Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What Indian Men Can Learn From Our Favourite God

There is a perfect role model in our own homes and our men never even noticed.

Born bang in the middle of India's cow belt, adopted by Yadav parents, he is amongst our top 3 Gods entirely due to his own merit. He never thought of using the 33% reservation quota, did he?

All of us know he was dark. So did he start using the Fair and Handsome? The girls fell for him anyway. It was his charisma and his personality. It's time Sahahid Kapoor, John Abraham and Shahrukh Khan acknowledge the fact that to us girls, fairness is not the priority. The personality is. Hindustan Unilever, are you listening?

Never was he scared of wearing yellow. Never was he scared of accessorizing his outfit with something as outlandish as a feather. It's all about style baby. We women prefer a bit of daring. Blues and blacks can be boring after a while.

And what about the musical instrument? We all love a man who loves music. There is nothing as romantic as being serenaded with a classical piece. It was the flute that was with him all the time, not the Blackberry. 

He gets extra brownie points for coining the country's (and the world's) most popular spiritual expression of all times, Karma. Who can forget "Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana?" Every Indian mother quotes these lines to her children before exams, interviews or before any other challenging times. Wisdom at its sublime best. 

No , he didn't go to Harvard. Or even to the IIMs. He simply created a Management School of his own. One of the best books I've ever read on management issues happens to be the Bhagvat Geeta. He convinced a  disillusioned and devastated warrior to pick up his arms again to fight for a just cause. Let's face it. He was history's first and the best Motivational Speaker and he didn't even charge money for it.

He was not scared of loving a woman older than him. And though he was supposed to be a lady's man, none of the women he was involved with were bimbettes. They were all women of strength, unafraid of speaking their minds.  He respected women. Didn't he come to Draupadi's rescue while all her five husbands, including Arjun, sat quietly? I love him for that.

I know there were too many women, but let's forgive him for this transgression, shall we? He, after all was the God of Love. And don't believe every thing that you read. Some reports were probably just publicity stunts engineered by some gopis.

He ran wild with his bunch of friends, he stole butter and cheese, he gave his mother apoplectic fits. But he also talked of war and peace. He talked of love and duty. And most important, he tried to tell a nation that  work can be the only solution. We unfortunately have still not learnt this lesson, even after 5000 years.

So here's wishing  my favourite God a big Happy Birthday. While I celebrate it with some thick aloo parathas with a big dollop of white butter on top and some fresh home made lassi, you guys think about why we constantly look westward for inspiration. Let me know if you come up with some valid answers.

By the way, I am eternally grateful that I was born in a Nation that values freedom of expression but still, do not tell any SS, MNS or Shri Ram Sene activist about this post, OK? I do not want hate mails (males?) flooding my inbox.. After all, this post just exposes my quirky humour and is not meant to offend any body, or any religion. I hope you understand...



41 comments:

Gymnast said...

Krishna... Blissful , free and buoyant... he shows us all an all-embracing , all-encompassing joyful way to peace.

There is this book that i enjoyed reading called "Krishna-the man and his philosophy" , a compilation of talks by Osho , which talks about the "God" that was Krishna.

Happy Birthday Krishna , you always inspire me.

And lovely post aparna , yes..a valid question , why not try and understand what we have before looking elsewhere for wisdom..

PURN!MA said...

Lovely post!! me shall miss the phamous dahihandi here! :'( Anyway, Happy Janamashtami!

The Panorama said...

Aparna, He is my favourite God too!I just love Lord Krishna!Lovely post!

psreshma said...

nice thought...

crackedchronicles said...

Even though am not a Hindu, Krishna was and will always be my favourite god. He had everything in perfect quantity in him especially the naughtiness quotient *grin*

What an amazing way to pay tribute to a charismatic evergreen personality. You have a way with words which still zaps me!

Happy Janmashtami to you and will definitely follow your example by emptying a tub of Umreekan Butter on my parantha ;)

Nikita Banerjee said...

Wow. Brilliant. And yeah fairness creams and men don't gel! I loved this post and I am going to make many, many read this one!

Happy Janmashtami!

Nona said...

I like your perspective on the man. :) It is more interesting than the conventional way of talking about him!

R's Mom said...

Super Post and what a wonderful viewpoint :)

BK Chowla, said...

Happy janamashtami.
You have chosen the right day and the place to write this post.
My best wishes.

Samvedna said...

fabulous post Aparna!..I just loved it.

Nu said...

Apart from the post-which is a great way to wish Lord Krishna-I'm drooling over your blog for those thivk aloo parathas and lassi !!!!

Am I invited ? please ? :)

Nu said...

And oh yes I don't know any of the sena 'purush' to talk about your post to them ;) So chill :)

Happy Janmashtami !

Lazyani said...

Great write-up and a fresh unusual take. Wish we all looked at life in such different and relaxed perspectives. Would have probably made our life better

sujata said...

Krishna is definitely my man/my god whatever way you put it. hes charismatic, charming,playful, he is a tease, hes the eternal romantic, the saviour, the wise guy, the comforter and the management guru all rolled in one.. its sad they dont make such anymore! Happy Janmashtami to you and all your readers!

The Holy Lama said...

You have reached the epitome of Bhakti where you can see God just as you see yourself and write humourously about the perception. Loved the post Aparna.

kirti said...

Aparna ,
it's such a cool thinking.
The words like , he tried to tell the nation that work and duty are the solution and something we have not learned in 5000 years.
so true , so true and so very impactful.
Loved the post .

Kavi said...

one heck of a favourite God indeed ! he stood tall, and these days his height being measured only through the height of the dahi handi is a different matter altogether !

He was a motivational speaker and no motivational speaker has gotten his speech to become as sacred as he !

:)

tahera said...

Amazing...loved it...Krishna in a totally different light!

Aparna said...

Hi Gymnast, though I've never read Osho, i have heard from many people that his books are very inspiring. Sometime soon I'll pick that one up. Thanks for writing in.

Hi Purnima, believe it or not, I'd never seen a dahihandi before I came to Bombay. North India, where I grew up, people celebrate Janmashtami in a different manner. One amazing country, eh?

Hi Saroj, Yours and the whole country's! Thank you so much for your appreciation.

Hi psreshma, thank you.

Hi Sakshi, Krishna does not belong solely to the Hindus, like Santa does not belong only to the Christians! He was one loveable imp who stole every body's heart. ( God, I hope I do not sound like one of those Hindu missionaries!)

Hi Nikita, Happy Janmashtami to you too! Thanks a bunch.

Hi Nona, I hope by now you have realized I'm not exactly a conventional woman!

Hi R's mom, thank you!

Hi Mr Chowla, thank you. Happy Janmashtami.

Hi Samvedna, thank you. I am glad you liked the post.

Hi Nupur, aloo parathas with extra butter are my all time favourite! Come over, will make some more :)

Hi Lazyani, thank you.

Hi Sujata, so did you go to the temple to have some chocolate prasad?

Hi Holy Lama, I am not the typical 'Bhakt' type, was more worried about offending someone's sentiments. You never know what cracks people up these days. Thanks for liking the post.

Hi Kirti, thank you. I am glad you liked the post.

Hi Kavi, the whopping amount probably fuels the greed and not faith, but who are we to point out the sins of others?

Hi Tahera, welcome to my blog. Krishna is in the same light, probably my angle is different! Thank you for appreciating the post.

Dr Roshan R said...

this is such a super awesome post ... too good :)

A New Beginning said...

Lovely post as ever!!:)

UmaS said...

WOW, me likey this post totally. :)

Happy bday Krishna... !!! :)

Its really there, in our history, in our purans - the good things to learn, but we've failed to learn from them or understand them properly.

Great highlight on what men need to learn...LOL @ those !!!! ;)

kavita said...

I am awestruck Aparna !Such a beautiful birthday gift .You celebrated it perfectly first by writing this wonderful post and next aalloo paratha,butter and lassi .

Destiny's child... said...

Awesome post! Undoubtedly, one of the best tributes/gifts Lord Krishna received this year. Loved the post :)

RGB said...

I liked the way you related Krishna to the present times. Irrespective of our religion, there's this charm - naughtiness (stealing butter from his own home?), ever to the rescue of those in trouble, his famous pose with the flute, pretty girls (or as you would put it 'women of substance') around him...that cuts across religions and endears you to this blue-tinted god!

juggernaut said...

U missed out a point about the growing trend of men waxing. Or, maybe not!

Jyothi said...

Hmmm...Now I am jealous. I consider myself his greatest fan and am not at all willing to share him. But you said it gal, exactly my feelings about him.

I read somewhere that the maker of Delhi Metro gives his employees a copy of the Bhagvat Geeta each as a Management Book. :)

I'd like to believe that HE only truly loved one person, Radha. I sometimes secretly wish/think that I was her in one of my older births... :) :) :)

P.S: Its ok.I am already certified insane person.No need to refer me anywhere... ;)

ani_aset said...

well this was a refreshing post to read than the usual happy janmashtmi ones :D thankies

ZB said...

Krishna is my all time favorite god....he is always inspiring. He is witty, cool, sensitive, intelligent, relaxed and flirtatious; i want to be like him. And brilliant post. Loved every alphabet of it.TC:)

shankar.n said...

There cannot be a better wish to 'krishna' than this...

rama said...

Janamashtami has come and gone, but his teachings would always be there for the whole world to draw inspiration from. We are really fortunate. I also liked you dig at the biggest culprit: Unilever.

Onkar said...

Good post. Lord Krishna appears to be more human than other Gods.

Sekhar said...

good one :)

R. Ramesh said...

i was a regular visitor to juhu hare krsna mandir..even Apple's steve jobs had said how he used to visit the temple in the US..a truly Global God..

R. Ramesh said...

i was a regular visitor to juhu hare krsna mandir..even Apple's steve jobs had said how he used to visit the temple in the US..a truly Global God..

Girish said...

Ah! Krishna and Ganesha are two of my favourite Gods! Being an agnostic, I don't believe in Gods (the over seeing one), but I believe in spirits..!!

Many of my female friends say their perfect man is one who's fair, tall, handsome & loaded!! So insane!!

This is a very lovely post :)

Don't worry, Ram Sene and others won't come after you! Your secret is safe with me :P

Aparna said...

Thank you every one for writing in. I really appreciate your thoughts and comments. They never cease to encourage me.

Dr.Antony said...

That was really cool.You give us, dark men,the necessary courage to embark on adventures. I had always felt jealousy towards him, but then realized, he would have had a tough time dealing with all his wives.With one,we call out to him a thousand times for help,every day!

Sharda said...

Happy colourful drawing;)

paddy unplugged said...

Hi aparna

came across your post about Lord Krishna...pretty interesting perspective about him...opened up quite a new dimension for me to interpret about our epics...good work!!!

subu said...

simbly superb!