It has been the pet notion of many in the parts North of the Vindhyas that Chennai, formerly MADRAS, was a conservative city producing timid bureaucrats and clerks in good measure. This perception has been propagated, in no small measure, by the Hindi cinemas, where an innocent looking Tamizh Brahmin boy matures into a bookish type, taking a public exam and gets into a government job and attends his humdrum job with a streak of holy ash either vertically or horizontally drawn (depending on whether he is a Vaishnavite or Shaivite) and attending to his tasks dutifully, day in and day out. He is portrayed as one who shuns controversies and runs away from a place which might disturb his peace.
This portrayal has taken deep roots, and when people north of Vindhyas see other types of belligerent and combative Tamizhs, it shakes the very foundation of their beliefs. Most succeed in believing that the belligerent and combative ones are aberrations and that a true blue MADRASI “OUGHT” to be TIMID and COMPLIANT! So much for false beliefs disseminated by other language movies, based on an expatriate unrepresentative few.
A true blue Tamizh is combative and he is ready to rise and defend himself and mostly his language, which is the mother software to his thinking process. This morning, in TIMES OF INDIA (10/05/2012) there was this article about a woman of 35 years chasing a 25 year old woman on the EAST COAST ROAD in a car, overtaking the younger one and blocking the car and picking a street fight with the younger one, as the wife (the older one) believed that the younger one was not merely sharing her husband, but also his “resources”!
The above link would bear me out on the gist presented.
So where is the man? And while the two cars were on a chase, a few motorbike borne guys followed the cars! I LOVE IT MAN. If there is sincerity to such a story, it could be only in CHENNAI. The interesting part is that the altercation was publicized by the older woman and there was no bloody violence. There was a mere verbal fight over the younger woman stealing the resources of the man who had probably been nursed by the older woman into his present state of success!
To exemplify my point, if MACBETH after murdering DUNCAN and assuming the Kingship were to fall in love with a pretty young thing and spend his resources on the young one, LADY MACBETH would not have taken kindly to such a liaison by the younger woman. LADY MACBETH would have taken out her anger on the younger woman and not on the King MACBETH, as she would not want to destroy the comfort of being the queen, yet would do everything to decimate the resource sharing aspirations of the younger females . But fortunately, India is a democratic country.
Chennai is evolving into a DETROIT in FLORIDA! A geographical impossibility in the US, but considering Chennai turning out to be the automotive capital of the Country with a weather and a coastline state highway, qualifies for such a possibility in India!
What i like about the whole incident is that, there was no internecine and murderous intent by the older woman. She wanted to take off on the younger woman and make a good scene of it. Maybe, the older woman wanted to DEMONSTRATE to “THEIR” man, that she would go to any lengths to not only keep him but also “fight” for him! And she wants all to LIVE PEACEABLY without believing in getting her opponent murdered or maimed and spend the rest of her life between courts and jails!
But the biggest problem that a woman finds to overcome is that when she had taken a man under her wings and nursed him to success and then to see that the man fall for a woman, who knows nothing of his weak past, and hero-worships him into a different type of MANHOOD!
MY SYMPATHIES ARE WITH NEITHER, LIFE GOES ON WITH ALL ITS CONVOLUTIONS! Yet, AS SHAKESPEARE SAID, ” FOR WILL IN US IS OVERRULED BY FATE!” But it is the duty of everyone to keep our reactions outside the zone of violence and crime.