Where’s the scale?

One of my best friends is getting married in a few months and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. It is quite exciting to think about, you know, a wife, family, kids, bill payments, the first time your kid holds your thumb, getting a babysitter, theme parks and diapers. But if there’s a scale on maturity-level to get married, lets say a scale from 1 to 10, I am not on that scale. Like, the scale is in the kitchen and I’m at the grocery store.


I was leaving for work today when a neighbour stopped by to say hi. After peering into my living room, he asked me where my family was. When I told him I wasn’t married, he looked shocked. He said(I kid you not), “this is dangerous. Why aren’t you married? You have to get a wife”. The ridiculousness of the situation made me laugh. I disappointed the only neighbour who ever came to talk to me. I figure most single-people go through this ordeal. However, I can’t deny the fact that deep inside, I do feel a little anxious. I sometimes ask myself,” what the fuck are you doing with your life?”. That’s where the Shadow-people come in. I feel like the shadow-people have found their purpose in life. Maybe I should learn from them. Let me introduce you to the Shadow-people.

I read in the news that the state of Kerala(a.k.a. home sweet home), has got its first ‘Shadow Cabinet’. Now, I didn’t even know what a Shadow Cabinet was, but it got me excited. The moment I hear the word ‘shadow’, I get excited. My mind immediately goes to ‘silent guardian’, ‘watchful protector’, ‘the Dark Knight’, dogs named Shadow, that sort of thing. Apparently, the function of a Shadow cabinet is to keep government decisions/activities under check. It’s sort of a guardian for the people, to protect people’s interests. Upon reading this news, I was reminded of a conversation between two of the most influential people on the planet.

Lisa-“if you’re the police, who will police the police?”

Homer-“I dunno. Coast Guard?

Normally, it is the members of the opposition party that forms the Shadow Cabinet. But in Kerala, it has been formed by everyday-people, people who care about the well being of others( I assume). I think these people will do a great job. But you know what? what do I know? People say I stopped ageing mentally when I was 15. So I could be dead wrong.