Flipping through the channels on television or pages of any magazine all I see is Indian people copying things from the west. What I read between the lines and among the commercials between TV shows is people trying to make ‘Indianized’ versions of everything. Instead of taking so many efforts in making it look Indian and showing off as if they are doing it for the Indian audience, why not create something original?
I see it in every strata of society. I see school going kids using words like ‘Fab!’ and ‘Trendy’ who stutter when asked to read aloud sanskrut or marathi from the textbook. I see girls from middle class families who would rather be completely clad with clothes, wearing one-piece to parties. I see my classmates going through other’s song playlist and making sarcastic remarks if they see Bollywood song on it. I see Indian festivals celebrated with a tint of western culture in it and Indian food cooked in foreign recipe formats.
We try to strike balance almost everywhere, but are not always successful. For instance, take the Bollywood songs these days. They take hindi lyrics, mix western kind of music, some lead actor/actress dances on the beats which are again hip-hop and they hire foreign dancers to cover up all the space in background. The way these dancers do the steps, it’s in no accordance with the song, but they try to gel it together. Somehow I think it doesn’t fit. Like sometimes in a Jig-saw puzzle every piece gets a position, still you don’t get the picture right.
I think we go over the board with things to strike this balance. There is sometimes no specific reason to why we try so hard to mix up these things. Originality has so much value. It’s time we cherish it.