The urban Indian behaviour in a nutshell

Insightful article on what it means to be an Indian by an Indian newspaper editor from Mumbai. Re-blogged from: Observations about the urban Indian by Aakar Patel www.paklinks.com/gs/culture-literature-and-linguistics/300216-urban-indian-behaviour-unfolded.html Much of the writer’s observations hold true on the ground, though I doubt if some of these values are not present in other cultures too, and whether these are mere ground realities or a defining framework. Most of us behave as if we have been let loose into the outside world from an internal madhouse. The internal and the external – these, I guess, are the two worlds that mankind is fated to live in, as a famous economist wrote....
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The world of thoughts

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn) “Don’t think.” [sochne ka nahi], the local, middle-aged grocer, who also runs a farmhouse in a nearby city, advises me from his experience. During my college days I was much intrigued by the reality of the world of ideas and thoughts that surrounded us. I found it difficult to understand the reality of this world. One day I had an hour long conversation with my professor of anthropology over phone on this topic. (there were no mobile phones then). Later on, I found much comfort in the analogy of a bell… my assumption was that our thoughts and the brain corresponded to the bell and its sound. So our thoughts were as real as the sound waves that reverberated from the bell. I thought I had solved this problem. … I am no longer concerned about whether or not our thoughts are as real as physical objects or even waves. What is of greater importance is what value they hold for...
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In line with the world

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) It is the basic principle of misbegotten people that they do not lend support to those who don’t follow the ‘line’, which is basically the way ‘everyone’ behaves and lives. So no surprises when those who fall out of line do not get calls or friendly visits. But the day you are ‘back’, is the day when surprise visits and calls inundate you. You then belong to the nasty world. Simple methods govern rules of interaction. Yet, truth is always deeper than we can reach. Look underneath the surface of the world, and see how petty divisions rule lives, and how very happy you are who has left it all behind to live a cleaner life, to follow your own line. ...
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