Yes you can re-read the title. Yes you read it right.
So what is it about America that we can learn?
Is it their Music–you like their music don’t you?
Their food? The chains,the Big Macs, Walmart, the malls, their lifestyle?
No. Obviously not.
There are people who’re highly influenced by the west–they enjoy the music,their tv shows, the food, the culture, the feel, the concepts, their dressing style..Why? Have you ever stopped and asked a simple question like-What is That quality, what is that thing in them–that makes everybody around want to ape them?
Our food, fashion, films, music, lifestyle–everything is influenced by their ways..
Ever stopped and wondered why? (Wondering is my latest passion)
The other day, I was watching a show on discovery travel and living, with Dad giving me company. They showed a whole lot of american towns, cities–no it was not lonely planet-america special. But something i observed while watching all those places was that Americans:
a) do their own thing–which is fine i mean most of us who do not ape the west like to do our own thing, some maybe inspired but still, atleast there’s an effort.
b) they take pride in doing their own thing,however silly/dumb/ small it may seem..now this is one quality i find missing around me..
Everything that they do, they have their own spirit–the american spirit. They create their own ways, their own spirit. We turn our back towards some of our ways.The spirit of doing Indian things sadly missing in most places. They celebrate 4th of july by bursting crackers and having barbeque’s. This is their way of doing it. We celebrate Independence Day with a flag hoisiting session and maybe by distributing sweets. This is our way of doing it. But sadly most of us do not like our way/ bored of it/ find it dumb/ or worse are embarrassed of it!
I’m not saying that we should not follow their ways at all and turn totally Indian a la khadi clothes and traditional ways, all I’m saying is that–if we do our own thing with a little more pride, a little more interest and with a little more spirit we just might realise that being Indian is actually better..and that is something that could lead us to success–doing your own thing with pride. Copy pasting is a habit we are just so used to, shouldn’t we do it how it is done right here in our motherland? Glamour isn’t the only way 🙂
America is just an example, otherwise the French, Italian–and most of the western countries some of us are so heavily ‘influenced by/like to follow’ do the same.
These are not plain words. This is something to take notice of.
Yes I’m studying a bit and getting distracted lots and going out a bit too, and this is not some post republic day message or late inspiration from rang de basanti..its just my messed up mind as usual 🙂 wrote that in a hurry so might have missed out on a whole lot of points!
Ahh this seems like the LONGEST comment blog..! you’ll will have to hold your thoughts cuz im kinda busy so will reply to each one soon!