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Monday, June 24, 2013

iDeconstruct

"You're so mean"
"Do you always have to be mean?"
"Why do you have a twisted response for everything?"
"You can never give a straight answer to a question"

And similar other reactions to who I used to be. And how I used to be. I'm still a lot closer to that person I used to be...just that reactions have gotten altered. And getting till here has been a crazy ride, to say the least! It just unnerved me to no end that I didn't know why or what was provoking me to spit out responses the way I used to...though the intention was never to offend. NEVER.


Then television came to the rescue. And I first saw Chandler (from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.). There was something I could now relate to and others would see similarities with.

Sarcasm. 

That was it! 






For the longest time I was a lone sarcastic being amidst other non-sarcastic beings. Hence all those years of being miserably misunderstood.
So Chandler didn't make life easier. Rather I'd just found a starting point. A starting point to explore a world beyond.

Next person to the rescue? 
Bill Watterson. 
If not him then there'd be no Calvin, no Hobbes. And what would I be then? 






What a six year old munchkin and his imaginary tiger provided to my at times weak levels of confidence in just 3-4 panes is hard to put down it words.


This world helped me find similar, less nobler souls like yours truly who reveled in sarcasm not as a means to insult (unless you choose to give me a reason on a silver platter), but to find humour.



As a consequence, I found wit and with it, irony -- again forms of sarcasm only less razor sharp. Gradually even more subtler forms such as satire.





Along the way, I found people who got what I was implying rather than just saying. Who cracked up as much as I did when I was taking digs at someone else or even myself. More myself. 

In the process, I've realized I'm not diseased.





Today conversations are to the effect of:
"How come you don't have a sarcastic retort?"
"I know you're itching to say something. Just say it."
"That grin of yours says everything."

I'm almost synonymous with sarcasm so much that heads turn in my direction if remedy is being sought to a dumb response! 
No post that has the word sarcasm in it, goes without me being tagged to it.






What to my mind is bizarre is the number of converts I've come across (or perhaps enabled). 

Or even the part where I'm told that I ain't as sarcastic. That I should be mean-er. That I've actually mellowed down. 

Hahaha -- how times change! 




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Heart+Mind behind ‘Be You For You’ and ‘Have Feet Will Travel’. At the core of what I offer and what I do best are three keywords: Storytelling. Expression. Authenticity.

14 comments:

  1. You are mistaken you have two superpowers being sarcastic and being a writer .
    This is a work of art :)

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  2. Eli- nice one! and I agree with Anji! :)

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  3. Interesting stuff Quirky... I love the apt picture representations in all scenarios.. Good work!

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    1. LOL! Quirky!! I had way too many pix.. It's seems a lil OTT and sarcasm is among the few things I'd love to overindulge in :P

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  4. The world would be a poorer place without Calvin and Hobbes. And yes, without sarcasm. What's interesting is how many people view sarcasm as an act of hostility. I would bother correcting the impression that it's mean or it's directed as a personal attack, except I realize there's no point. Always glad to find someone else who does get it, though.

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    1. Truer words were never said!

      I went down a similar path and arrived at a similar conclusion

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  5. Eli u must b proud of urself tht u knw urself btr.. this is wht makes U ;)
    U must keep posting more blongs coz Anji has rightly pin pointed ur strengths.

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  6. Good one ....something like this had to come fm none other thn Ms.Almeida.....way to go...

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  7. Enjoyed this post immensely Elita! I wouldn't be able to recognize you without the sarcasm :P And I agree with Anjali, hoping to see more satire and lampooning in this space :)

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    1. There's too much inspiration in this world to not be sarcastic. Wouldn't you agree, Roopa? :D Misery aint the only thing that needs company after all :P

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