And if you have anger and frustration you can’t keep to yourself, well join the club and read on!
Okay, this article is just really stupid. It doesn’t just finds a pessimistic angle to the story but also promotes the idea of tolerating verbal racial abuse without doing anything about it. First and foremost, I am not sure if the author has read the Facebook post by Ms. Eden which clearly mentions that the old lady had been making offensive comments for good 10 minutes on the couple before Ms. Eden spoke up and started recording. Now, I do agree with the fact, that the way the focus shifted on Ms. Eden rather than talking more about the experiences of the couple might be little skewed. However, it’s not like its a controlled PR mechanism which is spreading this video and making it viral. There is a reason why such videos are called viral, good or bad intent, valuable or crap content, it is VIRAL! Its a bit of an irony here that while a lot of people consider this video as something which binds humanity together and brings faith in each other, you use it as headlining your article which is equally explicitly discriminating a race (“white stranger with a savior complex”). So while the video remains open for everyone’s own interpretation of it, you decide to milk the popularity of the video and go ahead and carry out a more pessimistic cynical reaction to it. Its so obviously ignorantly stupid and at the same time frustrating for me when you talk about how you have been racially discriminated and abused and your way of dealing with it and talking like you somehow represent the different colored people by saying that you are strong enough to take a stand for yourself. Well maybe you are, it doesn’t mean the same for the Muslim couple. So seriously, stop making it about yourself or a farce representation of how all other people would deal with this situation in a certain way. If we go by your article, you are robbing this couple a chance of their freedom of expression and individuality as much as Ms Eden had on the train. So please stop. This article is really pointless. I myself can be brutally cynical and rational at times, but doesn’t mean I will write for a newspaper/online news site or whatever this is about it.!!
The reason why I am obsessed with this pretentious duo!!
If you are one of those unimpressed sardar kids who think that they are too kool with a K, too cynical and just too straight faced to be humored by the generic humor of the Bollywood/Indian TV comedic scene and have spent most of their adolescent years watching Friends, How I Met Your Mother, etc, while not being able to relate to most of the humor of Bollywood/Indian TV and wishing something like ‘Friends’ or ‘How I met Your Mother’, but better existed in India; then you are probably someone like me who spends a substantial amount of time on YouTube.
For a long time we never had a medium or a team of individuals who could demonstrate what a lot of young Indians are all about. We don’t have to come from a particular sector of society or know a certain language or be of a certain “sensibility”, as they would like to call it, to enjoy humor.
YouTube has done it for us. A lot of amazing talented people have come forward to represent us and entertain us through this amazing unapologetic, uncensored, unbiased and truly, but brutally, democratic medium.
So it brings me to write about a couple of those cool guys: the crackling duo Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath. I came to know about them through their YouTube channel where they do amazing reviews of old Bollywood movies. Even though they are well known stand-up comedians from Bangalore, for Indians residing outside India, it’s a bit of a long shot to witness them live.
I have been religiously following their channel since its beginning. The content of the videos, the jokes, the puns, the movie logic, the old vs new shows, has become a part of the internal jokes we crack among friends. We watch them again and again, we laugh, we mimic and we scream with excitement whenever a new video is published on their YouTube channel.
It’s amazing what difference some people can make in your life. When you become increasingly alien of your own identity in a foreign country with no family or less friends, you come across this amazing medium which connects you to your roots. I personally never believed that humor had the power to do so. When I decided to visit India, I knew I had to see these guys perform live, in flesh and blood, and validate my admiration for not only their art but also for their amazing personality.
I was in Bangalore on the 27th Dec, for their show “Pretentious Nights” with my best friend, it was magical. I didn’t get the opportunity to greet them personally but it was pretty exhilarating to be there and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The best part was that my friend who had not followed them much or seen their videos could still relate to the jokes and the only complaint she had was that her jaws were in pain the whole time due to excessive dose of laughter. I am not very much of a fan girl unfortunately, but if I ever get an opportunity to meet them, I will probably tell them that what they do is one of the coolest and most amazing thing ever and that they have the capability to make a difference: to lighten people’s lives and to heighten their sense of humor.
Also, considering that Biswa is my most favorite person, I would probably give him a Desi Oscar for imitating the most authentic, genuinely funny, Bhojpuri accent ever and let’s not forget that fu*k all impression of Morgan Freeman, its pure genius!!!
**Sigh** Ahh, well! I guess we all have a dream.
In closing I would like to say that they rock to the power of infinity. FIN.