Posted by: cochinblogger | February 2, 2010

On the Movie Avatar and Western Balls

This (see link to story below) is an amazing story. I’m reminded of the controversy about whether the movie Avatar is racist. Jennifer Mummy is a white woman who settles among the fierce Pathans, and has them eating out of her hands and purring like kittens in short order. An Indian friend settled in the U.S. in an e-mail once referred admiringly to “Western balls,” by which he meant guts and a never-say-die spirit.

An old school mate of mine was very critical of the West in our school years. Years later, when I met him again, he told me that he had worked in the West for some time. When I asked him what accounted for their success, what made them different from us, he paused for a minute before replying, “An ability to think big.”

I don’t think any of this is innate. We Indians are coming into our own; we are awakening from a deep sleep. We are slowly growing Western balls. And remember, Jennifer Mummy lacked balls — Western or non-Western.

Posted from Diigo.

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