I’m proud of it, are you?

Published November 28, 2010 by cooltwins

Lord Nataraja, the lord of dance

That day we were supposed to be staging a dance show and we were getting ready when, draped in a beautiful light blue silk sari, accompanied with a friend of hers, meena walked in to the backstage. Meena had brightened up her eyes with a light streak of kajal and had tied her hair into a ponytail. She adorned her hair with a really beautiful metal flower kind of jewel and looked pretty. Her friend wore a pretty and a simple yellow sari and walked alongside smiling and looking at each and every participant. Here is something about these girls that you may not have suspected from this introduction. They are not Indians. They were foreigners who got so much involved in India and its rich culture. Their desire for the culture clearly reflected from the temple jewellery that meena was wearing and the Lord Nataraja dollar that the girl next to meena was wearing. It was a pretty dollar, nice and round, black in color and had a stone finish. Both meena and her friend even got themselves trained in Bharathanatyam and did quite a few shows too. Their involvement in India and its tradition was like no other I’ve ever seen. All of us in the backstage only knew meena but none of us knew anything about her new friend. Meena was from Bulgaria and visited India regularly to learn dance and to perform during the dance season (December – January). When enquired she introduced her friend to us, “This is my friend…” She said the name but could not catch it but left it not wanting to stop her. Meena continued, “She is also learning Bharathanatyam and she is from Czech Republic” she said and suddenly the girl interrupted meena and continued “… and now from India”, saying so she gave a sweet smile and looked around. It was a mixed bag of reactions in the room. There was certain hint of pride in her voice as she said those words. People were awestruck that a foreigner felt pride in being called an Indian and some were initially taken aback. I felt proud that I was an Indian, a status another foreigner desired to have.

This incident made me think, “when foreigners are falling in love with this diverse country, how any of us are proud to be a part of this diverse culture?” I’m not saying all people are like that or this sector of people are like that, but lets face it, there are people who are not that proud to be an Indian. But at the same time there are loads of people who are so proud of their very status of being called an “Indian”. But how many is the question.


15 comments on “I’m proud of it, are you?

  • Very good question CT,

    i remember when i was in diploma at that time in VallabhVidhyanagar, Anand,Gujarat. There are 2-3 saints from USA they are using Sanskrit for the Communication and they have knowledge of Vedas also. at that time i was thinking that these guys from foreign country takes interest in the India Culture at that time we are feeling proud and when there is question that how much we are following to our culture at that time there is no answer.

    Nice One Cooltwin.

    • exactly harshad 🙂
      i thought learning dance itself was so good, but vedas… its out of this world. i mean even we indians don’t know much vedas or mantras except a few like gayathri manthra, but if they were conversing in sanskrit… i have no words… just awesome 🙂

      • I don’t have silly reasons to give, they exist in every country. By the way you are not the only one who asked me this question because you are among those persons who never really got chance to see what real India is. Let the time come i’ll answer this question on my blog, finally for everyone.

  • We are heading for a universal culture here; being seen as Indian Indian is infra dig unless you are a socialite flaunting ‘Indian culture.’ You might like to check out my post at http://cybernag.in/2010/10/an-evening-with-a-culture-vulture-2/

    As for Sanskrit shlokas and pooja-path, if you confess to doing them you’d mostly likely get a reaction like, ‘Oh, I am an atheist,’ or ‘I don’t believe in rituals.’ We have forgotten to be proud of our origins and country.

  • WEll the reason why foreginers do it cause they know and undertand culture
    WE on other had dont, I love coming to my country well firstly its my country, my mother lives there.. i got friends and family but each visit has so many bad point attached right from the moment you stand in the QUE at the delhi airport to the getting immigration done on way back.. that sometimes its like why did i come ..

    Lots of wrong things and lots of people talking but no one giving a damn.
    Another reason is we as indians will always bend over backwards for a foreginer especially white skin.. and to a fellow indian we talk like OYE..

    when each country is spending tons to safeguard there culture we on other hand want to westernise everything.. we loath for western stuff..

    Most people who talk As NRUPEN said above dont even know whats happening in there own backyard.. I have been to the remotest of the places where children had to walk MILES and days to get water.. to a place where you had 10 servants running to get u a glass of water .. thats how diverse we are in the country…

    a good thoughful post and a excellent question … lets hope we wake up before its too late..

    • i understand your irritation about all those queues and stuff and to rectify that part of India is one herculean task. i mean orderliness is something that i accept we do lack. it is just not possible to get orderliness in public places like airports, shops, etc. all want to get their job done quick as possible and the officers are like ” i’m working” and do it so slow as if they are paid only for such a pace. if only people can realize their responsibility… it is irritating bikram.

      and yeah we do not give a thought for our heritage and our culture. as zephyr said earlier we have forgotten to be proud about our own country. and thats sad 😦

      i accept ” real diversity” does exist in the community coupled with the rich having everything including superior feelings and some lack them.

      i do hope we wake up before its too late

  • you are mistaken about the orderliness .. you got to see here .. the same indians who inspite of the captains announcement “PLEASE dont stand up, whilethe seat belt is on, or till the plane stops”, get up getting there stuff and walking towards the door, as if god knows what gonna happen if they are two seconds late..

    are perfectly in QUE and obey all the law out of india.. but the moment they get back to india its like who gives a damn…

    its this mentality i am talking of no one cares once they r in india which is the real bane of our country yet we all obay the law and everything elseto the last letter out of india .. a thought 🙂

    • yeah i agree bikram 🙂 when one refuses to obey the law or thinks the law is beneath him others tend to follow the same. they always follow the law in foreign country because they know what they will get when they don’t but here they think the laws are meant to be broken. 😡 a pity it is. 😦
      in Singapore people don’t cross the roads wherever they like they cross it only at the junctions. thats a result of the prolonged application of strict rules and even stricter punishments. but here in india people cross the roads wherever they think, the cars are forced to zigzag inbetween.
      things must start from scratch. start with strict punishments even for the smallest crimes and stick to the format, i’m sure we can see a change. 🙂
      but till that day we can only dream about it… 🙂

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