What has gone wrong?
(This great analysis was posted in mAlayalam by my friend Smt Meena Krishnan .Having lived almost 80 years, my mind went back to the golden days when we were all together with all our friends and relatives)
None of the new generation of children are obedient,
They do not know how to behave , they do not dress properly.
They do not have patience or tolerance or even decency .
While the new generation of boys become slaves to their wives,
New Generation girls created so many problems and quarrels
And within no time pushed their marriage to the rocks and got divorced.
Who brought them up ? Why have they become like this?
Once upon a time each family had eight to ten children,
And the earnings were most of the time just sufficient to eat and dress,
And the life of that time taught us to do several things , such as ,
Patience ,tolerance , humility , respect to elders and value of life.
Times changed , God showered wealth and grace on each of us
Starvation and life of wants became a thing of past,
The system of joint family was completely erased ,
And a new system of privacy based unitary families took a shape.
Each parent wanted to give each of their children,
Each and everything they dreamt and never got in their life,
And they went on sacrificing all their needs ,
And saw to it that their dreams were realized by their children.
But very unfortunately they did not bother to give,
Their children what they got in plenty and ,
Over change of time , along with greater facilities,
They swam in to the future without bothering about direction.
Once upon a time it was impossible for us ,
To live without taking loans from neighbours and friends,
And due to that give and take they built a civilization ,
Of neighbourliness and they we simply cannot afford to ask our friend.
With the new developments for killing time , we felt bad,
If our friend or relation ever visited us to find out how we are?
The civilization and culture of families visiting each other ,
At times of sickness and crisis became almost nil.
Families of the streets or even villages helping other families,
During celebrations and sharing the joy got banished altogather ,
Because there were contractors and event managers ,
Easily available, if we can throw sufficient money at them.
When we were celebrating in great style celebrations,
AS well as feasts , A feeling came that , it was ,
Beneath our dignity to take it the poor and starving,
And we started preferring to bury the excess remaining food.
Once upon a time it was a great joy for the elderly ,
To do small talks in case of torrential rains and in darkness ,
But in our palace like houses where nothing should be moved ,
From its place and when our heart is filled by snobbishness ,
And pride rather than joy , we have a generation who do not,
Want to see good for nothing troublesome grandpas and grandmas.