Of Babies and Rahul Baba…

Of Babies and Rahul Baba…

The other day,87 year old Kerala Chief Minister,V S Achuthanandam,called our 40 year old,Rahul Baba an “AMUL BABY”.   

As is usual,the TV media took up the topic and various channels had a field day in their “Breaking News” features.They were so delighted that they even had panel discussions on the exchange of dialogue between the two politicians. 

Even the print media,did not lag behind.Here is an editorial from a popular leading daily.It is aptly titled as :”Time For Baby Talk” : 

Quote : If ever an icon has united this vast and complex land of ours (way more than cricket or Bollywood), it must be the slightly podgy ‘Amul girl’ in a polka-dotted dress, focused on her buttered slices of bread but an earnest observer and commentator on all things Indian. Also known as the ‘Amul baby’, for  once, she seems to have found herself more at the centre of news than the sidelines from where she usually supplies her witty observations. The controversy is as ancient and elemental as humanity itself: the clash between the conflicting egos of youth and old age, how age actually withers and if the old order should yield place for the new. The battleground, in this case, has been the verdant fields of Kerala, where the 87-year-old chief minister VS Achuthanandan is in running for a further five-year term in office. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is reported to have mentioned that Mr Achuthanandan, in case he wins, will be 93 around the time of the next elections. Miffed at the arithmetic, the latter has called Mr Gandhi an ‘Amul baby’. The comparison is baffling, considering Mr Gandhi is 40 years old; interesting, though of lesser consequence, is the fact that the iconic Amul ad representation itself was created 45 years ago.We, who never like to miss out on the fine print, already see how Mr Achuthanandan has cleverly supplanted the ‘Glaxo baby’, representative of multinational interests and, therefore, anathema to an old guard Communist, with the ‘Amul baby’, the epitome of grass-root level cooperative success. 

Nor do we discount the possibility of that eternal cultural disconnect among regions north and south of the Vindhyas, whereby the ‘babalogs’ of the north transmute into the ‘baby’ of the south. In all this baby talk, one would have loved to hear what the girl in the polka-dotted dress might have to say. Unquote. 

 

Having read and heard about this episode, I tried to put my thoughts in verse form.
Before I move on,I would like to clarify that besides my own two babies-a son and a daughter,I have known four other babies in my life so far.Are you wondering whether at 62, I am about to confess about my other wanderings beyond the matrimonial boundaries? No, no. I am talking of Branded Babies ! Yes, besides AMUL’s polka dotted wise girl since the late forties,I remember MURPHY Baby of the famous Murphy Brand of Radios of the late sixties.Next, I remember the Glaxo Baby too,since Glaxo products were commonly used by my family,during the growing up years of my children.I also remember FAREX baby logo to some extent,since that was a popular baby cereal in  those times.
 
So then, here is my versified imaginary exchange of dialogue between our RG (Rahul Gandhi) and VSA ( the Kerala CM ):
 
RG :    VSA,VSA,you are now ripe at eighty-seven,
          It’s time you packed your bags for going to heaven.  
              VSA,VSA, don’t be so unwise and naive,
         You are weary enough,with a foot in the grave.
             VSA,VSA,it’s time,from politics,you now retire,
         Go,chant your daily mantras,make way for the young,
         who aspire. 
 
VSA : Rahul Baba,Rahul Baba,you are now at forty,
                   You’re just a toddler,so behave,don’t be so naughty. 
              I am a Bhishma Pitamah,in my field,you see,
                   While you ? You are nothing but an Amul Baby !
              Rahul,oh Rahul,go eat your pasta and sprouts,
                   Talk to me later,when your wisdom teeth are out !
 
RG : VSA,VSA,your slip is so very obvious,
              Your knowledge of brands,alas,is so atrocious.
          Amul Baby,is a famous brand icon you see,
               It’s utterly,butterly,so delicious and so tasty.
          Hence,I don’t mind your direct barbs at me,
               I come from a famous political lineage,you see.
          The more you aim such poisoned darts at me,
               The more Amul brand mileage,I get for free.
        Had you called me a Glaxo Baby,it would’ve been still better,
              The MNC would rush to me,their new brand ambassador.    
        Ah,Yes,had you even called me a Murphy Baby,
              It wouldn’t have mattered a wee bit to me.
        I would have smiled and still loved it,as well.
             For FM Radio Channels,then would have something
             new to yell ! 
 
Dear Readers,your additions to the above lines will be welcomed.Your feedback and comments will be appreciated too.So,go ahead,don’t let go this opportunity at any cost !  And yes,keep smiling !!
 
 
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10 Responses to Of Babies and Rahul Baba…

  1. seshu chamarty says:

    Master craftsman at work again, now with a parody. Kudos, Broca, for your creative wit that is always timely. Regards.

    Seshu Chamarty, Hyderabad
    May 16, 2011

  2. Manju Suri says:

    RG : VSA , VSA, when the sun shone you made your hay…
    and in all matters you had your say…
    now its high time you take a flight and make a way…
    for a new generation to come and stay …
    with your observance of harsh conditions and rigour…
    you succeeded in displaying your animated vigour…
    but now your health does not permit…
    any task to be undertaken with ingenuity to outwit…
    with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel…
    you might just slip and fall with an unconscious feel…
    so before you land yourself upon a pile of combustible material…
    a caution to you for people are already preparing for your ceremonial funeral…

    Manju Suri (On IPS)
    New Delhi
    17th May 2011

  3. Manju Suri says:

    VSA : Rahul Baba, Rahul Baba,you provoke me to such an extent …
    but yet open a passage for free expression an outlet for vent …
    I made an error of naming you as an “Amul Baby” brand…
    Your knowledge is limited not vast enough to receive a title so grand …
    You are stagnant on milk alone to be your need…
    Perhaps Oster Milk should have been your daily feed…
    when will you ever grow up to maturity…
    I know you descend from a continuous series of credibility …
    Politics is surely to be your game…
    but you are kiddish and stagnated on utterly, butterly fame…
    I am convinced you excel in nursery rhymes…
    this is the furthest you have reached despite the crisis and difficult times…
    Your wisdom and power is low and shallow…
    revealing your brains to be empty and hollow…
    you ought to indulge unrestrainedly in a place where animals wallow…
    one more wrong decision may just send you to the gallows…
    your mind is fixed upon accumulating wealth…
    but this is the right time to give importance to your health…
    or you might just kick the bucket with a forceful blow…
    and people will still be searching for your bleeding flow …
    But I must have the last laugh at the end…
    I get a stench, a foul smell, your huggies are wet Baby, go and attend…

    Manju Suri (On IPS)
    New Delhi
    18th May 2011

  4. J S Broca says:

    Dear Seshu ji ,many thanks for reading and appreciating my posting.GBU.

    J S BROCA, New Delhi
    May 17, 2011

  5. J S Broca says:

    Well well,finally I have found someone to match my wits and my wicked sense of humour on IPS .Manju ji,thanks a lot for adding value to my thought flow,in a similar vein.GBU

    J S Broca
    new delhi
    may 17th 2011

  6. J S Broca says:

    Dear Manju ji,I think the Rahul-VSA Bug 2011 seems to have infected you as well.Let the bug spread.Enjoyed your really witty repartees.Keep smiling and keep others smiling as well.GBU

    J S BROCA
    NEW DELHI
    18.05.2011

  7. Ramesh Alagarsamy T A says:

    But in Tamil Nadu 87 year old MK sent home now at last!

    Ramesh Alagarsamy T A (on IPS)
    18th May 2011

  8. Radhika says:

    Dear Sir, read your piece after coming back from a short vacation.A really tongue-in-cheek poem on a breaking news item so lively and full of fun and frolick.More power to your funny bone, Sir ! Thanks.

    Radhika Sabharwal
    Faridabad
    19th May 2011

  9. Raj Nandy says:

    Enjoyed reading this creative writing Broca ji ! Since Rahul at 40 is ‘a baby’, we at 60 plus are like ‘young lads’, don’t you think ? Thanks,

    Raj Nandy , New Delhi
    May 19, 2011

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