Posts Tagged ‘Thailand

21
Mar
10

Aggressive Indians

I have seen people from many countries, interacted with them on History, Economies, Politics etc. It was very hard for me not to compare their country with mine, their people with mine and their religion with mine. There was one point that hit me like anything, which was common in all the conversation with different people. Indians are Aggressive.. I have seen this sentence in many blogs, public forums, YouTube comments etc.

In psychology, as well as other social and behavioral sciences, aggression (also called combativeness) refers to behavior between members of the same species that is intended to cause pain or harm.

According to a China media report, Chinese people view that Indians are aggressive and underdeveloped. Thais have an old saying stating that if one concurrently encounters an Indian and a snake, one should get rid of the Indian first. So who is aggressive here, a snake? an Indian? or the Thai? Actually the one who thinks of killing the other is aggressive. Or may be this is not aggression, but a defensive reaction created by wrong perception due to some bad incidents; created by some small group of people, later generalized by baseless assumptions. One of my friend very beautifully quoted saying,’It is all about the perception of the country’. I always believed that Thai’s are more inclined towards Chinese and they have their own justification for that. But then I came across this article which compelled me to think otherwise. This article strengthen the statement made by my friend.

Now how are these perceptions formed? The assumptions that I have identified are:-

1. The Indians you see in your country represent all the Indians in India
If this is the case, then I think no country is non-aggressive. Because in the end, we all are humans, we get influenced, we become selfish, we commit sins, we get caught, we get angry, we blame others, they blame us, we become aggressive.. See..

2. Indians Inside V/S Indians Outside
Yes, there is vast difference between the two. And I cant explain it. Because one the difference is, ‘Indians Outside’ think that they are better than ‘Indians Inside’ & ‘Indians Inside’ don’t know what Indians do outside India. So the gap will prevail till the eternity. One of the difference that is humorous is the fake accent. Watch ‘Indians Outside’ attempting unsuccessfully to adapt to foreign accent. Or the frequent & unnecessary usage of words like ‘Shit’, ‘F*#k’, ‘Damn’. Enjoy this video.

3. All political decisions taken by India(as any other country) are taken by ALL Indians
Like any other country, India has politicians whose work is to play politics. Like any other country, politicians are corrupt. Like any other country, there is a gap between Government and Common man. So if India says something in Media against any other country, it is just a politician of India saying something to the politician of the other country who is doing the same thing.

There are many such assumptions that make India an aggressive country. But kindly look at the history. Was Alexander The Great born in India? Yes, the one who wanted to do something with the world. Was Hitler born in India? And there were many more. But this does not mean that Germans or Greeks are aggressive. They are equally good as you are. Making this statement, being aggressive does not mean being good or being bad. But the intention and tone of saying aggressive surely takes the negative meaning. BTW, if they had Alexander or Hitler, then Indians had Mahatma Gandhi!

Few people say that Indians are aggressive because they are competitive. I think that is the biggest joke ever. Count the number of Gold medals India have won, Count the ones Chinese have won in the last Olympics. I am sure you are laughing. I gave the example of sports, If you want me to give you the examples of military, technology or anything you name under the Sun (except the population 😛 ), Indians are not that competitive. Then why are they aggressive?

Lets go back to History and study the economy of India. I made this graph on excel collecting information from the web.

This is the share of India to world’s income. India has never attacked any country, empire or civilization in the history. They were minding their own business when the empires and religions were flourishing and expanding. Many of the rulers came and ruled the Indians, robbed them and build their own economy which is clearly reflected in the graph. Is there any act of aggression? Even the British were politely asked to go back with a non-violence movement. What else do you expect Indians to do now? I know there is aggression even in non-violence, but are you really talking of this aggression?

Then why are they really called Aggressive? I am still not able to solve this mystery. Alexander the great always use to carry one copy of Iliad with him because he was a big fan of Achilles. Have you seen any Indian keeping a pen drive with a copy of the movie ‘Troy’ with a dream to conquer the world? If you come across any, catch him, I wanna talk to him. 😛

PS:- I have intentionally addressed the Indians as third person (not because they are third world nation), but because I am not justifying them, I just wanna know the perspective of different people. What they think? How they think? Why they think that way? Also, I am not a Historian or an Economist, so the analysis, data and all other technical terms used, can contain lot of flaws and mistakes.

01
Mar
10

Snakes in Thailand

15
Feb
10

Colorful Unity!

Colorful and cheerful life is what everybody crave for. Thats why we want different colors in our life. Living the same old life again and again is so monotonous and robotic. For those who are students, it may be a different day because of different subjects taught at schools and colleges. But then, again, in the end, it’s the same day. For those who are working, do you even differentiate between Monday and Wednesday without giving reference to your work or meetings? It’s the same day. Colorless monotonous robotic life!

Not in the case of people of Thailand, Yes, they have color for every day. In olden days, they used to wear clothes of those colors, or something of that color according to the days of the week. I did not observed it here now a days but they do know about it and considers their colors as lucky. But what are their colors? Every day has a colorful significance, every day has his own color. The color of Monday is Yellow. If you are born on Monday, then its your lucky color. The present Thai King Rama IX was born on Monday, that’s why his flag is yellow. The queen was born on Friday and so her auspicious color is Blue. So is the color of her flag. Also every day has some ‘Buddha idol’ significance too.

Lord Buddha’s statues have different postures. Each one has some meaning. You can check out about it here. But how are these status connected to the days or colors? Some status represent different days. and here are some interesting fact for you if you know on what day you were born!

You may call it a superstition but I call it faith. It is not meaningless, as every day is also dedicated to the God who protects it. It’s all about the faith. And if such faith is bringing colors to our life, then why not believe it?

It’s better to assign colors to days than to religions

Some people looks for religion in the color, but here is a totally different thing. Every one wears the same color on different days irrespective of their religion! Wow! At least colors are not divided here and assigned to different religions! May the colorful unity prevails in this Kingdom where even typical Yellow-black taxis are colorful! 🙂

Sa waat di khrab!

05
Feb
10

say hi.. in Thai! :-) :-) :-)

Few days ago I visited many memorable places in Bangkok. No doubt Thailand is a place which brings you joy, makes you comfortable, appeals you, be witches you and at night, intoxicate you! This is not the characteristics of Thailand, these are the qualities of Thai people who make it so interesting and inviting with a simple tool called ‘smile’.

Miles of smiles, that is Thailand for you(wow, good line eh?)

Thais are a real epitome of hospitality,gentleness,politeness,friendliness and whatever words come to your mind when you are happy and satisfied with life. 🙂

Nothing is great about them. They are simple. They follow simple principles of life. The important thing about them is, they DO follow those simple principles that are so difficult to follow. Thais have strange relationship with ice. Yes. Being a hot country, there is great amount of usage of ice in their drinks. It’s not about using the ice, but its about breaking the ice before they serve you the drink. It is the same when they look at any stranger. It hardly takes few micro seconds to break ice and talk to strangers, or to help them. My friend and I was talking about the longest name of the city, that is Bangkok. It’s original name is:-Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. My friend was translating it to me as I was very curious. It contains many sanskrit words if you observe it carefully. There was this Thai guy who was watching us discussing about it. In no time, he came to us and started helping us to understand the meaning of the name. In no time, ice was broken and drink was served in the form of help! The only problem was I could not understand him. 🙂

English-speaking Thai are considerably low in Thailand. There is a reason behind it. Thailand was the only country in South-East Asia that was never colonized. Why? Because they had good relationship with each and every country that was trying to rule the world. Who would reject a friendly hand of Thailand. The King of Thailand took pains to visit all the countries to maintain healthy friendly relationship with them. See, again the breaking of ice and serve with smile theory coming into picture. Simple principles but never followed. 🙂

Their natural politeness clearly reflects in their language. Politeness in Thai has nothing to do with age, position or power. It is about mutual respect and connectivity with other fellow human beings. I always see people smiling and laughing when they talk. oops they always smile whenever they are awake. I am sure they do have that smiling face when they sleep. I think they avoid talking about depressing and controversial subjects. Or they do it with a smile on their face. 🙂

Having smile on the face does not mean they don’t have difficulties in life. They are not Gods that they remain happy and satisfied with their life, always. They are ‘same same’ as any other human beings. The difference is how they handle their sorrows. I appreciate their quality of hiding the sulking face and have that smile on their face. That is why I said, to smile, is the most difficult thing. That too in the time of crisis. This way, they don’t spread negativity. There is no spill over effect. Do they need an ornament to wear? 🙂

The ornament that they are wearing is pure 24 carat. The only ornament that a rich and a poor can wear and can afford. The ornament that you can wear all the time. And in spite of having it with everybody all the time, it is still priceless, and rare in the whole world! whoa! 🙂

If they try to compel the whole world to follow their path, there wont be any war. Peace will prevail. Ronald McDonald has always got a smile on his face. But this smile is different. It is to attract children. Smile of selfish reasons. That is a plastic smile. Ronald has a reason to smile. Thais don’t need a reason to smile or spread happiness. It is the part of their life. It will take ages for Ronald to learn this. Lets see how many years it will take him to understand that Wars, powers, dominance over the world are nothing, if your citizens are dying with obesity or with terrorism. If your people don’t have a smile, it is a failed state, failed government. That is why the King in Thailand is called Ram. 🙂

Outside Thailand, I see people smiling only when they are photographed. Hope you are photographed each and every moment in life. Hope that smile is not photographic smile, but the natural one. 🙂

Hope you don’t smile because you are photographed, but you are photographed because you smile!

I think the above line explains the smile of Ronald McDonald and that of Thais! 🙂 Let the whole world speak Thai. We don’t need bald eagle or dove to spread peace. We just need 4 words to say.. Say Hi, In Thai




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