The madness of Normalcy

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Principles. They are sad, scary things. The human mind is programmed in a such a way that it appalls a fellow's principles. For example: Tell your friend that "as a principle", you do not eat at KFC because of all that chicken cruelty and whatever going on, I will bet a hundred bucks that he's gonna lecture you shit for another twenty minutes that you are eating a dead chicken, doesn't matter if its tortured or not. He can't stand you or your principles. Its true. I don't know why. Sometimes, its out of sheer boredom, sometimes its because that annoying friend of yours can't keep his mouth shut, but most of the times, as a principle, everyone hates, despises, is scared of and will do anything to let another live with his principles. Why? Because people are normal.

Normal means different things. When I call someone normal, they are the ones who seem to me like they have figured everything out in life. They seem to know they'll have a smooth transition and they are definitely the ones who'll all have a discussion over cold coffee, cold because the canteen guy refuses to reheat the milk, and conclude that I'm mad. I just smile at them and say, "Yes, I am"

Normal itself is insane. I don't understand what normal means anymore. There was a time in life, where everything around was spookily crazy and I wanted things to be normal. I think the "normal" that I wanted is there right now, but now I crave for madness, some kind of madness that leads me somewhere. I need madness to drive me. I don't want normal anymore. Like they say, the grass is always greener on the other side, but if you never get to the other side, how will you even know the comparison between the two greens? If the guy who made up this saying never crossed over, there would be only one shade of green. No light green, dark green, bottle green, parrot green, goo green, poop green etc etc. Imagine, a world without greens, no one would want that. I wouldn't. I need the madness, I need to discover another shade of green.

I think one section of the so-called normalcy belongs to people who are descendants of a special genome of parasites that lived not-so-long-ago, one generation ago. These parasites don't have a life of their own and they try to suck others' out too. The principle-attackers are one such group, the other group belongs to this prospective groom that my friend met last weekend. He asked her what her expectations are, and like any other normal person that belongs to another section of normal, she just shrugged. So this guy started his list. I work, so I expect her to work, I don't eat Non-veg, so I expect her not to eat, I take bath twice a day, so I expect her to do it, the list went on and on, but thankfully my friend escaped before the inevitable, "I pee standing up, so expect her to do the same". I think I'd rather be mad than belong to this section of normal people.

There is one more section of normal people in Bangalore who "complete their engineering and get a job in good MNC, get married and settle in life". Yes, this is one normal section I'm supposed to belong to. There is another face to these normal people. They hate their jobs, they hate their bosses, they sit and sulk inside while maintaining a plastered happy face outside, and they are eternally ready with a bucket in their free hand, the one that's not slapping their own faces, and one step behind their superiors, so that at the "opportune" moment, they are ready for a stinky discharge. In an alternate universe where Gotham city exists, they all can be the "Jokers", they have a thousand motives for a sadistic life, but so many Jokers can dissolve the brand of its integrity. That's why they shut up and try to be normal. I think I'd rather be mad, than try to concoct an alternate universe.

In my dysfunctional family, its normal for girls to get married at 20 and boys at twenty three. They are considered assets and the younger they are, the more benefits they reap. That's full blown pycho, isn't it? But here in my family, its normal and hence, they call me mad. Now that I think about it, I'd gladly be called that while writing this peacefully, rather than be called normal, and be writing this while a three-year old poops all around the house.

I am supposed to write something funny, right? Usually, I try my best to put a joke or two, and drag it till the very end, so that I can never reuse it for more laughs, but today I cannot come up with a single joke. Think of your own. I have an intolerable philosophical side and that has burst out of the seams today. I am forcing myself not to publish this post, but I don't think I can. I have absolutely no material and my pageviews are drastically down. If you don't want to read this, just keep on opening and closing my blog. Nurse my bruised ego, consider it a form of wheelchair charity. When you can drive that Kony guy out of Uganda by clicking on your degenerate keyboard, you can do this too.

Moral of the story: When any one calls you mad, just smile. When anyone calls you normal, smile and call them worse names.

34 comments:

  1. I am also writing a post on the NORMAL "Engineering + IT lifestyle". Good to see someone out there feeling the same. I guess the term is being "Victimized", that's whats happening these days, and people call it normal. On the contrary, I'd love to be called mad/crazy, makes me feel much happier than being called normal ;)

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  2. wow.. loved this.. esp. the poster.. I think after a time normal gets boring and routineful.. I so get bored with that.

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  3. Whether they liked admit it or not, Normal people like eccentricity in some form or quantity in their mundane lives for sometimes it is what keeps them afloat in this ocean of normalcy.

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  4. I need madness to drive me as well, 'normal' by various definitions is so boring.

    "complete their engineering and get a job in good MNC, get married and settle in life". - Yeah I am supposed to do this as well but I have ditched the high paying IT job and trying to pursue what I always wanted to do. It makes me happier. Much better than the stupid rat race. ;-)

    Hmmm I read and commented, will also refresh the page a few times to increase ur page views. :P
    Consider it as a wheelchair charity by a person sitting on one. :P ;-)

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  5. What is with people!?! If someone does anything usual, they say its normal, try different! And if thing is done differently, they call it madness! But normal is boring and the post is interesting :)

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  6. @Bitsandpieces- Welcome to my blog..and its good to meet someone who thinks alike :)

    @Kajal- Poster is not mine, maybe that's why you liked it :D

    @AS- There are no normal people, everyone is mad!

    @Akshay- Literally you did wheelchair charity :D..Thanks man, but hope you get out of it soon :)

    @CD- Yes, yes..Even I dont know what's wrong with all of us!

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  7. The right explanation of being 'Normal'. :)
    My first post (I was quite frustrated during the initial stages of blogging) dealt with that only.

    Troubles Of Sanity

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  8. I guess we can insult others by calling them - 'You normal homosapiens'! They would consider it as a compliment and we could be internally happy that there would be no after-effects for this insult. Creative insulting :)

    Destination Infinity

    PS: People who speak so much against a principled stand are actually looking for inspiration.

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  9. I am glad girl that I have company ... For a change I feel I normal being mad :)

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  10. LOL! Truly...i have to agree on this! :) Guess people are becoming eccentrics by the day! :) Only the intensity varies from person to person :D

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  11. I dare not say a normal post :) he he he he

    It will become a sad boring world if all was normal, UN-normal adds the spice ot it all. :)

    Thank god I am not Normal. i am happy that way :)
    Bikram's

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  12. OK then.. stop blogging for a month and start again. I am sure you will be mad n different after a month.

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  13. Calm down ma'am...calm down...I wont deny that its a different post from you, not that one expects from you, but such posts are perfectly normal and necessary to lighten our anger... :P

    OK...I'm not going to give any lectures...but 1 request...I just wanna meet that guy you mentioned who likes his wife with almost every same quality as his... :P

    take care... ;)

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  14. Lovely post. The normal is almost impossible to define. What the supposedly insane do is very sane to them and even to me :)

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  15. HAHA-NORMAL OR MAD,
    YOU ARE NOT BAD.

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  16. @DI- Haha..try ur creative insulting and let me know how it works :D

    @Sangeeta- :)

    @Jen- Intensity of insanity!

    @Bikram- Good for you

    @Raja- This post is different..n i didnt take a month's break!

    @Cynosure- I don't know the guy, I'll ask my friend if you are interested :D

    @Matheikal- Not everyone is like u

    @Indu- Welcome to my blog :)..thanks!

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  17. Oops, I seem to have taken your advice, at least the part about nursing your ego and have been opening, shutting the blog to help your stats, err blog stats. So, if you suddenly notice a 1000-hit increase, you know who to thank, hug and take out for dinner.

    Heh, lame jokes apart, your post did make sense to me. As in, I completely agree with the part about the want for madness. One needs the 'normal' and the 'mad', both, in his/her life, and a subtle balance of the two is hopefully the key to satisfaction. More importantly, I hope no one insists that you or any of the other girls in your family get married at 20, at least not if you don't want it yourself. But if you do, go to some nice, tropical island for your honeymoon. Quite heavenly, most of them are. And while coming back, lose your man there ;)

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    1. This comment just got you your newest fan..name the place, i'll take u out for dinner :D

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    2. Suddenly I have a new found affinity for the Taj ;)

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    3. Suddenly I forgot u are :)

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  18. glad to find a company here. love to be me, though on the not so normal side.
    Your KFC stuff reminded me of a frnd who wd advice me against taking nonveg almost anytime we dined together. Though it used to annoy me, these days, I miss them a lot. I know I'll never be eating wth him anymore. We lost him a year ago.

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    1. I do that sometimes..it's a little contradictory but as Leonard says, haven't u met a hypocrite before :D

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  19. Insanity, you can divide the words into two parts, "In" and "Sanity". And that defines everything. There is a certain level of happiness, a feeling that nothing else can give, by being insane. You don't suffer from Insanity, you enjoy every moment of it. :)

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    1. Wow!..that's a definition I like :)'

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  20. Whoa! You have huge company my lady! Normal is boring... it bores me to my core... And the worst part??? I am one girl who's mad frm inside but hav been more than normal to people! It's totally frustrating... on readin ur post, the first thing i want to do is shed my mask n get outta my room n run screaming that i'm MAD! I dont really havto scream m mad if i do dat, do i? ;)

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  21. :)

    I guess that's what my parents want too!!!
    Engineering, US, go back to BLR and work in some MNC. They are not talking about marriage now... but it'll surely come up when that MNC thing comes(if it ever comes)
    Lite-max. by the time I'm 21, I want to be a stage-musician.

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    1. U have a loooong time to go..enjoy!

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  22. I agree with you girl! People soo want to be normal that this whole "normalcy" itself is turning into a madness fiasco. What is normal anyway? Who decides whose life is normal and whose life is mad? If getting married to a time-table kind of guy (like from the movie Dil Chata Hain) or getting married at the age of 20 is normal then please, I'd rather be mad. Just like you stated.

    P.S: I watched that KfC Cruelty video :( .. I'll get nightmares tonight. I'm a vegetarian by choice but have "experimented" the non-veg a few times, so that video did not go well with me :'(

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    1. Hahaha..timetable guy was the most abnormal thing ever!

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  23. WoW!! I guess this month i am getting extra bonus! with Sangeetha, Pranita and Neha i join with you. Normalcy is really a boring thing.
    People say they are normal and normally points others as abnormal who are normally normal, nobody normally says to so 'assumed-normal-people' that they are abnormal because we only know that we are a bit abnormal too. It's totally a imperfect world but we can try hard to make it perfect!
    good one Ana_treek :)

    http://knvinayaka.blogspot.com
    your new follower :D

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    1. There are so many normals and abnormals in the sentence that you drove me nuts :D..welcome to my blog..:)

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  24. It's so pointless that even today people stress on the cycle of study-earn-marry. Life has so much more than that! Only if we're madly willing to explore. :):) I love so many things, and want to pursue all of them, whether people find it normal or not! ;)

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