It’s all about this four-letter word

You, dirty minds, you got me wrong. The four-letter word I am talking about is ‘Cool’. Yes, today everyone is trying to be ‘cool’ and guess what, I ain’t cool because I write ‘cool’ with a ‘c’

Published: 04th March 2012 12:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:28 PM   |  A+A-

You, dirty minds, you got me wrong. The four-letter word I am talking about is ‘Cool’. Yes, today everyone is trying to be ‘cool’ and guess what, I ain’t cool because I write ‘cool’ with a ‘c’ while the real ‘cool’ ones write it ‘Kewl’. Coolness is all about being different and that’s why it is cooler to write ‘kewl’ than ‘cool’.

The ‘cool’ factor is taking its toll not only on the ‘Y’ generation but the X (ex)-generation too. Grandmas are getting cool and so are grand-pops. Grand-pops are wearing jeans and grandma is listening to bhajans on her iPod. Nothing wrong with it as long as they are enjoying the blessings of modern technology. Mom and dads are getting ‘cool’ too. Mommy has learnt the latest dance steps to show it off to her ‘cool’ friends when they go club hopping and daddy is desperately putting a brave front not to cough when he’s smoking a cigar.

‘Cool’ is cool as long as it comes naturally to you. The moment it is a pretension, it’s the first step to disaster. I am appalled at discovering so many young kids doing drugs to be ‘cool’. I asked this pretty girl who’s not a day older than 19 and pops Ecstasy pills like mints: “Why drugs?” The girl says, “It’s cool, man! It helps me chill and everyone’s doing it.” It is cool for them to smooch in public and ‘cooler’ to get sloshed and race in their daddies’ Porsches at 3 in the morning.

Why just blame kids? It’s cool for the mom to comeback home at dawn, drunk, and her off-shoulder top almost getting off, and cool for the dad to go on a road rage when a car overtakes his. It is here where the kids are learning their first lessons of being ‘cool’. Being cool is really becoming a hot trend in the capital but they don’t know how dangerous this trend is getting.

Coolness is about adapting elements to your individual style. One has to earn coolness, but if you actively try to earn it, you’ll never achieve it. It’s official: Grey hair is uber cool. Being young, or at least still looking passably young, seems to be the key factor in pulling off the look, which openly flouts one of the last taboos of the fashion world. While most older women are still running for hair dye, younger women are using the look to provide a heightened contrast to their youth and beauty. There’s an aspect to it that’s sort of like the beauty equivalent of a Marni sack dress. I’m so gorgeous, I have such beautiful skin, and am young, and you’re going to still want me even though I have grey hair!

I just don't understand the reason for being ‘cool’. There are so many things out there worth being, but cool just isn’t one of them. It messes with your brain, screws you up inside. There are people doing drugs, killing, all just to be cool. But hey, that’s anything but cool!


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