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Oh India!

Riding the Elephant” a blog by John Elliot who is Fortune magazine’s India correspondent is an interesting blog with intimate details on India’s businessmen, industries, politicians, public system etc.  and the style is personal and engaging. But, like most westerners who are intrigued, fascinated, frustrated and puzzled by India, John Elliot does not seem to grasp the essence of India, it’s culture and it’s enigmatic people who think so differently from the people raised in a  western culture.

John’s commentries seem to be tinged with the western “Raj mentality” (even the english letters in the title of his blog “Riding an Elephant” (it is so outdated and colonial) are written in devanagari style) and he seems unable to grasp India, her ways and her people.

I find this with most western writers who just cannot resist the temptation to flirt with India but when they interact with her are soooo disappointed! All these writers seem so “the same”, run of the mill, repetitive and you know exactly what to expect. For someone who grew up in India all this stuff is mundane.

Here is my two bit, if you are in India, be an Indian, just let go and soak India with every pore of your body (mentally and physically), don’t question or wonder why this is happening or not happening or how can this be happening, just expect the unexpected and take things as they come (anything can) and lastly JUST BE…


July 13, 2007 - Posted by | India

1 Comment »

  1. Great job with your blog! Keep it up!

    Comment by Vishnu Kumar | August 4, 2007 | Reply

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