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#20, What’s with India and Exotic foreigners?


Yingluck Shinawatra. She would’ve been less famous in her country compared to here at India at this moment. Can anybody recall the last year’s guest for R-Day? You did? Well, Hats off to you. For those who did not, it was Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – Indonesian President.

For the second time within a year, I reckon, we’ve gone mad trending over the attractive foreigner who visited our nation. (I’ll shortly return to the first time, just hold on) Just moments after the announcement or after her visit to India, couple of days ahead of R-Day, the first picture of her posing in front of the famous Taj Mahal floated around the Internet. I’d call that the first spark. We never knew about Thai leaders, let alone her. And suddenly the exotic foreigner, Ms. Shinawatra (Is she a Ms btw?) caught our attention.

We never lost a moment and immediately started discussing about her over any medium possible, especially twitter. Ms.Shinawatra is still trending you know! (May be not as herself, but as Thai PM) The discussion goes even as far to compare our septuagenarian male PM and regretting why our leadership isn’t attractive as others’? (True, couple of tweets did fret over that)

This isn’t a post to accuse anybody of anything. Yet, happening for the second time, this made me wonder. We’re from a land were Lakshman never bothered to look at an exotic Surpanakha, and foreigners like Ravan were projected as people who coveted foreign beauty (Sita).

Coming back the first similar incident – ever remember Hina Rabbani Khar, and how we went gaga over her visit to our land? 🙂

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