Prakash Reddy Travelled To Denmark…

Throughout history, it has mostly been Western anthropologists who travelled to India to study daily life in all its aspects. In 1989, however, the Indian anthropologist, Prakash Reddy, turned the tables on this Eurocentric trend and travelled to Denmark. Here he did fieldwork in the small village of Hvilsager and set out to study the daily life of its inhabitants. The result was the book 'Danes are like that! Perspectives of an Indian anthropologist on the Danish society'. Reddy highlights the many differences between Danish and Indian culture. [A Culture Shock] A major difference, and a culture shock for Reddy, was the Danish understanding and ways of engaging with hospitality, community and socialising. One of the first things Reddy noticed when he arrived in the village was that hardly anyone came to welcome him. Rather, they watched him from behind their curtains and did not greet him or welcome him at all. In contrast, according to Reddy, if a Danish anthropologist had arrived in an Indian village the entire population would have come to say hello and expressed their curiosity. Reddy felt rather alone, and critiqued the way in which individuals in Danish society are often isolated to the extent, he argued, that the village entirely lacked a sense of community.

A global kindness movement

En découvrant qu'il y avait une Journée mondiale de la gentillesse le 13 novembre, j'étais loin de me douter que la gentillesse était si documentée sur le Web. Saviez-vous qu'il existe un mouvement mondial de la gentillesse ? Et que l'idée d'une journée où la gentillesse est à l'honneur constitue une initiative de ce mouvement, qui est né au Japon en 1997 ?

Dare to be kind

L'art d'être bon : Ecrit par un prestigieux cancérologue, Stephan Einhorn, l'ouvrage a déjà séduit plusieurs centaines de milliers de Suédois avec un slogan improbable : Osez la gentillesse ! Les gens sont de plus en plus fatigués de vivre dans un monde agressif (…) Celui qui prend naturellement quelques secondes de sa vie pour tenir la porte aux vieilles dames, ramasser le gamin qui s'est étalé par terre, sourire à son voisin et tendre la main aux inconnus est... bien plus heureux et bien mieux portant que la moyenne.