There is India on everyone’s lips these days. Gone are those days when Indian’s were considered slaves, snake charmers, and second class citizens. Gone are those days when the color of the skin determined his/her social status. Gone are those days when Indians were considered pushovers.
It was not long before when David J Schwartz in his book “ The Magic Of Thinking Big” addressed Indians as second class citizens.
This was author’s take on Indians at large
"If Thinking Big accomplishes so much, why doesn't everyone think that way?" I've been asked that question many times. Here I believe is the answer. All of us, more than we recognize, are products of the thinking around us. And much of this thinking is little, not big. All around you is an environment that is trying to tug you, trying to pull you down Second Class Street. You are told almost daily that there are "too many chiefs and not enough Indians." In other words, that opportunities to lead no longer exist, that there is a surplus of chiefs, so be content to be a little guy.
Hopefully, the author is still not struck with his standpoint and changed his opinion in the recent times. Today, Indian food, fashion, not least of which is language, are going places.
Recently top-notch fashion designer and founder of lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger corporation, praised actress Sonam Kapoor for her exquisite taste in designer clothes. In fact, international fashionistas have always gone gaga over Indian attire and saree tops the list.
A sneak peek on Saree-clad Hollywood Celebrities.
|Julia Roberts in Eat, Love and Pray|
There is no denying that colourful Indian sarees, lehengas,salwar and churidar suits are favourite add-ons in their wardrobe.
Not just fashion, even Indian food is receiving rave reviews across the globe. Not long back, chef Floyd Cardoz won the Top Chef Masters Contest for ‘semolina pudding'. Yes it’s our most -ignored upma. Today, Indian food items stand at par with Mexican, Thai and Italian flavors in terms of popularity. Indian spices, flavors and tastes are no longer branded as exotic but the most-sought after. In fact, there’s a greater demand for authentic Indian food and not their watered down versions.
Krisitna Brown, a U.S. based consultant, had been staying with us for a month or two. And what we could gather from our top management level friend is that this female is fond of green chilies. And she has them in raw form. Are your eyeballs still there? Or has it popped out from the socket? Mine did, when I heard this.
OMG!OMG! How could she? I said, Even a regular Indian finds chilies to be an antagonizing stuff, how she could have them raw? And not just chilies, she is in love with Indian food and has them often, though in moderation, for it may upset her tummy, my friend added.
When I heard Mr. Prime Minister speak in Hindi during his visit to the United States, a muscle jumped in my jaw. Man, this man has the nerve, which none of former prime ministers had. I doff of my hat to you Mr.Modi. Not just fashion, food, dialect, in fact there are so many other fronts that the world is looking towards India to connect with. Hollywood for one, has been inspired my India significantly. The background settings of so many recent films are a testament to that fact.
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