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Thursday, October 06, 2005

You have a new mail

There are better ways to start a day. But definitely not with a fwd which has a tag "Pls send pass it on to 10 people or else..." Grrr The first thing I did was Shift+Del. I hate them.

It all started with postcards. Typically Shankar's Anniyan style. Receiving a letter with a so-called important message to the society and a P.S that reads "You are supposed to take x number of copies and post it to x different people. If you fail to follow, you'll face the same predicament as Vadakkuputhur Venkatesan who was hit with a visha juram or the once filthy rich Kothamangalam Govindan who became bankrupt overnight".

This sounds rustic. But a decent version of the same is getting circulated as emails.

It is mostly a Ganesh yantra/Tirupathi Balaji mantra/Saibaba message and we are not supposed to break the chain. If broken, the person will have bad luck throughout his/her life. It should not stay in the Inbox for more than 48 hrs. If it is a divine message why is it not supposed to stay with you?

A friendship train, which needs to be on its wheels always. If not, you'll have serious misunderstandings with your best friend and he/she will become your enemy forever. So, friends fight only because of not forwarding mails to each other?

A pair of love birds - a symbol of love, carrying a lovey dovey message. You need to spread it. Here, the number of people you forward to is inversely proportional to the number of days in which you meet the love of your life.

How stupid? Does the "Send" button in the compose screen decide our fate? Who is the originator of such chains? Can we earn money and love by wasting precious time and simply forwarding messages? It pains all the more because this is getting multiplied at an exponential rate in the literate community. Come on! We are in the 21st century and still people believe in such things. The common dialogue being, "If not good luck, let me not invite bad luck" and they sincerely start shortlisting the prospective forwardees in their addressbook.

Huh! Will there ever be an end to this? This is just my opinion. Your views pls...


  • At 7:27 PM, Blogger vee-jay said…

    I hate such mails!!! Have shared my view here

  • At 3:23 AM, Blogger Raj said…


  • At 3:38 AM, Blogger Shivaji said…

    but see.this shows how our old traditions are compatible with new technology.. i mean saibaba getting angry if you dont forward your email

  • At 9:06 AM, Blogger Ashish Gupta said…

    Definitely agree with you. But I sometimes wonder what EXACTLY motivates people to do such stupid things? I hate it but still with no reasons given my best friends too keep doing this. I think some day I will break friendship only for this reason. How insane a person has to be to do so? Is it something that is ingarined in human mind? I had written similar post some time ago:

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Jagan Mohan said…

    Allow me to elucidate the Psychology behind this phenomenon.

    Why do people forward chain-mails that threaten dire consequences for failure to comply?

    Simple: People do not like to make and take decisions.

    Decisions and being decisive needs a lot of forethought, hindsight and extra pressure to the logical, rational part of the brain. This process is a big effort and can tire anybody out.

    When a mail threatens some illogical consequence, we do not want to take a decision whether to risk deleting it or just push a few buttons and get over the dilemna... we usually choose the later to get rid of guilt, fear and mental tension.

    Also, if something does happen bad, the association with the mail will ensure that in future, we promptly forward the chain-mails and feel better.

    The root cause however is the nature of unpredictablity in life. This gives rise to superstitions.

    BUT according to Hinduims (the Tirupathi/Ganesh mails), our future is strictly in our hands. We are the architects of our Karma. No chain mail is going to change that. If only this message is chain mailed!

  • At 5:59 AM, Blogger Kapil said…

    I can imagine your plight. You actually went to the extent of blogging your frustration!

  • At 12:15 PM, Blogger Neha said…

    technology evalo develop aahudho superstition a avalo dhooram extend pannuvom naanga :p jokes apart such forwards really freak me out. but not ALL such forwards...some are actually nice and CAN be forwarded kinda..

  • At 11:18 PM, Blogger Prahalathan said…

    'Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege'

  • At 5:26 AM, Blogger Harish said…

    if u don't respond to this comment within 24 hours.... :)

  • At 6:46 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said…

    DPDK idhai patri nadavadikkai enbadhai mikka magizhchiyudan therivithu koLgiren

  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger DaldaDappa and Proud said…

    LOL! Yeh I hate them too! No doubt about it...

  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @vee-jay - Mockery of faith - bull's eye :)

    @raj and preethi - Join d club!

    @shivaji - Hahaha..

  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @ashishg - I will break friendship-May be you should not. The mere coincidence mite provoke them to initiate more and more chain mails and there is a bright chance that you will also be quoted in that..

    @jagan mohan - True! But I feel it is high time people understand that this escapism and hiding from taking decisions will not work for long.

    @kapil - Momentary frustration to be precise

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @neha - Even I do fwd them if I find it cute but I also do make sure I remove the tag :)

    @prahalathan - Timely quote *applauds*

    @harish - I am still the same lazy YT-nu artham :-P

    @ferrari - Mikka Nandri thalaivaa!!

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @all - Me happy that there are lots of us who share similar views. After all, great minds you see :D

  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger lakshmi said…

    That's true,but if something nice comes in your inbox and would like to share with someone,then we could do it.

    Ordering to send to this much amount of people is something mad.The most craziest of this kind of mail is about "A phone will ring if you forward ".I guess you would have got this mail too.....

  • At 9:48 PM, Blogger Ram said…

    I hate forwarded emails...some jokes are good...but there is a lousy category of people who believe in powerpoint presentations...and you get useless emials like icecream.pps..flowershow.pps..
    Totally HATE the extent that I straightaway delete most forwards unless its from a non-forwarding person! :)

  • At 10:44 PM, Blogger Nanyaar? said…

    forward mails dont even tell... fills in my inbox I had to create seperate email address.. and specifically tell my friends... if u ppl want to send forwards this is the address.. but the other stricktly emails

    nice space.. saw you in the blogger meet pic's.


  • At 11:27 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    one more to share that opinion. I like some forwards but never the ones with the ultimate *twist* at the end !!

  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger Yours Truly said…

    @lakshmi - Yeah! I'd got that one too.

    @ram - I know, it won't fit into the business man's busy schedule :D

    @naanyaar - Epitome of patience..creating a new email ID just for fwds :)

    @gayathri - Welgum!

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