Sep 3, 2002


A local desi television program showed Indian Independence Day celebrations in New York City. The parade was colorful - young girls dancing to popular hindi tunes (with "payal", "sajna" or some such words), middle aged men sporting their cultural costumes, floats with sundry pictures of Gandhiji, Nehruji, Netaji and Shivaji hoisted on the sides... What a circus. Oops! I forget. As the interviewed expatriate Indians informed - it was an opportunity to show their patriotism, to expose the youngsters to Indian culture and heritage. One of those youngsters interviewed said succinctly that he was there to see Madhuri Dixit. The token Americans interviewed, dutifully praised the chicken marsala. I wondered if some American was waiting in the traffic complaining and cursing.

On a related note, Amitabh Bachan was the grand marshall of the Independence Day celebration in Silicon Valley. It seems the maddening crowd jostled, shoved and ran after him. Must have scared the daylights out of him.

September 03, 2002