Peer pressured Friday, August 21, 2009

Not so long ago, I wondered how much free time these 'blogging' people had on their hands. What do they write for? The only reason must be to kill time.. what else?? My over simplistic line of reasoning which failed to take into consideration the pleasures of writing (and the magic of adsense) stands validated as ever even today..!! I'm bored as hell and got nothing to do. Living in Pune these days is like playing Will Smith in 'I Am Legend'. the streets are deserted and shops empty. For survival even the calamity proof 'thekas' have turned to innovative schemes like free home deliveries and free namkeen packs with every khamba ordered. In times like these I have heard stories of super bored individuals doing super weird acts¹ all under the pretense of passing time. It seemed everyone was doing something or the other... why the hell was I feeling perfect doing nothing?? Peer pressure got me to blog, and I explain how.

Like every other child, my childhood was in a continuous state of destitution. There were always toys that my folks could't afford. There is a reason I put every other child in my league. I have no doubt in my mind that even one Mukesh Ambani Jr. would have cribbed atleast once for this spaceship that his dad could not afford and which he very much needed to play with. Wanting something simply because someone else has it was the norm. "Dad..!! if saamne vaala munnu can have it why can't your punnu have it..!!" (only used to elaborate, I swear I wasn't called by that name). As I grew old, clothes replaced toys as the subjects of envy. The Akshay kumar 'khilaadi' look with the super tight jeans was in and I had no plans on adopting it. There are a few things in life however, on which you don't have much control. My neighbour 'Munnu' was one such thing. He revolutionized the entire mohalla into suffocating their lower abdomen. Peer pressure got to me and there I was playing cricket in an attire which was impossible to even walk in. Adversity does bring out your best, even though it means that there are constant adjustments to be made, which I was making on the cricket field that day... in a corner.. on a regular basis.

Adulthood hasn't changed much. My roommate drives a sedan while I cruise around in my motorbike which falls into the fuel-efficient segment of all motorbikes. I would stop short of naming the model because of embarrassment related reasons, embarrassment which my roommate faces because of me & requests me to not mention this 'ride' of mine in public. Add to this the fact that both of us go to the same office and take identical paychecks. The very thought of evolving my mode of transport to be in sync with my mate takes me back to that nightmarish cricket field (which I never visited again by the way). When I was just thinking that I had resisted the urge, the flu situation happened and when I had absolutely no clue on what to do, I took solace in peer pressure and did what most of my friends where doing, writing blogs. Peer pressure I guess has trapped me in forever.

p.s: I was just shocked a few months back with news that one of my friends friend became an unmarried dad..!! aarrggh... this pressure's getting to me ;)

¹I'd have loved to explained these acts but I can't. Apparently, I did say 'no' when asked "will your blog have adult content?" Stupid mistake on my part. Sorry


sobhit said...

dude 1st f all... welcum 2d blogging world .. n kutte tu ni sudherega.... nehw apne blog ka i'll drop u reply der only.. as 4 urs.. HELLO BROTHER :P.. peer pressure ..hmm n ohh its a BAJAJ DISCOVER u drive ryt?? :P :P,, baki chat pe baat karta hun.. n goin by d way u fallin 4 peer pressure.. haha abbe pata chale in a cpl f yrs tere bache chacha chacha bool rahe ho mujhe :P.....

Puneet said...

thanks for naming my superbike dude.. thanks a lot.!! And that Dad friend I am talkin bout is actually your friend remembr. i guess peer pressure is only applicable with first round of friends and not on friend;s friends. So thank God I'm not doing that shit :)

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