My Camera & My Chai: Mixed Fruit Jam

For anyone who knows India, knows that we are land of diversity. Yes, I also know that most countries have a lot of diversity. Yet, we have about 20 languages, with almost as many scripts. We also have a few thousand languages. In India, we also have the cow belt: central and northern India. This is where the cow is worshipped, and people like to claim her to be their mothers. No disrespect to their own human mothers, but the cow mother is allowed to eat plastic and die.

Anyway, some of our languages are old – like Tamil. Old Hindi was spoken around the Delhi area between the 13th & 15th centuries. It gave way to Hindi, and to Hindustani. Old Tamil is said to have originated around the 6th century BC.

Sanskrit is said to be about 4,000 years old, and is the mother pearl of many North Indian languages.

However, language and culture are linked.

But, our ruling party recently decided otherwise. Amit Shah, our Home Minister has been eating too much Mixed Fruit Jam. Have you ever eaten mixed fruit jam? It is a staple of many Indians, and when I was a kid, we were stuffed with it, especially in boarding school. It is a very safe jam. It has no distinctive flavour. Nothing stands out.

It’s safe and boring.

I always hated it.

Anyway, protests erupted, and Amit Shah had to retreat. However, he is a shameless man, and is upto other tricks.

The question he forgot to ask was – can India be homogenous? Can you take 20 varieties of Indian men, and 20 varieties of Indian women, put them into a blender, and then extrude them into a mixed fruit jam version of human being?

Mixed Fruit Jam looks purple.

Imagine: our skin colour would change from brown to purple.

While filling forms, we’d be classified as “Alien People of Colour”.

Now that would be cool!

Helloooo!! Anyone for mixed fruit jam?


  1. As you probably know Rajiv, Canada is a very multicultural country. In many ways it works very well. We have enriched our country with many different flavours, colours, literature, languages, music etc. I’m not sure you want to have a homogenous culture. A rainbow is far better than purple. We all bring something different to the mix. As they say, variety is the spice of life.

      1. I used to be in a Filipino choir. I played the flute and they called me “the blonde Filipino”. We had people from Goa, Mumbai,Tamils, and the Caribbean as well as the Philippines. It was a wonderful international gather of people who shared their love of music.

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