fooling is the name of the game

#1 Jan 17th, 2005, 13:49
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How to ruin friends and fool around with the people is an art that takes up a lot of ones time. The amount of time that we devote to finding out ways and means of achieving our objective, if put to more constructive use, could make even God Almighty blush. The idle brain is the Devil’s workshop, so the saying goes. And who knows this better than you and me. We are forever trying out theories on how best to prove our one upmanship by pulling down our rivals. When we travel to work, our mental faculties work overtime to come up with methods of how best to pull down our colleagues – whether he (or she) is a close friend of the family is immaterial. Close friend is supposed to be interpreted as ‘someone who visits us and to whom we return the visit’. If he comes thrice a year, we also return the compliments thrice a year. This is the way the World goes. You or I cannot will it to go otherwise. Best sellers have been churned out on this topic, movies and serials have been made out of them and critics have come up with newer and newer methods of dissection and analysis.

We all know it is not good manners to talk ill about others, especially those near and dear to you like your neighbors, friends and relatives. Unfortunately, that is just how we gain maximum pleasure. The philosophy of ‘I am OK, you are OK’ is never put into practice. Majority of us believe in the corollary ‘I am OK, you are not OK’. If such were not the case, TV soaps on the theme of saas-bahu would never have seen the light of day. With sorrow and depression all around us throughout the day, we want to relax with something light in the evening. Not be a victim of still more mental harassment in the hands of serial makers who have usurped prime time. We have been literally ‘k’-oed!!

The news used to be an exception – but, today, the news on whichever channel it may be and whoever may be doing the honors, is predictable. The segments have been judiciously broken up into Politics, Politics and Politics. The reason my friend is flying in the wind – all news have Political overtones. Whatever may be the subject (leaking of question papers, mismanagement of hospitals, accidents, murders or scams); the aggrieved and the aggressor invariably come from diametrically opposite camps.

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