Monday Muse: My Problem with “Thandaa Khoon”

“Garam Khoon” (hot blood) to describe young people – people who are restless, energetic and/or progressive. “Thandaa khoon” (cold blood) is a term I made up to signify the opposite – old people; or people who have no energy, are placid, or are unmotivated.

Today morning was a back-in-control sort of thing for me, especially considering that the Diwali celebrations just ended. Recently, I’ve started taking a bus to office and today, a guy sitting opposite me (the seats were facing each other) was eyeballing me all trip. We got down at the same stop and he started talking to me – turns out he works at the same Oracle campus where I do.

While we walked to office from the bus stop (a 5 minute walk), he continued talking to me, and I responded kindly enough, but I grew more and more disgusted with him. He talked about how I “should shift to development because there is zero growth in documentation”, how my friend’s job “bhi bekaar hai” (is also worthless), about how all us “newbies keep requesting for more work” and how he “IIT me bhi chill maara aur yaha bhi chill maar raha hoon” (how [he] chilled/took it easy in IIT and is chilling here too), among other things, like how he still wanted to get a raise or get transferred to a better location.

It is appalling and astonishing to me how someone can have such a lackadaisical attitude towards a career, or even towards life. As you might know, I’m a big believer in keeping busy and moving forward, which is why I try so many hobbies.

In Hindi, we use the term “Garam Khoon” (hot blood) to describe young people – people who are restless, energetic and/or progressive. It can even be used in a negative context to describe pesky or troublesome people, but the spirit of restlessness is constant. In contrast, “Thandaa khoon” (cold blood) is a term I made up to signify the opposite – old people; or people who have no energy, are placid, or are unmotivated.

I guess why this bothers me so much is because I sometimes call myself old when I experience strange body pain and the like, but people like this guy are truly old in the negative sense – they stopped wanting to work for things long ago. These type of people wouldn’t bat an eyelash if an opportunity passed them by.

Unfortunately, such people are also more content – something I am not, and even though I want to grow and learn new things, and experience new sensations, and make and eat new foods and the like, I wouldn’t mind being content from time to time. I guess I envy them a little, but I would hate to be content all the time.

“Thandaa khoon”, as such, flies in the face of the spirit of progress and evolution. It advocates a feeling of contentment, sure, but also one of complacency. It fosters a growing laziness, of dead growth, and of obesity of personality (and if you read this blog, you know about my FPiTS. If not, refresh by looking HERE, Here and here).

Or, it may just be this thing that my friend Pranav and I share – this whole scarred-by-performance-at-school-so-overcompensate-by-winning-at-college thing. Don’t really know. What do you think? Am I overthinking this, or can you also not stand people who don’t want to work for what they want? Let me know below in the comments.


So this was the first post in my Monday Muse series, the Monday series that I promised last week. Look forward to the next two weeks, where I will be writing about a) Peace and Conflict and b) Organized Religion. I mean, probably. Never know if I can cultivate a habit of writing regularly. If you have an idea for a Monday Muse post, or would like to see something being tackled, leave a comment below.

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