Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Rarely do people make me green with envy. But here is a person whose life makes me extremely jealous. Not just me, I am sure pretty much every man who walks around will gladly exchange spaces with this person. If you loved S.Ve.Sekhar's Sigamani character, because he never did work and took pride in living off his dad's money then imagine a real-life person who will make Sigamani take a back seat to him.
I have known a person since childhood - for 25 years. As a child, every time I asked my dad - "where does he work?" - I have gotten "hush" noises and been muffled. Later I learned that he had never worked in his life. His dad was not extremely rich but earned just enough for 1 more generation to sustain themselves. This person finished college, was arranged a bride by his parents and thats it. He has been sitting on his portigo for 25 years (Thinnai arrattai) and has been discussing cricket, politics and every other miscellanious issue on the planet. The great thing about him is - he has no guilt. He has a serious face and gives me an impression that he is really pressed for time. Imagine a life full of no-work. The only thing better than it is guilt free no-work - not many people would get such a wonderful life. Never at any point has he got an urge to get up and go to work. He has his mom and wife to give him coffee, tiffin etc.
I saw him a week before and he was seriously and angrily giving his opinions on the reservation issue to a passerby (and his auto driver). In the long timeline, I have seen him talk about Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Jayalalitha, Stalin, Vazhapadi Ramamurthy, Sonia Gandhi etc.
I have requested him to give me a lecture on 'how to do it' . The dilemma is that if I have to pay him to do work, he has failed as a teacher, if I don't pay he has failed even badly. Which is why this art is more of a birth-given-gift and not learned from another person.