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There was a congenial time long ago when people – specifically the elders of eastern communities – heartily believed that their revered lifestyles and established practices would be relived and continued throughout the subsequent generations, by their own off-springs. Unfortunately, such a belief lasted only for quite a bit and later came the era of some absurd fashions which foolishly happened to be asinine mixes of both the west and the east. And now, I take you on a journey which – after much introspective thoughts – I have earnestly named Goodbye to the Eastern Traditions.
Before completely diving into the details, I would like to sincerely point out that the usage of the term “eastern” refers to both the countries – India and Pakistan – which are considered extremely wealthy in terms of renowned traditions. Most of Pakistan’s traditions are a variation of Indian traditions since both the countries were one unit in the olden days.
One doesn’t necessarily have to probe into the lives of overseas citizens of one’s country in order to examine closely the dire effects of western culture, primarily because such predominant changes can be seen in one’s own country as well – at least to some extent, if not completely. The newly initiated plethora of fashion shows marketing the desire for skimpy clothes, unyielding penchant for purportedly wanted and fame-causing western lingo and many other recently founded trends have proved sufficient enough to lead eastern youngsters to straw away from their defined traditions.
As for some of the youngsters who have moved outside of their country, – in an attempt to acquire degrees from renowned universities and attain a strong standing in terms of job search – they inevitably turn out to be inexplicably confused as to which way to pursue; either to westernize themselves to be welcomed or to retain their traditions and feel singled out. A simple moderation between the two paths is a notion which is mostly overlooked by many folks. The trend of fitting-in in foreign nations is apparently a major reason why much of the young souls feel alienated and impatiently look for ways to overcome such torturous emotions.
Shalwar kameez or Saris notably replaced by either highly altered forms of eastern dresses or skimpy clothes such as low-rise jeans and low-cut tops, traditional greetings replaced by derogatory short slangs – family traditions, praised cultural aspects; everything gone, and thus we say a Goodbye to the admirable practices which branded the eastern part of the hemisphere as eastern.
One can’t fail to notice the massive number of people who deem other cultures – specifically the western culture – much appreciated and desired, as compared to their own ancient eastern culture. Some of the western folks find our eastern cultural practices – such as magnificent weddings, astounding dances, vibrant clothes – much to their liking, but a few of the easterners mostly tend to thing otherwise. And thus, we come to a point in time, where we can see a sudden decline in the people who actually followed such traditions and possibly a disappearance of the renowned beliefs – or significant alterations changing them considerably. Let’s just hope the young generation of today realizes the notable significance of the eastern traditions before there happens to be a complete Goodbye to them.