I have no problem with meat eaters. Anthony Bourdain has a problem with vegetarians, which he has gone on record to state many times. Anyway, he was an example of a common phenomenon. Thank you for explaining it away so patronizingly.
Your lady-in-manor chip is showing. So what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander? How arrogant to say that Indians consider going to a fancy mall as progress. Don't people go to malls in the Western countries? Can I presume by your statement that you never go to a mall because you are so ?enlightened?? And of course, enlightened people never go to malls, as we all know!
Remind me again, wasn't a 6 foot tall man trampled to death at a major shopping center in 2008/2009 (or thereabouts) by an early horde of Black Friday shoppers? Yes, very civilized.
Westerners can drive new cars, go to fancy malls, eat in fancy restaurants, go home and beat their spouses/children/pets to death (yes, domestic violence is pretty common here in the West) and never be accused of being backward.
Now if an Indian drives a new car, goes to a fancy mall, Dear Lord they are ass-backwards and materialistic and their sins need to be forgiven. They need to be saved from themselves, and their roots appropriated because the West is so much better at managing these things.
Fat asses? That's the height of irony considering the US has some of the fattest people I've ever seen.
I see what you are doing here. I like how you take all your cliches and biases and neatly weave them together. Very well done.
Indeed, that may have been your experience, but it hasn't been mine. Living in India as a married or unmarried woman is not such a bad thing as you imagine it to be. It is a different life to be sure, but it can be rewarding in its own way. I think you have been fed a pretty steady diet of Western emancipation literature to think that no such thing exists for Indian women.
What is a ?right mix? I do think Western society allows for rights and freedom but they?re not the only ones. The Indian constitution also protects women's rights. Are you saying this does not happen in India? There are other changes coming to India, slowly but surely. There is awareness of animal suffering but there is tremendous human suffering there as well, and inevitably that takes precedence. How cruddy of you to say this?
"Make do"? Wow, you're bitter. How do you know that they just make do? The fact that it is codified in the religion, is making do? I don't get your logic. Does the US protect the rights of animals in those horrific pig and beef factory farms, whose runoff has even reached the Gulf of Mexico? Whose entrails are available for your delight at every corner deli? Because they?re ?farmed? far away from your local yoga studio, so you can?t hear their screams, feel their fear? So it doesn?t impinge on your perfect FREE life. You are like every other Westerner (and from your grandmother comment, you?re not even really white) paying lip service to compassion as long as you get milk for $1.99 a gallon at your grocery store.
Please tell me ? what is too large, and too uncivilized? What does civilization mean to you really? What is a ?progressive? value?
Clearly, this never happens in the West per your diatribe.
If you were a true yogini per your moniker, you?d be able to see past the chaos. But you?re not I suspect.
What a paradise you must live in. Free of all influences, begged, borrowed, or stolen.
You are either a remarkably ignorant woman or a clever one. Or both. I get the sense that you delight in stirring the pot. India is a very paradoxical country. For everything you hold to be dear and true, in India you will find the opposite. I?m glad you and SD are in such cohesive agreement. I think you would be singing a very different tune if India was materially more prosperous and less populated.