September 14, 2010

The Guns are Silenced (Freakonomics?)...

My recent observations during the Chaturthi Vacations-

The guns are silenced, So is my childhood...
The shor-sharaba is dead, So is my cousins childhood...
The firecrackers aren't getting any louder, So is that the end of the Indian 'child' ?

Or is it that we all have grown up, so have our baccha-party? Are the becoming more aware of nature's call for salvation (salvation mind you, not relief!) ? Or is it just that what I used to crave for in my bachpanna, no longer appeals to the kids of the today's world? Let me try to reason out why all of this might be happening...

I have just realised that the toy guns that used to go boom boom-tho tho in my
hands are no longer audible.This has lead me to ponder what lies at the root of this paradox, Arre bhai, India has a growing population, the number of childern on the street should be exponentially increasing, rightly so would be the number of guns! And perhaps, so would be the number of child labour involved in the fireworks factories!! But what the numbers show is not what the reality speaks to me....

When I was young, I would long for the Ganesh Vacations, just so that I could run wild on the road, with the roll caps, creating a racket all over (and take pleasure in scarring the hell out of my younger cousin)...Perhaps, the joy of triggering might have died down with the advent of the 'Faraday's Law' & the 'Sin-Cosine Rule' . Yes, the literally came in as 'Rulers' and the 'laws' that they establised benumed my mind, sucking out all of the drops of baccpana that were left within me!

Well, that is definately not the case with the younger generation...but can it be so that they are becoming more aware, aware about the ghastly effects that the fireworks have on our environment? All that I can say is that, there was absolutely no one who would tell me about these ill effects (all my people were ever-willing to stop me if i had got a petty common cold though!). So is it that the citizens of tomorrow want to show that they are ever willing to make sacrifices, so much so that they can give up their crackers and fountains for Mother Earth? Looks far-fetched, I agree!

Have a 'crack' at it!

Perhaps, the techno-age has taken a heavy toll on them. On the exteme end, perhaps because they are obese and can't see any way that they could escape from a ticking time bomb that they have just lit... With the advent of the internet and e-greetings, todays kids have the choice & comfort to burst crackers and light sparklers at the click of a button... perhaps putting mothers in a dilema, from wheighing the disadvantages of tech-addiction over those of the firecracker accidents! Or others might just be like 'Dude, been there, done more than that!', that too ofcourse, in the virtual gun-wielding world of CS and other games.

It is a fact that in todays world and the exposure that the kids get, gives rise to matuarity arising out of experiences at such a young age. Such type of kids (read 'I consider myself an adult') have a fixation towards literature, they ponder over things instead of suckling their thumbs crying over a stolen toffee.

And with the IIT-JEE craze driving the whole nation, yes there are a few exta zealous parents i presume, who would if given a chance, like to enroll their kids at coaching classes at a tender age of 10! And then comes the very rare species of rutters who are busy preparing in the midst of Chaturthi.

To conclude, I must say that what turned out to be a bakwass attempt to emulate the feat of freakonomics type solutions for problems has turned out to be good 'diversified thinking' session for me!

Ponder On, Waiting for your suggestions and solutions in the comments!!

And I wish tomorrow, on the 5th day I will see atlest a few bachhas crying for crackers, if not bursting them...(And they shouldn't be, SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!!)

Eh..I am confused!!!
;-) :-P
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