Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bindi - Chukka - Pottu

So on Monday night I had weird dreams. One had President Obama in it, ya I hear you, but I assure you that I was not drinking or smoking anything. My mind wanders a lot and this was one of its escapade. Anyway, I had another dream too which kind of freaked me out. So I decided to pen it down here. I will first start with the premise.

I have always worn bindi when I wear a traditional dress. I am not the kind that wears a bindi on jeans and tee but if I am wearing salwar or saree then my face has to have a bindi. The truth is I was never forced to wear it. My mom always wears one and I like the way she looks with it. If by chance the bindi fell off then my mom's face would look dull or sad. It is just something I am used to. So I choose to wear it too. So now over to the dream.

In my dream a decree is passed in India wherein every Hindu woman living there is forced to wear a bindi. There is a furor, as usual news channels telecast it with SMS polls and people are all confused and the country is in a state of panic. Such a thing has never been done and it is the only thing everyone is talking about. I freak out, then what do I do? Patiently stick a bindi on my forehead and on that of my daughter's and walk out telling myself, why should I fight, better to adhere to the rule than fight it.

When I awoke I was disgusted with myself. Why did I do that? Why did I not stand up and fight? Well, I think that is where the human element comes into picture. We are all humans who want to survive. Most of us are even afraid to speak out the truth in the fear or saying something true that might hurt others or sound un-parlimentary. We (no matter where you are born and raised) are trained to do things as told to us by elders or in this case leaders. In the West people might raise their voice a bit but the majority still just follow and in India no one even cares to raise their voice and the few that do are sushed up by the majority.

I guess this is exactly what drives the politicians in India to make ridiculous rules and have BS logic. I mean seriously have you read the interview of Ram Sena leader Mr. Muthalik? That man must have been seriously brain washed to talk like he does and trust me trying to put some logic into him will be next to impossible. And he is using our powerless state to his advantage.

The majority must raise their voice against such stupidity while the minority supporting them must be sushed and we must put an end to people telling us what our culture is. Law and order is different from decrees.

This whole issue has upset me so much that I am even dreaming about it. Gosh! poor me brain!

5 comments:

Prasanthi Neeladaran said...

Anu, looks like someone needs to relax:)

TC

Anu Russell said...

dude
with a daughter, there is no relaxing...and with a daughter i am princess paranoia :)

Trevor Penn said...

LOL! Sometimes dreams are a paranormal manifestation of wayward real world thoughts... hehehe...

Megha Bansal said...

i hear u anu. i have similar fears though thankfully no nightmares. but this can happen!!! with that ram sena guy on the loose and having what 50K supporters, anything can happen!

Anu Russell said...

Ya Trevor...the real world is paranormal! I agree...hehehe :)

MB...that is what is scaring me...