Monday, October 31, 2011

The endemic of nonsense

This one is for Sumedh Mungee, who like the lady who wrote an open letter to Delhi boys, seems to have garnered quite the response to his article on leaving India.

For starters, his last name kills me. It honestly does and I don't mean to say it contemptuously. It's just hilarious. The number of times people must have made some funny joke about it, I cannot imagine and don't think I want to either. Poor guy, some small part of him must be eternally angry at being handed a name like Mungee.

Now, jokes aside, let's get serious.

I don't like his article. Who the hell is he to pass judgment anyway? He chose to leave the country to make something better of his life or to study, either way his reasons are based in Economics not in some altruistic, aspirational dream or anything. He probably went in the hope of getting a good degree and with that get a super-paying job. Money. That was his driving factor as it was for many non-resident Indians. I have nothing against them. I do, however, take offense when they start behaving like my favorite type of people, the tourists.

I'm sorry, does dirt and poverty bother you? Never seen an unbathed person before. Wow. You must live in such a sanitized world. Wake the fuck up and take a good look around person.

Dirt, apparently this curious phenomenon exists in countries like the USA it's so shocking no?

Poverty, again, exists in the US and if recent statistics are anything to go by, exists in abundance too.

Misery, er, existential angst came from Europe thanks to the Schpenhauers and Nietzches of the world. [Even if existential angst is a state of mind that originated elsewhere, I'm just going to keep this here for the purpose of being mean to someone and not having that flow hindered. Indulge me.]

Unemployment, again I urge you to look at the recession and statistics please. I am not going to sit here and articulate these things for your benefit.

There are so many phenomenons that are assumed to be some kind of third-world constant. People who live in first-world countries are devastated by it when they come to so-called third-world countries. Okay. Fine. Be devastated. But you are many levels of common senseless if you think that your first world nation is prosperous and problem free.

And what is with this hate-filled attitude anyway? What? You don't like domestic help because they steal and lie? You mean you don't?

You don't like bad drivers? So you follow traffic regulations to the letter and have never once violated rules?

I don't understand why this holier-than-thou attitude even exists? Who the hell are these randoms who have exalted themselves to some kind of bizarre socially elevated pedestal from whence they look upon a deteriorating society? I mean, who are you, really? Please do me a favor, find a country that has perfect infrastructure, zero bureaucracy, zero poverty, zero discomforting realities and go live there. I think the name of the country is Utopia. Find it on the map, book a one-way ticket, I'm sure they don't have visas as well because entry is free and no one is a foreigner in Utopia, and please build a perfect home and live there. Everything will be peachy, perfect and delightful. You will never be angry or upset. Perfect balance of emotions shall be maintained and you will live happily ever after.

Please continue to stay in a land far, far away. The more of you that live far, far away, the more space I will have to roam freely. Thank you for your cooperation.

For those interested here is Mr.Mungee's response to the online venom that followed post his rant in NYT.

Here is one writer's response to the original article. I think it is quite interesting.


  1. I don't understand his rants. Doesn't California have hawking drivers and cheating maids. Thank God anyways, he is out of the country. Such people who has no value and respect for the fellow humans are the bane to our society. These "civilised" NRIs must be deported and then only our country can prosper. They would be producing more avaricious and disgruntled kids!

  2. runaway, apparently in California everything is picture perfect. Good that he went back. Loser!

  3. It's a silly article but you came to mind. duh. I know!

  4. I love this article. Not exactly an avid Jane Austen fan, but I'm not a hater either. I enjoyed reading her books. Have you watched the Jane Austen Book Club? If you like Austen, the film is a fun watch :)

  5. LOVE, LOVE love your response! Wish I could just print this blog post and give it to every idiot who asks me if i come from a very poor third-world country called India?