Sunday, December 09, 2012

A nag? Who? Me?

I hate nags. I hate ads that promote women as nags. I was never a nag. I certainly wasn't born one. However of late I've been accused of being one, repeatedly. Some soul-searching is certainly in order.


First the definition
Nag: To annoy by constant scolding, complaining or urging...

Yes well some of my interractions would fall in that category but so would many others.

Take a look

Annoy by scolding
- Finish your food; I want a clean plate; No you CANNOT get up will you finish; Leave the salt shaker alone and FINISH.
- No maggi, no chips, no maggi no chips, no maggi no chips.
- Wash your hand before you pick that apple; Leave it.. leave it NOW.. Wash your hands.
- Go for your walk; You missed it again today; Why didn't you go for your walk today?
- Butter? You're eating bread and butter at 10 in the night? AND a laddoo?
- You're diabetic; remember you're a diabetic; have you forgotten you're a diabetic?

Annoy by constant complaining
- I want a toy; a small toy; just a small toy; please, pretty please?
- get my cycle repaired; when can I ride my cycle; everyone has a cycle; have you got my cycle?
- can you feed me; I can't make bites of the roti; only for today; I'm too tired; feed me please.
- may we watch TV? You never let us watch; Just ten minutes? Five minutes?
- may we play for five more minutes, five more, just five more, okay last five.

Annoy by constant urging
- withdraw your PF, when will you withdraw your PF, you still haven't withdrawn your PF.
- Keep your cheque book properly; keep it somewhere safe; why's your cheque book lying on the centre table?

Consider at the things I (read women) nag about most often..
- food and eating
- hygiene
- health

Mostly life threatening stuff.. right? While I get nagged about money matters (which are important but still - just money). And as for the kids.. I won't even go there.

The point I'm trying to make is that women aren't the only nags. Kids, husbands, parents, neighbours, ... they're all nags. Why label just women? Yes.. so I might be a nag.. sometimes... but so is everyone else. A nag has no sex.. if it does, it's definitely not only female.

Finally aword in defence of nagging.. it does get stuff done.. causes some bad blood, but it gets stuff done.

22 comments:

  1. Great post! You are right, sometimes nagging is the only language understood to get stuff done.

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  3. Bingo! You are spot on on all the points!! Agreed!!

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  4. Priyanka: Being a mum teaches you that.

    Magiceye: So are you a 'nagger' or a 'nagged'? :-)

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  5. Bang on!! Though every one hates being nagged, but the fact it is done for something good and if it is not done, that work will never get done!!
    So, I believe, nagging is needed and the kids and the husbands definitely need it in liberal doses! :D

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  6. True that. When we want something from someone, we let ourselves free on the nagging spree till we get it done or are at least convinced that it shall be done. Applies to everyone and the reason, of course is that it generally never fails to pay off :)

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  7. lol..agree, totally!
    I am proud to be a nag, in that case ;-)
    ..but you know some people are so thick-skinned, even nagging doesn't get the work done :-0

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  8. Am not a nagger but well I do have phases ;)

    My hubby too isn't a serial nagger..

    It is however my MIL who falls squarely in the category :D

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  9. What a fabulous post !! loved it .. and yes I nag too ... it gets my work done :D

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  10. Oh I am such a nag, if not me who else will keep these folks in order ;)..

    Loved the examples!

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  11. @Shilpa: Right.. liberal doses :-).

    @Arti: Right: it has a 100 percent success rate. haha.

    @Uma: proud to be a nag - I like that.

    Smita: That's a universal phenomenon - Moms and MILs are the best at it.. years of practice, you see.

    Thanks Sangeeta.

    Lolz Aparna, thanks.

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  12. hmmm you did not visit my blog for so long , and you did not comment either .. i guess you been busy haaan

    OH AM I BEING A NAG here .. AM I ..

    AM I :) he he he he

    Bikram's

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  13. Ha ha... Coming right over, Bikram.

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  14. did you come
    did you comment did you read..
    let me ask again

    did you manage to come tell tell


    I am sure I am being a NAG now ..

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  15. "Women (read wives" are nags" Stereotypical stuff.. almost like that Jabong ad.

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  16. Lolz Bikram.. yes you've done it very successfully.. now just QUIT nagging will you?

    Sugeeth: Exactly the kind of ad I dislike!

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  18. A nag has no sex... liked your take:)

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  19. I am a card-carrying nag and proud of it. Like you said, it gets stuff done! :o)

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