Tuesday, August 08, 2006

abstract thoughts of a wobbly mind

Quote for the day..........
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy


Yesterday evening I was watching this programme in NGC titled “Filthy Rich” and it left me with a temporary feeling of mediocrity. All those million dollar Yacht’s they own...All those Swarovski’s they wear. All those Armani’s. All those fine Swiss watches... It came as a rude shock to this “Idli-Vada, Bajaj chetak, buy one get one free” small town guy like me. My mundane vijaynagar was no match for the ravishing French Riviera (where my protagonist stays)!!I feel awfully short of dough in comparison with these well heeled obscenely rich high society folks!!! Yeah some time it strikes you that you are just one of em...the ordinary folks!!

Hey but u all filthy rich kids out there…

Should say you are missing out on a lot other things… …

You were born with the proverbial silver spoon and never got to see other real world...
You never had the pleasure of buying a cycle first. And then a bike...And then a small car. You never had a chance to dream big!!!! You never might have had Cold buttermilk after a sweaty bus ride! You ll never brave a queue for that ticket in a movie house and give a hurrah after managing one. Please don’t misunderstand this as any sort of self conviction or “running away from the truth” like many would like to put it as…

I ll probably remember my first plane ride because it might be my last as well. I ll be a mouth wide opened guy when I see a 100 storied skyscraper because I have never seen any with more than 20 before...I ll probably name my kids Appu or Anju rather than Phinnaeus or Apple (what weird names these Hollywood stars give)…I ll probably take a vacation in Ooty or Coorg rather than Malibu or the Venice…I ll definitely get worried about the two rupees hike in petroleum prices and shortage of onions in the market…I never knew there were so many kinds of coffee until I ventured of my lil home where I had only the plain humble “kaapi”…My friends say “Capachillo” never come close to our “kattan” (Black coffee we have back home)..I can’t but nod in agreement...

Weird games are the vogue these days… There are events in Uncle Sam country where people compete to eat the highest number of hot dogs...And its aired primetime…Inflated people rummaging in a basket full of hot dogs and gobbling em obscenely like mad dogs. And the junta out there was applauding the guy who just gobbled 54 hotdogs…Sad when I just couldn’t help thinking about the less privileged poverty struck people in Africa and Asia….Wish people were more considerate and sensible while showing such yucky programmes...

Its not that I have anything against the Rich. After all we all aspire to be that quintessential rich kid of the block. The trouble lies when wealth is flaunted nonchalantly without any consideration for fellow beings...When monstrous amount of money is spent on ridiculous things!! Am talking about those rich Arab lords who can put the devil himself to shame...Hey you rich folks listening!!

Am not advocating frugality...it’s just that why cant folks be considerate at times. Warren Buffet did a really admirable job when he put his money in charity. ..Wasn’t that a great thing he did? It takes a brave man to part with his dough. Wish if all those listed in the Forbes did the same, the world would have been a better place to live…Yeah it wont happen though...still….

Meanwhile I wrote this because am absolutely peeved by people who show off!!

P.S On a lighter note if anyone got trouble spending money you know whom to ask for!! ;)

44 comments:

Dew Drops said...

and wat if someone got trouble earning money??? may b they shud know whom not to ask, eh?!!

aqua said...

Hey Mathew ur words r having a true sense.. but i have one more point in addition to ur views.. the situations they have born and brought up also define this! It may not be their fault, but its the community or the culture they live in can be the deciding factors.

Guys like u and me have seen kattan kappi and cutting chaya.. But on the other side their kattan is cappuccino or espresso! They start playin ‘Play station and Xbox’ at very younger age. Some things in life are icons or status symbols. People will go for it. One such thing is ‘ipod’. Now a days every one owns one. The white color and the button headphones are very catchy.

Alexis Leon said...

Nice post mathew. I completely agree with you. The rich definitely miss the simple pleasures.

Having or making money is not a sin. It is how one spends it important.

silverine said...

Very nice post. As a kid I asked my Catechism teacher, Sr Mary... that if there was God then why he made some poeple rich and some people poor. And she replied that God people rich to help the poor, strong to help the weak, brainy to help the not so brainy etc. But nowadays people use their special abilities to look after ONLY their own ends and not the less privileged. That made a lot of sense to me and put a lot of things in perspective for me.

The rich have to help the poor as we live in a world where money defines a lot of parameters.

Really good thoughts.

starry nights said...

The rich get richer and the poor remain poor. Sometimes I think God id unfair.He should have made everyone rich or everyone poor. What did the poor people do to have to suffer and live.I always question God on this. i dont have answers.

mathew said...

@Dew drops

Lol!!..That was wicked.Please dont rephrase things..Let me put it the way that suits me!!! ;)

@Aqua

Yeah it may not be their fault that they were born rich..But have you noticed our own travancore king who is reasonably rich and yet
his decorum is humbling!!..

Yeah its definitely hard to escape the lure of these status symbols..

nice thoughts buddy!!..


@Alexis

True..
Thats the most difficult part..
A healthy blend of flaunting it frugally...tough but possible..
cheers buddy!!


@Silverine

That sister said a simple thought thats so relevant nowadays...Unfortunately many things in life just remains good on paper(in this case in bits and bytes)..Its so easy for me to to write this and yet a mountain to see it in practice..

thanks for the comments buddy!!

Rose said...

You have never sipped into a 'Sip-up' while walking in the rain..

You have never played Hide&Seek when u were 23 yrs 'young' and fought over who said "SAT" first..

You have never climbed trees to steal pacha manga from ur neighbours garden..

You have never dozed off in your grandmother's laps listening to ridiculous stories..

You have never dreamed of being 'Yourself'..

Coz u just dont have the time for the small things in life.. the things that truly matters..

:)

..Me

Neha said...

mathew, lets leave the rich where they are...
if we say that they have not experienced what we have, so will they say.isn't it?
if they have the money, they have worked hard for it..now that they have it, why not use it...
but yes, i agree with u on the show off part...use ur money...just don make a show of it!!

mathew said...

@Starry

But then it becomes a catch 22 situation..If everything was perfect in the world..it would be a really really bland place to live..Someone has to fall on either side of the fence..

@Rose

nice additions..!!high fives!!!

Hey but never tried sip-up when its raining!!! :o
cheers..

@Neha

yeah..i accept the experience part of it!!..Its just that we crave for what they have experienced and not the other way around!!

My point is all about unhealthy way of spending money..
thanx for the comments btw!!

cheers..

Rose said...

Oh, you shud try it then..

The best ever is getting totally drenched in the pouring rain, while walking bare-foot and splashing water at each other, all the time licking into a bar of ice cream..

:D

..Me

jac said...

...not forgetting the pleasure in paddling the finely chiselled 'Kothumbu vallam' through 'kuttanadan' backwaters, instead of those yachts.

yuck !

Suji said...

I am sure, everybody, rich or poor has experiences that they treasure. Its how well you use what you have that matters rather than how much you have.

Shankari said...

Hi, Came to your blog thro Sumi's , well written. Rich or poor all of us have our own life experiences. The rich struggle with the title,"rich" and "spoilt". I have friends who were from extremeley rich families, but very humble & never showed that they had the money..so it all depends

Velu Nair said...
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Velu Nair said...

I have never ever missed being filthy rich, actually. Probably coz I get to see lotsa people around who are quarter as fortunate as me everyday. :) And I guess, as u pointed out, if one is content at having enjoyed the absolute pleasures of life that seem pleasurable in one's modest purview, nothing else matters. :)


BTW, ~Idli-Vada, Bajaj chetak, buy one get one free small town guy like me~ Add me to the club??? ;) :)

Keshi said...

ur right...most rich kids r missing out on real life. SO damn true.

Keshi.

mathew said...

@Rose

You have a nice imagination!!! ;)

Btw its raining today..lemme try out then!!

@Jac

Love kuttanad...Really unspoilt place..Although paradise is in our own background we hardly get time to enjoy them!!!

@Suji

Exactly!!..That was a nice summarizing!!

@Shankari

Thanks for visiting my blog.Yeah then your friends are of a rare breed..They are admirable..
But does the tag "Rich and spoilt" harm them anyway??..Seen many folks who love carrying that tag!!

mathew said...

@Velu

High fives!!!! ..hehehe!!

if one is content at having enjoyed the absolute pleasures of life that seem pleasurable in one's modest purview, nothing else matters.

you cant put that better!!

@keshi

Someone has to be in the either side of the fence..You cant blame anyone!!

indianadoc said...

Mathew I feel it is all very relative...we the lesser privileged feel sorry that they lose many of the simpler happiness of life and they in turn might be feeling the sympathy for what we are missing.....Basically happiness is a very relative concept...kattan might be our pleasure whereas cappuccino cd be their pleasure...bt u r absolutely right that there's a lot of shallow shameless show off by the rich and the privileged....there is a regular TV show which UK TV airs called Extreme home make over...I watch it to just admire the architectural expertise of the Americans and everytime the show ends leaving the feeling 'what a criminal waste of money!'...Wasting money and showing off in the name of charity...sillly silly reasons...and the team feels extremely sorry for the family,the family is sent for a mind boggling expensive vacation and in a week a huge huge mansion with unbelievable gadgets and decor and a lot of other trappings and donations for the survival of all their generations is showered upon them as a great surprise!!...I feel so sad tht these people r so ignorant abt the rest of the world which rummages the dirty bins for morsels of food...With that money they spent on family they cd feed 1000s of people!We live in such a world Mathew.Isnt it shameful and sinful?

aqua said...

@indianadoc: There is one more show of such kind 'Big Brother', in which they spent lakhs for one episode!

Rose said...

Not a figment of my imagination at all.. Me and a bunch of my cutie pie friends have done just that.. a number of times..

So speaking from experience, u cud have one hell of a time..

:)))

..Me

Shakhi said...

Every word you say is true.... Those who have twenty coats can atleast give away five without any problem to themselves... People should learn to give and share....
And, being one of them, the common people has its own share of fun....
ofcourse everyone wants to be rich...but they don't know the fun of having panipuris with friends from th road side pani puri wala...
neither do they know how great it feels to have "garam chaye" at the road side tea-stall....
if we miss the big things, they sure are missing the small ones, and they are definately in plenty...

mathew said...

@Indianadoc

Exaclty..happiness is relative..Happiness at the cost of fellow being's survival is contemptable...Just cant fathom the mass hysteria in competing to gobble food for record sake!!

@Rose

Should be defintely tryin out sometime buddy..Folks may lable me insane if I do that in office.. ;)

@Shakhi

Bingo..Reminds me of some name president in philippines who had this 2000 pairs of sandals..that's profligacy at its best..

nowadays who cares for this give n share concept...

MellowDrama said...

Hiya, you live in Mysore, now if you were in Delhi you would be royally pissed off! It's as if the show-offs of the world congregate there to gloat over their "merseediz bunz" and chandini chowk hole in the wall. Oh..and if I ever earned my millions, the milk of kindness doesn't run deep, I will keep it all to myself ;) No magnanimous gestures for me thank you..

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

u rock man ! u seriously do .. dont forget to remind me why i think u r one of the best !

way up in ur league !

preetha said...

very true all u wrote ....but is there much difference in real sense??? they miss the simple pleasures of life and we the exquisite and the filthy rich life!!!
both in the same boat i should say........we miss things each others things RATHER!!

mathew said...

@Mellowdrama

Lol!!..merseediz bunz..
Okay..dreaming big..then i suggest u go for the billions..eh!!

@Deepz

heyya..am humbled..
So when is ur next off beat sojourns!!

@Preetha

Hey do they really miss the simple pleasures in life..thats debatable..

Nagesh Pai said...

Ah Mathew, this post definitely made me feel so comfortable despite the deepest pocket i have.. deepest coz its got a hole in its end which gives a feeling of neverending depth :-)

Neers said...

and whatever happened to "you got it, you flaunt it" ?? :) but Matthew, quite a good writeup...! :)

-: :Abhi: :- said...

Kewl!!! Lotssa Pleasure going thru this one!!!!....(,"

Maya Cassis said...

hey there!I totally get peeved by show offs' myself.They are the worst lot and they will try and say or do everything just to put the other person down completely.what a waste of life!

mathew said...

@Nagesh

Lol!!Deep pockets.mm..nice one!!
That feeling sucks!!
Thanks for dropping by..

@neers

hahaha..yeah flaunt it..but just dont feel like agreeing with it sometime..

thanx for dropping by..

@Abhi

thanx buddy..Please do visit again!!

@Maya

ejactly..Donno what pleasure do they get by that!!!

Hiren said...

Since different professions have a different mkt profile, money cannot be a measure of a man's worth.

For better perspective, read "The millionaire next door"

Keshi said...

true :)

Keshi.

Gaurav Jain said...

Interesting viewpoints you have posted here... I agree with you on most of it.

It's ridiculous to see people waste food on comedy shows when millions of people are dying of hunger. If they ought to have the show, they should not telecast it in those countries at least.

Bhavna Neel said...

hey hey !!.. man !! that was some let out of expression .. but clearly and well said.. nice post .

Neers said...

hmmm :) thanks matthew

mathew said...

@Hiren

okay dude..will grab the book nxt time i see it!!>.money is never a man's worth..unfortunately thats not what the world thinks!!

thank you!!

@Keshi

:)

@Gaurav

Thanx for droppping by here..
Exactly u hit the nail..these shows are ridiculous!!

@Bhavana

Thanx for dropping by!!..I wrote this at the spur of the moment!!

@neers

:)

b v n said...

i'd put a comment here...i cant find it now :(

Velu Nair said...

Matt,

പുതുവത്സരാശംസകള്‍!!

:)

moontalk said...

hey really nice post.
true that there really is an aweful lot that the rich kids miss out in life..simple things that make it worthwhile!
but then, i dont see the rich giving off their money to poor as a solution either. that way, the poor are in a way getting stuff easy right?so wats they are gonna become just like the rich kids.
u cant understand the valure of something that comes to u easy.

mathew said...

@bvn

ayyo..guess blogger is slightly drunk these days..!!

@Velu

Same with u Velu!!..Onam is getting me excited..comin home after 3 months..wow..

@Moontalk

ejactly..u hit the nail..its not abt rich giving away money..its about how to get the best of both capitalism and socialism...tough call though!!

Pousumi said...

very nicely said...
and somehow these small moments of happiness are there in plenty in our lives and make the day worth living than waiting for that ever elusive big royal moment of " my dream came true"...

SilenceKilled said...

Very True a post.....
Agree with u ..............
Its so stupid to flaunt ur wealth......