Friday, January 15, 2010

Our colonial mindset

Mysore is a city in our backyard. Lakhs of Bangloreans visit for all reasons Mysore and for many reasons Bangalore and a lot of them in between. I mean, Mysore is a superb weekend destination for us here. Amazing connectivity, superb food options, quiet place, great drive - among other things. Lakhs of Bangaloreans visit Mysore each day - the bus connectivity rivals Mumbai and Pune connectivity (I think it is better). Yoga - All of India in general and Mysore in particular has been at it for zillions of years now.

Bombay is our melting pot. Yes, there isnt a better city in India. In the world New York would probably come close in my books. What a city! We all know this, for eons now. Usually one would portray Bombay as crowded, slum infested and what not...

But now is the time to appreciate it, because, you know...the fact that these two cities made their place in some random newspaper list of must see places in 2010, makes it big news. I love this line in the report...

Mysore is logging visitors like never before, with the ornate Mysore Palace getting 25 lakh visitors annually. This is next only to Madame Tussauds, the wax museum in London.

The heritage of Mysore compared to a stupid museum? Thats our colonial mindset. When the whites endorse us and give us a certificate we love it. While thats us, our newspapers take it to an entirely different level while reporting it.

Chalo, isi bahane, let us appreciate some of our traditions and cities, as they show up on random lists...

We got independence some 62 odd years ago. But mentally, we are still colonized. More later!

2 comments:

PNA said...

haaaaa...... Reading between the lines of media comparisons is a fun
...

I love the palace and more so the route to Mysore from Bangalore or shd I say Bengalaroo.. and the the place where the sultans rest on the way...... Neocolonialism, we are prey to that phenomenon and the media enforces it daily and we imbibe it at a subconscious level, without resisting...this language too.....

Brought back memories of my trips to the two cities...:)))

Raj said...

This wasn't a qualitative comparison of Mysore Palace with a wax museum. More a numerative one. The latter happens to be the only tourist place that gets more visitors annually.