Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Usefulness of Genetic Horoscope - IV_a

According to my SNP based traits, I'm a morning person. However, in my opinion, I'm neither. Now, another research says, morning persons are more likely to see 'the dress' as white and gold. Well,  I indeed saw it as white and gold. Time to change my life routine completely then.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Tulu Spirit and contemporary incidents

For some reason, the life of Radhika/Rohith Vemula reminds me the legend of one of the Tulu spirit(daiva)s, Kordabbu (Kodi Kandala Babbu).

Babbu was born in an underprivileged(Dalit) family but was adopted by a privileged(Bunt) family. But unlike Radhika Vemula’s adoptive parents(relatively privileged), Babbu’s parents actually took care of him. His nature blossomed in the nurture of his privileged family and he grew up into a brilliant man. However, just like Radhika/Rohith, Babbu couldn’t escape the reality of being a Dalit. His excellence in life wasn’t tolerated by the privileged castes and they tried to kill him. His adoptive parents were helpless.

Many spirits in Tulu and Malayalam regions have similar stories. Men and women from underprivileged castes becoming victims of the caste prejudice. Since the spirit media mostly come from the same castes, Marxists theorists opine that, it’s a way for underprivileged castes to create a safe space for themselves in the casteist oppressive regions. While Brahmin priests controlled the evil ghosts to have a hegemonic control over the population, Dalit spirit priests, created benevolent/malevolent spirits to protect themselves from privileged caste oppression.

In Tulu regions, Spirit is also called ‘Satya’ or truth. I suppose it’s about the words that the spirit says through the medium. However, the stories behind these spirits in fact opens us to many ‘Satya-s’ about the society.

Sometimes I wonder whether the legend of Kordabbu is just a case against casteism or something more. 

As I mentioned above, the privileged caste tried to kill Babbu as they couldn’t stomach a Dalit excelling in life. They threw him into a well and covered the top with a stone. He cries for help. A woman called Tanniga Maniga comes to the rescue. She destroys the stone and throws her sari down for him to climb up. She asks him not to look at her uncovered body. However, he does. Later, he accepts his mistake and undergoes punishment.

So even though, Kordabbu becomes a spirit or daiva, he’s not blemishless. The story doesn’t end as a mirror of casteism, it goes further. It shows even the champion of the anti-casteism isn’t beyond committing sexism on his own. Reminds me the allegations against the director of Sairat.

I suppose the truths of casteism and sexism that those Dalit thinkers of the yesteryear wanted to convey through these daivas had lost in their utilitarian purposes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

True Capitalist Society - III

When Ian Grillot tried to intervene in the racist attack against two Indians, he wasn't giving blue prints for free market economy. He was Chernyshevsky's ideal male at that point of time.

The ideologies of present day society require new terminologies. The traditional right and left no longer holds good to describe the present political structures. The terms like centre-right, centre-left or centrist make no sense. It's as if, they are a compromize when in fact they represent evolved ideologies.

Previously, the right used religion to control the poor and supported free market economy. The left used economic disparity to organize the poor and working class and strived for secular socialist society. Now, the left has adopted a Keynesian economics (though nobody knows the tenets of capitalism in the first place, apart from the uncontrolled greed) and the right has added populism to their religiosity to bring the poor and the working class to their fold.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Usefulness of Genetic Horoscope - IV

The DNA Land guesses some of the traits based on the SNPs. It's a mixed bag for me.

1. Circadian rhythm: I'm  'likely a morning person'. In my opinion, I'm neither.

2. Coffee: It says 'lower than average consumption'. But I'm not sure whether it asks me to consume fewer cups or I'm destined to drink fewer cups(which I'm not). However, I cut my coffee consumption after I came to know that I metabolize caffeine slower than the average (which is bad for cardiovascular health, supposedly).

3. Educational Attainment: It seems my genes predict 14.1 years of education(which is actually lower than the number of years that I've put, 18). However, I tend to agree with the prediction here. I tend to believe I do have interest in learning things but not in the kind of education system that we have. However, I don't clearly have the alternatives too.

4. Neuroticism: I've a 'low tendency towards neuroticism'. By definition,
Neuroticism is one of the personality traits included in the commonly-used five factor model and is defined as having a tendency to experience negative emotions, such as anxiety, depression, excessive shyness and self-consciousness, and difficulty dealing with stress. 
 Not sure. I think I do feel 'guilt' and 'anxiety' even though not to the extent that disrupts my life but which certainly hinders me to undertake anything that involves risk.

5. Eye Colour: I'm 'likely to have brown eyes'. If by brown they mean black then it's correct.

6. Height: It says I'm 'likely to be short'. I agree. Then they go on putting a number to that, 152cm, with a 'fair' confidence. I'm just euphoric. I've beaten that by a good 19cm.

7. Nearsightedness: As it predicts I'm 'slightly nearsighted'. The number they put is -1.7 diopters. This is close to my right eye power (-1.75) whereas my left eye is -0.5.