Whimsy: Pissing & The 6 Degrees

Jaunpur, India
Jaunpur, India
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Athens, Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years back, Alexander The Great crossed mountains, rivers, deserts and possibly large bodies of water as he made his way to the borders of India (what is India today). At that time, he defeated a king called Porus, and then decided to turn back.

Some of the Greeks, it seems, decided that they liked the fertile plains of India – possibly the Indus River and declared their intention to stay back. Some of these chaps of yore may have simply decided that they were fed up of good old Alexander, and wanted to put their feet up. And, some may have felt that the attraction of the nubile young lassies of India was just too great. Why fight all your way back to Greece, when you can stay back and have fun in the warm climes of India?

Greece is a hot country, so they may have felt somewhat at home.

Anyway, these gentlemen brought their habits and their genes with them. Did they leave them behind? No. How could they do that? They had to come in with all their baggage.

Every bit of it. Every single bit of baggage.

Some of the effects of this genetic history, and some of these hoary old traditions have come down to the India of today.

When I was in Athens in 2005, I could not help but notice the gentleman pissing by the wall, while the lady next to him, directed the operations. Call her “Director Of Operations” if you must.

Ten years later, in 2015, I took this picture of the gentleman above filling the waters of the very polluted Gomti River with his urinical flow. Why not add some ammonia to the flowing bog, he seemed to ask, as he pissed away in great abandon, completely oblivious of the passersby and the odd cameraman as they cheered him on.

So all ye merry gentlemen and ladies, when you come to India and ask why so many Indians piss on the roadside, you have the answer.

It is in our Greek heritage πŸ˜‰

Blame it on the Greeks, I say!!

(NB:- With due apologies to my Greek brethren!)

 

21 Comments

  1. This is Great, Rajiv! As usual, You have successfully answered a very vexing question, asked not by ladies from abroad, but something that many of Us do in India!

    Any way, now We can let our minds be at rest. We can Blame it all on Rio, I mean Greece, of course!

    I found it interesting that the operation needed a Director! πŸ™‚

    Now, what about those 6 degrees?

  2. Ha! This post makes me think about the Monty Python sketch in The Life of Brian. “What have the Romans ever done for us.”
    It’s good to have a scapegoat.
    Even better if you can turn the scapegoat into an award-winning British comedy sketch.
    Cheers!

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