Society

The Six Pack Dictatorship…

For a few days, the whole Bollywood world has been buzzing after the publishing of this photo from Farah Khan’s next release Happy New Year:

A pack of six Khan...

A pack of six Khans…

Shah Rukh Khan proudly showed this on Twitter, adding with his usual false-humility that he was shy speaking about his body. He doesn’t seem shy about showing it!

However, this muscle trend is not new! It was launched two decades ago by Sanjay Dutt, but it is Salman Khan who really built his success on weight-training machines and became the godfather of body-building. Now, the 6 pack virus has spread in B-town: the stronger, the sexier, the more hairless, the better!

The web-debate is raging on Twitter, facebook and other, to know if Shah Rukh’s 6, 8 or 10 packs (whatever!) are real! Fake, photoshops, cocktails of anabolic steroids, hours and hours of weight-lifting, will-power, Divine grace, everybody is speculating but the only thing that everybody is sure about is that Shah Rukh Khan has changed beyond recognition!

Strangely enough, the fans are dazzled with admiration, very few seem to be bothered by this superficial craziness. As for me; let’s be franck; King Khan’s new body reminds me of a dead cockroach lying on its back under a kitchen cupboard!

Between you and me, I don’t understand that excitement for cheese graters! While young wolves such as Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh or Tiger Shroff can show off their oily chests (and the rest!) onscreen, older actors -we won’t call them « veteran actors » yet, they’re so moving trying hard to look like still virgin Adonis – desperately busy themselves turning their middle-aged love handles into Mr India’s bumpy torsos!

Yuk!

High Tec Body!

The result is becoming pathetic: some actors jeopardize their health in the gyms – are Hrithik and Salman’s serious brain problems a mysterious coincidence? – and filmsmakers make fools of them by using softwares enabled to make them look like Hulk after his transformation! By the way, I won’t talk to you about Aamir Khan in Ghajini, I prefer to forget this puzzling mistake.

Well, what else can I say? These men that one calls « spornosexual » (I let you analize this word by yourselves! Hum…) have now invaded Bollywood films! Although some actors still resist the fashion and make acting their priority; we must face the facts, sisters; we have found serious competitors in the race for diets, waxing and beauty tricks!

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Celebration of Republic Day at the Indian Ambassy…

French article here and English extracts from Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s speech.

republic day

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Indian Women’s New Beginning…

Women facing the Police's water cannons in Delhi

Woman facing the Police’s water cannons in Delhi

I don’t like sad news.

So, it was difficult for me to deal with the subject of this post, on the one hand because I was too heartbroken to read all these terrible reports in the media to be able to write anything, on the second hand, many Indian bloggers have done it far better than I could. However, now the mediatic storm has settled a little, I need to write something. I will also quote some Indian bloggers I like so that I will have the feeling I share with them this painful but decisive episode for the Indian future.

 The terrible gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi (read Insight’s post for further details) overwhelmed the whole world. During the Christmas period, in every French News Flash, there was a report about it. They didn’t give much information ; the reports lasted for about one minute; as often, when French TV deals with countries like India, all seemed very far, as if all this was not real or was happening on another planet.

She…

What stroke me was the fact they didn’t give the name of the young victim. She was just “l’étudiante indienne victime d’un viol collectif dans un bus de Delhi”. Since then, I’ve realized that naming a woman who had been raped was forbidden. Blogger Vicky Nanjappaexplains this law: The law clearly states that any person disclosing the name of a rape victim shall under punishment for a term of two years.There is a law which clearly prohibits anyone from revealing the name of the victim and this is enshrined under Section 228 A of the Indian Penal Code.

That’s why some journalists had the idea of giving her a symbolic name: Nirbhaya (was given by The Times Of India, Amanat ( means “treasure” in Ourdou), Damini, (the heroine of a Hindi film)… The debate has intensified when Minister and writer Shashi Tharoor stated on Tweeter: Unless her parents object, she should be honoured & the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being w/a name, not just a symbol

But today, She is more than a name, more than the victim of six demons. She has become India’s daughter. Like tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi whose death had launched the Arabic Spring, she is the martyr whose life has been sacrificed for a new beginning.

She is the one who has made India stand up.

Demonstrators (Le Figaro)

Demonstrators (Le Figaro)

India in the Streets

In her moving letter to her “sister from Delhi”, the author of The Revolution Breathes Fire writes: We did nothing to protect you. And we couldn’t do anything to save you. Forgive me, Sister.delhi_3

 Rahul from Insight introduces his post that way:Most of you would feel ashamed after reading this real incident happened in my country 2 weeks back! Yes, I belong to a country where brutal acts and sexual abuses against women and children are increasing day by day. But why?

Indian people feel ashamed but they shouldn’t, because Indian people have stood up, they have shown their anger and have raised their voices. Unfortunately, this feeling of shame has increased when the demonstrations in Delhi have turned into a battle between furious protestors and the police.

Where is the Ahmisa of our Gandhi-led society?Asks the Conjecture Girl.

My friend Françoise from Indomaniaque published this cartoon. I find it so meaningful.

However, this anger is positive. Revolutions often start with anger. It is the first step before taking decisions.

Time to act:

 There are long term and short term goals to get rid of the problem. Short term – Making stringent laws. Long term – changing the mindset. (Amit from Mashed Musings on the Conjecture Girl’s post « Scared for Tomorrow »)

After the shocking bus-rape event, immediate measures were taken to stop rapes in buses in Delhi:

In a report by Channel France 2, Delhi’s women talk about the problems they daily face on these buses which seem to be the perfect places for sex harassment and “eve-teasing”. In crowded buses, men stick to girls to touch them. “Forget skirts! You must be covered from head to toe. When a man touches you, shouting is useless, some other men on the bus even smile, as if they were excited.

Unfortunately, most of women must take the bus which is the only way for them to leave their household and be independent: “It is my only means of transport. I don’t go out at night and I always check if there are other women on the bus with me,” a young woman explains.

Cartoon often seen on Facebook

Cartoon often seen on Facebook

So, Delhi women should be relieved by the following measures concerning only Delhi and its buses, which seems a little absurd by comparison with the mammoth task that India will have to face across the country.

No more curtains and tinted glasses in buses. During the young student’s ordeal, the bus was said to have passed across several police checkpoints and they didn’t suspect anything because of the curtains. But shall we also ban the doors and the windows in houses to prevent some men from raping their daughters or in-laws?

Private buses, when not in use, will have to be parked with their owners and the drivers will have to be checked. I was very surprised to hear that bus drivers used their bus as a taxi after their usual working hours!

The 24-hour helpline for women which will be in connection with the police-stations in Delhi: number 181. I don’t really understand why they have to launch a special line only for women in distress! The police are supposed to help anybody in distress, aren’t they?

– At last, I read on I Love My India Facebook, After 7 PM, if any Autowala refuses any girl for going at any place, she can take Auto’s number, Dial 100 and complain to Police. Traffic Police will charge that Autowala with a huge fine, on the spot. to prevent women from getting on illegal chartered buses if they have no other means of transport.

Policewomen during the Delhi demonstrations

Policewoman during the Delhi demonstrations

Measures to come:

During the demonstrations, people demanded different things. Will they manage to maintain pressure on the authorities to get changes even after public passions have calmed down?

People, not only women, have to be protected:   There will be more policewomen in policestations:  Studies show that women are more likely to report sex crimes if female police officers are available. India has historically had a much lower percentage of female police officers than other Asian countries. (The Washington Post )

There will be more police patrols at night. On his blog, Ramanan commented on this article from The Washington Post which is really interesting:   Delhi, for example, is home to one of the largest metropolitan police forces in the world with some 84,000 officers. But only one-third are involved in any kind of actual “policing” at any given time, while the rest provide protection services to various politicians, senior bureaucrats, diplomats and other elites. According to the Times of India there is one officer for every 200 citizens and about 20 officers for every VIP.” 

This reminds me of Pavan K. Varm‘s book Being Indian in which he explains that for Indian elites, the signs of power are the most important. So, being overprotected by plenty of bodyguards or policemen doesn’t always mean that you need it but that you are very powerful.

delhiRapists have to be punished severely, -some protesters ask for death penalty and chemical castration- and courts have to be more effective. Procedures and trials are too slow and complainers often withdraw their complaints to preserve their family’s honor. Thus, according to France 2, only one case out of 635 in Delhi has ended to a condemnation. On the other side, can death penalty and fast procedures work together? Can the judge make a decision rapidly when the sentence can be irreversible?

The way people consider women has to change. I won’t write a post about “women’s conditions in India”, but persistent sexism and modern freedom are conflicting in a duel in which some people, even among public people, are a bit lost. Some of them don’t even seem to realise what they say and left many bloggers in shock: “Dr. Anita Shukla like many other women have questioned like imbeciles, why the victim was out of her house after 10 pm? Unless, one chooses to shun the mindset that these pathetic women have, India cannot change. Unless the same women teach their sons to respect women and not ask their daughters to stay cocooned in their homes once the sun sinks, India cannot change.” (Sharmila Ravinder )

We won’t rest in peace if you just hang a person or two,

You can’t change the world, until you bring a change within you!

( I won’t rest in peace, Pseudomonaz )

Thanks to all the bloggers I’ve quoted. If you want to be removed from this post, let me know!

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Karva Chauth is not sexist…

Pictures taken from Fever18.in

Last year, when I arrived at my Hindi lesson, I saw my teacher dressed to kill, with a mysterious and proud frown on her forehead. She was observing Karva Chauth!

Karva Chauth is a strange festival which would make British suffragettes choke on their ballot paper! Northern Hindu wives have to fast from sunrise to moonrise to honour their husband. They have to pray and ask for good future and  long life for him. Once the women have spotted the moon at the end of the day, they can break the fast!

 My Western instinct would make me utter: And men? When do they fast for their wives?

But actually, the situation is not so bad. I’m going to tell you why!

1) A few days before the fast, you go shopping! You buy makeup, clothes, jewels! You even look after your home decoration by buying little candles called Karva and all what you’ll need for the puja. Do you know a religious festival in Europe for which you have to go shopping? Ok, there is Christmas, but it’s often a real chore!

2) On Karva Chauth day , you wake up at 4 o’clock:

Children and Hubby-Ji are still asleep. It’s quiet in the house. You have a great breakfast. You eat whatever you like to prepare for the fast. Most of the time, you eat matthi and dry fruit. Can you hear the silence while you’re drinking your chai on the mellow cushions of the deserted living-room?

In other cases, Hubby-Ji prepares the breakfast for you and in ideal worlds, it is your mother-in-law!

3)Then, you spend hours getting ready; bathing, making up, dressing up. You put on bangles and a red sari like on your wedding day..

4) On that day, you will also give up any form of housework! Goodbye dusters, diapers, frying-pans and smelly-weepy-onion-chopping!

5) For the puja, you gather with other women from the family and female friends. You give presents to each other, clothes, jewels, money and they draw on your hands with henna.

6) Finally, at night, when the moon appears in the sky, you look at it through a sieve and Hubby-Ji must give you some water and a piece of sweet food to break the fast.

7) If your husband is a nice guy, he will fast with you. It is what my Hindi teacher’s husband did. Even if he’s French, I found it was cute and it shows the evolution of this festival. The husband honors his wife too! A bit like in this extract in which Shahrukh Khan plays the perfect guy, as usual:

Now, I invite you to read what (Indian) women think about Karva Chauth.

Read Fortyoneandcounting.

Read The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker

Read My First Karva Chauth

I like this one by Suzanna Wickes. She is scottish and her love story with India is moving.

 

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Does India celebrate Halloween?

Flyer for a Halloween party in Mumbai

Indian people have so many festivals for so many religions; do they celebrate Halloween? Nowadays this festival has nothing to do with religion, not even with superstition. But in some countries, it is an unescapable tradition, in others, it is vade retro satanas! What about India?

A Western festival:

Typical Halloween Cake

In the USA, and more generally in English speaking countries, this festival is still really popular. In the end of October,

shop-windows are filled with cheeky pumpkins, dusty witches, fang-shaped candy or black and orange spooky cakes. People organize barbecues, fancy-dress parties and children go Trick-or-Treating in the streets of their neighbourhood and even at school!

By contrast, in other countries like France, Halloween has almost disappeard. It is nearly impossible to find the least Halloween stuff in Paris’s shops. You often have to go to English stores like Mark and Spencer on the Champs Elysées or WHSmith bookshop rue de Rivoli to find a few plastic cobwebs or ghost cookies. In France, Halloween was fashionable during the 90s but people rapidly forgot it: too ugly, too stupid, too close to Christmas, too disrespectful to All Saints’ day and… too American! Yes, the French are sometimes suspicious towards the American culture which is may be considered as vulgar, superficial and which may endanger our own French culture. (see the fight between la Grande Cuisine and fast food restaurants, Hollywood against French cinema, and so on and so forth.)

Celtic cross

The origins of Halloween:

Let me tell you a few words about the origins of Halloween because they are interesting to answer the question asked in the title of this post.

To be short, All Hallows’ Eve comes from celtic rituals in Great-Britain and in the North of France. A long time ago, on the 31st of October, the night before All Saints’ Day, the spirits of the dead were supposed to roam about the villages. To prevent them from entering their homes or destroying their harvest, people dressed up as monsters and lit fires to frighten them. They also put food onto their doorsteps to soothe the spirits’ anger and keep them outside. That’s certainly why children go Trick-or-Treating today.

Thus, the origins of Halloween are not American but European although everybody agrees that American people, -to be precise, Irish immigrants- were those who gradually turned this festival into the garish-ghoulish carnival.

Pitru Paksha…: when Hindus celebrate their dead.

But I haven’t answered the question yet! Do Indian people celebrate Halloween?

The answer is no! …and yes!

Like in every civilization, Indians celebrate their dead. But they don’t put flower pots on tombs like in France on the 1st of November, which should be difficult especially in Hindu cemeteries. (Ah! Ah!Ah!)

Pitru Paksha Shraddha

India is well-known for its long and complicated festivals. Pitru Paksha is one of them and lasts for two weeks; ( पितृ means fathers and पक्ष, fortnight). The dates are not always the same because it depends on the full moon day. It can be in September or October…the same season as Halloween! For example, this year, it was from the 1st of October to the 15th of October. During this period, people’s ancestors are supposed to visit their families. To keep the souls peaceful, people, -especially the oldest sons of the family – must perform rituals everyday.

First of all, you draw two flour-feet on the ground. These feet represent the ancestors walking into the houses*. Everyday, you must pray for the dead and give them some food and some water. These offerings are called Shraddha; they usually take place by the water and are guided by a guru. You must make candles float on rivers or ponds to light your ancestors. You also feed the birds because they are the spirits of the dead and the messenger of Yama, the god of Death.

The rules to perform Shraddhas are very complicated; you have to use special ingredients, and specials containers; there are even tutorials on Youtube to learn how to prepare them! In addition, there are different rituals according to the regions: you can fast or avoid eating meat or shave your head…

Finally, if the ancestors are pleased with the Shraddas, they can give health, wealth and even access to moksha – the Hindu salvation – to the person who performed them. Then, you draw two feet walking away on the ground in front of your house to symbolize the ancestors’ departure*.

Stangely enough, I have been surprised by the common points between Pitr Paksha and All Hallows’ Eve Pagan Celtic rituals: feeding the ghosts, trying to satisfy them, lighting fires, the importance of seasons and astrologythe pumpkin (also called yellow gourd) can also be found in the food given to the Hindu ancestors! And somewhere, in a crazy corner of my mind, I can see Rajiv o’ Lantern hanging around aimlessly in the darkness since it is what may happen to the Hindu son who hasn’t performed the Shraddha properly!

 *I read this foot story while surfing the web but I think this ritual is not so widespread.

But Today’s Halloween?

Ad for a Halloween Party in Singapour

As far as the modern version of Halloween is concerned, the American trend has definitely influenced a small part of the Indian population. As many Indian people go studying or working in the USA, they often get back to India with Halloween in their suitcases! That’s why many companies in India organize Halloween parties. This festival is considered as something funny and friendly, a way to have fun with your colleagues and pals. In The Times of India, you can find a great deal of pumpkin recipes, dicotheques in cities organize big Halloween nights and Bollywood still remembers Hrithik Roshan’s Halloween Party – a baaash as they like saying there! – in 2010 and I can tell you that seeing Arjun Rampal as the Joker or Fardeen Khan as a Prince Charming… it’s very scary! (click on the link above if you like being scared!)

So, yes, some people celebrate Halloween in India, like in France it is another excuse to put an ugly costume on and go downtown to have fun.

But after all, the real question is: Why should Indian people celebrate an ugly Western festival which has nothing spiritual anymore whereas they only have to wait for a few days to celebrate a moving and beautiful holy day of their own called Diwali?

Trick or Treats?

 Wherever you are, these are my little treats for you for Halloween!

 The first one is a piece of news!

The Dead is a Zombie movie made by the Ford Brothers. They have prepared the sequel called…I let you guess…The Dead 2!!! And this new film has been shot in India! The teaser is really exciting! I just hope it isn’t too gory. I like being afraid but not desgusted!

My second treat is a Youtube classic that most of you already know but I can’t help showing it today for Halloween! It is a video from Telugu film Donga realeased in 1985. Actor Chiranjeevi, his red latex trousers and his manly moustache have ended up in the Indian Government ever since!

Information taken from Wikipedia, the Hindu Blog and Astrology Vedic Science.

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Love Goes to the Dogs…

I do!

I warn you, the theme I’m going to deal with is weird; a mixture of Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

Everything started from this strange article found on Dogster.com , – I don’t even remember how I found myself on this site, this is the mystery of the web. This disturbing story I’m going to tell you is finally quite understandable once you have the explanation and anyway, when you are interested in India, you get less and less shocked by that kind of events which sometimes happen in the country.

Here you are: in an Indian tribe situated in eastern state Jharkhand, having a twisted tooth is considered as a bad omen. This means that in the future, your wife or husband may die.

Thus, the best way to avoid such a tragedy is to marry something which is worth less than a husband or a wife, something like an animal!

For example, let’s imagine I’m part of this tribe and I have a tooth longer than the other, a bit like a small tusk or whatever! This means that my future husband is doomed to die. As I can’t fight against my destiny, my parents have no other choice than to organise a real wedding, with food, flowers, guests and of course a religious ceremony. But my fiancé won’t be a man but a dog so that my doggie-hubbie will die instead of my real future husband. Cause fortunately, I’ll be allowed to marry a real man despite my first weddog ceremony. It is the same for boys of course but they marry a she-dog.

In this Indian case, (see the video at the bottom, the doggies are so cute!) it is obvious that that is a question of superstition and a way to get rid of the evil eye or a curse or anything bad.

But in other countries, some people get married to their dogs too but their reasons are only love or frienship. And I finally think it is worse!

For example in 2009, in Ghana, a priest married a 30 year-old-woman and her dog because she was disappointed by men and found more qualities in animals. I know that dogs are often far more faithful and obedient than men, but, well, does one need to go so far?

In Australia, the same kind of insane stories has happened; a young man married his she-dog called Honey. The guests at the ceremony found it very moving. Hopefully, the young man specified it was just friendship and that the marriage wouldn’t be consummated. Phew!

When I write a post for my blog, I always try to look for more information to go further in my little investigation. That’s why I saw that human-animal marriage was widely treated by Wikipedia and I find some stories quite disturbing; so you can read the article but, for my part, I think I will stop here because I’m starting to feel a little sick!

 

Jharkhan

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Naga Panchami: Charming snakes!

Snake doused with milk

My Hindi teacher can’t understand why the French like lizards so much but as far as I’m concerned, I can’t understand why the Indians like snakes!  Actually, I’m going to tell you a secret: I think Indians have never liked snakes!  Snakes are very poisonous and kill between 20,000 and 40,000 people each year in India, according to The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. People got used to worshipping snakes to protect themselves from their terrible fangs! Now, of course, Naga is highly respected and has many temples dedicated to him throughout India and other countries like Cambodia and Thailand.

Today, it is Naga Panchami. Hindus and others celebrate snakes. In Hindu mythology Naga has several heads to be more protective but sometimes, it does not have snake heads; it can have dog heads or human faces… They are supernatural creatures, you see!

Life is sweet for Lord Vishnu!

Vishnu is often linked to Naga because the serpent is a protector and Vishnu himself is the God of Preservation: that’s why Vishnu is often represented sheltered by Shesha NagaLord Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, is often related to Naga too; when he was a baby and had to be taken away from his evil enemy Kamsa, he was carried over the Yamuna River by his father Vasudeva, protected by a Naga. Later, he also defeated terrible Kalya Naag but this story is told by my colleague Françoise on her blog Indomaniaque , so, you can go and read this story  here.

As far as I’m concerned, I like the following legend which explains why people worship snakes: It happened a long time ago, when there were no rickshaws, no jeans, no mobile phones, no modern ploughing machines, nothing! A farmer was ploughing his field but he killed young snakes which were hidden in the earth. The mother of these serpents was very upset and she bit the farmer and all his family and everybody died except one of the daughters. The daughter had to pray and pray and pray again until the mummy serpent was satisfied and the family revived.

Today, there are still temples where you can pray and undertake rites to honor snakes. At home, different things can be done to worship the Nagas; you can draw them or stick pictures of them on your door. Unmarried women pray the Nagas to find a good husband. You can also eat food without salt for the whole day, since the snakes are said to have desalinated areas like Kerala to make them habitable and luxurious. One of the most common rites in Maharashtra is to douse a snake with milk. Milk is a symbol of purity and if the snake drinks the milk, it is a lucky sign and its poison will be less dangerous.

Despite all that, I think I finally prefer the rats in Karni Mata Temple!

Krishna dancing over Kaliyaa Naag near the Yamuna

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In India, I’m a Sex Fantasy; What About You?

(Click here for French)

You won’t believe it, but it is stormy in Corsica! The weather is usually so good in summer! So I surfed on the web instead of surfing on the sea. This morning, I stumbled upon a funny article and I wanted to share this incredible piece of news with you! In India, English teachers are men’s sex fantasies!

 The Indian respect for education

Indian Teacher

 I had already noticed that teachers had more of an aura and were a bit more respected in India. When you say you are a teacher to Indian people, they often look at you with admiration!

In France, when you reveal the taboo, some rude people sometimes look at you with a little smile or a little resentment and tell you something like: “It must be great to be on holidays all the time! And you only work 18 hours a week! Plus the strikes and sick leave! Ah! Ah! Ah!”

Fortunately, – well, the word “fortunately” is not the right word, maybe – these years, the French media have been disclosing the problems that teachers really have to face in some schools, especially violence and insults from unmanageable pupils, so now, we are still “lazy and privileged” but we are “offended and beaten” so, people are less critical and ask questions like “Isn’t it too difficult? Can you control your students?”

But in India, although my colleagues must encounter many difficulties too, they are still acknowledged this quality that is actually our main quality and which is sometimes forgotten in France: education. In India, a teacher is considered as having a significant role in children’s future. Knowledge is still respected especially in areas where some children can’t go to school.  I’ve read on Wikipedia – Wiki is my middle name! – that many countries in Asia, South America and so on, celebrate Teacher’s Day! Teacher’s Day! I didn’t even know such a day could exist! In my country, we celebrate mothers, fathers, grandmothers and lovers! But teachers! No way! I’m sure it would be almost considered as corruption! Or at least as boot-licking!

In India, not only do people celebrate their teachers but they celebrate them twice a year; Guru Purnima in July (which is more a Hindu and Buddhist celebration) and Teacher’s Day on the 5th of September (the secular celebration) – the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a former President of India and a great scholar.

But in India, ladies and gentlemen, surveys have shown that teachers, and especially English teachers have another quality; sex attraction!!!

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the teachers’ master

English Teacher Fantasy

 According to an article on Indiatimes.com the English Teacher is Indian men’s Number One Sex Fantasy, even before Nurses!

 “It is the most commonly found pinup poster in a man’s room. Women dressed as teachers holding a stick and ready to spank a petulant boy is the favourite dream act for a man. Be it the adolescent Rishi Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker or the Summer of ’69, men have always fantasised about their gorgeous high school English teachers. “In your teens, if a man gets to meet a hot and experienced woman it’s a major testosterone boost. Moreover English teachers are the ones who are best dressed, and most of the times in saucy Western outfits,” says art designer, 25-year-old Kamlesh.

“It’s in their adolescence that a man experiences attraction towards an elder woman. In between the age group of 12-16 years they face a psychological connection towards their teachers. It’s like the first taste of the secrets tucked away in the adult world,” opines Dr. Samir Parekh, a psychologist. Dr. Singh adds, “This kind of behaviour is very colonial in nature. People in India always think that a person who can speak English properly is superior to them. So if this quality is present in a woman she will obviously become desirable to her beau.”

( “Men prefer English teachers, nurses, for sex” The Times of  India 23rd of July 2012)

    The other winners from the list are:

 2- Nurses

3- Playmates

4- Boss’s wife

5- A virgin

6- A dominating woman

7- A celebrity (A Bollywood or Hollywood actress)

8- Blondes

9- Dancers (belly dancers or pole dancers)

10- An air-hostess

 Are you in the list? If you aren’t, it is time for you to start belly dancing or to bleach your hair!

Antoine Doinel and his boss’s wife

Nurses, airhostesses: international fantasy…

  Of course, if I compare this list to French surveys like this one on topito.com, there is no teacher at all! In France, English teachers are far less exotic and don’t have this colonial touch that Doctor Samir Pakesh talks about in The Times of India.

  Despite their cultural differences, Indian and French men have tastes in common: thus, the grandes gagnantes in both countries are nurses (# 1 in France), air hostesses ( #3 in France), which I can understand easily since men love feeling they are safe, served and pampered! But both Indian and French men dream of their bosses’ wives! Their bosses’ wives! What does that mean? Is that a way to take their revenge on their bosses’ authority? I would call that the Antoine Doinel syndrome!

   At last, I wanted to remark a charming difference between the two countries; French men admit their favourite fantasy is their own partner. It is so sweet, isn’t it? The French are so romantic…unless they are great liars!

Bon Voyage!

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