here goes …

Barking dogs seldom bite – we regularly witness any number of Politicians shouting off their mouths to impress those watching their shows. They know that they are putting on a show for the benefit of the show masters. We also know that it’s all a drama - they do not mean what they say. But, we grin and bear it: the show goes on.

Birds of a feather flock together – yes, initially they do – but only till such time that they find their firm footings. Then it all becomes a fight for the survival of the fittest with no holds barred. The cream of the youth flock to coaching classes with the objective of securing one of the first hundred slots. The annual JEEs for admission to prestigious Institutions are the best example.

Charity begins at home – first of all keep your wife happy, she has to cook your meals and keep your bed warm. Then keep your kids happy otherwise they will not allow you to enjoy your news spots. Then keep the bartan majnewalee happy otherwise she may suddenly vanish – leaving your wife mad as a hatter.

Cowards die many times before their death, the valiant dies only but once – life today is tough no doubt. Each one of us must have faced some situation or another when we have wished that we were safely ensconced somewhere in a place called heaven (or hell!) to observe how the world goes on less yourself! For someone of us, these happen several times over.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – follow this literally. If invited to a party, dispense with gifts. Give bouquets of flowers and Archie’s cards. Gifts have gone out of fashion because, usually, everyone gives the same or similar items – cheap products wrapped in attractive wrappings containing very little of use.

Do not count your chickens until they are hatched – especially true for those who love to purchase lottery tickets or participate in online lotteries that are reportedly doing roaring business. Do not start building castles in the air because they will most certainly crash all around you like a pack of cards. Becoming crorepatis is not a simple affair – it forced KBC out of business.

Every cloud has a silver lining – a stock phrase to soothe ruffled feathers. When faced with a problem that has no easy solution, it is customary to console the aggrieved by suggesting that he approach the actual Gods rather than the lesser Gods.

Exception proves the rule – some people thrive on exceptions. To them, any thing out of the ordinary is not bound by any rule. When you board a train, it is expected that you will reach your destination in one piece. If not on schedule then probably several hours later. But – when you arrive at your destination in several pieces packed in a crate – the authorities say ‘this should not have happened. This is an exception.’

Give him an inch and he will take a yard – we see this happening regularly. In a bus, when you see an elderly person standing and offer him a seat by squeezing yourself, he reciprocates by going off to sleep by putting his head on your shoulder. Similarly is the case in reserved compartments of long distance trains. You try to be nice to some short distance traveler and wish that you had not succumbed to the ‘feel good’ factor! Good feelings do not grow on trees.

Honesty is the best policy – therefore support only honest corruption. Do not be misled by so called well wishers who try to win your confidence by saying that ‘aap ka chinta hamare upar chhor dijiye, hum sab kuch dekh lenge!’ He is bound to ditch you.

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