Monday, March 23, 2009

...and you eat chicken??!

28 states, 24 official languages, I don't know how many religions...

...there are so many smaller Indias within India, that we develop this compelling urge to assume things about the rest of us based on where they come from, whom they worship and what language they speak.

I particularly get a lot of "You are a Gujarati... and you eat chicken??!" every now and then. Thankfully, I have a few people backing me up:
my extended family is like into eggless cakes...n im into butter chicken :))
said Hirachna, another chicken-eater who has her family tree rooted in Gujarat.

I had once written about how the boundaries are disappearing. I'm glad they are.

Not that I care about the eyebrows that are raised each time I order a hotdog, but I'd really appreciate if I could live in a country when people are looked at as individuals.


  1. Um.. That is along long way ahead in future...! Because, we the Indians are way too strife to let our civility get ahead of our 'culture' !!

  2. LOL... I see that in your ten commandments post :D

  3. i think thers a more serious and intense fragmentation of not just India or culture or whatever it may be called but it also is about all particular individuals in India creating their own little world, on some of their preconceived notions of many things Indian culture consists of...

    this is leading to a mix in the culture and lot of people start interpreting many such important issues in many ambiguous ways and end up in a confused state of their own little world....
    its majorly seen in generation behind ours, the ones from the
    i like your point about the different Indias in India and actually all have their individual interpretations based on some assumptions and unknown facts...!
    the blurring of boundaries is definately becoming more visible....and its looking bright now the way forward with such generations coming in the future.
    one more point i remember about one comment i came across in my travel, its the "khandani" word which was used earlier for saying about your choice of things and also the family speaks about your way of behaviour...relating to the word "khandani" is now dissapearing and every family is now setting their own standards of the way they live and exist.....

    hope to see some more on this..!

  4. Dushyant,

    Now that you have mentioned it, I can't agree more with the khandani bit. Excellent example of blurring boundaries, I must say!

  5. i cant believe this...i ended up writin a blog on sumthin related to this...but truly as a non vegetarian gujju i can relate to this...for the disappearin blur...i think its just in the urban cities...15 miles outside nd u have the same stinky reservations abt suxx man...

  6. hmm ya Ankit i agree to this but its also a wierd situation when a guy from the outskirts or from a town in an urban scenario will also do the same if he is willing to go that extra foot ahed....for the non veg crave or the sake of experimentation....and exploration which he always wanted to do it all boils down to the exposure level of people and the freedom of expression which one has in a society where one can be what he wants.
    for this i remember a quite so not funny phrase ' a frog thinks of the well as the world until he sees the ocean' hehehe so i think it applies the same to the people, and the funny part is they know what happens in the big towns and the cities, but still they have an image and try maintain that.....!!!

  7. 1. Non-vegetarianism is so much prevalent in Western countries that it is sickening! Without sounding as a preacher, I will say vegetarianism has more benefits than harms!

    2. To your observation: "Not that I care about the eyebrows that are raised each time I order a hotdog, but I'd really appreciate if I could live in a country when people are looked at as individuals."

    Mihir! Wishful thinking! Every country or society has its own norms which are right or wrong or neutral as per our perception!
    People will look at you as an individual to such an extent that in the name of that 'individualism' socialization is restricted to mere lip-service: hello, good morning, have a good day! More than that is intrusion of privacy! Again, without being judgmental, it depends upon how you take that!

  8. 1. Well true perhaps. But vegetarianism isn't really the pressing issue for me at least.

    2. Yes, wishful thinking. Completely agree with you there!

    My itch really lies in the fact that I may be judged based on where I come from and what language I speak at home. That's worse than intrusion.

    All that typecasting - we all take it, for sure. But I'd really wish I didn't have to.