Friday, 17 September 2010

very intellectual traits of very intellectual people.

Ever since our glorious school days, I laughed at my sister for choosing the science stream as she'd have to study very very complicated things while I'd laugh away with my paltry humanities syllabus. I was wrong. And the Gods have thus been punishing me with extra classes almost everyday. Hence the brief sabbatical from blogging. However all my pedagogic activities have not been wasted. Considering I have a crooked sense of observation, I put it to good use.

Being in a college that is famous for its intellectual hyper-activity helps, though often the immediate experience is ghastly and very suicide-inducing. I've begun to observe certain traits that are akin to all wannabe-intellectuals (irrespective of colleges. All's said and done, I'm totally smitten by the place I'm in :p)

When it comes to choice of movies, extremities help. You can get away with an I-am-above-all-this-crap air when you claim your favourite movies to be Oscar winning dramas/Obscure foreign movies and extreme Tollywood potboilers that no sane person can take seriously. It's only when you choose too many romantic comedies and too many movies that star Shahrukh Khan (which does not include Swades) that your intellectuality is questioned.

This idea trickles down to books as well. No one is ever going to listen to me if I say that Chetan Bhagat is the most intellectual author in India, for if nothing else he raked in a huge margin of profit through his paperback series. I've always believed that self help is the best help, and since this guy who looks like a fat version of Rahul Gandhi has helped himself with the moolah pretty generously, he must be admired. Also, reading unfinished works of dead peeps help in giving one the intellectual aura. With the high level of intellectual development that many have very laboriously indulged in, one isn't even an intellectual enough if he has just read 1984 and not Orwell's Critical Essays (or something like that.)

However when it comes to indulging in alcohol with gusto, the peeps who want to be vague rather forcefully (read: pseudo-intellectuals) go high too quickly, and talk about it too much, and at some point of time talk about why they've downed a few gulps, and in more than one instance, I've heard of one excuse that have been to feel the pulse of Pink Floyd more effectively. (However, being a teetotaler, I shall humbly no more comment on other people's alcoholic sojourns. May the Gods bless them with a thirstier stomach).

There are much more things of course but this shall have to suffice as the State Electricity Board has decided to go for a power-cut spree right now. *UPS beeps*. :|


12 comments:

Caveman said...
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Olive Oyl said...
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Caveman said...

my cave be bright, warm and well done up :D

what's up piggo, howz you? what's the latest?

Anorak said...

Your random thoughts touched a chord... keep being random... :)

Caveman said...

was surfing around and came across your 'medieval history club'. The posts and discussions on it are very interesting, engaging and thought provoking. In fact, i've come up with my own theory on the periodisation of history (can't help it: you see, i'm part of the "1 billion people, 300 million ideas!" club). But being a layman and a complete novice on the subject, methinks i'll reserve my comments lest i end up putting one of my feet in my mouth and the second 'you know where'. However, if y'all don't mind, caveman'll drop in once in a while to read up on your ideas and get educated on history, which i think is one of the most important subjects around. Now, who was it that said, "know your history and it'll point the way to the future of the world". *think it was my ganddaddy.* Whoever it was... i honestly believe the statement.

Am really impressed with the blog and i think you guys are on to something really good... wish we had this blog business back in my days in school :)

Two thumbs up for you and your gang :D

Olive Oyl said...

@caveman: thank you so much! we need lots and lots of encouragement and you're really helping ;)

Olive Oyl said...

and anything you want to say, even if it involves a substantial amount of trash, you can comment on the medieval history blog itself :)

Lemony Snicket said...

You just made me realise that I have turned myself into a pseudo-intellectual :P

Olive Oyl said...

@lemony: don't go by my verdict. :D

Lemony Snicket said...

Well you have a point! I'm going to force myself to watch SRK films from now. :D

Olive Oyl said...

Don't worry I'm a pseudo myself I think :P So long as being a pseudo is fun, who cares about what the rest thinks :|

Lemony Snicket said...

There, you have a point there too. Now you're just confusing me. :| *scratches buttocks*