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The corruption of austerity

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People who say ‘Money isn’t everything’ fall invariably in one otwo categories –

1. The Spoilt ones, who’ve never really had to face difficulties nor have had to temper their ambitions due to the lack of resources. You needn’t be swimming in cash to be a Spoilt One: as long as money > max(ambition, perception) due to more money or less ambition, you’re in.

2. The Sour-Grapes

We are now entering the Age of Austerity, they tell me. I’m all for Austerity, I tell them, as long as I am sufficiently enabled to choose whether or not to adhere to it. One can never underestimate the power of choice, even if  it’s a choice you wouldn’t even consider making ever.

Unfortunately, the word ‘Austerity‘ will always remind me of the cattle-class-flying, country-hopping, five-star-hotel staying, twitter-happy ex-Minister of State Mr. Tharoor and his party’s Austerity Drive. Yeah sure, he got tricked into the cattle-class comment, as he was just re-tweeting/re-sponding to some arbit tweet. But then, With great power … And yeah sure, it was an absolute co-incidence that his books were part of the books bought by his Ministry. His political obituary is surprisingly long for so short lived a responsibility. During that time, what he mainly did was African countries you would be scared of even flying over, and inaugurated books you would be out of your mind to even consider reading. So Austerity‘s out until someone comes up with a synonym.

Same’s the case with ‘besmirched‘. Firstly, I don’t know what ‘smirched’ means, so to ‘be-‘ it is quite baffling. Secondly, Besmirch conjures up images of a giant german tree getting cut down (don’t ask). But now, I’m going to be haunted by Tharoor’s/Pushkar’s ghosts (ghost-writers, rather).

So that’s two words blacklisted from my vocabulary. Damn.

p.s. The pic just below the Career caption on the Shashi Tharoor wiki page is quite strange, although also quite funny. Check it out 🙂

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Written by sujaybedekar

May 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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  1. These are the people who say “Money isn’t everything”, but actually mean “Money is nothing”.

    What about us, the ones who say “Money isn’t everything, but it’s quite close!”

    Pritam

    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    • You are the nice people. The closer the better, I say.

      sujaybedekar

      May 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  2. Did you just put a $$$ value on ambition? “)

    Harshita

    May 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    • I did? I mean, yeah, I did (I think). The nobler (and super-boring) version of my rant is, I guess- ‘the lesser your wants, the happier you are.’ but that’s just sad

      sujaybedekar

      May 11, 2010 at 12:32 am


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