Doom and Gloom

GloomStrangely I associate these two words with soothsayers and astrologers. Astrology is supposed to give you a brighter aspect of your future. In fact in Indian custom, an astrologer who prophecies doom, gloom and death is supposed to have committed a grave sin. The papers that publish the day’s-week’s forecasts all have a great deal of filibustering. They say bright, shiny and positive things and then deliver the kick. Live astrologers too always see something negative lurking around your natal chart and that means making amends with tedious rituals and visits to remote temples to pray for deliverance.

In Indian mythology we have two sides—the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons) who are perpetually at war with each other. Note I said ‘gods’ as this refers to the minor personalities in the Hindu pantheon who are gods for some time only as they too have to go through the cycle of birth, life and creation. The fight between the Devas and Asuras is representational of the good and evil that resides in all of us. Similarly, we also have the bright and sunny disposition and the doom and gloom outlook. For some people one characteristic takes precedence. So you have the optimists—and I consider myself one of them—and the pessimists who can only look at the negative side of life.

The stock market and betting player are generally optimists—I suppose they wouldn’t be in that field of enterprise. So when I watch Business Tv (my husband has the channels on all the time) on the one hand we see the gloomy outlook pundits pontificating about the downside of businesses and why the economy is going or a toss. On the other hand you have these chirpy anchors who ask questions and don’t generally wait for answers and plow through the day’s ups and downs with the same bright smile and look on their faces. They never wear black, do they?

We have a friend—an old man now and he comes from a famous landowning family and really leads a luxurious life. His standard refrain for the past 20 years that we have known him is “This country will never prosper or make it good, Sir!” And frankly speaking, this country, in spite of scams, scandals and sedition is doing good, generally speaking. The doom and gloom like the cyclones that strike our coastal areas comes and devastates and the people pick themselves up and go ahead with their lives.

Hitchcock had a face that displayed doom and gloom. He seemed to relish the events that would unfold in his mystery TV series. I enjoy the reruns and the stories, but his face and his presentation before and after the story are totally off-putting.

I am a sunny personality and cannot abide with doom and gloom. For me life is a joy, a journey to cherish and celebrate in health and illness, in richness or bad times, in happiness and tribulations, through all the seasons and ages!


Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, DeliriousGaelikaa,  GrannymarMagpie11Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get  different flavours of the same topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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17 Responses to Doom and Gloom

  1. Grannymar says:

    I totally agree that you are a sunny personality!


  2. shackman says:

    You and Maxi combine to brighten things substantially with those sunny personalities


    • padmum says:

      Thank you for that lovely compliment. Maxi! Are you smiling! But Grannymar is the leprechaun! She always has a nice twist to her comments and blogs that invite smiles.


  3. Maxi says:

    Hmm, stock investors and betters tend to be optimists, never though of that. Your right about the anchors also, they don’t wear black.
    Blessings ~ Maxi


  4. Conrad Hake says:

    A new first. I am going to actually disagree with you on a point, but it is a quite gentle disagreement.

    Hitchcock: “his face and his presentation before and after the story are totally off-putting.”

    I think beneath the dour presentation was a total awareness of what he was presenting and a twinkle of delight at the charade! Interviews bore this out. Hitchcock delighted in playing a role and I always saw the twinkle.


  5. blackwatertown says:

    Yes I think Hitchcock had a twinkle too – but I don’t know that it really represented a twinkly personality. But your twinkle is entirely genuine Padmini.
    (Like the picture at the top as well.)


  6. Delirious says:

    We have a scripture in our religion that says, “ are that they might have joy”. Surely God knows that this life isn’t easy, and that we will have to suffer much because of being human. But the purpose of our life is to find joy!


  7. padmum says:

    So true Delirious. I think we have to be in touch with the child in us to find that joy in the the samllest of things. For many people troubles are self-induced. In Hindi we have a proverb–Aa bail, mujhe maar’ meaning “Of Bull, come and gore me’–an open invitation to disaster!!


  8. You are indeed an optomist and I love reading your posts. I have a different understanding of Alfred Hitchcock and his appearances in his movies. I see him as a man of great humor and a face that looks more like gloom than lighness. I think he plays on this in his vinettes to make fun of the doom and gloom people.


  9. padmum says:

    Truth be told I am more Maxi–in size–than Mini–but mini is shortened from Pad–Mini!!


  10. rummuser says:

    Conrad, Padmum will not be caught dead wearing a mini, if that is what you were implying. I wonder if Maxi would!


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