Lakshman, the dude who lent his name to a chalk

Has the “craze” to go abroad to study come down in rising, shining, “Atulya Bharat”? Or as “world-class” Universities open up, are middleclass masses getting more and more convinced by the “strong fundamentals” of the “India Story” to want to make their fortune here in Incredible India?

Three television commercials offer some McFood for thought.

In the HDFC Standard Life insurance ad (above), papa—on TV, it’s always a Hindi speaking family that seems to make plans for vilayatpapa saves for beti‘s education abroad. In a Hero Honda commercial (no longer on air), the ride is so smooth that he tears up his plane ticket at a traffic signal, so puffed up is he of building something for his own country.

Now, GMR, the guys building the airports in Bombay and Delhi, have put out a commercial, in which the parents of a boy wait at home, praying for their son’s US visa. But the boy swings in, delightfully singing “visa nahin mila, visa nahin mila“.


On a related note, Sowmya Krishnamurthy, 20, writes of her cousin in The Hindu:

“My 15-year old cousin showed me what the future generation of India could be like and it was not a pretty sight.

“He played Bach, Chopin and Beethoven on the piano effortlessly… I suggested that we wind up the concert with a song that is closer home, maybe Vande Mataram or something by A.R. Rehman… I was surprised and even a little irritated when he said he had not written down the chords to the former correctly.

“When I was admiring his collection of books—Don Quixote, latest Dan Browns, a collection of Shakespeare’s plays—I noticed stashed behind all the Harry Potters was a yellowing copy of C. Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata. I asked him if he had read the book and he said no.

“This very same dude (as he calls himself) thought that Lakshman Rekha was nothing more than some piece of chalk that was used to keep cockroaches away and had no idea of the origin of the name!

“He is so sure after visiting Singapore last year that the next place he wants to go to is Malaysia or Bali. I hope this is an isolated case but I doubt it. Most of his friends have been to Singapore but very few have visited even Mysore.”

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