New Year Resolutions, Nay Decisions
- Sivaram Srikandath
Story Dated: Monday, January 9, 2012 10:21 hrs IST
As usual, this New Year too, I did make a few resolutions. I prefer to call them decisions though, as in things I definitely intend to do; rather than simply think of doing. These resolutions do not include the standard "I -shall-try-to-be-a-better-human-being" type of motherhood aspirations of good intent.. Rather, these are all things close to my heart, decisions that I believe, lie completely within my locus of control. So, here they go, in no particular order:
1. I shall not waste any more money on Shah Rukh Khan films.
After the unmitigated disaster that Ra.One was, I should have known better than to go and watch Don 2 in a theater, that too paying multiplex ticket rates. But I guess, I am a glutton for punishment, and naturally I deserved no better. The film was an absolute waste of my time. Style over substance; slick and beautifully filmed, but slow and tediously vacuous - an attempt at making a wannabe Hollywood movie by hot shot director Farhan Akhtar. The film desperately tried to portray its hero as the epitome of uber cool, but sadly, it turned out to be just another over-the-top aria of indulgence to the SRK persona. Legions of the King Khan's fans would take umbrage at my words; but after watching the film, I felt like saying, "sorry, fellas, badshah or no badshah, the Emperor ain't wearing any clothes."
2. I shall Recycle and Compost.
I am now firmly convinced that the Corporation of Cochin is completely clueless when it comes to the issue of waste disposal in the city. . More importantly, they are not interested in finding a pragmatic and scientific solution either. The garbage collection lorry mafia is way too powerful to allow that to happen. So, I have decided that I shall handle the garbage issue in my own small way. I shall aim at generating as little garbage as possible. I have placed two small ferro-cement compost bins in my house. All the organic waste goes into the bins. A little sprinkle of sand on the top, and there is no foul smell emanating from the bin, or flies buzzing around its periphery. . In addition, every six months, I get a load of rich mulch as bio-fertilizer for my plants. Similarly, two bins for recycling - one for plastic and bottles and the other for paper - and our household is as close to being a zero waste family as we ever can be.
3. I shall not watch Food and Cookery shows on Television this year.
I love watching food and cookery shows on television. I have spent countless happy hours watching shows like Master Chef Australia and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. These shows inform and entertain equally well, and are an absolute joy for any foodie to watch. But with everyone and their uncle having their own television channel, there is an over abundance of food and cookery programming on air now. The show concepts are becoming stranger, the recipes are turning weirder, and the presenters are getting more and more insufferable. When anchors start talking (sic) about "sauting" the vegetables; pouring the "stock water" into the pan; cooking the "pastha aldantey " or adding a sprinkle of "dhill" and "kayanney pepper" to the salad, and finally teaching you how to make "cream brule" and "apple strudle" you know it is time to turn off the television. Which, I regret to say, I am gonna have to do !
4. I shall cancel my subscription to magazines that publish the polemic of Arundhati Roy.
Okay, okay, before any of you get all heated up, I know it is a free country and I agree that freedom of expression is our birthright; indeed a cornerstone of the democratic process. Anyone is free to express his or her opinion, and to get it published. No arguments at all over any of that. Just that I have an equal right to choose what I prefer to read. Or not. Rather than getting myself into a stew by reading yet another diatribe by Our Lady Of Eternal Petulance, I have decided that I shall not subscribe to such. magazines. What is sauce for the goose must also be sauce for the gander. Just as I respect their right to publish any and all drivel; they should respect my right of choosing to decide whether or not I want to pay for reading such drivel. That's all.
5. I shall take my time and, just as equally, respect yours.
I went on a holiday to a beach destination during Christmas. No internet, no mobile phone, no newspapers and most importantly, no official communications to attend to. Just me and my wife, and the waves of the Indian Ocean lapping at our feet. Nirvana for a week. The world didn't come crashing down and business resumed as usual when I got back to office.It was then that I realized that very often, we are always in a hurry to get things done. We always want things done ASAP, and then worry ourselves to death when that does not happen.Most often, personal as well as official matters find a better resolution when attended to in due course, rather than in a tearing hurry. So let's all take our time in our personal and professional lives.
Here's to a wonderful New Year to all of us.