21 July 2011, 6: 10 PM
I want to share with you something that I witnessed today. I do witness such incidents most days but didnt give it much thought as I am doing now.
Yelled the auto driver at a rider as he maneuvered his motorcycle very close enough to crash on the auto.
Hey Diary, "goobe" means OWL in Kannada; the most preferred word to abuse or insult drivers on the road in this part of the world I live. Its a way to emphasize how the driver has been driving as if blindfolded; lacking any sense.
There are variants in road-abuse; the more adverse middle finger show to phrases like "Veetla sollitu vandhiya?" - closely translates to did you inform your home before leaving. In Bangalore, the first word that comes out is Goobe. This word is also used to insult someone who is an idiot; who cant grasp things quickly; like in school.
Why am I obsessed with Goobe? Simply because I am a Goobe.
And we goobes have got nothing to do with the road rage. We dont even venture anywhere near humans and yet each time they are annoyed at someone; we poor things gets personified. I feel helpless that they are discriminating and insulting us. We owls are not dumb species. We are skilful enough; but each time I hear one human abusing another human by calling our name; I feel insulted.
We have discussed this in our community and my grandma says that this practice is not new but has been around for quite sometime. Why cant we do anything about it? I have heard human beings have laws against gender, racial, linguistic and all other discrimination. Dont they have a rule against species discrimination? My dad says no. They have rules and laws according to their convenience it seems.
My dad also told me that we are not the only species affected. Humans have idioms personifying every other animals so that their feelings are conveyed more effectively.
Black sheep, dog-eat-dog, rat race, fat as a pig, a wolf in sheep's cloth, a spring chicken...
I mean what if the sheep has black coat or if a pig is fat?
As slow as a sloth, as deaf as an adder, as mean as a snake...............My dad went on and on.
What sadists are they to pick on us animals?
Accusing a dog of cannibalism, blaming a rat of participating in a race or accusing that helpless chicken for having born during spring time!! Were they witness to these?
These all just because they are handicapped to be terse without mentioning us. They call themselves most evolved with the unique skill of communicating with defined languages. How preposterous! They cant even convey things across without picking on us.
What if we started doing the same with them? As selfish as a human? As nagging as a women? They are such losers; they wont be able to laugh at their own limitations :)
They can't take that - As egoistic as humans sounds best.
Diary, next time I hear someone insulting with a "goobe"; I am going to ask to knock themselves out.
The Offended Owl O_O
P.S : This picture was taken from my office pantry on Jan 2009. The glass partition separated me and the owl.