Foreigners might be incognisant about the Indian superstars, Rajnikanth, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai or the likes of Ratan Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani but they do know Abdul Kalam.
I was in Mumbai for a short sightseeing tour. On one exquisite morning I attained the famous Dhobi Ghat, Mahalaxmi. There, I happened to have a splendid conversation with a Brazilian couple that included themes of all matters. In the niche of Indian politics and corruption, I asked them casually,
” Then you must be knowing Narendra Modi? “
[After some expressionless look] No.
Quite surprised I was then, decided to extend the spree.
” Okay, what about Shahrukh Khan or Rajnikanth? “
[No, sir. I can guess that by movements of their head.]
And I further asked few more names of famous personalities of India. Receiving thumbs down in every attempt, I then cut the cord.
” Do you know about any celebrated Indian? “
Umm, yeah. We heard the name, Klam.
” You mean APJ Abdul Kalam? The scientist? “
[Cherishing] You got it!
I stood there silently, spellbound.
Yes, I did ask about Sachin Tendulkar, they were unaware but they knew Maria Sharapova.
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