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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Intro to Pedigree

South Indian Brahmin boys, have a custom of declaring their lineage prior to their names, before prostrating themselves at the feet of elders to get blessings. For those of you who are not familiar with this custom, the guy(only guys do this) bows before the elder(s) and says
Abhivadhaye (Me, descendent of) ...
1. the names of three sages - this is out of a total of 21 different combinations(?)2. His Gothram (which in effect is his sect)
3. His Sutram (which is a subsect)
4. His Veda (the one he follows - which is one of the four Vedas)
5. then his name

and finally prostrates himself to get the elders blessing.

The idea here (if my grandpa is right), is that people avoid marrying from the same Gotram, in an effort to mix the gene pool! This of course automatically implies that the female takes the Gotram of her husband when she gets married and only paternal mixing is guranteed here! In spite of some questions, I was always impressed by this system, that has been handed down successfully over thousands of years.

Today, this system is going to take on a whole new meaning. How, you ask ?

Recently my cousin opened my eyes to a new concept,that software companies in India, have introduced, called a "honeymoon package" !!! Yes, you read it right. If an employee of the company gets married to another employee within the same IT/Software company, then both of them are put on the same project, especially if one of them happens to work outside India! Hence the name, Honeymoon package. This no wonder pisses off a bunch of hardworking singles, because all of a sudden they find out that some girl/guy from some unknown project is going abroad for the next year on the project they have been busting their a**@# on, just by marrying the right person ! Apparently, it doesnt stop here.

There are companies which encourage this "keeping the family within the company" concept, by giving the newly weds a brand new car or some other expensive thing as a wedding gift!!!

Granted, youth today are not in the habit of finding out the other persons sect, subsect etc. before plunging into marriage. But imagine the after effects of the Honeymoon package deal 50 years from now ..

I asked one of my friends, who actually works in an Indian software company that has said package, to think about it. He thought for a few minutes and said "God, imagine all that inbreeding!" (Ironic, since both the guy and his wife work in the same company!)

It just cracked me up. If all these software people within the company keep marrying and their kids end up doing the same, two three generations from now we will have a very localized genepool of software, IT professionals who might just be saying

Abhivadhaye...
1. the names of the two software companies their parents have worked on
2. the sector they work on (apparently all these IT guys are grouped into vertical sectors like finance, automotive, etc. etc)
3. The account they work for within that vertical sector
4. the language they write the code in (C, C++, Java etc. which is pretty much the Veda they follow)
5. His name

and get the blessing !!

Dont be surprised if this really happens. I may not be there 50 years from now, but if this post still survives and you say..

Abhivadhaye
Infosys, Cognizant
Finance sector
Fidelity Magellan
Jaaavaaaa
Srirama sharma (Sriram is my name)
Aham Asmibho (I prostrate thee for your blessing !)

I predicted this might happen.... in 2006!!

8 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:37 AM, Blogger Munimma wrote...

assuming the kids join the company that parents work(ed) for. How close (far?) to reality is that?

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 4:22 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea wrote...

Sundar-

LOLed at your version of the abhi vaadaye. Creative and amusing, with the way the Indian sofwatre professionals are heading,this may happen sooner. Also, with the inter caste marriages within the brahmin community, maybe a line on the bride would make it more generic.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:27 AM, Blogger WA wrote...

LOL. So true about this honeymoon package though, have seen a lot of people come over just because their partners are in the right project, must be annoying for others

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:40 AM, Blogger visithra wrote...

lol that was funny ;p but it might just happen

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:38 PM, Blogger Anu wrote...

Sundar,

That was ingenious :D....

So what happens when a non software person marries a sw person - will it be an intercode marriage

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:10 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

munimma, i heard that bangalore IT companies have housing, shopping mall, etc. within their campus.. at this rate they might as well build
1. movie theater
2. amusement park
3. marriage hall
4. little temple
5. temple "kulam" with mottai adikka oru edam !
6. childcare center
7. and cemetary
and they are all set to make my vision come true !!


mitr,visitha

your point is well taken. it might create a new mix, and real soon!

wa, i know a lot of people who are annoyed this way.. really.

anu, good one! LOL !!

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:33 PM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

IT companies are communities. Many others had communities as well, like Osho.... Just an example for a community !

LOL ! Good one !

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:23 PM, Blogger Balaji S Rajan wrote...

Sundar,

This is three much... LOL.. Enjoyed.. your Abhivadheye.... Don't you think that their girl friend's name should be also included in that as well and the countries they have visited ......

Abhivadheye
Sriram
...sys
H1 rendu California
Boston
Java
Violet card
Bangalore Base
Kuppamal (Who knows the name Kuppamal) may be the in thing then

... and so on

 

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