Recently I went to Safari world in #Bangkok (Twitter has really got me 😛 ). So it was a huge Indian zoo with lot of entertaining programs and shows. Just to name few: Dolphin show, Cow boy Stunt, Sea Lion, Beluga whale show, Orang Utan, Spy war etc. Lot of efforts were put in these show and I really appreciate those who organized it. Thais are great host and dost! Let me write a special article for them some other time. So this was very famous tourist spot perhaps that’s why the famous KESARI Tours of India brought all their passengers to this Safari world. There were around 60-70 people from India.
I was sitting with my Indian group of AIT. The kesari tour was sitting at a distance from where we were sitting. We all were waiting for Dolphin show to begin. We all, Indians, came to grab our seats 30mins before the show assuming that there would competition in the external environment 😛 . There was a host who was playing songs of all nationality. After few Thai and perhaps Vietnamese song he announced a song for India, that too a patriotic one.
Classic song of Dilip Kumar. One of my all time favorite song, it is obvious that I liked the song more for its lyrics. But then I know how influential this song would have been for the people who were young at that time when it was released. Film was NAYA DAUR (1957). A very catchy song that compels you to dance if you are happy!
Indians are generally divided in their own country but united abroad (a very personal observation), it’s not about just Indians, any nationality I must say. But I saw a very weird scene! When the song started, a few middle-aged Indians of Kesari Tour got up from their seats, with hands in air, they started to dance while the public was watching them. Gradually the Kesari Tour made their area as the dance floor! Women were dancing in their Saris. Old men were dancing. They were all so happy. and Why not? These were the middle class India junta who had worked so hard to take their spouses, their children or their parents on a foreign trip. Thailand may not be Europe or USA, but its outside India, and yes, it is special for them. As I saw them, they were all retired people. Some might be sent to this trip by their sons,daughters or some might have done this:-
And what if such people go outside India, listens to Indian patriotic song, and dance a bit on it. No problem right? Dance is in our culture after all. But there was a big problem. Not to Thais (they are sweetest on this planet) but to their fellow Indians, the young guns of India. Some conversations:-
Fuck, I am not an Indian, I am not with them
This is so embarrassing!
What the hell! Look at them, that’s why India’s image is going down
and like this, India was divided. Great! were they disturbing anybody? They were just dancing when the song was played. What was their fault? you might be sons and daughters of rich Indian parent who visits different countries. but they are not, its their first and the last trip. After going back, who knows, they will go to their respective Vridhaashrams(Second Home for the parents whose children have left them/retirement hermitage). They might be suffering a lot back there in India, don’t they have right to enjoy few moments of happiness? This song is like “KOI KAHE KEHTA RAHE” to them. During that time, youth were relating themselves to country, now they are relating themselves to friends etc. Naya Daur was DIL CHAHTA HAI to them. And everybody knows how Indians are attached to films,songs and Bollywood in general. Is it that embarrassing?
At least they were ONLY dancing. Thank God that they were not drinking and dancing and making out in local pub parties like we(youth) do. Thank God that they were not fighting with each other after getting drunk. Thank God they were not abusing each other in intoxication. Thank God that they were dancing with their wives and not with different indifferent girls! Thank God that they were not having drugs, sex etc that is killing today’s youth! Now who is taking India’s image down? We are here to spread happiness by any means!
God, we all were embarrassed. My friends were embarrassed coz Kesari was from India, I was embarrassed coz they were embarrassed. When I was lost in all these embarrassments, a few white foreigners came and started dancing with the Indians, few Afganis, Pakistanis joined in. And believe me, after this song, one Arabic song was played, all the Arabs were their on the dance floor dancing and enjoying! People were so happy(and not embarrassed!
The Thai fellow who was playing this song got so happy that he played 2 back to back Indian songs! Yes, but this time I had a problem, coz those were Himesh Reshamiya songs! oooo0000OOOO000ooooooo! 😛
By the way, I know there is one topic still not researched, about how westerners influenced the Asians and convinced them that their culture is inferior to them! That is why today’s youth flaunts fake accent, put gel in hair etc. Wait for this post as its gonna be very interesting to know. Till then, stay embarrassed, stay ashamed!
Trivia: Every time I tried to spell embarrased in this article, I got it wrong! oops.. not again! 😛