Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Indian neighbours in a hotel in Guangzhou

Since yesterday, I have been staying in the three-star Guo Mao Hotel in Guangzhou City. The neighbouring room has been used by a group of young, smartly-dressed and English-speaking Indian businessmen from India. They told me they and many other fellow Indian nationals came to Guangzhou to attend the 100th Guangzhou Trade Fair (the Guangzhou Trade Fair is held twice a year in April and October for the past 50 years) and to source raw materials as well as products for the booming Indian markets.

At 7.30 pm just now, the current affairs programme of the Guangzhou English TV Channel also interviewed a Cantonese- and English-speaking Indian expat and his wife to introduce to the Chinese various aspects of Indian culture like the art of using the hand to eat rice and how long would it take for a typical and normal Indian woman to put on her colourful sari.

Finally, two equally ancient and great civilisations, which were once so weakened by internal degeneration and external subjugation as to become Western colony or semi-colony, have developed into modern economic power-houses of the world in the 21st century and accelerated more and more people-to-people co-operations.

As I have often pointed out, the Chinese civilisation itself had been enriched a great deal by many positive elements of Indian culture such as the philosophical and spiritual idea of detachment as taught by Buddha and his early disciples. Some deities in Chinese's traditional Taoist-Buddhist belief-system such as the Monkey King and Kwan Yin (goddess of mercy and compassion) are, in fact, of Indian origins.

China Radio International (CRI) in Tamil

Premier Wen announces new name for Canton Fair


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