Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Ramana and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get different views of the prism, colours of the same topic.
Today’s topic has been chosen by Anu!!
The first thing that comes to the mind is
‘Food’—especially since I am overweight and am trying, and trying, and trying
to the number of ‘n’ to lose weight!
Fried Bhajiyyas and pappad thrills
Momos and wontons wrapped up in spices
These are a few of guilty pleasure giving things!
Next on my list is reading a book when I should be doing something serious like writing a blog!, doing my assignments, putting away the reams of paper that floods my post or calling up someone whom I know is waiting for my voice to boom across.
Procrastination is another guilty pleasure…like there is this saying in Hindi—
Kal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub
[Do Tomorrow’s work today, today’s work now
if this moment is lost in a flood, how can the work be done]
In this verse, the famous poet Kabir explains the human tendency of laziness and procrastination. We all tend to postpone matters. We are indecisive and given the choice, we would prefer
others to be doing the work while we simply enjoy ourselves.
Many women are beset by this feeling of guilty pleasure…if they don’t have a long list of ‘to do’ then they feel ill used. They enjoy sitting around watching TV but are quick to justify their leisure to others with a lame excuse or two.
And finally my daughter and I enjoy a little g p when we go shopping and buy a geegaw or two when we know that my husband will think that we are fools and being taken for a ride by my family jeweller to whom we have been going to for decades.
Why do I feel guilty when I am supposed to be this liberated, free thinking, independent (+ + + adjectives) woman who knows what I am doing, where I am going etc. etc.?
Generations of social conditioning of course!!