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National Geographic dropped a ‘gawd-awful’ clanger when they described India’s Kerala as the ‘God’s Own Coutry’… If only they were not that damned hasty to finalsie the name , if only they had waited for a while longer,they could have given it a more appropriate one:

Gold’s Own Country…

Intense fascination bordering on Neurosis for the yellow metal runs in the blood stream of most of the natives of this costal state ….more than all those regularly consumed liquor varieties, another passion;-)

Here, Gold is primarily mopped up for making ornaments for the daughter’s wedding when the time comes for it . Also it is an option for long term investment… And in many cases, it is also used to bedeck oneself with vengence at the poor hubby’s expense… literally…

I read somewhere that there are some 3000 gold ornament
factories in one district alone here, all to cater to the never ending thirst of the Keralites for gold ornaments…The Gold soukes and ‘jwelleries’ ( as they are called here) of varying sizes and shapes dot all over the state to pander to the ‘gold- syndrome’ of Kerala’s citizens.

Right from the birth of a daughter …well , maybe even before, when she is only ‘a twinkle in her father’s eye’ , the family plans her trousseau, including the ornaments..and sets about it as a single-minded pursuit.

All because every ‘wrong- thinking’ man ( and woman) – and there are many such people here -wants his or her daughter to be given away in marriage as a walking gold souk. Much “sharaf “ is attached to the event – the more she is weighed down by the weight of gold the more upright he can stand in the eyes of his ‘Society’.

gold rush

Golden delivery

In many cases, the exact kilos of gold in one form or other to be given as dowry is settled long before the “less important” matters such as the actual alliance is taken up for wrangling .

Then there is the house-wife who scrutinises her neighbour’s neck more often than her face, just to check out the latter’s ornamental armoury. The ‘gold mapping’ is done very carefully and extensively…

Later, when the opportunity presents itself , she will take the matter up with her ‘financial controller’, timing her demand well. This is usually just after the poor man drags himself home after a tiring day , when he is at his vulnerable best ! She makes his life miserable until he relents to buy another necklace that they really do not want…
This is a cue for her ‘neighbouring-wife’ to start nagging her hubbie to hell, to acquire something that they too don’t want ! It is a kind of chain reaction .

In 1923, Danish and Dutch scientists Christian Christiansen and Hendrik Anthony Kramers, in an analysis of formation of polymers, pointed out that a chain reaction need not start with a molecule excited by light,…. but it does if it is a molecule of gold, excited or not!
Quite complicated, all this, mind you!

Then there are the gold merchants themselves…

Having got wind of My Fair Lady’s weakness for the stuff, they chalk out some mind-boggling strategic moves which , had they been deployed, would have made Hitler win the world war #2, hands down!

Their ‘Armour of God” is known popularly as “Akshya Tritheeya”-quite a mouthfull even for us folks to mouth  !
The belief is that if gold is bought on that particular day the buyer will get many benefits in the days to come – from whom , it is not quite clear, either to the buyer or to the merchants themselves. This is a classic case of capitalising on the gullibility of wretched folks.
All that is defenitely known is that the move will burn a big hole in the hubby’s pocket!

Walk into any gold shop on the day of ..ahem…akshya triteeya…and you will be treated to an amazing sight! Frenetic Dads, moms, kids, grannies, grandpas, their dogs, their cats , their neighbour’s dogs and cats , all fall over each other and jostle for a foot hold on the few stools that are scattered in front of the counter . Behind it stands their ….ahem again:-)… Akshya Thrithita Benefactor, who goes under the brand name of “salesman”. His sole intention is to part you from your hard-earned money . He waxes elequence about the high quality of their gold, the high quality of their services and the poor quality of their rival’s, next door!

All except the prices because that is when you swoon ! And that he does not want to happen until you are softened enough for the blow with these preliminary upper cuts…!

This gold craze has also helped to nurture some ancilliary industries here, like chain-snaching by mobike riders, daylight mugging by drug addicts and occassional, daring ‘E T C A ’ – ( Sorry, that stands for Ear and Nose Chopping Acts ) This methodology is used for getting quick access to the goodies that hang from perly ears and slender necks !

The “Harley-Davidson” team never imagined that one day their coveted products will be used to help thrive such activities in the far off Gold’ Own Land!!

Harley-D, stop turning in your graves!

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