Based on my lived experience, India's journey over the last 75 years, in stock-market parlance, is one of going from a big-miss to a big-beat.
Wonderful write up! I am myself a product of "Generation Beat". My parents instilled in me frugality, modesty and honesty. However, I heard that a poor nation begets hard workers, which leads to the nation becoming wealthy, which over generations, leads to lazy but confident kids, which leads to the nation becoming poor again and the cycle continues. I hope that is proven wrong in the case of India!
Telugu guy brought up in TN. Can totally relate to Mohan movies and Massa kadasi. Good write up.
The current generation will crib because they don't have the same reference of the bad times existing in the 80s. This in itself is a great indicator of progress ironically since there will be some (right tail) outliers of current gen who will try to make it better than what it already is. This is what leads to exponential growth.
So very true. Guess we can confidently say that the middle class of today has more conveniences and comforts in life than the emperors & kings who lived more than 100 years back. It's our expectations from ourselves and from those close to us, and comparisons with people around (maybe, social media has played a large role over last 10 years) have made lives stressful. The perspective that we live a much better life than the previous generations can help quell any negative, stressful thoughts.
Nicely illustrates the role of chance. I've told my parents that the biggest career mistake they made was to be born in the 50s rather than the 80s.
I couldn't stop laughing on the lungi reference.. Made me nostalgic about my days in Mumbai.. Loved it 😃
Wife like Amala v/s Udupi hotel server job - my students got the point. Clear hai boss. Stay blessed!
"I feel that my generation had the best parents ever" so very true.
Good writing helps develops perspective. This is exactly what this articles does.
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@vijaykrishna Acharyabhatta I think he is Tamilian born brought up in TN. It does not matter. Good write up. I belonged to that era born before 1960.
Superb as always. Thanks.
Good writeup. Hits closer to home. New kids are very fortunate to come at this juncture. Hope greater opportunities follow in next 25 years
Pratap pothen was worse than mohan.
Loved this one and can relate to it completely. I even wrote a twitter thread on the same lines (shorturl.at/auX37). Btw, you missed out 'maadu meikiradhu' as the only option for 'bad students'.
Nice thoughts for all generations.
Seemed like I was reading my mind voice. Nicely articulated, Anand! Happy independence day!