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January 2, 2008 / lazybug

Not a Material Boy

You like money fine, but you don’t think about it too much. Money is like a frisbee to you; you throw it around, if it comes back to you at some point, that’s great; if you miss it, hey, no big deal.

But you have to be more careful with your frisbee. There are meanies out there who would like to steal your frisbee. Don’t let them steal your frisbee.

That’s my result of a ‘How materialistic are you?’ quiz I took just now. It was a rather long quiz and some questions were of the ‘not applicable’ type for me. It seems to have been made for the amreekans, who, many believe are the most materialistic race in the world. With which, I completely disagree.

In my view, Americans are not any more materialistic than, say, us Indians. Of course, we give more importance to the spiritual and metaphysical side of life than any other people, butthe fact is, materialism is so ingrained into our systems that we fail to see it. We curse others for running after money, yet India is the largest consumer of gold in the world. Our movie heroines are after their heros to gift them ‘naulakha haars, choodis and kangnaas’. Land is perhaps the most fought over asset in India. One of the basic reasons we go to a temple is to request our deity to elivate our social status, or maintian it. Dowry, is a part and parcel of our life. It’s a shame but it still exists and in fact, is thriving. ‘Status’ and ‘image’ in the society play such a big role in our lives. Just look at the spectacular growth of mobile phone usage in India. They have gone from being a status symbol to a commodity in a span of 4-5 years. This in a country which is home to milions of people who can’t afford a meal-a-day.

The poor dream of becoming rich someday. It’s our extraordinary patience, or shall we say, hope (that things will be all right some day) that keeps us going. India’s corporate sector is full of rags to riches stories. And people continue to get motivated by them. The way India’s middle-class is growing, it’s all set to become one of the biggest consumer markets in the world. Indians have taken to shopping malls and ‘modern life’ like fish to water. All this is because materialism comes naturally to us. Just that it was trapped in the shackles of restrictive government policies which gave way in 1991.

OK. Lest I forget, here are a few things I wish to own in the coming year:

iPhone

I don’t use a mobile phone yet. But that could change if I get an iPhone. Image source.

iPod classic

This one could be a reality very soon. Image Source.

Machismo

May not have the saddle bags and the wind screen but I hope to have one this year. Image Source.

Canon EOS 40D

That’s the latest addition. A decent Digital SLR Camera. Image Source.

That’s all I ask for. Not too materialistic for sure.

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12 Comments

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  1. Yashashwini Y P / Jan 2 2008 6:56 pm

    I will get my hands on the iPhone before you do. Add it to you Muahahaha list!

  2. lazybug / Jan 2 2008 7:07 pm

    I don’t mind that, Yashu. I have 365 in which to fulfill that wish 😛

  3. Chittaranjan / Jan 3 2008 10:28 am

    I’d like the “Material Girl ” 😀

  4. vinay / Jan 3 2008 4:24 pm

    enjoy. Wish you all the best. Atleast I am not that materialistic except for owning few things.

  5. Apoorv / Jan 3 2008 6:54 pm

    Merko bhi hona ye sab 🙂

  6. lazybug / Jan 4 2008 6:25 am

    @ Vinay: Yeah, I know. Once I get that shiny iPhone, I’ll see what you have to say 😉

    Apporv: Tumko ye sab aur isse bhi zyada milta. :p

  7. pramodasanthi / Jan 5 2008 5:59 am

    You will get that very soon. Go ahead Akhil. Gud Luck! And we will take very big party after u meet that. do remember 😉

  8. lazybug / Jan 5 2008 6:01 am

    Thank you Prasanthi!

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  10. salon / Dec 19 2008 7:11 pm

    Nice site. Thanks:-)

  11. Harini / Jan 19 2009 6:54 pm

    aha… im a slacker too 🙂
    You like money fine, but you don’t think about it too much. Money is like a frisbee to you; you throw it around, if it comes back to you at some point, that’s great; if you miss it, hey, no big deal.
    But you have to be more careful with your frisbee. There are meanies out there who would like to steal your frisbee. Don’t let them steal your frisbee.

  12. creativecrayons / Jan 11 2010 4:21 pm

    You bought an iPod and a very good DSLR. When do you plan to get the iPhone?

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