Early mornings are beautiful. They are full of Light, Positivity and Niceness. Although for some people mornings can be full on energy, for others it’s just about being cranky (depending on the kind of person you are).
The reason I am showing off and talking about morning beauty and all is because I am NOT a morning person. I hate to wake up early. I love it once I am up and running but till then I hate to wake up early. The only two things that can make me wake up early and not complain about it is Acting and Traveling.
And today the reason I am witnessing this beautiful sunrise at the Jaipur Airport is because of Reason number 2. TRAVELING!
Like every trip of mine even this trip taught me a lot. Met amazing people. Had great experiences. Had discussions about life, emotions, music, India, Beauty, Plastic use and so much more. Had a small little party in the General class compartment of a Train listening to ‘Gz and the Hustlas’ by Snoop Dogg to ‘Long Nights’ and ‘Society’ by Eddie Vedder.
This trip was a little different from the ones I normally go for. I don’t plan much and most of the time my trip has no specific reason. I just leave because I want to travel. But this time the reason of my trip was specifically to attend this Music Festival in the dunes of Jaisalmer. This was a proper planned trip with a return ticket to attend ‘Ragasthan’.
I had read an article about this festival around a month back and decided to go. Three days of Non stop music in the middle of a desert with your own little tent pitched in and surprise sand storms. How could I miss such an experience. So I went.
The festival felt more like a big family picnic as it was not very crowded. But the good part was because there were not too many people, by the end of day 1 almost everyone knew each other or at least recognised faces. The overall vibe was pretty good.
This festival also made me envy musicians. They are so cool. Their entire personality and body language and their passion for music makes me want to play a crazy musician at least once. Would love to get that passion and body language right. I hope someone offers me a character like that someday. Would be fun to play.
But this blog is not particularly about Ragasthan or my wish list of the characters I want to play. I felt like writing today because of many interesting topics this trip made me think about and the discussions I had about these topics with travelers from countries very different from ours. And the sad part is with all the beautiful things our country has to offer and the amazing people who are extremely warm and welcoming there were few who made me feel horrible.
I was on this train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur and met these 3 female travelers. We spoke about books, movies, countries we have visited, etc etc. And because I am a little fair and I was with these 3 foreigners, a group of boys/men sitting in the same compartment felt I am a foreigner as well. They started talking about us. I went with the flow as I generally like to know what people talk about me and others when they don’t know that I understand Hindi. I have had some real fun experiences like this in the past but not this time. This one was a shocker. These men started talking about who would I fuck tonight between these girls I was with. They started this guessing game. Also after a point one of the guy asked his friend to move so that he could sit next to her. Because I understood the language and the situation I went and sat next to her even before the man could try.
Another shocker was when the food guy came to take dinner order, I declined. He then started speaking in Hindi and said “Order something or you’ll die hungry tonight”. I said No again. And he replied in Hindi “Go fuck yourself” thinking I won’t understand. It wasn’t him who abused me that made me feel bad but the people around, everyone who heard him understood Hindi and were just laughing without doing anything or asking him to behave. Why are we always the on lookers? Why don’t we do something about situations like these? Why do we take it so lightly? There are these people who are not from our country and have come to see India for its culture, positivity, warm and welcoming people. We fucking talk about ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ but when it’s time to actually treat guests as god we don’t even help them as normal human beings. Just because she is ‘White Skinned’ doesn’t mean she is ‘Easy’ or all she wants is Sex.
I could have told these men that I understand Hindi but I didn’t and I am so glad I didn’t. If they knew that I am from India they would be super nice and polite and I would have never known this side to their behaviour.
Another thing to worry is the use of plastic and throwing things everywhere. I see most people throw their empty water bottles, plastic bags and food plates out of the window while traveling in a train. Those men even threw a glass bottle out of the window and it obviously broke on the tracks.
It’s Our country. Let’s make it clean rather than saying Europe is very clean and America is very clean but India is so dirty. We are the ones responsible. And even if we are not then we can become the ones responsible to clean it and educate others to do the same.
The whole point is not to crib or rant. This post is just a basic request to all of us, the Indians to be a little more aware about these issues which might look small but it’s real serious and important. NEVER let anyone disrespect someone or harass and make fun of someone just because the person doesn’t understand the language. Let’s start respecting and helping each other as human beings without discriminating because of Colour or country. Let’s not stand and look and laugh if you see anything unfair. Stand up against it. Speak up. All you need to do to stop a bully from bullying is SPEAK UP.
Let’s show travelers some respect and show them the real India where people go out of their way to help each other. Let them go back to their countries with a happy heart and lots of good memories.
I request you to understand and work towards both these issues and everything else that you feel is right. Let’s make India proud because it’s only these 1% of douche bags who are making the whole country look bad. Please stop them the next time you see anything like this. And also spread the word. Have discussions with your family, your friends, your kids and educate them about it.
You don’t have to share my post, just please share what’s written with everyone you know.
Please Please Please!!