links for 2010-06-13

13 Jun
  • a lot of these differences can be attributed to the Aryan-Dravidian divide, the different religions, customs, languages and the caste system. So while there cannot be a common physical characteristic (except that most Indians are increasingly leading unhealthy lifestyles leading to obesity and heart diseases); based on observations of Indians back home and in a global/ international scenario I thought of similarities in behavioral characteristics and came up with the below:
    * Indian Stretchable Time (IST) – An utter disregard for…one’s time as well as other’s time….
    * Sense of superiority…
    * Aggression/ Competitiveness…
    * Self over team…
    * General disregard for other cultures…
    * An equation that most Indians don’t understand is that life > work…
    * Moral policing/ crab mentality…
    * for most Indians, their dreams/ aspirations end the day their children are born and they start inflicting their unfulfilled dreams/ aspirations on their children…
    * “Chalta hai” attitude…
  • This is what arch-aesthete Nabokov had in mind when he asserted that a "good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a re-reader." When we read a book for the first time, he goes on to say, "the very process of laboriously moving our eyes from left to right, line after line, page after page… of learning in terms of space and time what the book is about, this stands between us and artistic appreciation." Space and time: such hurdles are minimized when it comes to painting, sculpture, poetry and music, which is why we re-experience them far more than we do novels. Even that other form of art, the movie, is more amenable to re-examination…
    One can't deny though that re-reading is becoming much less frequent. The cause, as always, is time's winged chariot hurrying by. The unread books that glare from unkempt bookshelves, the anticipated new arrivals, the serendipitous discovery of a new title: turning one's back on these to return to an old flame is hard.
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