Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The avant-garde mass

I am proud to be a part of the generation I belong to. Presuming that, as we evolve, our values are devolving, in comparison to the previous, I would say that my generation is a perfect cultural blend of the modern era. The one significant characteristic I think worth mentioning is the individuality we have and the independence that comes with it. In simple terms, we have a mind of our own. The older generations believed in following traditions blindly and would consider it a virtue to not ask reasons. Reasoning power and inquisitiveness is found in almost every child born in this generation. The fast growing technologies, the need to keep pace with the world, the amount of knowledge that exists for us to learn, explains the shrewdness of this generation. Though stereotyping, group-thinking and narrow mindedness still exists at certain levels, every individual, be it male or female, has become more independent, in their thinking, lifestyle, financially and emotionally too. It could be misread as self-centered behavior by some from the older generation. It is also misinterpreted as losing culture, tradition or values. Culture will transform along with civilization and what makes the generation unique is the way they come to accept it and make the best of it. In this regard, my generation is far more mature and level headed than the previous ones. I am reminded of something I read recently. It is about a little girl, whose grandmother tells her she will grow beautiful curly hair, but only if she eats the crust of the bread. The girl snaps back saying, that it is fine with her as she can use the curling iron like her mom does. I felt the pride in me when I read this, to be a part of this new generation, not just intelligent but smart enough to use it in the right way. We will make a mark for ourselves rather than live on past glory. We’ve got it; we flaunt it, and will still keep searching for more.

Home Sweet Home

Home is where the heart is. Apparently, my heart does dwell in my hometown. Hence my mind refrains from seeing the flaws in the city. I would say that this city I grew up in is the best place to live in, since it is all I have known. Chennai, almost notorious for its poor hygiene and pollution, does have an excuse of being a metropolitan city with a huge population over a vast area. But I should agree, this is the one thing about my hometown that I would change, if I am given a chance. The reason although obvious, anybody would want to live in a place that’s clean and safe, I believe that the best features of Chennai, say the history, culture, large beaches, temples, numerous places of interest would come into light only then. The beauty of the city is hidden behind the dirty surface. People do judge the book by its cover and the best solution is to make the cover attractive than singing praises about the book. A city is a city; I know it cannot be made a paradise overnight. Efforts are being made to keep it tidier. I think the challenge is to change the attitude of the people towards this rather than physically clean the place, over and over again. It is the interest of the inhabitants and their awareness levels in this issue that needs to be concentrated on, to reach a long term solution. For example, Bangalore is a city, although not as populated as Chennai, attracts a lot of attention because of its weather, roads, tidiness and definitely the attitude of the people towards these factors. Chennai is a bigger, better and remarkable place and can prove it to the world pretty soon, with these changes that it deserves to go through.

u think i ll get into google???