Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Charm of Indian Culture

Life in India is never boring. Little charming customs dot our rich and colourful tapestry of tradition. Some are hilariously outrageous but some make us want to pull our hair in rage. We need to preserve those harmless customs that entertain while bringing togetherness in the community. 
The Khap panchayat, a 14th century custom started by upper caste Jats to consolidate their power and position that says that all boys and girls within a khap are siblings, is a custom in urgent need of some stringent action to be taken against it. 
Chhindwara, 300 km from Bhopal, has a unique custom. The villagers believe that for rain to fall they need to ‘please’ the frogs. An amphibian marriage and a subsequent ‘honeymoon’ in the nearest pond is celebrated with great fervor. 
This is an old post but today as the rain lashes at my window ceaselessly, I wonder if frogs need to be married in some other not as fortunate place. Global warming has flipped many a fortunes - snow in the desert and rain in dry places. I don't pray for snow - I want my electricity bills to freeze at the amount they are on now!

Do read this poem and celebrate India!

For Rain to Fall

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