Here’s a new blog a friend pointed me to today. It’s about annoying habits (a second level of them, whatever that means) Desis in America possess. If the author is to be believed, these habits are universal to all FOB’s (I think I count among those) and are extremely annoying.
For some reason, I find nothing more annoying than the constant ranting about annoying habits. Every demographic has their own set of weird habits. Ours evidently revolve around white sneakers, a very un-cool accent and saving money wherever possible. And the point is?
Of all the different people I’ve come across, Desis seem to be the only ones who absolutely love to either glorify India – culture, traditions, niceness of people and now IT and the railways – or love to disassociate themselves from all things Indian – corruption, population, pollution, politicians – there hardly ever seems to be a happy medium.
None of my American or Asian friends seem to delight in constantly listing the annoying things about their cultures. They either light-heartedly joke about themselves (What do you call someone who speaks only one language? American) or not make a big deal of their cultural “differences”. They just live with it and move on.
I would ordinarily not have made such a big deal about this blog. It just caught me on a bad day. But it’s still worth thinking about. What disturbs me about this blog is not the content but the spirit of it. There seems to be a vague sense of superiority about it. A sense of I-am-not-one-of-these-people. And for most part, more frustration and annoyance than cheerful acceptance and jest.
ps: Please don’t miss the counter post here. I love the inferences they’ve made about me, my friends, my lifestyle and other assorted habits based solely on this post.
It is just amazing how intelligently they have judged everything about me, no?