What is it that we as Indians are collectively doing wrong?
I was talking to Ms. X on call today. She is from Latin America.
It was my first vocal conversation with her.
So, when she picked up the call, I greeted her with ‘Hola’. (Spanish of ‘Hi’)
She was surprised, and laughed a bit.
Anyway, she asked, how’d you greet in your language?
I said, “Namaste”.
And then I told her it means that I bow to the divine in you.
She said, “Wow! That’s cool.”
I said, “Yeah, but most of us don’t follow it now. We just greet each other with handshakes, or by just waving our hands with a casual ‘hi’ maybe.”
And then her next words left me puzzled.
She said, “Ohh… that’s sad. You should preserve your culture.”
I told her how whenever I call someone, I try to greet everyone with “Pranam”,
but maybe that was the self defense. That wasn’t the actual apt reply.
I tried to reply, but I couldn’t.
I don’t know.
But this part of the conversation left me puzzled.
How do I know Ms. X?
She read my book via smashwords and dropped her feedback in my Instagram inbox.
Who’s Ms. X? I’d rather tell you some other day.
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