Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Desi Cultural Shock



First of all Happy New Year to all of you...I hope, This blog would give me a head-start for the 2006 and get me out of the slumber. I am breaking my silence which is more than 60 days old now.

What I did for the new year is all this blog about... VKE invited me to DC to spend the new year. The plan was to go to New Jersey and attend a Desi Mardi Gras party...Got a good deal in ATA. Reached DC on Saturday Morning, was received warmly by Siva, VKE and Arun (colleague of VKE).

We immediately embarked on the Road trip to NJ from Airport. The Ride was smooth..The fun part was each of us trying to reach our dear ones at the stroke of midnight (for us in the afternoon) to wish them New Year... Reliance lines were all jammed up and we could reach people only after 30 mins past midnight.

Reached NJ and stayed at VKE's friend's place. It was decided to start at 9.30 PM for the party, so that we could reach at 10.30 PM. All plans went haywire with many roads blocked in New york city for the Ball drop. After running from pillar to post for more than 10 blocks we reached the place and just made it 15 secs before the Ball drop..

This is the first time, I am getting into a discotheque party and I was very excited. I have never been to a party like this in my entire life. The excitement doubled when we saw in numerous Indian origin women dressed at their best and having a whale of time. We were quick to join the party. Me, VKe and Arun made it to the center of the dance floor and started moving our legs to the tunes. The DJ was excellent with unbelievable mixes and improvisations.

Time passed and the spirits were increasing (..in the blood). This is when I was taken aback. All the while I was thinking that women drink only beer, and those who take other alcohol, drink responsibly...I was proved wrong, Every woman in the house was high and at some point, I bet they would have been in a position where they could not figure out with whom they were dancing.

Drinking is bad, but Drinking and losing sanity is worse. If woman do this, it makes them more vulnerable.

I had the shock of my life, when I heard from my buddies that this is what happens in discotheques in Chennai. For once, The people's protest on Cultural loss due to these western invasions sounded justifiable.

Am I overreacting? Am I Ignorant? Am I experiencing a Generation divide?

I think, I am still in shock... or maybe I am unable exhibit tolerance for this...

God Bless India...

12 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, January 03, 2006, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Rags-

Nice to see you back. First of all Happy New Year Wishes to you and your family. I too am back to blogging after a gap of nearly 3 months-looks like quite a few folks who were out of blogging have all returned in the new year.

As for your post, it is indeed a rude cultural shock both here in US at the Desi parties and also back home in India where women partying, dating and boozing are all turning out to be poor mimic attempts of aping the west.

God Bless these folks who think that they are trying to be Westernized!

 
At 7:19 PM, January 03, 2006, Blogger Aravind said...

Hi BRags...
Happy New year...
Welcome back to blogosphere:)

 
At 10:33 PM, January 03, 2006, Blogger Eshwar said...

Hey Rags...welcome back. That was a good recap of the trip. Though I am not sure why you missed out mentioning the "other stuff" these women were doing !!??

Btw, happy new year to you again.

 
At 8:08 AM, January 08, 2006, Blogger Shiva said...

Rags

Let me state, for the record, that I did recieve you, but did not go to the party with you :) I spent the New Year eve at the Siva Vishnu Temple in DC - a chamathu boy I am !! :)

Anyways, ladies going high is disc is not new. As you say, it makes them vulnerable, but they seem to think this as "forward" and "cool". Iam a party person myself and I dont think anything is wrong in shaking a leg in a disc but drinking morally is - either at home or outside in public 0 and I guess it is same for both the genders.

Well, arent we always proud that India has welcomed and embraced and absorbed cultures ?! - maybe thatz what these young desi women are trying to do - keep up the tradition; so how can you blame them for that ? ;)

 
At 12:11 PM, January 08, 2006, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

rags,

happy new year.

i am not surprised.. met a pakistani women from UK once.. used to dress in traditional muslim garb at home and come out wearing shorts so short you could see her ass cheeks ! i kid you not. have heard of similar stuff happening in india where women go out of the house and change clothes in college !!.. nothing surprises me anymore.

 
At 10:58 PM, January 08, 2006, Blogger Ram.C said...

Wish you a happy new year BRags...

I believe these cultural changes have come into our cities quiet some time ago.. It may get worse.. that's my belief.

 
At 3:49 AM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Rags said...

Mitr, Aravind, Ram, Sundar - Thanks makkale and thanks for concurring.

Esh - Enna thevaillama vambu la maati vidathe...

Shiva - Looks like the first few lines of the comments are intended for someone else.
dude, I do not have issues, if people absord other cultures..I mean thats what our culture states...but that does not mean we should sacrifice the basic values of our culture to adapt and absorb something. I am not sure whether you have seen the movie "Spanglish", I have watched it a million times...it clearly depicts the feeling of losing identity/culture to embrace the new one..

 
At 7:55 AM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Subha said...

Rags,
Happy New year. drinking, per se, is not bad. It is drinking to the extent of losing self-control that becomes disgusting. Oh well..:)

 
At 10:44 AM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Sunday Thoughts said...

welcome back Rags...
hope you guys had a nice time in NY...mention about the "other stuff" which is in eswar comment Dude.

 
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