Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Is it still a happy birthday...

...if you're dead?

I live in an area which the newspapers describe as a Dalit stronghold. Which means that anything to do with Buddhism, Dalit politics, or Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, results in shamianas mushrooming all over the place, very loud music (mostly the nasal-plague-reshammiya variety) and firecrackers all through the night.

But yesterday was Ambedkar Jayanti and all day long the loudspeakers outside my house played:

“Hum bhi agar bachche hote!
Hum bhi agar bachche hote,
Naam hamaare hote Babloo, Paplu,
Khaane ko milte LADDOO!
Aur duniya kehti Heppy Buurrday too yoouuu!”


”Tum jiyo hazaaron saal,
saal ke din ho pachaas hazaar!”

Which was refreshing change on the music front,
but I wonder how *I’d* react to people wishing me a (very, very) long life if I’d been dead for over half a century.

And dammit! Now I want laddoos too!


Smokin Joe said...

Kids.... Ohh not u.. them!!

??! said...

I LOVE that song.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Now will you please quit belly-aching and give the world the story of Ming Ming and The Nerd?


Chronicus Skepticus said...

Smokin' Joe: But...it wasn't *kids* playing the songs! Or at least, I don't *think* it was...

??!: Heh, yeah. Chal, tell us when your budday is and we shall sing for you. :D

J.A.P: YOU do Ming Ming and The Nerd - you do it *way* better.

Smokin Joe said...

Yeah.. not by age.. but sure by the attitude!

P.S. Kids, in Thushar, my roomies lingo, is anything that a grown up, 21+ years of age, doesn't appreciate when he is not in a good mood ;-)

Amey said...

Life after death... "Aatma" never dies.

See, those people haven't forgotten our culture as you seemingly have ;)