9.4.08

thoughts on this country, kooky stories from desh and habitus.

This country used to be able to take over sh!t
Then it used to be able to make sh!t
Now all it can do is talk sh!t
- on seeing a very dissapointing, characterless and spanking new jaguar, (probably built around a ford mondeo)

In bangladesh, General Saab is trying to promote potato eating in a rice habituated society at a time of bumper potato harvest and messed up rice prices. For some unfortunate reason he deems the newspaper editors appropriate intercessors between him and the people and feeds them...
The menu included potato soup, French fries, potato corn curry, potato kopta
curry, potato roller gravy, potato with spinach, potato malai curry, potato
navaratna, potato pudina and potato pulse. Besides, rice, ruhi fish and fresh
salad were served.

Another story has a daft GMG Airlines (best private airline, no best airline company period in desh) hostess freaking out at a 'mentally disturbed' man cutting an apple with a knife on a plane from Dhaka to KL, causing it to be grounded. What molly coddled flight attendant schooling did she go to? I mean, I suppose quelling needless panic and counter escalation is not one of the modules.

But grounding the flight? Pilot saab get a grip, the dude had a blade (which he shouldn't have) but I'm sure some sane person on the aircraft could easily have detooled him, and cut/peeled his apple with a plastic spoon or something. Even in the midst of the Dhaka Uni riots this summer i always saw a few toweringly sensible people, enveloped in a cloud of cool, solving public problems and oozing safety generally. That nobody in the cabin could sort it out and the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Thailand reminds me of the sad national political picture. I wonder what the repercussions of this humiliating surrender to fear will be on Bangladesh on Air.

Now airports are going to be even more of a hassle and some metal detectorwallah at an airport in bangladesh might get 'reassigned'. I think part of the solution is for less dainty little stewardesses and more strong men in GMG cabin staff. I knew those lovely blue and orange saris were going to get them into trouble.

Someone somewhere will milk this event for a 'security' agenda, but i tell them 'we don't do airborne violence, we are bangladeshis, we are a lot more grounded'. However, I'm more interested in another lesson from this incident, about people behaving 'strangely' and being labelled as crazies.

So he (the dude with the knife) was mentally disturbed?

A little while back there was a story about a murrabi (elder) from Wales who ate a swan for iftari (bless). His defence counsel pleaded mental instability. But something is not quite right here, something else is going on. People do some funny/strange/cute/scary things, but it might not be because they are nutjobs. It probably has something to do with habitus, a sociological idea used to describe "a set of acquired patterns of thought, practice and taste".

3 comments:

sonia said...

bless? he killed a swan and ate it. that's some feat you know.

bloody meat-eaters.

why didn't he go to a fellow muslim or a mosque if he was hungry?? so much for the UMMah!

sonia said...

yes the bit about habitus..quite, this man obviously thought he could just go out and grab the equivalent of a chicken and eat it. probably quite normal given where he probably grew up. But not normal at all where he actually carried out the deed. Also he would not have understood the disjunct between the designation of animals one eats, and those one does not eat.

however, one would have thought he might have picked up that he is in a different environment now. And if he is that hungry and having to kill wild animals in a welfare state, there's something clearly wrong. Calling it 'mental instability' - well..

fug said...

fancy some lettuce?