Hindu-s must shun Hi, Bi, Hi-Hi (or Haya Haya !!) HELLO, GOOD-MORNING, GOOD-EVENING… and all that absurdities.
It has become a status symbol. Why do Hindu-s always behave in such an abject manner? So much so that Sushma Swaraj submitted ‘Aadaab’ in a typical ‘Umrao Jaan’ style to that Kargil war-criminal Parvez Musharraf when he landed in Agra for the disastrous Taj Summit during Vajpayee era. Certainly the rogue President then, did not respond with Namaste to Sushma !!!
Namaste, Namaskara and Pranama with palms joined, enjoy spiritual connotations and we must be proud of these. We must not feel humiliated in responding by Namaste, Namaskara and Pranama with palms joined to all those Good (albeit hollow !!)-Mornings and -Evenings. Hindu-s must press such people wherever possible, to respond with Namaste, Namaskara and Pranama with folded hands before listening to them.
Whenever telemarketing fellows call me, I make sure they say Namaste, Namaskara gracefully before I decide to snap the unsolicited call suddenly. That way, I have forced NDTV fellows several times to follow Bharatiya courtesies whenever they utter Good- ….instead of doing good actually !!!
Those snooty, narcissistic corporate management dons must also be boldly taught to substitute those imported, transplanted and worthless words with Namaste, Namaskara and Pranama with both palms joined. Every bit, every fraction of our culture is precious and the greatest of all as well. Look, how Muslims are proud of everything that is Islamic, howsoever shoddy, shabby and brutal that may be. It is an important lesson that we all must learn.
If we Hindu-s are reluctant to respect / honour our own culture and traditions, certainly Islamic-Mullahs and Christian-Benedicts are not going to tell / teach us Namaste, Namaskara and Pranama, leave alone joining palms as a measure of courtesy !!!
Similarly, there is another highly contagious epidemic of calling everyone and everywhere ‘Unce Ji’ & ‘Auty Ji’. I have personally observed 70 / 80 year old ‘Uncle jis’ and ‘Aunty jis’ calling 30 /40 / 50 year old ones ‘Uncle jis’ & ‘Aunty jis’ !!! Including even well educated ones !!! This idiocy is too much to tolerate. Have we all forgotten wonderful words like Bhai-Saheb, Didi / Bahanji, Chacha / Chachi, Beta / Beti… thoughtlessness is the most contagious epidemic afflicting Hindu-s. On this front too, I have been constantly struggling to open eyes wide shut of all such thoughtless Hindu-s who happen to come in contact with me fortuitously or providentially.
Similarly, there is absolutely no merit in cutting cake, then singing ‘Glorias’ and ‘obituaries’ like ‘Happy Birthday To You’…it is better to cut Tarbooz, Kharbooza, Katahal, Ghevar or for that matter milk-cake !!! Or even ice-cream brick !!! You may have a still better alternative of your own !!! Why are we all ashamed of wishing others, “Janmadin ki Shubhkamnayen”, “Diwali ki Shubhkamnayen”, “Nav-Varsa Mangalmay Ho”…..etc. ???
A few words about neck-tie. It is impossible to sustain it in hot, humid weather of our country. At best neck-tie can be tolerated only in the Himalayan climate. But there, it is saffron that rules the roost. Also no corporate house is headquartered in the Himalayan region !!! Why do Tatas and Birlas insist on neck-tie and suit in a torrid city like Mumbai ?? Do they become management wizards by sporting ties and suits ?? Why don’t they switch over to plain, simple and elegant clothes befitting our climate ?? Neck-tie is a colonial shame. We must not look like a quadrupads ready to be tethered to a capstan with the neck-tie !! Jodhpuri collars are most graceful, ethnic and natural for Bharatiya-s with or without suit.
Kindly join me in this crusade by spreading this message.
JAAG RE HINDU, JAAG.