Thursday, November 16

Are you a hindu?

This was the question the guy sitting next to me in the bus asked during a recent trip of mine to kancheepuram. I believe he wanted to know as to what language I speak to make a conversation. So I said "naa tamilzh dhaan" ("I am a tamil guy") realizing the guy was also a tamilian (written all over his face).
The guy first wondered if I was a North Indian, but something made him certain I wasn't a southie *duh*. But the question he threw at me asking for my religion really irritated me. I was hell pissed and was so tempted to ask "why the F*** dyu want to know that?". But then I realized it was probably just a lack of proficiency in expression. Or it it stands testament to how much religion and cast are ingrained in this country.
I'v never asked such a question, and rarely been asked. And I see no reason to. Do you ever ask someone such a question? How do you feel when someone asks such a question?

18 Comments:

At Thursday, November 16, 2006 7:42:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Samy I have come across alot of situations like that. This post and that Qn resembles a very important thing abt our society. Like u said it's either the lack of proficiency in expression of that guy or it's how much religion/race has overtaken us. But in this guy's case Im sure it was the first.

Some ppl have asked me r u from Iraq? LOL WTF do I look like an Iraqi? But I guess most ppl try to use that sort of Qns for identification and it's really not right.


Keshi.

 
At Thursday, November 16, 2006 7:51:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

** But in this guy's case Im sure it was the first.

me too hoping so ... thats what he naive luk said

** Some ppl have asked me r u from Iraq?

u'd have proly been happy if they had asked if u were lebanese :D

 
At Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:23:00 PM, Anonymous Nikhil Chopra said...

whatever it is rekky ridicolous to ask someones religion or etnicity

 
At Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:37:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

lebanese too...alot of ppl have asked me if Im Spanish or Southern Italian LOL!

Keshi.

 
At Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:52:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

@nikhil: thanks bud ... for stoppin by too :)

@keshi: did u realize that the women from those places r amongst the hottest :p

 
At Friday, November 17, 2006 3:26:00 AM, Blogger Arpita said...

Did it have anythin to do with the fact that u were goin to Kanchipuram???
Anyway,did u go on to ask the guy y he asked you abt ur religion?

 
At Friday, November 17, 2006 9:20:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

** Did it have anythin to do with the fact that u were goin to Kanchipuram???

Probably. Esp since he felt I was not a south indian. Maybe he thought I was on a pilgrimage or sumthin ;)) ha ha

** Anyway,did u go on to ask the guy y he asked you abt ur religion?

no. I was avoiding that topic. Besides he seemed to have asked that just to find in which language to converse. On top of that, that fellow dozed off on me in a short while n only woke up once in a while to apologize :)

 
At Sunday, November 19, 2006 6:58:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

I always thought women from North India and South America were the hottest :)

Keshi.

 
At Sunday, November 19, 2006 8:31:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

IMHO lebanese r the hottest :D ... amongst indian guess bengali women r ;) ... south american I have no clue ... latin maaaaybe

 
At Sunday, November 19, 2006 9:46:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Samy u should have some clue abt South American women...I mean dun u watch Miss.World/Universe contests. Almost every woman from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico etc are more BEAUTIFUL than the rest!

movie star eg:Salma Hayek

Keshi.

 
At Monday, November 20, 2006 12:45:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

** I mean dun u watch Miss.World/Universe contests

I dun watch much TV keshi but for ocassional movies/humor/news :( ... I'd rather watch the girls in-and-around than those :D

** movie star eg:Salma Hayek

hmm shez sexy all-right ... but I wudn't say hot (which also includes being beautiful) ... mebbe I havn't seen enuf

 
At Monday, November 20, 2006 4:21:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

oh ok :)

Keshi.

 
At Wednesday, November 22, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Blogger Zeppelin said...

a friggin Desi arsehole asked me on a pedestrian cross walk - "Are you from India ?" ... I was gonna kick his nuts off.. some people are just complete bollocks man.. just got to give them a sarcastic snap and you will actually end up enjoying the conversation...

to the hindu question you should have answered something like - No I am a [some other religion] with a non-matching religious name.. I bet it would be fun to watch the fellow's expression.. a true "Kodak moment"! :))

 
At Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:07:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

** I was gonna kick his nuts off

he he ... so what did ya end up doing?

** true "Kodak moment"! :))

ha ha =)) ... true da, if it were a passing moment ... but I had to travel with that ass ... n I didn't want any more of that crap :) ... will try next time

 
At Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:10:00 PM, Blogger visithra said...

ive never been asked if i ws hindu maybe coz of the pottu but i have been mistaken for a northie in india n that pissed me off - given i look like a southie

but its pretty insensetive to ask such a thing

 
At Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:16:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

** i have been mistaken for a northie in india n that pissed me off

southies r quite bland u know ;)

actually that wud make me happy on the grounds that people can't brand me as a southie :D ... coz there was a time when ppl cud brand me by my luks

 
At Saturday, November 25, 2006 5:13:00 AM, Blogger The Mahathma said...

Its ok to ask what is ur religion!

Its not ok to use it decide upon whether to start a conversation !

i would have told him i am Ahmed Shah Massoud

 
At Sunday, November 26, 2006 7:19:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

pssssssssssssssst...hows u? :)

Keshi.

 

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