Saturday, February 02, 2008

Are we Indians?

Did you know that honey is only substance which contains all the life sustaining nutrients?

Did you know that the Western are trying to patent Indian yogic asanas?

Did you know that the green revolution is not all good as its made out to be?

Did you know that we, the third world are still living in akind of colonisation-of the mind?

And why is that?

Our attitude has a major role in it...think of India..
We as Indians have a rich heritage. But when was the last time anyone wen to visit any of th ehistorical monuments? What about malls? Of course the later comes much more frequently in most cases.But peple from all over the world love out monuments.
I haven't visited the Taj Mahal as yet.....even when I told this in my primary school in some other country, people were shocked. They were so much in awe with that place.

What about food habits? We have curries, we have roti. We have so much variety in India. Go to Dilli Haat if you don't believe me. And our native Indian food is actually most balanced and healthy. Yet we today believe more in "fast foods". Why? Its "in".
Why are we trying to import diseases?

What about clothes? Today when Indian women wear Sarees people call them "of the old generation" , when girls wear Salwaar Kameez , they are called "Behenjis". Yet there is more style in Salwar Kameez and more "hotness" in Sarees than in many dresses. For one, we have more color and pattern variety. For another, in winters we do not need an extra scarf...dupatta takes care of that. Jeans , what people may like them for are ultimately mostly just same old blue.....
And what about Indian boys? Are they ever aware that there are Inidan attires for them? Are they even allowed those in their work places if by rare chance they felt like it? I have my doubts.

What about Indian medicinal values....yoga, ayurveda?
The benefits of Indian herbs which the West often calls "weeds" and mostly we hesitate not in this.

Charity begins at home. If we don't value oursleves. Noone else will either
Environmental Ethics , a ndtv discussion and a midnight discussion forged my mind in this direction.

4 comments:

Tapasya said...

Abey oye, zyaada ho gaya :P
One needs to capture the best of both worlds. We need to preserve our culture, but that doesn't mean that we nurture our weaknesses. There are things that we need to change, and yet, there are things that we need to protect.
Meet the Indians in the US, and you'll realize that Sarees and Salwar-Kameez are pretty popular here!

aditi said...

Reply[Taps]Oye jyada nhi hua abhi to:p
Yes one need to capture the best of both worlds...and thus acknowledge that both exist well enough in their own domain..
Indians in US may do so but I am taking about real Indians...Indians settled in India.....

ankur said...

Nice one !!!
In my opinion instead of wearing a salwar kameez or saree or a dhoti kurta is not required to be a true indian .... If someone respect the country and culture then it doesn't matter if person is wearing a jeans with burger in hand ... because india is to be lived with the heart and soul not outfits and lifestyle...
:-)

aditi said...

Reply[Ankur]Very true last line:)Its not important what you wear but it is important that you are not disdainful to these things. And well its not good if things which good are valued les simply bcoz there are not western