As Misty Terrace, a local Bhutanese music band breaks into Jeena Jeena from the Hindi film Badlapur, the crowd at Mojo Park, a live music lounge in Thimphu, comprising mostly of young Bhutanese, joins in enthusiastically. "There's no escaping Bollywood," I whisper to musician Raghu Dikshit, as he unwinds at Mojo post his concert at the city's Clock Tower earlier that evening."It is a revelation," he nods.
It's not right to say that India is either this or that. The struggle between the ascetic and the erotic have always been a part of Indian society. And it is our own ascetic trait, combined with British Victorian morals, that have led to the extremely conservative society that we see now. When it comes to increasing fundamentalism in Indian society, and the world, it is a by product of globalisation. With globalisation many people are feeling insecure about their cultural identities and the fundamentalists are taking advantage of this insecurity, telling them that the only way to withstand the onslaught is to revive and adhere to ancestral values. They provide the scaffolding for such shaky identities.
|Rocky Singh-Mayur Sharma|
The journey of food in India has become a lot more democratic. India has always concentrated on creating divisions within itself. So there is the traditional divide between meat eaters vs the vegetarians, pork eaters vs beef eaters and so on. Now, there is a new divide between fancy places, high class, puritanical, fusion foods. We are here to say that food needs to be loved. Why should a group of people decide what is good food. Also, before our show, people only spoke of foreign food and fine dining places. There was nothing on street food. Now, everyone, even fine dining magazines are talking about street food.