3 May 2020

ಹಳೇ Paper

This is a paper bag that the local angDi gave eggs in. What’s so special you May ask? It’s just a paper bag that will be discarded. Yes, it is! But do you see what’s written on it? It has been made from someone’s maths work. Back in childhood days, my fav activity was to read such paper bags, what they wrote, how they wrote, were they loving the subject or did they hate the home-work. 

I once had found a note in one of the English rough saying “nam miss bad-u”; wonder what his/her ma'am had done to receive hate! The handwriting most probably was the reason the English ma'am gave fewer marks. 

It was not just the paper bags I received, but I also used to wonder about the stuff that I gave away to the radhi-wala. Would my worksheets be part of someone's pakoDa, or would they be wrapped around 100gms of dhaniya; I'd never know! 

After 38 days of lockdown, we all begin our day-to-day lives from tomorrow. I hope and pray, all the clutter, the junk has gone away and what we now have ahead of us is either making using of the clutter productively or beginning a whole new life. 

9 Jan 2020

Prema >>> Dwesha

I was in 8th std when the Kannada movie 'A' released. Someone told me that this is Upendra’s story from his real life, and the actress in question was Prema. Out of nowhere I started to hate Prema, not that I liked her prior to this piece of information; but I didn’t at least hate her too. I used to find her annoying when she sang “nenapugaLa maathu Madhura” and for me the movie “Chandramukhi Premasakhi” never worked coz Prema won over Bhavana. I have laughed when her movie Z tanked in box office. All of this because I adored Upendra and his style of movie making!!! 

Why am I writing all of this now, you may ask; few days back it was her birthday and all of these memories came rushing by. Today, while I cringe over fan boys trolling Rashmika’s professional life coz she made a personal choice, I think it is my responsibility to be apologetic towards my naive behaviour towards Prema back then. 

Because it is never too late to realise our mistakes and it is certainly not late to accept the same. This is for you Prema, a sorry from me!