Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Was reading an article from Hindu recently that talked about how Indians are rated the fourth happiest people in the world. Am surprised on what statistics they used to arrive at this conclusion. India is usually on the top list for not securing an Olympic medal, for poverty and caste system etc, but happy people come from India- reminds me of the advertisement on TV- "Happy Cows come from California."
The theory behind this conclusion was that "Indians are pleased by small things and happenings." Examples stated in the article that were given by folks who were interviewed for this poll were hot steaming idlis that are soft to eat and starched cotton saris to enhance one's mood. The article proudly points out that Indians love to yap- drinking filter coffee, a married son visiting his parents home for a lzay weekend and being in a contented relationship with someone you love are all anecdotes that the people mention as reasons for their happiness in India.
The article ends with a note on how some folks have a cynical viewpoint and say that the IT bubble that is currently ruling India would eventually fade away leaving behind more homeless beggers on the side-walks and happiness for those folks would by helping do their share for the social welfare.
Finally, my thoughts on this- is happiness so easy to achieve that people in India attribute monitary successes and daily mundane tasks to happiness? Or are we folks living out here in another part of the world still struggling to interpret what happiness for each one of us is?
Would be interested to read your thoughts on this-Have a Happy Day!!!