Wednesday, June 10, 2009
More for the Geographically Challenged
Continuing my last post on the complete and utter ignorance of a lot of people surrounding India's geography (or rather, just the South and East):
The other evening, I was watching Lola Kutty's GK show on Channel [V]. Not that I am a big fan of the woman who tries hard to mimic the perfect Mallu accent but fails miserably. Not even the frizzy oily curls or the jasmine flower garden atop her cranium makes up for anything.
Nonetheless, the questions are interesting. So, the other day, she went around asking people a couple of questions about basic Indian geography.
- Chennai is the capital of which state?
- Madras! Of course, I'm sure. Chennai is the capital of Madras.
- What is Kohima?
- It is like 'Karma'. It's a state of being. [May be I'll give this dude some credit for his pathetic attempt at pseudo intellectuality.]
- It is where they dropped the bombs. [Oh, on your brains?]
Here's my question: How come some of us are so well-informed while the rest are completely clueless? My geography teachers were no great shakes - one would go running from the classroom in tears at the drop of a hat, while another would throw chalk dusters, books, rulers (basically anything she got her hooves on) and call us various bovine names. In all of that, I still know Kohima isn't a variety of minced meat.