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The Jewel in the Crown November 30, 2008

Posted by judylobo in Links, Photography, Politics, Travel, Videos.
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taj-mahalI have spent much of the last few days reading about India, perusing my personal India travel journal, looking at my photos of that trip, trying to remember my room at the Taj Hotel in Moombai and watching the nightmare unfold on the graphically nauseating CNN. I wanted to figure out what it was about India that captured my imagination when I was there in 1995. Why it is that I love films about India and essentially like ‘all things Indian.’  Would I return to visit? In a heartbeat.

What I loved about India was the chaos, the color, the sounds, the light, the food, the fact that over a billion people are animated and vibrant and it is one huge Democracy. The country has struggled since its independence from England. It is trying to undo their shameful caste system and for most Indians they still think the possibility of a good life is sure to be had with enough hard work. The City of Moombai reminded me of NYC – only with less rules and more people.

–  Check out the trailer for the great new uplifting film, Slumdog Millionaire. You will get an idea of the glorious chaos of India:

–  I do confess to snickering when newscasters were reporting in close proximity to the targets during the attack. They were incredulous at the fact that they were allowed to get so close to the action and at times were actually in front of the police lines. I snickered because one of the things that made us laugh while in India was the fact that there are very few rules. Tourists go to places with crumbling steps, no guard rails and danger lurking around every corner. We would look at one another and laugh that in the US none of the places we visited would be open to tourists until every safety precaution was fixed. Our fear of litigation apparently does not exist in India. I liked that.

–  The New York Times has had excellent coverage and analysis about the latest terrorist attack and I have read all of those article too. India is calling this their ‘911’ but they are far more used to terror on their own soil than we were. An excellent article in the OpEd section by Suketo Mehta in yesterday’s NY Times discusses why Moombai was attacked and why the author is booking a flight to revisit that City. The article was reminiscent of what we read right after 911. They attack because they hate all we stand for. Do not let them get away with this. He said “If the rest of the world wants to help, it should run toward the explosion. It should fly to Mumbai, and spend money. Where else are you going to be safe? New York? London? Madrid? So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic”.

–  The targets that these cowardly terrorists struck were not random. They were symbolic of everything they hate. In a city of 20,000,000 Indians, they chose to single out the Chabad that served a population of only 4000 Jews and Jews that visit India. There seems to be a growing link between India and Israel. Read this very interesting piece by Samuel G. Freedman from yesterday’s NY Times called Between Israel and India, a Link Based on Culture and, Now, Terrorism- As an imitation news story on the Web site SatireWire put it: “Hinjew leaders today conceded the merger of Hinduism and Judaism has not worked out as planned, as instead of forming a super-religion to fight off the common Islamic enemy, they have instead created a race of 900 million people who, no matter how many times they are reincarnated, can never please their mothers.”

–  And who does not love Bollywood?



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