I have no clue where thoughts come from. A fast retort.
Short stories. Tall tales. Chronicles of life. Anything. Everything. From everyday life.
India or abroad?
Lately I have been in an apocalyptic
mood. Watching the scenario in Political, Social India I feel depressed,
wondering why such an optimistic story (about a nation called India) has
suddenly, gone sour, fraught with negative sentiments? It is times such as
current – when the economy is not galloping ahead, when inflation is at an
all-time high, when scams seem to crawl out of the woodwork with no reprieve,
when hallowed Institutions like the Armed forces and Judiciary seem under a
cloud, when the young seem vacant and goalless, when the value system seems
nonexistent and beaten severely…I shrivel up inside, too afraid to live in
On the heels
of such an apocalyptic mood, the thought of living elsewhere makes the brain
# We are an
emotive people. We like to spend time with family. It is this same family (who
at times we want to run away from) that gives us a sense of calm, a feeling of
belonging, a deep sense of being wanted and loved
# We are used
to our festivals, customs and holidays. Sure, celebrating Xmas and Eid is fun,
but not engaging directly in the rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi, Mahashivratri or
Gokul Ashtami -
makes me feel detached, rootless, wasted
can be argued that by living abroad one learns new cultures, foreign
languages…Then again I say, look at my country, do I even know all the various
distinct languages, cultures, and people of India? Such diversity right here in
my backyard, why abandon it to seek it elsewhere?
help create and transform. Absorb the rich diversity of this land we are born
in, the ease with which we live the pluralism called India. Which other nation,
even remotely, promises such a rich texture of existence?
# The weather.
It is next to impossible for someone like me to adapt to a land which is dull,
grey, and rainy, with little or no sunshine. I don’t like extreme climates.
India affords me bright sunshine, balmy days, cool evenings, 4 seasons of the
calendar in the right doses!
are regarded with suspicion, no matter how rich or poor, in foreign countries.
It is a social problem and we all know the fall out of such ailments
# Perhaps one
shouldn’t over obsess over other’s opinions about India - obsessing over
contrarian opinions won’t make our opinion any more credible. But then again
India and its fabric of life is like no other, right?. Why compare and be
# Look at our
own behaviour in the most clinical way. One nation thinks sleeping with your
child is a crime. Westerners think eating with your fingers is uncool. Another
nation distrusts us in every aspect of our entrepreneurial qualities. Lets face
it, we are an idiosyncratic nation. Will we be able to do all of what we do inside
India, elsewhere, in the outside world?
# And last but
not the least - If you are remotely even fond of India, I don’t think you
need to think about living elsewhere. Stay put, enjoy your life, improve things
in your immediate life, give the world more reasons to look at us.
For now this
reasoning will see me through and keep me happy, In India