Friday, May 29, 2009

Aattu Mandhai

There used to be this really funny proverb said by Gandhi that appeared in first page of every school text book (CBSE or Matric - I forget). It went like "everytime you are sad, bummed, screwed think of the poorest, most wretched, dirtiest, eating crap from the bottom of the garbage bin, starved out dude you have ever seen and you will notice that your problems strangely disappear because of the superiority complex you get as a result of looking down upon the poor."
If I ever suck as a parent, at least I can look at parents of spelling bee contestants and people who think of them as role models and get the required superiority complex. If you grew up categorizing such things as "typical PSBB school buddhi" it almost feels as if PSBB school was made into a country and renamed as "Spelling Bee America".

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

bro, you really are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ridiculing people aren't you? now you are just re-hashing old posts of your own? show some originality, bro.

btw, i share your sentiments about the spelling bee nerds and their idiotic fawning parents. but if i were you, then just to avoid pissing on my own legs, i'd first learn to spell simple words like disappear and superiority.

yours in meat,
Sliders

Anonymous said...

Total Pwnage, Sliders. Total Pwnage! It's like one of those rare episodes of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye gets pwned by Winchester/BJ/Margaret.

Hawk, your move!

Hawkeye said...

what can I say? i am jealous of those kids because they can spell better than me?

Anonymous said...

PSBB maela yaen ivlo gaandu ?

Karthik said...

who is this sliders rehashing old comments that criticise you? why is he scraping the bottom when it comes to criticising you?

Anonymous said...

i agree. each time i see it on TV it makes my blood boil.

Sambasiva Bhagavathar said...

Nothing wrong with pissing on one's own legs. Moocha porache rendu sottu legs mela kotta dhaan seiyyum. Adhukku enna panradhu. Adhukku dhaan "pin" kaal-a alambikka solra.

Anonymous said...

I agree totally about the parents of spelling bee contests thingie...but why this about PSBB?!?!
Though I have come to believe having heard so much...that PSBB is much more than even a brand now!! as you say....some country but Spelling Bee America?! I doubt it! :)

Anonymous said...

*Yawn*. More boring than Spelling Bees = people making fun of contestants/event itself. If you do not have an original take on it, move on.

வெங்கிராஜா said...

'Aasam' post! LOL.. PSBB is one of those yucky places to raise a soul I say!

Anonymous said...

only mentally retarded folks participate in spelling bee. It is rather retrogressive and rote learning which must be killed at any cost

Vijay said...

I don't see proper reasoning backing your statements.

However, this is a very interesting topic, which is why I am commenting.

I think it is fair to say that (Indian) parents in US are training their kids in a variety of skills. For eg. this individual, Kavya, states she has other hobbies like swimming and traditional Indian dance. I would guess that Kavya would have been trained well in those too; more importantly I would guess Kavya *enjoys* herself when involved in all the above activities. The reason I am saying this is two fold: First, I have seen a lot of people performing and they seem to be enjoying themselves. Second, I would think that such activities result in flow, which is intrinsically rewarding.

Although I have listed a couple of arguments for the raising of kids in the above manner, intuitively, I also feel something amiss (It does feel like 'aatu mandhai').

It would be useful if you can expand on your statement with concrete reasons as to why raising kids in the above fashion is not good.

p.s: I don't think spelling bee is entirely rote learning. I think it is more like learning the (very very) complex formula of spelling as a function of etymology etc. I would guess the competitors would be able to spell words they haven't come across. In this regard, I think it is more like quizzing.

rads said...

LOL. I remember sparring on you on teh very same topic. Has it really been a year already? whoa!

In any case, our whole family sat and watched it and well, we lost interest mid-way, except for my visiting father who thought the kids were the most amazing little people, and we agreed to an extent.

Frankly, unless the children are following a career in Linguistics or such, this does seem like an awful lot of hard work for that TV time, don't you think? O and of course their verbal SAT scores most be 850/800 if that's possible I mean.

Does anyone know what happened to say 2001's spelling bee winner? Someone ought document that kinda stuff too. Or maybe it's done and am unaware. Highly possible. :\

Maddy said...

Pazham offsprings of Gnana Pazham Parents..(Is it the opposite?)

Anonymous said...

Surprised by the negative comments about the event, which is admitedly nerdish. So what have each of you accomplished in your lives that is at least worthy of commenting? I am guessing nothing much...in fact this years winner has gradually improved her ranking each of the last 3 years. This says volumes about dedication and hardwork. Making fun of a child (or their parents) for no good reason other than winning a national event is just stupid. Why dont we make fun of IIT topper each year while we are it? Grow up people.

Purely Narcotic said...

haha! Yeah, in bold letters it read Gandhi's talisman.

PSBB? *groan*

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Nagesh.MVS said...

Nice article.

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