Identity Questions – The Hindu


IIt’s just a normal Sunday evening, and our family gathers around the hearth like the ordinary Naga family that we are. I sit next to my pets sipping tea and reflecting on my days alone. How exhilarating it is to be back home, the aroma of smoked pork and bamboo shoots from across the kitchen soothes me after a tough semester.

As I watched my neighbor’s cat through the window, children distracted me from my reverie with their laughter. I didn’t quite understand what they were talking about.

I was able to listen to their conversation which overwhelmed me in many ways. It was about someone’s spoken English accent and its ugly sound.

Living in this modern age, where every little aspect progresses and grows around us every day, but with this change and shift in this generation, are we forgetting our own roots? Should we be embarrassed to speak with our own tribal and local accent? Or regret not integrating into this transfigured world?

The conversation between these kids hit me like a rock and I felt the need to deliberate on how we sometimes feel or to be more specific most of the time inferior to how we talk with our friends or the new people we meet once in a while and then. How often do we make fun of people around us for the way they speak English or even our own friends, berating ourselves whenever our own local accent pops up between our conversations. But there is a question, one should ask, isn’t this who we really are? Why do we run away from our own roots where we come from? It is our identity and to which we belong in a significant way.

We are so driven by the new era and rather than understanding our own traditions, we often switch to other people’s culture and rather than learning our own dialect, we choose to learn “French, Korean”, the list goes on. . This is the reality we know today where we are so intrigued by outsiders, always trying so hard to point out other traditions, but what about our own cultural heritage. It fades over days and years.

Nevertheless, all this talk is not aimed at degrading a race or a culture; in fact every individual has the right to choose what they want or feel spiritually inclined but this is a message to every individual never apologizing and embarrassed towards your accent essence be proud of your own identity and be modern with your roots always growing with you.

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