You and me!

(Let me express my acknowledgements first of all. I don’t know whom to acknowledge. I heard a song on radio this morning, so I suppose I should acknowledge Radio Indigo for this blog)

You and me will go down in the history

As a generation that has boundless curiosity

As a generation born out of nobody

As a generation that knows no boundary

As a generation that that’s peace hungry

As a generation that……………

Frankly, I think this is my opinion and I could add a hundred points more. So, what is our generation about? About Colas? Imported jeans? Fancy hair-dos? Switching jobs? Promiscuity? Curiosity? Globalization? Breaking marriages? Confused children? Maid-servants? Old-age homes for parents?

For our parents, that is, the previous generation, we are the generation of prolonged rebellion. Every single one of us rebels in our teens, against the system, parents, rules!!! But the previous generation feels that we’re living that rebellion even after teens are over. We think rules/traditions are passe and endeavour to break them. But don’t know what to do after breaking them!

Well, as an insider, I can speak for my generation. Once again, my opinion may not be representative of the general opinion of this generation but I can at least speak for the people I know from my age group.

This generation has suffered, primarily in India, because of the wrong-doings of the previous generation. This country got freedom, but didn’t know how to handle it! Sky-rocketing corruption, malpractices, traditions that have no logic whatsoever!!!! All this has been seen and felt by our generation. So, this generation seeks a CHANGE!

This generation is not only about divorces, promiscuity, materialism…………………it is also about the desire to bring about a change! In the way this country works, in the way the system works, the way PEOPLE work! This generation is willing to embrace the diverse cultures and practices. Inter-religion marriages are no longer taboos. A poor person is not hesitant about marrying a poorer one. Child-sdoptions are on the rise. Girl children are no longer perceived as a bane. Women are working, in all sectors of employment. A very small instance but very relevant:

Parallel cinema is seeing audiences in Malls. This generation is willing to shell out big money to see someone presenting a revolutionary idea. The routine of song-dance-love-tragedy is no longer the golden rule for a movie’s success.

More and more parents are introducing children to classical Music and Dance. People are willing to get back to Vedas to study them and also, put e-versions on the net so that everyone can understand the ancient Indian civilization and its ideas. Alternative careers are in vogue. Being an artist or a writer is not ridiculed among us. Creativity is an integral theme of our life. Earthern jewellery is IN. Jute, cotton, and khadi are worn and admired, even though they’re priced at mind-boggling prices.

Bringing up children is being taken seriously by couples. There are people who’re dedicating their lives to the welfare of children. And the number is increasing by the day. More and more people are aspiring to be teachers, for they feel that teachers influence a child more than the parents in a certain age-bracket.

More and more “NRI”s are coming back and settling in their homeland. They want to work for this country!!!!!

Like every generation, this generation has two aspects to its generality……….but from what I’ve seen, I think this generation is becoming more responsible for itself rather than looking for someone to blame! πŸ™‚

I’m happy to be a part of this generation that doesn’t accept anything until it’s convinced ot its practicality and logic. The generation that’s daring enough to ask questions that have adorned out closets for ages. The generation that asks its parents the question “Why?”……….and allows others to ask them, WHY?

The generation that is not hesitant about either asking or answering questions! The generation that meets the previous one in the eye! The generation that’s willing to go out of its way to make sure positive changes happen! The generation that beings changes about in itself to make a change overall……………..

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5 Comments

  1. Rajarshi said,

    November 19, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Well…it’s a nice to topic to write on!!..But is our genertion really bringing any change..maybe we r feeling badly for it…but still we are contented to fill our own pots and be happy inside our walls..I dont think we really care for everybody…The care that we feel is just a humane thing…but to actually do something sacrificing our desires…our luxuries and reach out to the needy is still not a reality….One more thing…to understand our generation better we need to know what people of other genertion feel abt us…Otherwise u have put forward quite a few strong points in the write-up..it talks abt the things we shud think harder..it tries to inspire a sleeping soul..Wud like to see more write-ups on our generation and wat we lag maybe…sometimes it’s necessary to swallow the bitter pill

  2. Bhargavi said,

    November 19, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Very inspiring pritesh! i’m not too sure if it talks abt the generation on the whole (as in the whole nation), but, yes, definitely some part of it. i too see many points you have outlined in my life. A collective spirit for improvement is emerging, however hazy. Time will make it strong, hopefully. Even if each is working for his own individual improvement, it adds to collective development. Lets all join hands and go for it! To India!!

  3. Vinod KBG said,

    November 19, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    Yes… absolutely true Pritz…..I too am happy about these developments πŸ™‚

  4. karthik said,

    November 22, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Nice writeup Pritesh! Agree with some of the points you’ve put up. In the earlier generations, for many families, it was a difficult to just make the ends meet. So, people simply did not have the time and resources to think about many of the things you’ve mentioned. We take so many things for granted in our generation – that our parents will take care of financing our studies, that we’d have snacks ready when we reach home…We don’t need to worry about these basic things at all. So instead we worry(in a good sense) about more sophisticated things:)

  5. Pritesh said,

    November 26, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Rajarshi, I choose the optimistic approach to the behaviour of our generation. And I have a feeling that our generation is both capable and responsible for such changes to be made! Just filling our tummies and pockets will lead us into the same rut as the previous generation, that cribbed endlessly about the system but was not willing to accept the fact that the system included US too!!!!!

    Bhargavi, I agree. The picture is hazy but everything has to START somewhere!!!!! So, yes, let’s join hands!!!! To India……….

    Vinod, thanks man! I hope we propagate it appropriately to make a change to this country, to this world and to humanity……….

    Karthik, as usual, you bowl me over with the effectiveness adn simplicity of your thoughts. I completely agree that the previous generation was quite busy thinking of basic needs to worry about the “sophisticated” things………


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