Saturday, 18 September, 2010

The Voice of God

Chennai has been through the month of Aadi. Apart from everything being on discount we have had our ears seared with blaring music from all temples . Every weekend the local temples put a loudspeaker , make porridge and generally see that we all wake up in a bad mood and black eyed.
Why do we need loudspeakers in temple. Is it for us to know there is God , is it that loudspeakers are just cheap , or more importantly is it for god to hear his disciples. Imagine God up there every year has this loudspeaker gone wild session. He or she would would ensure us yes he or she do exist and they do not have a hearing problem .
After a weekend of an Aaatha screaming woodstock kind of fest , I was in no mood for another weekend of Aatha being drummed down my ears. So at 4.30 a.m. I call the police station and tell Saar what is the rule for loudspeaker , The police says SI speaking 6 am ma . OK saar we cant sleep the noise is unbearable . Within ten minutes the jeep comes , the police man calls me and says ma we are here what do you want us to do. I say Saar you hear a deafening noise chase them . Aah you want us to follow the noise . Yes I say, Ok OK . We will put on our siren and scare them. Then after ten minutes we hear Aaatha on a fainter note and tug at our blankets.When SI calls Madam can we see you . See me ? For what Si. So that ma you know we came . I said I know you came. I am not flashing my nightie at a pot bellied cop at 4 am . So ten minutes later the aaatha volume is turned up again. I call my friendly SI .. and say saar no respect for the police these people have turned up the volume . He says dont worry mam god is there he will teach them a lesson . I say Saar you see God doesnt take complaints and come with a siren so I cant tell him in a direct way .
BUt God if you are up there please dont wait till after life to throw the aatha brigade in hell .. just mute their loudpspeakers for now...


  1. Ha ha :-)

    It is true of all the cities, localities.
    It is tiresome for people who sleep late, students who keep late hours and older ones.
    But who cares? In Secunderabad , where we live, we used to have some enthu guys and girls( mostly retired), screaming their lungs and mrudangams out at 5 a.m. in the mornings during Marghazhi.. It used to be so bad, we used to curse. Those guys were sleeping at 9.p.m and so they think it is ok to live a village kind of life!!

    Thanks God, After much hints, they scrapped the idea. We had to encounter some snide remarks "they dont care for God!!" etc..

    Hope next year Aadi will be better for you.

    Thanks for this topic. :-)

  2. Its aatha in chennai , Ganpati Bappa in Mumbai..but atleast its not early in the morning

  3. Same here, Thanks to Ganesh UTsav, ganeshji is listening to all the latest hindi super hits. And to top it it is the exam time now.
    And no luck of calling the police coz he is one of the guests of honor at the ganesh utsav.

  4. @asha nice touch getting police as the chief guest!
    @gayatri &Vetrimagal luckily the aathas have taken a rest....

  5. Aruna, can just hear and feel your frustration!!
    I had a friend whose house was next to Adyar Signal Pillayar Kovil.
    And boy did she have an overdose of bells ringing/blaring songs and piety!!

    This need to din religious fervour into people escapes my sense of tolerance.

    Great topic to write on...pump it up!!

  6. @sowmya every friday i wake up thinking when the loudspeaker is going to be cracked up... In between the music they even announce who sponsored the biryani !

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