Things were crazily mixed up in Elvira. Everybody, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, owned a Bible; the Hindus and Muslims looking on it, if anything, with greater awe....In fact, when Elvira was done with religious festivals, there were few straight days left.
That was what Lorkhoor, Foam's rival, went around preaching from his loudspeaker van that morning; the unity of races and religions. Between speeches he played records of Hindi songs and American songs.
V.S. Naipul, The Suffrage of Elvira, 1958.
I am so delighted to host this mela. I have enjoyed reading the previous contributions, the cacophony of Indian and desi voices, from the diaspora and the homeland; vibrant, resonant, ringing. Crazily mixed up like the voices of imagined Elvira, but to my mind, not comedy, not tragedy, not caution and inevitability, but evolution. A million voices speak, perhaps in Farsi, in Mandarin, in Hindi or in English. Good. Now, listen:
Primary Red of Secular-Right India asks: in regards to the pogrom in Gujurat, how should we think of citizenship?
Jitendra Choudhary, from Kuwait, has something to say in hindi (and if I could read hindi, I might tell you what that is....)
Anup Shukla (in hindi) says.....
Dilip D'Souza says the essence of a queen is....(and I love the wistful tone of this one).
And finally, for a little humor: how about some dishoom?Update: How could I forget about Veshland? Veshman is a physician practicing in Chicago. Here's his thoughts on thanksgiving. Update update: I somehow forgot one of the first nominations: Patrix on something something computational (just kidding, Patrix. Very interesting. Click on over, blog reading people!).
Next mela is hosted by Debashish.
(Apologies to mela participants - I am having a little trouble with my computer and some of you may have checked in before I had a chance to link to your post. Let me know in comments if I have got things right. Thanks.)