I must disagree with the adage that goes “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, Mi.
Considering I suffer from infobesity and that I am curious as a roomful of cats about everything I come in contact with, I just cannot bear not knowing something. I am not inquisitive, mind you. There is a difference. I just love the joy of knowing. It is like stroking my mind with a loving hand. Could it have something to do with my name? Never mind.
The truth is, ignorance is not bliss. At least with certain things in life.
Ignorance is dangerous, and very inconvenient, and sometimes fatal. The things that come to mind right away are:
- Blood tests. Remember how we used to wind up our morning saga (and raga) at home and head out to the lab, only to be told that the tests must be done on an empty stomach? All thanks to the doc who did not tell us while writing the prescription and pocketing the hefty fee each time we went for a consultation. I mean, we’re not supposed to know on our own, right?
- Signs of failing health. My heart breaks when I think that we did not know your lung had collapsed the night before, when we rushed you to hospital the next day, never to speak to you again!
- How to take medication. I’ve always wondered why doctors, after writing illegible prescriptions, act high and mighty about educating us on the dosage, timing and foods to avoid. I mean, are we supposed to absorb all the info in one go? How? Especially when we’re sick or in pain?
But these experiences taught us to ask questions, no matter how trivial, just so we could avoid stressing ourselves out by making useless trips. So there’s a silver lining around every cloud, no matter how dark!
I fondly remember the advice you gave me when I was in the 2nd std. You were my class teacher and had asked the class to write an essay about “My Family”. Of course we all came up with a few lines, relevant and irrelevant. Some couldn’t get past one line. That’s when you taught us that whenever we needed to find out information or trigger our thought trains, all we had to do was ask the following questions: what, when, who, why, where and how.
I have never forgotten that and find it useful in all walks of life, whether I am talking to people, writing something or just having a conversation with myself. Ha ha. I need expert advice sometimes you know!
Ah, talking of knowing, something really funny happened recently. Vidur wanted vadu manga. We were down to the last one and I made a mental note to get it when I went shopping. I would have ordered it with the grocery, but it was out of stock. So anyway, we happened to go get veggies the next day, and passed Nilgiris. Telling Vidur to wait outside the store with the bags, I dashed in to get the pickle. A quick look at the shelf showed me “Kaduku mango” and I grabbed the bottle. What? Kadugu mango is the smaller vadu mango variety, a little spicier than the brine soaked vadu mango. Or so I assumed. I did wonder why they spelled it kaduku and not kadugu, but didn’t dwell on it.
So imagine our shock when we opened the bottle eagerly and found almost shredded mango in a superspicy chili mix. I was stunned. Vidur of course picked up the bottle, read the description and laughed. It clearly says “tidbits of mango blah blah blah”. I was mad at myself. He teased me about “family” lingo not always being general lingo. I went and asked our neighbor what was kadugu mango. She said small vadu manga in a spicy mix. Triumphant, I looked at Vidur. He just continued to laugh and said the “k” made all the difference. Oh well. It was hilarious. Just one spoon of this kaduku mango keeps my tongue tingling for hours. The good part? I know now this pickle exists…and who knows, it may grow on me. I had half a spoon with a couple of rotis today.
It is time for my second cuppa, Mi. Nothing like a trip out of town to make us hanker for our special coffee eh? I had a tough time holding back the tears at the gym today because I missed my buddy so much.
Here’s a funny for you:
Day 2 of the #BarAThon Challenge from 1st to 7th August 2016
I am with Team #CrimsonRush