Midnight again. My old, faithful 'Vim' again. (Guess its time I should move on and get myself a new, fancier dog, Vim 7.0).
I wanted to write this since I don't know when, but I never managed to find the right words. Even now, I scarcely caress the notion that I will be able to express all that I feel effectively, but, you know, I have to do it sometime, and if I don't start, I'll never do it. Maybe I'll write again, but then, its common knowledge that it turns out best when you do it the first time.
"Where is the horse that doth untread again
His tedious measures with the unbated fire
That he did pace them first?"
These, obviously, aren't my words, and Willie Shakespeare quilled them a few hundred years ago.
Unfortunately, what I'm going to write about now, wasn't something that Willie could ever write about, because such a situation never arose during his time.
Ditch England and Willie, and come over to our own backyard - Andhra Pradesh. Well, I, and possibly you may ditch England, but a true Telugu will ditch Andhra, and, by hook or by crook, get a green card. Somehow, a man isn't a man in Andhra unless he has visited the states.
Most of the times it has to do with dowry. A man's value doubles after he returns from the states.
Funny. I've known a lot of Telugu people, and, most of them are highly intelligent people. Yet, unfortunately, very few of them could break out of the shackles of caste and dowry, and yet fewer of the fantasies of migrating to the US.
If you've stayed in Andhra, you would know that films like Hyderabad Blues aren't an exaggeration. In fact, there is a temple which is popularly known as the "visa temple".
Well, I once had a discussion with a person who had moved to the US. She was really urging me to make the move as well, and she gave me arguments like what is good in India, you can do better work in the US, you can earn more money in the US, everything is so much better in the US and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, she never cared to dig below the surface and find out the reason why US is thriving.
Well, what is America without immigrants. The native American (by native, I wouldn't go as far back as red Indians, but by native, I would refer to the whites and blacks who settled more than a hundred years ago) is mostly uneducated, useless scum of the Earth, who, invariably, possesses a gun and is not afraid to use it. He believes that the US has attained an elevated state in this world, and now, it is the duty of the US to elevate the rest of the world. What has he done to elevate either himself or the rest of the world, he won't be able to tell you. In fact, 10% of the Americans are so backward that they think that the Sun revolves around the Earth (When was Copernicus born? They are even more primitive than that).
And yet, America is, today, after the demise of the erstwhile Soviet bloc, the only superpower in the world. I guess I've made my point, but, the question still remains, will the Telugu be able to read between the lines, and, more importantly, change himself and the state in which farmers commit suicide on a yearly basis?