Ever thought of dolls with a caste?

Chennai, thanks largely to the efforts of E.V.R.Periyar and other rationalists, always tries to suppress any outward display of caste. Even street names which earlier read “Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar” and “V.V.S.Iyer” have been now changed to “Pasumpon Muthuramalingam street” and “V.V.S street”. Of course, the matrimonial columns in all the city’s Tamil and English newspapers continue to be blatantly casteist, sexist and other -“iests,” even as the media’s general editorial policy is anti-caste.

But I never thought that caste would ever enter the world of child’s play….or maybe I was mistaken, maybe these dolls are only meant for Kolu, navaratri celebrations, even so….don’t you find them slightly nauseous (despite their cherubically sweet appearance)?

Iyengar doll

Iyengar doll

Iyer doll

Iyer doll

Wives and Daughters

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Just finished reading Wives and Daughter by Elizabeth Gaskell. Loved it just as much as I did, the first time I read it….its a really lovely novel …with the plot, characters and setting coming together so nicely….and was there ever a nicer couple or a more well-matched couple in the world than Roger Hamley and Molly Gibson! I so love Molly Gibson’s loyalty to all her friends – from Pecky n Flapsy to the scintillating Cynthia – despite knowing their all too-human frailities.

Cynthia Kirkpatrick at the Easter ball - Wives & Daughters BBC

Cynthia Kirkpatrick at the Easter ball – Wives & Daughters BBC

 

Molly Gibson with her new "mamma"

Molly Gibson with her new “mamma”

Molly Gibson n Roger Hamley at the Towers
Molly Gibson n Roger Hamley at the Towers

Squire Hamley out hunting with his dogs

Squire Hamley out hunting with his dogs

Mis-matched trio, Mrs Gibson with her "unsatisfactory, willful" daughter Cynthia and the equally unsatisfactory younger son to a squiredom - Roger Hamley

Mis-matched trio, Mrs Gibson with her “unsatisfactory, willful” daughter Cynthia and the equally unsatisfactory younger son to a squiredom – Roger Hamley

Dr Gibson with his wife, two daughters and  prospective son-in-law

Dr Gibson with his wife, two daughters and prospective son-in-law

Dr Gibson with Cynthia

Dr Gibson with Cynthia

 

Children learn what they live…

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If a child lives with RIDICULE he learns to be SHY
If a child lives with CRITICISM he learns to CONDEMN
If a child lives with SHAME he learns to feel GUILTY
If a child lives with TOLERANCE he learns PATIENCE
If a child lives with PRAISE he learns to APPRECIATE
If a child lives with SECURITY he learns to have FAITH
If a child lives with APPROVAL he learns to LIKE HIMSELF
If a child lives with FRIENDSHIP & ACCEPTANCE he finds LOVE in this world…