Its hard to unlearn habits …….harder still to unbecome Indian! For an average Indian locating a fellow Indian somewhere in the known circle is vital! It makes us feel more comfortable. I do not know whether Indians have the most expressive eyes or just their apparently bigger corneal and sclerotic chambers fail utterly in hiding emotions churning within – whatever – its quite easy to spot stares and curiosities!
And it’s usually easy to identify a fellow Indian (what are we if cannot do at least that much)! The first thought that pops on seeing an Indian is the predominant north-south tag (I often wonder why the east-west tag is not as hot as north-south tag!) – this is done without much fanfare (skin color, features, language & dressing – the last 2 may sometimes be deceiving if abroad). Next comes the search to place the person in his/her State – not the mental state of course (that comes much later into picture) but the region or the federated state or province to which he/she belongs! This may go on till we manage to locate the person with someone or some place relatively or distantly or vaguely known to us! This may not be the case with everyone but…. many would agree! The more the age, the more the curiosity, the more the questions!! No complaints! I love my lingering gingering Indian Identity and definitely I never want to unbecome Indian. I am an Indian by birth and will remain the same!
What I’m troubled about is the human social identity! A strange phenomenon of self obsession is out at large haunting human social behavior – or is it infecting? Socialization for self advocacy, socialization for self recognition … … ‘the self‘ seems literally vying for attention or is it crying? – is human ‘self’ in such a pitiable state? ‘m really concerned!
Self seems an elf with a magical wand
incidentally mistaken for selfie stick !