Month: September 2011

The real story of the poem jack and jill who went up the hill

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The poem about jack and jill is nothing but a big fat lie. Imagine how’s this possible – jack and jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water – now who goes up the hill to get water? I appreciate that municipal water supply is erratic but still its foolish to go up the hill anyways to get water. How can you get water on hill top, won’t it trickle down. Is the poet trying to imply that jack and jill were morons who did not understand this simple fact. It may seem so but actually the poet indeed was smarter. Because the way the story ended had a clear message for folks. First jack fell down and broke his crown and then jill went tumbling after. So i think the moral of the poem that poet tried to emphasize was that don’t go up the hill to get any water. The only thing that will happen is that you’ll fall down. Its a rather tragic poem. I believe the story of the poem never happened. It was actually completely opposite. Jack and jill did not go up the hill, actually they stayed on hill top and of course motor was not invented in those days to push the water all the way up. So they had to actually go down the hill to fetch water from the pond below.

They went down filled water and came back home. Now the problem with this was that

1 it was too boring – there was no drama

2. It had no message – except to inspire some one to invent motor so that water can reach their house and

3 most importantly it was bloody difficult to rhyme (i tried).

So the poet came up with the scam of a poem that we all know today. Now i understand that my responsibility does not end just by exposing this scam, i need to fix this.

So i have come up with a better alternate poem –

jack and jill went up the hill so jack could give jill a flower;

but jack was a clown,

he made jill frown;

and jill dumped him for another

– now isn’t it a much more realistic poem. Lovers go up the hill all the time to express love (and to do other hanky panky business – but let’s not get into that). And if the guy gets foolish and does not express his love properly, he gets promptly dumped for another. Isn’t this happening all the time all over the world. I think it is. Now to unfold the real twist in the tale. Ah the suspense thickens. In my poem, the real name of the guy is not ‘jack’ but it’s ‘lack’ – because he lacked the ability to propose properly. And the real name of the girl is not ‘jill’ (what sort of name is jill, anyways! ). The real name was ‘kill’ – because she killed the guy by rejecting him. She took his heart and left him heartless!. I think my poem about lack and kill is definitely more tragic than the silly poem of jack and jill that we have been exposed to for so many years.


Are we having enough fun?

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An interesting thought- are we becoming happier or sadder (or mader – that’s a separate discussion) by the day? Were people happier say 100 years ago than today. I don’t have any survey results ( for those who believe that – in god i believe, for everything else i need data) but i think they might have been. At any rate, adam and eve were, i am definitely sure, happier than most folks today – think about it , no peer pressure, no work related tensions, no jealousy, no worries about how to be a part of the ‘in’ crowd, no fashion faux pax. Life was definitely more straight forward, except for a minor issue of a snake, but hey you need something in life to bring in some spice. My understanding, and the logical thing, is that men (and of course women – can’t forget them, can i? ) worked so hard over centuries to invent new things to ensure that we have a more comfortable life. The life has indeed been comfortable, i agree, but has it reduced our work or made us happier – i don’t think so. I think even with all the technological advancements, we are working harder than ever before. But why? Haven’t the needs been fairly the same- food, shelter, safety, love, respect and self esteem. Even 500- 1000 years ago, folks were trying to meet the same needs. With that in mind and also keeping in mind the technological advances (i know that it means keeping too many things in mind, but don’t we pride ourselves on multi tasking and working on multiple stuff simultaneously), we can deduce that we should have been working less and having more fun. But that’s clearly not happening, is it? Even if say we work only 3 days a week instead of 5-6 days a week won’t we still be able to meet our requirements. Most of us think we won’t but i think that most will. Maybe our ways of having a fun time will change from going to a multiplex to watch a crap movie to spending time with our family or reading a book or taking a walk. The way in which we are aiming to ‘maximise’ the value of each second of our life, i think that soon we’ll forget the joy of taking a leisurely stroll in a park and watching butterflies. Even today if you say that you are going to go to the park to watch butterflies then most parents would think that you are lying and most kids would say how boring/ what a loser. In such a scenario i really have to consider that are we actually having enough fun for which humans have worked so hard for so many years. Or are we just running around like mad chasing things that don’t even matter ultimately.