Many times I have found that we, the Indians, keep bragging about our tradition and culture and how STILL we are following or trying to follow it with all sincerity.
But, practically speaking, are we?
Just look at an average person’s activity in a day. As soon we get up from the bed in the morning we brush our teeth with toothpaste and brush. Then we go and read newspaper. Are these in traditional Indian culture? Then we take bath using shampoo, toilet soap or shower gel. Are they Indian? Many of us are used to international brands only. Then we dress up in pants and shirts and shoes. Are these Indian? Well, you must tell me.
We then go for breakfast. That could be anything from south Indian idli, dosa to north Indian parathas or chapatti. Ahem, these are Indian stuff. Some take cornflakes, bread, jam and butter. Lord Krishna only took butter and none other delicacies.
We take a bike or car or if you are poor you take a bus; all of them run by diesel or petrol and they have no reference in the Indian traditional transport system.
Offices are fully westernized. We speak in English, use paper and ball point pen, computers and Xerox and printing machines. If one works in a factory all the machineries are invariably western inventions or imported. Any reference about these could be found in our literature?
Lunches are of course absolutely Indian; rice, dhal, chapaties, sabjis etc. But, however, the younger generation prefers to go for pizza or burger which can never be construed as Indian. After office we go home and eat something traditional like rice, idli, dosa, parathas, roti and vegetables.
We sleep in the bed made in western style in the air-conditioned bedrooms. For entertainment, we watch cricket, discuss cinema watch movies on the televisions.
I will be really grateful, if someone says what sort of Indian culture we follow except in marriages by demanding dowry and making pomp and pageantry. Here also we dress in suites which are not Indian and the reception photography and video coverage are undoubtedly foreign.
Except our food habits, in our day to day life what we follow which is exactly belong to Indian customs and manners?
Now please tell me where and what is exactly Indian way of life?
Western ways of life bring all comforts. Claiming to be Indian way of life brings us false pride.
In the whole world, we, the Indians are the biggest hypocrites.