“Cut out the ‘aunty’, please, this is London” (sic) says the The Telegraph front page today. This is a report on a computer game devised by Nipan Maniar, a Gujarati senior lecturer in the school of creative technologies, University of Portsmouth to help Indian students arriving in UK cope with ‘culture shock’. Tips include:
- Don’t call anyone aunty
- Don’t call the police if you see a couple kissing in public
- Don’t be loud in your behaviour
- Don’t be touchy-feely with another man-they will think you are gay
- Don’t call all seniors “Sir” Christians names are okay
If the current Bollywood awakening to liplock is anything to go by, the second instruction comes as a surprise! With tomes being written on the Indian metrosexual man (read here) who is not afraid of pedicures, the colour pink and teary pouts – who’s afraid of being ‘gay’? In this age of wirelessly wired existence where one could travel anywhere seamlessly through the internet the C-shock raises questions of how insular we still are or imagine ourselves to be. The University of Portsmouth which has over 3000 foreign students has endorsed this product available on www.port.c-shock.co.uk. The game where a student is expected to find her or his way around the campus with quizzes and instructions could also be adapted for a city, Maniar hopes to develop other versions. So are the saans bahu sagas the clear winner pitted against Bollywood candyflosss in foreign locales? Long live the Indian ‘bold and the beautiful’.
Roy Amit, 2008, ‘Cut out the ‘aunty’, please, this is London’, The Telegraph, Kolkata, Pg 1.
Bhirani, Radhika (2008) ‘Akshya Kumar is the biggest metrosexual man’ Hindustan Times, 29 Aug [Online] <Accessed 28 Sep 2008> here