Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mysorism

I have always believed that Mysore is more than a place - it is a state of mind, a way of life. If I were to describe Mysore in one word, it is moderation. In Mysore, like its weather, everything is moderated. Pace of life, desire, ambition, wealth, effort, ostentation - Mysoreans love everything in moderation. You are not supposed to be either too rich or too poor. If you are over ambitious, you are ridiculed. But if you live like a sanyasi, you are ridiculed too. You study or work too hard - you are called a kudumi. You don't study at all - you are classified lazy or useless. You spend a lot on your daughter's wedding - you are called a show-off. Cut corners and you are called stingy. Whatever we did, we were always encouraged to go for that golden mean. Neither too much, nor too less.

In sharp contrast is the metro philosophy - more the merrier.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another characteristic of Mysore being an extremely high context society.
http://www.culture-at-work.com/highlow.html

Mysore boys used to get offended in college if an outsider calls him "yeno" in singular for the first couple of years. They dont want to mingle closely with the outsiders.

This is probably the clue why no matter how many high-ways or broad guages you build, the business will not flourish in Mysore.

But this golden median is not good for Mysoreans, if the level of the mean is not raising. I think the mean will only shift if you introduce a variance.

Decemebr Stud said...

"Mysore boys used to get offended in college if an outsider calls him "yeno" in singular for the first couple of years."

Hmmm..that's news......never heard that before!!! And quite surprising considering I lived in Mysore for so long.