Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Unity in Diversity #MoreIndianThanYouThink



' Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava ' = Secularism is engraved in Indian mentality since birth. Indian hospitality is legendary to the core of  ' Atithi Devo Bhava ' ( Guest is God ). We Indians grow up listening to the Indian epics Ramayan & Mahabharata from our grand parents. We work honestly and consistently to achieve our goals as advised by Shri Krishna in Bhagvad Geeta. We respect the elders and value their advises while taking major decisions. Most of our winning decisions are more hearty than brainy.  Due to our rich traditions and culture we are #MoreIndianThanYouThink



 First and foremost India is the largest democracy in the world. The greatness about Indian democracy is , it's Celebration of life. ' Unity in Diversity ' of various religions , cultures and languages . Many Indians practice different religions and still they celebrate each other's festivals with equal vigor and zest.


I had a German penfriend- Diana Blum, when I was in school. I loved writing long letters to her about friends , games we played , hobbies, family-life , school , many teachers I adored and the only one I hated , cause she taught Maths. In September I described Ganpati festival with Aarti , pooja , Visarjan to her in glorious details. In November , I wrote to her about Diwali festival and holidays enjoyed in South India. Next month, I wrote about Christmas celebration at our neighbor D'souza auntie and sent a photo of my friends feasting in front of a decorated Christmas tree.

                            

Till then Diana was  happy and curious about all things Indians but as soon as she received the Christmas celebration letter, she was euphoric with Indomania. She wished to stay in India forever and ever. All these festivities, so much fun, so many holidays. Well ! Is not Diana #MoreIndianThanYouThink ?



Elders may find this strange but as a child I loved being Indian , cause there are so many festivals. Festivals mean Celebrations in numerous innovative ways. Gudhi Padwa's Gudhi decor with garlands, musical procession accompanied with Dhol , Tasha , Lezim , Shrikhand , Puran polhi etc, Easter means mass, decorative eggs and family gatherings , Holi's colorful charisma has charmed many. Ram Navmi , Good Friday , Buddh Poornima , Ramazan Eid ,  Raksha Bandhan , Pateti ( Parsi New Year ) , Bakri Eid , Durga Pujo , Dasara , Moharam , Guru Nanak Jayanti , Eid-e-milad , Christmas, Sankrant etc. The more the religions, the more are festivals accompanied by holidays. Holidays are the bonus for children as they get time to play more and enjoy full on. Indian children are #MoreIndianThanYouThink



India has over 1700 languages and dialects still we are united in vibrant national spirit. Bollywood symbolizes ' Unity in Diversity ' with classics, romantic , comedies and crime thrillers. Bollywood with  myriad Hindi movies exhilarates Indians as well as foreigners alike. Earlier in USSR, Raj Kapoor and Nargis were loved by many Russians. SAARC countries enjoy Bollywood movies as much as Indians. Bollywood movies are more popular than Hollywood movies in Middle East. Europeans prefer Songs & Dances in Bollywood movies. U.S. & U.K. are emerging as the biggest foreign markets for Bollywood's NRI-centrist glossy movies. K-Serials depicting Indian family drama by Ekta Kapoor have many foreign fans. What's more ' Play like Indians in Lagaan and Win BIG '  #MoreIndianThanYouThink

      

  Indian food like Dal , Khichdi, Idli , Dosa , Chaat , Butter Chicken , Laddus  as well as Fusion Food are craved for all over the world. Many restaurants serving Indian food are opening in numerous foreign countries are earning huge profits.



Indian Shringar  ( cosmetics )  Mehendi  ( henna ) ,  Bindia / Tika . Choodiya ( bangles ) and traditional Sari , Lehenga are making waves on International ramp walk. Many Indian Fashion designers and models have earned name & Fame in International circuit.



Allopathy ( the treatment of disease by conventional means, i.e. with drugs having effects opposite to the symptoms has developed leaps and bounds but it has many side effects. Indian Yoga & Ayurveda are gaining followers all over the world due to their sure-shot holistic benefits. We work hard and relax with calming Yoga boosted by Rambaan Ayurveda.



Indian Classical dances Bharatnatyam , Kathak , Kuchipudi , Odissi , Kathakali , Manipuri , Mohiniyattam , Chhau , Yaksagana represent a unity of core ideas in diversity of styles , costumers and expressions. 

                                        

 Friedrich Schlegel wrote , India was the source of all languages , thoughts and poems and that everything came from India . Voltaire wrote : I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of Ganges, - astronomy , astrology , metempsychosis etc...

Flying to and from foreign countries for business , education and pleasure has become habitual to Indians. We wish the best as per our indigenous choices. We don't want to compromise on any front, whether it's relaxing, eating or flying. We deserve to Fly like Indians with Lufthansa .

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13 comments:

  1. very well written and an enjoyable read!

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    1. Hey Rajiv , Loved writing this #MoreIndianThanYouThink Lufthansa post. Direct Dil se.

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    1. Thank you very much Bindu for your appreciation.

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  3. Congratulations... Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you Disha for your compliment.

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  4. Wow Sujata . This really is a wonderful post

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful appreciation .

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  5. Great post Sujata.Loved reading it.

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    1. Hi Subha , welcome to 'Spirit Of Mumbai' . Thanks for the lovely compliment.

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  6. The world began with India only as the centre of civilisation so proud to be an Indian.

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