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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To be good, or not to be

(Photo credit: VinothChandar) City life poses many a dilemmas to the man in a hurry. Giving an impromptu lift to someone, pointing out someone’s change has fallen down, returning excess cash to the cashier, taking an injured to the hospital… all of us are generous, but how often and how far does it go? A little sincerity is dangerous; too much of it is fatal. Just rephrasing the well known quote of Wilde, but the topic of this post is about how difficult it is to be a good man. It requires real courage, and so the weak hearted, who often  intend to do good, many a times end up going no further. When good men and women keep quiet, the reckless and the bold take over. It’s no wonder that a bad man with tons of courage is held in greater respect than a good old timid man. It is my general observation out of experience that being good, or doing selfless...
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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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