Thursday, April 19, 2018

R for red

Red - there are umpteen things that are red under the sun.

Traffic lights , ink used by teachers , roses , chilli powder, apples, strawberries etc.

Red is associated with extreme negative ends in today's digital world. Red spells danger ! Red means stop.Ironically today's media and social media seem to be obsessed with red alerts and showcasing the world as an absolutely horrendous place of existence .

There is a phrase that has become a common colloquial quip in Tamil these days .

" Unakku vantha ratham enakku vantha thakkaali sauce a " which translates to " if it happens to you it's blood but if it happens to me it's tomato sauce ?" :D The flow and humour in the quote is of course lost in translation.

It refers to people who make it a big deal when they are in a particular situation, but belittle it when others go through the same. Another way of putting it is , we will know what a person is going through when we actually go through it ourselves . It's easy to get judgemental or opinionated .

We say in English also right?..we have to put ourselves in others shoes . Without that,it's very easy to point fingers and get all high, mighty and accusatory.

Red is an important colour in Asia. Especially here in Singapore, when it's time of Chinese New Year we will see red decorations everywhere . All malls would have figure of the zodiac animal pertaining to that year in red . There would be red lanterns all over the place. Red is meant to bring good luck and happiness .

After all that red, I decided to wear red to work today . Beware ! Stay Away ! :D


  1. I loved that Tamil saying - If it happens to me its blood but if it happens to you its tomato sauce - or was it the other way around? Basically - it hurts me, but you should suck it up. Would love to see a Selfie of you in red today.

  2. Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. These are not my words. I am quoting someone else. I forgot the name of the writer.

  3. Witty quote. Red is a beautiful color, used in moderation. Also, depends on the shade of red. So many connotations and moods to it. Small wonder then that Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski devoted an entire movie to it.

    Would love it if you could check out my #BlogchatterA2Z post on R. It's also about a color - blue.

  4. Funny that red has so many negative and positive meanings to people.

  5. Red means power. Thick red blood with sufficient iron content tells you are healthy.

  6. A beautiful and a challenging post. Red is such a brilliant and powerful colour. R is for Retirement"