Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Eid Mubarak

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:45 am
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I was all set to write about the adorable young man in the bus seat in front of me today in a resplendent kurta with gold and silver zardozi and pearl beads as accents, redolant of rose ittar who was clearly on his way to a very happening Eid par-tay. It reminded me of the bus ride I took seven years ago, all decked up, to attend my own first Eid dinner. But then I had some unpleasantness on the way back home at night while waiting for the bus that has left me feeling rather... unsettled.

So instead I shall observe cynically that every single fellow Hindu person I wished Eid Mubarak to today looked at me in surprise before responding back. It's a national holiday. You can't even do online fund transfers from one bank to another. Even greetings for Pongal or Chat Pooja or Gudi Padvah aren't greeted with this sense of uneasy unfamiliarity.

Also, I happened to be in a room with a TV a few days ago and saw that Ek Tha Tiger was advertising itself in its promo with the "This Eid, watch Salman Khan blah blah". I hadn't realised Bollywood had picked up that custom from the West (There may come a day when a Sooraj Barjaatiya film is marketed with 'This Karvachauth, watch..') but it's pretty disgusting to see the industry notice Muslims only when they need to make some money, and throw them a bone in the form of a Muslim actor who has only been allowed to play a Muslim character thrice in the span of a 20 year career. (Sanam Bewafa is about tragically feuding Pathans, Tum Na Bhool Paayenge ends with him leaving his life as Ali to become Veer Singh Thakur, and Saawariya is a guest appearance.) And according to Sahil Rizwan's erudite review I conclude that Ek Tha Tiger features a Hindu spy saving the country from the Pakistani lady spy, who, of course, falls in love with him. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to name a Bollywood film where a Muslim man successfully romanced and lived happily ever after with a Hindu woman.

Anyway, since thinking about Salman Khan in particular or Bollywood representing Muslims in general is distressing, here's a naat instead. Madiney Mein by the mellifluous Ali Hamza from the wonderous band Noori.

Eid Mubarakan.


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