Perception is not reality
Experiences of an Indian in Pakistan
Here is an email from a Mumbai business executive which he sent to his friends after visiting Pakistan for the 1st one day match.
This mail has nothing to do with work. Just wanted to share certain very overwhelming experiences. Had been to Karachi for the 1st one dayer on Saturday.
Imagine 39,990 Pakistanis & 50 of us Indians cheering lustily 'for' each other, throwing chocolates at us!!. Quite a few were carrying the flags of both countries imaginatively stitched together. Then they all stood to give a standing ovation to the Indian cricket team!
Guy on the street selling 'bhuttas' [corns] refused to accept money saying that we were 'mehmaan' [guests] in their country!!
People rushing to shake our hands on the streets & asking us to come to their home for dinner.
Restaurant owners refusing to accept the bill payment after coming to know that we were from India.
Everybody we met & we met quite a few, had some relative staying in India.
Star Plus is the most favourite channel in Karachi.
There was a TV star called Heena ? who was sitting in the stadium, one Pakistani put up an impromptu banner saying "Heena, will u marry me?"!!
Shops gave us 40 to 50% discount .......... India again.
Taxis, autos, army guys...... the list is endless....... everywhere loads of courtesy, respect..... more than we would get in our own country !!!!!
It is really sad that we have an impression of that country that is so negative. I shudder to think of the plight of Pakistanis who would come to India when the Indo-Pak matches will happen here. Sad, that we consider ourselves 'secular' & yet will spare no thought before making negative statements on that country. It's sad but true. This experience teaches one that......"Perception is not reality".
Director, Mktg & Corporate Affairs,
Group M Media India, Mumbai
Received through Association for Communal Harmony in Asia
(firstname.lastname@example.org) on 20 March 2004
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