‘The ——– people (referring to a particular community) are all kanjoos’, X said.
‘How can you say that?’, I asked
‘Oh I have met a couple of them’, he replied.
‘I don’t think so because I have grown up with them and they are in no way kanjoos,’, I said.
‘Well there are exceptions’, Y said.
‘How can you say that, you cannot categorize anybody because of some cases’, I said, ‘how can we categorize that Gujjus are like this and Malyalees are like that. Even brothers in the same family are different so how can you categorize people based on their ancestry?’
Growing up in the north I always heard that Madrasis are like this and when I went south, I heard Northies are like that and seriously I am fed up. The blogworld is no better. We freely label people. Why? Because we enjoy doing that somehow we enjoy proving our superiority.
Now that we have become mobile we go and work in other places, we make our home there, we travel but still we have not stopped branding.
When we travel we look at sights and sounds but seriously do we ever try to learn about the customs and the culture about the place. Seldom isn’t it??
All that is for Phd students or for National Geographic channel or some travel show. We, we are happy with the sights and sounds.
You may wonder why I am saying so? It is only when we try to understand the culture and traditions of others do we truly understand them.
Srila Prabhupada says that when you visit a dham(holy place) it is not just to wash away your sins but to associate with the saintly people there and in turn getting enriched with their association.
Similarly when we visit places it is not just to ‘look’ but also to understand.
The fact is that we all are part and parcels of the Almighty whole and as such we all lesser mortals are equal. So how can a Northie be superior to a Southie or vice versa.