Friday, October 14, 2005

Stand up, be counted

It's taken me three days to compose this.
To snap out of this spell of fatigue caused by people who like to call themselves educationists but .... oh, look at all this evidence!

I've just been reading and re-reading all the different blog-posts about this nasty business of I I P M and their silly legal notices and the tasteless comments on Rashmi's blog and the overwhelming reactions - some funny and some serious - from all around me.

And what I'm really bothered by is Mr AC's pony-tail. I admittedly know nothing about his institute - never having been interested in the least - but I have problems with his having a pony-tail because I've always stood up for long(ish) hair.

Correction - men with long hair.

I have a thing for long hair because men who sport pony-tails symbolize something... don't ask what. Just something that none of the boys had in my backofbeyondschool-days. Or it could also have something to do with the fact that all the pony-tail-sporting men I know are cool, honest, talented, charming and down-to-earth. So, in all my naivete, I really believed that a guy who nurses a pony-tail can't be a twit. He could be smart. He could be smart-evil. But he can't be petty. He can't be sub-ordinary.
Or so I thought.

Now, I'll have to change a whole chunk of my philosophy towards hair and do a rethink about my systemofonthespotevaluationofmeniknownothingabout.


Anyway, Gaurav Sabnis, I have never met you, and I don't know if you have a pony-tail, but hats off and wish you all the best etc.

Rashmi, ditto.


Anonymous said...

may be because ponytails are a phallic?

K said...

Now you know that men with ponytails are also as petty and stupid as other men. But I guess this guy pulls the average down a fair bit for 'ponytailed mankind'.

1conoclast said...

I thought I'd see a "Shame IBM" post here somewhere!!!

I always thought Arindam was an ass!

Aishwarya said...

Anonymous - they're also limp, usually.

(Sorry Annie!)

Ravi said...

I've met Gaurav Sabnis about 2 yrs ago. He didn't have a ponytail then.

Adi Oso-Groot Finch said...

"Or it could also have something to do with the fact that all the pony-tail-sporting men I know are cool, honest, talented, charming and down-to-earth."

Thanks! This ponytail is much obliged. But then don't let one man's deeds determine fate of the whole 'ponytailed men' community. :)

What can I say, a refreshingly different post on the issue

Adi Oso-Groot Finch said...

@anon, aishwarya - I forgive you for your ignorance!!

Vijayeta said...

LOL...Arindam's ponytail is a joke. On him. 'Cos of the face its attached to...

david raphael israel said...

as a person-with-ponytail, I take trepidatious interest in the noted, current semiotic reappraisal of my accidental (?) typology. Mr. AC notwithstanding, perhaps we can weather this storm.

Also to mention (for historical interest): I recall there was a time (in the early 1980s I'd say) when ponytails in urban America -- having migrated into a (brief I imagine) overdrive of trendiness as a corporate-typa-thing-per-se, were (allegedly) available for purchase. As in, a faux ponytail.

I felt that your overview of the topic would not be complete sans this factoid (or rumoroid -- but I do recall references in the print media in vicinity of San Francisco at the aforementioned approximate temporal period, tho my lawyers are not involved herewith).

carry on,

Annie Zaidi said...

aishwarya, no apologies needed, loved that comment.
and david, that's a very interesting factoid. makes me think... hmm.

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