Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Cook and The Janitor



Thanks to Smitha and Indyeah :)

Religion is like a kitchen . The food for your soul is cooked . It should be the food for your soul , cooked by people who should be well versed in that art . The different religions/faiths/schools of thought could be the different cuisines . It caters to different kinds of people with different needs . A good cook would be the one focusing on cooking a nutritious meal , without making a song and dance about the ingredients , the utensils or the people who eat it . He wouldn't force the food he likes down anyone's throat . He wouldn't decide whom to feed or not. He would also check his own recipe if people have an upset stomach or food poisoning .

Politics is like a toilet . It has devolved into this state . A dirty , filthy , stinking toilet . One that needs to be clean for the general well being for our society . One that is responsible for the many diseases that our society suffers from . A toilet , that is should be cleaned and maintained by custodians, chosen by us , but they usually end up doing something else , many a times in cahoots with , or under the influence of some really crooked cooks . That is why a person , who enters politics with very pure intentions , would be nothing short of a great social worker , willing to manage and clean the society's sewage .

Now what happens when you don't separate the kitchen and the toilet ? What happens if the janitor and the cook start messing with each others work ? First , you get some really bad food . Let's say , you some how digest it . When the time for your ablutions come , all you have is a dirty toilet ? And heaven forbid , if you are sick , then you are screwed . Picture the janitor promising good food, or the cook directing you to choose a particular janitor , or the janitor favouring a particular kitchen . How bloody disturbing and messy does it all sound ! I can picture the cook and the janitor running to and fro , from the kitchen and the toilet . And what happens when the cook starts cleaning or the janitor starts cooking ?

Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh !!!!!




Secularism is a must , in its pure and unadulterated form .

34 comments:

Masood said...

Wow! Man, you hit the nail in the coffin this time.
I couldn't agree more with you.
Fantastic post.
Bravo!

Kislay said...

Thank you :D

Smitha said...

First of all, Kislay, as I have said before - your wisdom amazes me!

'It caters to different kinds of people with different needs . A good cook would be the one focusing on cooking a nutritious meal , without making a song and dance about the ingredients , the utensils or the people who eat it . He wouldn't force the food he likes down anyone's throat . He wouldn't decide whom to feed or not. He would also check his own recipe if people have an upset stomach or food poisoning .' So apt! Such a beautiful analogy! I wish our so called religious leaders could understand this!

'That is why a person , who enters politics with very pure intentions , would be nothing short of a great social worker , willing to manage and clean the society's sewage ' - True again!

'Picture the janitor promising good food, or the cook directing you to choose a particular janitor , or the janitor favouring a particular kitchen' - So true and you have conveyed it so beautifully!!!

You have said it all so very beautifully! This absolutely needs to be published!!

Kislay said...

@Smitha
Thank you . I think if a pleb like me could get it , how can it escape those who espouse the Cause of the Human Soul ? But as I said in my story , "The Traveler , the Peasant and the Brahmin " , it is all about power , I guess .

Charakan said...

Good post As you said a good and sincere politician is very rare to find and for some one who enter politics to remain clean is very difficult Yes true secularism is the only option for India's survival

manju said...

Kislay, are you really just twenty-five years old? :)

Great analogy!

Kislay said...

@Charakan
Thanks .

@Manju
I wish I was 22 :( But sadly , yes , I am 25 . And thanks .

How do we know said...

wow Kislay.. you rock!! one hell of a post!

BK Chowla said...

Kislay,very well described.I am impressed.Iam glad that the actual position is coming out in the open.More than that is that the educated class like yourselves have statrted to speak about the filth lying around us which needs to be cleand every five years.
Kitchen and toilet.Good,Kislay...keep writng

Vinod_Sharma said...

Very fine analogy Kislay. Not only have the kitchen and the toilet become inseparable - there are plenty who say politics is inseparable from religion, and I am not talking of rightist goons - but there are hardly any good cooks to be found. Janitors are the ones cooking these days.

quirkyindian said...

Great one, Kislay.

When the cook starts cleaning and the janitor starts cooking AND when you have the filthiest toilets in existence, apna desh happens!

Cheers,

Quirky Indian

ramblingsbybones said...

I couldn't agree with you more Kislay...How do you come up with such cool analogies?

nitawriter said...

Interesting post. What we all need is a sparkling clean toilet and a clean kitchen too. I have heard that in some people's houses their kitchens are more dirty than their toilets!
By the way, I could not comment under my name "Nita" here, as there were only two opitions. One is OpenID which I do not have and the other is the username on the blog.

indyeahforever said...

Brilliantly written once again!
*take a bow for yet anotehr superb analogy and a great post*


Like Manju says, I am amazed too that these thoughts churn around in your mind (25 year old mind :P ):)) and then take form in this manner :)


QI's comment is bang on!

PS:- I will cook my own food and clean my own violet :)))

its the only option left for most of us today who want to stay sane :)

PPS:-also note to self:- have to start hunting for other words beside brilliant :D
coz you make me use it so much:))

ah! also glad to have met you here and proud to know you:))

but you know that:)

indyeahforever said...

typo 'toilet' :D

vimmuuu said...

Easily one of the best meaningful posts I had have read in the recent times !! Simply superb ! Im sure no one has ever thought of the kitchen and toilet in this way before !

Chrysalis said...

I sound like a broken record but once again Kislay ...Brilliant!!!
What an analogy. And yes where are the cooks who will not only serve a delicious meal but a nutritious one too. And the janatorial service is as bad as it comes.

J P Joshi said...

A superb analogy in this brilliant and contemporary post on the state of our nation, but we need not despair as long as we have 25 year olds like your self. Keep thinking, keep writing and stay positive. Loved the post.

Solilo said...

How do you come up with such comparisons, Kislay?

Kudos!

Thought provoking. Why can't our politicians even for once think something on these lines.

Ordinary Guy said...

WOW......
in your own words, i total kickass post man.........

just brilliant dude!!!!!!!!!!
seriously.........

Maddy said...

my first time here and have to say this analogy is bang on!

cool cancerian said...

The point is so vividly expressed. None who read this is ever likely to forget it. Good one Kislay.

Anrosh said...

We need to send this as A1 on the main headlines of the newspapers and in a post to every politician in the loksabha and the rajya sabha ... and in the mantralaya.

and all those ghalli-ghalli ka politicians too...

if you ever get bored of writing software or give it up you have a successful career waiting..

destinationinfinity said...

That was a good analogy. Strangely, we forget all of it when we need to vote!

Destination Infinity

Kislay said...

Thanks everyone . My apologies for not responding to your comments on a one-on-one basis , my work is keeping a little busy these days . I am really glad people liked it . When I wrote it , I wasn't so sure that it will make sense to others .

ritu said...

wow.. amazing.. awesome post kislay..
One of the most interesting proposition i've read ..
kudos.. u rock!!

indianhomemaker said...

I agree Kislay, truly well said. Secularism is really a must. And politicians should stay away from even religious festivals and functions not just public declarations of their devotion and concern for their religions ...

Solilo said...

Congratulations Kislay!

This was a deserving post to be picked up.

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krishashok said...

What if I was use a slightly different metaphor?

Religion is like a restaurant. The food for your soul is advertised there. The food for your soul ought to cooked by you, as you experience the world through your senses rather than only by a bunch of cooks working at a restaurant. Different religions/faiths/schools thought are like different restaurants. They cater to people who are either too busy or too lazy to cook their own food. Ideally, good food should be nutritious, but restaurants use all sorts of unhealthy ingredients to provide a fake semblance of good taste that hardly lingers on ones palate, much like priests, pastors and maulanas do. And of course, restaurants dont come cheap. One also has to pay through the nose for one's soul food.

Sandhya said...

First time here...via Solilo. Thanks to her, I am happy that I came here to read this post of yours, Kislay.

Yes, it is not easy for a genuine person to survive in the dirty political scenario, here.

The present government has got new young MPs and can we hope some reforms, in the future at least?

Nice to know you, Kislay.

thesongoflife said...

From hw long hv I been planning to come here n missing on it!

What a post! The toilet cleaners gotta read this ;)

DewdropDream said...

Hopped over from Solilo's. This is a beautiful post!

Winnie the poohi said...

*Whistle Whistle*

Even though I am late.

Accept my congratulations!

Oh I have to read this again :D

And I have to second indyeah.. how do you come up with such cool analogies?