This afternoon I was looking at the profile of a girl -- good-looking and all. Educated too. But there was a rider: "We want a non-smoker and a teetotaller. SC/STs please excuse." Since I am a smoker and I also love my drink, I found myself disqualified to click on the 'contact her' icon. But I wouldn't have clicked in any case because the "SC/STs please excuse" pissed me off. It is just not politically correct. Ok, none of us are politically correct when it comes to being practical, but there are subtle ways of putting things. I only hope that Mayawati or any of the leaders of the Dalit parties don't read the profile, or else tomorrow you can expect the matter being blown up into a political issue.
The profile, needless to say, was posted by the 'parent/guardian' -- for that's the generation which did not let education alter its biases. It is so much fun to read profiles posted by 'self', as in the girls themselves. Some of them are really irresistible.