I haven’t written a real post in a while, and it is so refreshing to have something to talk about again.
We all know that India is all the rage in foreign countries, what with all the tradition and heritage. So I thought, as an Indian citizen- and currently part-resident, I could give you all some inside information that probably won’t come up in common conversation.
When you come to India, some things will strike you exclusively about our country.
1) Malnourished Street Dogs
As far as I know, and I might not know much, there is 1 street dog to every 2 people in India. Now, the people of India are often very loving and generous to these dogs, which are often named “Kalia” and “Tommy” or even “Julie” (I know a Julie.). People tend to be very familiar with the street dogs that reside in their respective societies. They feed them as much and as often as they have leftovers, and are thoughtful enough to leave the bones of their Chicken Curry dinner out for them.
Despite this, the street dogs look quite malnourished. You might spot a couple of healthy dogs, but you probably won’t. It isn’t because we are cruel to them. It’s probably because of some major plan of the Tommys to suck in their stomachs when people look at them in order to get people to feed them more. (Or it could be a genetic disease, but that’s less likely.)
2) The “Jugaadu”-ness of our fellow people.
By “Jugaadu”-ness, I mean effectiveness. Indians have the capability to fix anything, and manage everything, with as little as they have. They can fix chargers, fans, air conditioners, remotes, and even tailor all sorts of clothes at home with ordinary tools. This habit mainly arises out of part-miserliness. Indians like spending on grandeur- weddings, houses, cars. We spend to impress. But anything that can be fixed at home, no matter how time-taking or outrageously difficult, gets fixed at home.
We also have a very homely and friendly attitude towards shopkeepers, and other useful people. This is because friends can call in favors, and hence not have to pay for most of their daily stuff.
(This is an actual Indian tactic, WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR CENTURIES NOW.)
3) Our Excessive Yatras.
Indians, and their Gods, are famous worldwide. When you come to India- you will notice that every turn has a temple, and every temple a different deity. Indians are crazy about their Gods. We have an old tradition of following every God that exists, because some God will have to listen to our problems, eh? We have also very cleverly sorted our Gods. We have a God for wealth, and a different God for health. We have a God for beginnings, and a different God for endings. This, I’ve realized, facilitates God to sort our problems in different categories and then cater to them quickly and efficiently.
However, owing to the overpowering population of India, even our 324382752492649286 temples fall short of our problems, and you will find a crowd bigger than Vatican City present at every temple at any nook and corner.
Hence, everyone also keeps pujas and bhajan-kirtans at their own homes, inviting everyone they know to join- because the louder they get, the easier it is for God to listen.
I’ve noticed that most teenagers do not like the idea of visiting a temple, mainly because of crowds, lack of time in their busy school schedules, or- God forbid- boredom. This does not, in any case, stop their parents from dragging them along to the temples anyway. (Sanskaari-ness is for the best, really.) Nor does the fact that there is already a separate room in their house designed specifically for the purpose of prayer.
I don’t quite clearly see the logic behind having to visit every temple that has ever been constructed in the name of an Indian God, to be very honest. I think God can be found anywhere- even in the most unlikely of places, if looked for hard enough.
I think that’s enough for today.
But, there will be more on this topic soon.
That’s All Folks.
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