Jul 262005


Leela palace in Bangalore

[Here are the things that are stuck in the chute. Unfinished thoughts and words ahead. Proceed at your own risk.]

I am experiencing the death of Telugu first hand. When I read how a building is built with #SaravEgam# in #eenaaDu#, I wonder if the figurative speech died. When I read how editorial parenthesis creep into a factual writing, I wonder if the logic of writing died. Oh, for the making languages compulsory — just invest that money creating at least a few good practitioners of Telugu prose. What passes for good writing in AP makes your blood boil or curdle. Take your pick.

Here is another untold story. Story of a friend of mine, who is affluent, middle class, and intelligent. Perhaps we both meet for lunch in a nice place like Leela palace. He, being used to the upper class service, starts bantering with the hostess. Who is she? She is just one of the many that know how to wear the makeup in hurry, yet appear to have spent long hours. One of the many that know how to make a Sari work. One of the many that work for a living, yet seem to enjoy that. They like the power, the proximity to the power, and even the scent of power. Of course, who understands them? Not their parents. Not others who cannot understand how decent girls can talk to half drunk, overweight business males that strut their egos? But, then what makes them tick? How do they reconcile the rarified with the regular? If I had time, that would be a story untold. So, chalk it up for one of the unfinished.

There is a movie my Melvin Kaminsky (known as Mel Brooks) titled History of the world Part I. The second part never appeared. In Telugu, we have a 116 story anthology out of which only 58 got published. Anyway, when I start with TANA note I, it is an assumption there is to be a second part. Suryakumari’s elaborate and personal account of the event robbed me of any incentive to write the second part. May be during next week, when I expect to have some free time.

It seems facts get in the way for our officers. They took out a large ad defending investment in a shady VW subsidiary. This half a page article, written in Telugu, is full of rhetorical, factual, stylistic, and grammar errors. For example, they assert VW to be the largest auto manufacturer in the world (it is not). They make a poor case how their due diligence was done. If our senior officers can’t afford to write well (or get the resources to write well), is it any wonder Telugu is dying? Can imposition work? I merely suggest a coordinated effort to take a red pen to daily papers, and official communiqués to shame the culprits :-).

Ohm shantih, shantih, … aw shucks!
That’s all f-ff-ff-ff-folks!
Ramarao Kanneganti

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