Yeh mera India, I love my India

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Yeh mera India, I love my India

“Crash”, my car landed in the ditch. For a few seconds I just froze. My two children were in the car. What if something had happened to them? I gathered myself when I saw that they were looking at me with confidence in their eyes that, their mom will not let anything happen to them. I locked the fear in my mind as I had to be strong for the sake of my children. The left wheel of the non driver’s side of the car was in the ditch.WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES INDIA SO ADORABLE

This incident happened very near to the school that I work. Two of my colleagues stopped by and while one of them took care of the children, while my colleague and myself tired to reverse the car out. Meanwhile  there was a construction site near by and few workers from the site also rushed to my aid. Meanwhile around six to seven of my other colleagues who were on their way home had also stopped to see how they could help me. Finally another old gentleman stopped by and somehow took the car out of the ditch.

The young man, the construction workers and the old gentleman did not know me, but they decided to stop by and help me, a complete stranger. There was no need for my colleagues to stop by, but they did even though each and everyone were dead tired after being with children the entire day.

This act of kindness that was shown to me by people that day and many such incidents like that I witness everyday makes me proud to be living in India where humanity and decency is not lost. Though there might be incidents like rape of young girls and other volatile incidents takes place, there are also incidents that bring out the humanity in people. The love and care that people show for the others who is in need of help makes me think how lucky I am to be living in a place that is rich in its heritage and value system. The culture of the country has deep roots and though termites like violence and rape try to eat it away the roots and pillars of kindness and humanity keeps our country strong.

I prefer to be in this country where parents take care of their young and when they become old the children take care of them. I love my country where the brothers take care of their sisters, where the fathers and husbands cherish their daughters and wives. Everyday ten acts of humanity are being performed for every act of violence. Yeh mera India and I love my India.

Athena Chaitanya

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7 Responses

  1. It’s awesome that you got help and people were supportive. But this is really not unique to India. We’ve seen a lot of help in other places as well. We’re all human beings after all. No country is special and no people are better than others.

    I think it’s perfectly ok to love one’s country. But I don’t think it makes sense to justify it by saying that people are helpful – because that’s true for everyone all over the world.

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      We have never said that it doesn’t exist in other countries, its just that we are happy to be in a country where with every festival we exchange sweets, if I run out of sugar I can always ask my neighbor and I am grateful that I don’t live in a country where if my car breaks down there maybe nobody in a six mile radius. Its not about India being better, its about stop complaining about India and for once try and appreciate her.

  2. I think it’s also useful to note that women don’t “belong” to their male relatives. Fathers and husbands cannot cherish “their” daughters and wives any more than the daughters and wives cherish them back.

    I keep hearing comments like this on Indian forums – “Will you allow your sister/mother/daughter etc to do such and such” and I’m always disgusted that they view the women in their family as their property. As if the behavior of the women makes or breaks the so called “honor” of the family.

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      Fair point agreed but then my husband is only mine, he belongs to me and in the same way kids belong to the parents and a spouse belongs to the counter part. As if the behavior of the women makes or breaks the so called “honor” of the family. This is very true, its not only in their hands. :)

  3. Sorry for the repeated posts – I guess I just don’t stuff through!

    I also wanted to add that sisters can take care of their brothers too. There’s no country in the world where sibling’s don’t love each other. There’s nothing special about a brother taking care of his sister in India…and vice versa.

    • shee_shee12345 says:

      Why sorry, we are happy with the comments coming in, it helps us also think in a different angle and that’s what Athenas TAKE is all about, each one of us has a different take. All siblings love each other but how many countries do you know where you have festivals dedicated to this love. Once again its not a comparison with other countries, its about just giving Mother India a pat on her back. Its been tough to find the positives, since you are an Indian…let me know what you feel is good about India.

  4. Indrani says:

    Yes, the spirit of coexistence is still there, thanks for that!I too love my India!

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