Indians have acquired a lot from the West. We are either inspired, or we simply copy. We have been so obsessed with Western imports for so long that we simply failed to notice gems in our own backyard.
Let’s do it now and see if we come out feeling better…
1. Lungi v/s Pants and Jeans
Lungi is lightweight and much more relaxing as compared to jeans and trousers. Of course, for the purposes of going to office and parties, you would still get into pants. Imagine, if we had not fallen for western outfits…
2. Namaste v/s Handshake
Shaking hands is a western way to greet people and we are so accustomed to it now that we have forgotten it is not even our own tradition. There is always an extra element to a handshake, hidden though it always is. You either want to impress with the strength of your grip or you linger on
that extra minute, in case there is a lovely lady in question. You also transmit germs through contact. A ‘Namaste’ is a beautiful, humble gesture. It’s conveys a deep sense of modesty. You don’t share germs and a single Namaste can greet thousands at once. We don’t need to shake it with
3. Indian v/s International cuisine
The secret to Indian cuisine’s appeal lies in its mysteriousness. It is rich and spicy and has a wide-ranging mix of ingredients. Indian food also offers cures for a variety of critical diseases. It prevents cancer, helps in weight loss and lowers blood pressure. It has also influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Southeast Asia, the British Isles, and the Caribbean. Whereas the food from West is only known to lead to complications like obesity and heart diseases
4. Daatun v/s Brush
Daatun is a part of a tree which is herbal and is amazing for tooth cleaning. When you use a brush, you are exposing your dental health to a variety of external factors. For eg, because your toothbrush rests in the bathroom, every time you flush your toilet, fecal bacteria fly out and settle down in different corners of your bathroom…
5. Yoga v/s Gym Exercises
Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiratory condition, provides energy and vitality. It also balances metabolism and helps with weight check. Going to gym may seem important but it is too expensive these days, exercising without guidance can lead to injury,
treadmills cause arthritis, and your body starts loosening once you stop exercising with weights. It’s an ugly sight…
6. Indian Pots v/s English Commode
English Pots, especially used in public places, are home to germs and lead to infections due to contact with the seat. Indian pots are safe and easier to maintain.
7. Indian Dance Forms v/s English Dance
Indian dance forms are varied, and it is an exercise in disguise as it involves all the parts of the body. There are facial expressions that can attract and amaze. Western dance form has its own value but comparatively, Indian form is more satisfying.
8. Indian Drinks v/s Fizz Drinks
All the energy drinks, fizz drinks and extra sweetened drinks from the West only harm our bodies by causing a variety of diseases. Indian drinks like Sharbat, Aam Ras, Jaljeera, etc. are naturally prepared, have no preservatives and incorporate products from Ayurveda, which are good for health.
9. Floor v/s Couches and Mattresses
It was part of Indian culture to sit on the floor for discussions and food. It helped in better digestion and did not cause cervical complications that are seen to be rampant among those who sleep on
10. Fasts v/s dieting
The concept of detoxification was well known to our ancestors; one of the reasons fasting was introduced in India. It purifies the internal system and has other health related benefits. Dieting is to look good. Its purpose is superficial and serves no health benefits.
Wake up people, our ancestors weren’t fools, Let’s Do It!