Friday, May 7, 2010

some town somewhere...

On and on, goes the analysis of my research interviews... but I stumble upon lots and lots of interesting observations... not only about the topic of study, but in general about people, life and also about myself.

Sometime back I was looking at some interview from a smaller town and realised how entrenched it is, in the language of relationships. As if relationships far and wide, with people and places, gives meaning to life.
As a friend observed about the common culture of a north Indian state (and might be applicable to many more small towns in India), life and memories revolves around my father, my mother, my cow, my house, my Tulsi plant and so on...

It sits in contrast to the lives in metros... which is much more focused and goal oriented. Meaning and identity is self-created in life through what one chooses to do. Friends (and even family) are like the base camp to return to, after a climb towards one's aims. They are not entangled closely with the reason to live.

But then, may be this stage still comes, invariably comes, just a bit later in a city life. When one really, mentally, settles down! Till then, family and friends are expected to understand and cultivate the useful, but boring virtue of patience...
Or, who knows! what will happen... the way local culture is interacting with the global culture, everything seems much more fluid. No predictions stand!!!

Well... even in past we have got interesting examples to follow through... Krishna lived a deeply entwined, interpersonal life in Vrindavan (still a small town;), but if one looks at the second part of his life... well, that was very much like a king, who had too many things in his hands to return and give a visit to his near and dear ones, in that old small town, left behind!!!
Even in Gita, after that long discourse, he tells his friend to do what he deems fit! Wow pretty independent view of decision making!

I live in a big city, with small town ethos... I think I need to make a shift, either which way... thinking of a shift to a small Himalayan village!!! ;)
Amen! :)

Disclaimer: As an after thought... I might be looking at macro aspect and generalising, which might not be sustained at micro level analysis.
So everything written here can be an illusion! beware! ;)

1 comment:

  1. Hey there! Hmm.. I relate to that in an international way.. Toronto is so different from Bangalore which is so different from Shillong!! However, something is common.. when you strike a conversation with a random stranger, it revolves around the weather, economics, relationships.. all very basic human stuff.. and then one feels a part of a whole that is simply ALIVE. Take a look at conscious media network and Regina's blog. TC, cheers! :-)