It has been a couple of weeks since my last post…that’s not very good, is it? But I have been busy, even if it has been a very small vacation. That is one thing that has greatly disappointed me actually. I didn’t even get a month free this year. Three weeks does not count as a summer vacation! Anyway there’s nothing I can do about that, so forget about it.
My exams went pretty well, or atleast I think they did and even though I am complaining about my vacation, or rather the lack of it, I am excited to start the next semester. Another thing I should confess right away, I have no idea what this post is about. I am just writing random thoughts and hoping it will all magically make sense in the end. I am trying out something new but I won’t talk about it now. If I think it is good enough I will definitely let you guys know.
I read this article in the Times of India today about how there is this cultural exchange happening between India and Brazil. many Brazilians who have visited India have learnt Indian dance forms, or musical instruments and how these artistes perform in Brazil which is why many things Indian have gained a lot of popularity. I always wonder what kind of an image India has in the world. I am not talking about the political or social image but more precisely the cultural image. More relating to Indian arts and languages. I know that many works of literature are translated and performed in many countries around the world but I have always wanted to ask people what they thought about the culture in India. The reason is simply because I am curious to know how people look at my country. India is not simply spirituality and spices. there is so much more to it than that. I think people who have actually visited would know better about this than anyone else. In Edward Said’s Orientalism he talks about how Western countries have an image of the Eastern countries based on books they read, for eg. But, he says that this image is not necessarily true. That is, according to me, the ‘spirituality and spices’ image of India.
Now, I have never had an opportunity to talk to people from other countries about all this.It is just something I think about, that’s all. But I always find these stories of cultural influences around the world interesting. According to the article, words like ‘pao’ (bread), ‘batata’ (potato), ‘chave’ (key), ‘tualia’ (towel) have come from the Portugese who were the major link between Brazil and India. There is also a dish called ‘Sarapatel’ which is cooked in, both, the Konkan region of Maharashtra and southeastern Brazil. Isn’t that great? There are more things in common with cultures around the world than we know. A friend of mine who went to Canada for an internship recently told me that she met so many students and professors there who were researching on India for their doctoral thesis. It’s just that you think you are so different from people from another country, and you most certainly are, but there are also so many things which connect you to each other. I think that is what makes the world such an amazing place.
I think I’ll stop here before the post goes in some completely different direction. And I know I have said this before but I really will try to write more often. I have a few ideas usually about what I want to write about. But today I just wrote about the first thing that interested me, probably because I wanted to remind you, and me, that this blog was still alive 🙂