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Nadodikattu VIII: Our Warped Sense of Cleanliness

February 1, 2009

All of us are unique; all of us are different and all of us are quirky when it comes to certain issues and so is this ordinary guy.

His heightened sense mechanisms tell him that America is a clean country on the outside; clean roads, clean offices, clean restrooms and that got him thinking……

Back home in India, he finds that we have different perceptions of cleanliness……………

Most of us (ordinary people) can live in a clean house even if the neighborhood is dirty.
For a Hindu priest in the temple, impure might mean touching somebody while he is doing puja.
For a nun, impure might mean having thoughts of fornication.
For a young child, impure might mean being spotless clean.
For many people, impure might mean going to a temple without a bath even if they have to wade through murky drain water to get there.
For many Hindus, impure might mean eating beef.
For many Muslims, impure might mean eating pork.
For a devote Jain, impure might mean having onions and potato.
For “Raj Tactless”, impure might mean speaking in Bhojpuri.
For a Tamil Patriot, impure might mean speaking in Hindi.
For a cat, impure might mean not licking itself a thousand times a day.
For a dog, impure might mean getting wet.
For a devoted blogger, impure might mean not posting articles for some time.
This list of endless…………..

We all have our own definitions of cleanliness but when are we going to concentrate on the basic and important ones???
Ain’t Cleanliness next to Godliness???
Ladies and gentlemen, for this ordinary guy, impure means “having clean shoes”……
He has given his shoes the works, but they never get dirty.
He has worn them to office daily; jogged with it; played cricket and they still remain (almost) as clean as they originally were!!!!
The damn shoes seems to be getting the better of him…. Have to teach them a lesson when he gets back to India!!

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Winnie the poohi permalink
    February 2, 2009 12:36 am

    ha ha ha!

    Try applying oil on the shoe 😉

    The stains will never leave 😛

  2. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 12:37 am

    LOL…. 🙂
    NO thanks…. I dont want my shoes that dirty as well…..

  3. Solilo permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:18 am

    Ha! Ha! Ha!

    For another blogger impure means not commenting here :)):))

  4. Usha Pisharody permalink
    February 2, 2009 2:18 am

    Brilliant list…!!!

    Back to work on Monday is perhaps the impure thought of the moment here now 🙂

    Loved reading this!

  5. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 2:39 am

    LOL Solilo and Usha…

    yeah, back to work on monday does seem to be a bad one…..

    and Solilo, please do continue commenting here… 😛

  6. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    February 2, 2009 2:43 am

    Good ones Ajit. Given the flavour of the moment, one more can be ” For Brkha, impure means not bullying bloggers!”

  7. Renu permalink
    February 2, 2009 3:42 am

    LOl:) Dont worry, what you cant dirty in one year, will do a week in India..your shoes will nevr be the same:)

  8. Indian Home Maker permalink
    February 2, 2009 4:42 am

    For Nirmala Venkatesh (of NCW)- leader of the Lady Sri Ram Sene unclean means women who do not safeguard themselves from the goons they protect by avoiding ‘nude clothes’…

    For Ram Sene unclean is women having fun.

    For IHM unclean means hypocrites with uncleanest minds of all.

    Need I say yet another brilliant post?

  9. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:24 am

    yeah Vinod, that seems to be a hot topic nowadays….

    yes Renu, i am waiting to come back to India…. but not to dirty my shoes…. 🙂

    IHM, briliantly put….
    yeah, we are a nation of hypocrites….. and Thanks…. 🙂

  10. Chirag permalink
    February 2, 2009 8:32 am

    Dude, nice Cleanliness for me is finding my bed at night among the beer cans, papers, bottles. Yep we are a hopelessly hypocrite ;), Dimag mein gobar hai aur indian cultures ko uphold karna chate hain.

  11. L. Venkata Subramaniam permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:12 am

    well nice, but are you suggesting that as humans we should not agree on a common set of guiding principles because of these examples?

  12. Kislay permalink
    February 2, 2009 10:15 am

    Impure could also imply allowing the Wild Wild West-ern culture screw up your pure and pious Eastern one . 🙂

  13. Indian Home Maker permalink
    February 2, 2009 10:45 am

    rotfl @Dimag mein gobar hai aur indian cultures ko uphold karna chale hain.

  14. Indyeah permalink
    February 2, 2009 11:16 am

    You are tagged!:)

    will be back with a comment in a bit:)

  15. Quirky Indian permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:14 pm

    Impure means wanting to go to a pub for a drink – if you are a woman.

    Of course, if you are a man, that’s progressive.

    Quirky Indian

  16. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 3:41 pm

    Hey Chirag…. good line… and yes, LOL at finding our bed….

    Hey Venkat, what i am implying is that that we need to make our country clean….nothing else…:)

    Kislay, yeah ….LOL 🙂

    yes Indyeah, will do this….

    QI, good one…
    nobody had a problem with when we had bars open all these years…

  17. amit permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:05 pm

    For me impurity means perverts and hypocrites.

  18. Indyeah permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:11 pm

    in relation to the post on cooking:D you will like this one

  19. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:22 pm

    yeah Amit, rightly said…..

    and INdyeah, Thanks…. That post was awesome……
    and i learnt a lot… 😛

  20. Indyeah permalink
    February 2, 2009 7:53 pm

    To echo what iHM said…rotfl @Dimag mein gobar hai aur indian cultures ko uphold karna chale hain.
    oh man!Chirag!good one!:D

    Ajit!try our DElhi(or any other) puddles during assured…:D

    amazing thought process ticking in that brain of yours btw..:)
    how do you come up with the examples?:D
    and lol @For a devoted blogger, impure might mean not posting articles for some time.
    *umm*now that I think about it..:D
    have to get off the addiction


    loved knowing that you liked the article…
    I read a lot of them specially the ones she mentions as her best!
    she is awesome!:D

  21. Ajit permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:15 pm

    how do you come up with the examples?
    very simple…. 🙂 I do a lot day dreaming…… 🙂
    and yeah, I too have to get over the blogging addiction…

  22. kanagu permalink
    February 3, 2009 5:58 pm

    You have been awarded Ajit:

  23. Ajit permalink
    February 3, 2009 6:33 pm

    Thanks dude 🙂 i appreciate it

  24. Happy Kitten permalink
    February 4, 2009 10:10 am

    for me impure would be missing out reading good blogs.. and yours would be on the top list…

  25. hitch writer permalink
    February 4, 2009 1:09 pm

    loved reading this !

  26. Ajit permalink
    February 4, 2009 4:43 pm

    Thanks Happy Kitten…. 🙂

    and HitchWriter bhai, how was your vacation?

  27. kanaguonline permalink
    February 4, 2009 5:17 pm

    Wonderful Ajit 🙂 I loved this one 🙂
    I am sick of keeping my shoes clean.. just like you 🙂
    You have a company man..

  28. vimmuuu permalink
    February 4, 2009 10:07 pm

    Purity is in my name ! LOL !

  29. hitch writer permalink
    February 5, 2009 5:52 am

    call me dhiren or dhirubhai… it makes me feel rich !!

    i dont knw why i named myself hitchwriter.. but well… its stuck…

    Vacation was great but tooo short… lol… put on a few pounds, had a great time with family and friends !

  30. Ajit permalink
    February 5, 2009 7:12 am

    Thanks Kanagu, it is good that i have company…. 🙂

    Yeah, Vimu, purity is thy name… LOL

    ok Dhirubhai…. 🙂
    yeah, vacations tend to do that!!!

  31. Winnie the poohi permalink
    February 5, 2009 10:10 pm

    @IHM nude clothes? an oxymoron 😀

  32. Indian Home Maker permalink
    February 6, 2009 1:08 am

    @Winnie the pooh – Nude Clothes is Nirmala Venkatesh’s own new fashion store.


  33. Aathira permalink
    February 6, 2009 6:34 am

    Ha ha…

    Just come over to India in the monsoons and step out of the house, no jogging, no walking required. 😉

  34. prabhu permalink
    February 25, 2009 11:37 am


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