Sunday, December 30, 2007

On Much Hated Noise

I hate Indian weddings (do I mean Hindu weddings?). I sincerely, truly hate them. I hate the loud music that sends everyone who is unfortunate enough to be living in a locality near the source to near insanity, and I hate the fact that weddings are considered a valid reason to block the roads so that a very, very slow-moving procession of dancing revelers can pass.

How can people be so insensitive?? Your/your son’s/your daughter’s wedding is no cause for celebration for people who don’t know you! It is a bloody pain in the ass for those ill-fated souls who are being forced to put their work on hold because of your insanely loud music, and for those poor people stuck behind the baraat while trying to reach their various destinations on time! Besides, the massive loudness of the music is completely unnecessary anyway. If it is loud enough to bother people (i.e. send them out of their minds) who are not in the shamiyana, then it is definitely loud enough to make civilised, normal conversation between the guests in the tent impossible.

I also hate all kinds of loud music played by temples, especially when it starts at bloody 5 o'clock in the morning. Yes, we all understand that you are, for some unfathomable reason, required to wake up at 5am and start pooja, but do you have to force your disciplined habits on everyone withing hearing distance of your loudspeakers?? I don't want to wake up at that profanely early hour! I wish everyone in the world (or at least in places where I am) would refrain from imposing their religious views/cause for celebration on everyone else who has the misfortune to be living near them.

5 comments:

Renovatio said...

The key is to blame it on the punjus. Trust me, it always works. Don't get me wrong, I'm punjabi myself, but you must understand the distinction between punjabis and punjus.

sumedha said...

Shall remember that tonight. The tents are already up, and I aim to finish all work I had to do today by 6.

Maybe (hopefully) there won't be any punjus at this wedding, but the present silence seems ominous(I always liked that work, and this is the first time I've actually used it. Does it even fit?).

kpowerinfinity said...

Weddings are still okay, they only take place in shaadi-places, but temples, and pandals for puja (esp. coming from Calcutta, during durga puja). The B-grade music blaring from the speakers is just unbearable.

sumedha said...

@kpower: In my community, there are a few big empty grounds, two of which are on both sides of my apartment building. And they're used for weddings. So ya.. weddings bother me a lot more than temples. I don't think there are many temples nearby.. temple music has just disturbed me once in Delhi.

But I do think the music from the weddings is a lot better than the one coming from the temples. :)

Shreya said...

"...everyone >>withing<< hearing..."