Tuesday 24 July 2012

Ambiguity In Our Lives: A Satire

As a nation, I sometimes feel that we are obsessed with ambiguity. Our procedures, demeanours, concepts, even thoughts are clouded. Inheriting from such rich history and mythology; both subjects having a lot of scope for speculations and ambiguity, I think we have it in our psyche to mystify and overanalyse situations. We are a nation of haunted Dak Bunglows, mysterious witches of Bengal and "Raambaan" medicines with unknown mechanism of action.

Faith is one thing but, I think our romance with ambiguity roots from the strong spiritual roots that we have. Spirituality seeks the deep mysterious meaning of life and leaves many things unsaid. Growing up with these influences, we imbibe the values and turn out to be deeply spiritual beings even if we choose otherwise.

In government offices, at hospitals, in college admissions, everywhere we leave things unsaid and create mazes that the layman needs to figure out himself. No one seems to know the exact right way, it is as if we are left to find our own path to salvation. Religion has done much more damage to us than we know.

Shops that are closed on Wednesday may not open on Thursdays too, or they may open on Wednesdays sometimes. Everywhere in India, the answer is not clear, and you need to "ask someone". That someone may not give you the right answer but he may guide you to the next step toward finding the answer. You see, it's a procedure and you can't escape that!

Colleges have an intake of only a fixed number of students from a specific quota but, you may be admitted if you make the right calls, ask the right person and pay the right amount. Talent is one of the many things that need to be in the checklist if you want to make inroads in the field of your choice. What else do you need? Go figure!

So to conclude, I would say that I might be kidding all this while or maybe there is some truth in what I just said. If you really want to know, you need to "seek the truth". Good luck with the journey!


  1. Very true. Couldn't agree more :)

  2. When cornered, confuse and abuse. That seems to be the mantra of the shining India.

  3. Nice to see a write-up. A change from the cartoons eh?
    Naaiiiceee :D

    1. Yup! Creaky noises kab tak chalaata rahunga, thoda regular doses bhi ho jaye...

  4. Ha ha, Quite True. And not all are successful in this quest for truth in India. They go round and round and round hunting for things with absolutely no clue in which office to find them!


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