| Siam of 1927 and India of 1977|
In 1976-77 my father temporarily closed down his business,
and packed his bags to study and live with the tribals of Madhya Pradesh for
a whole year. Upon his return he would narrate stories of the tribals,
their hardships, joys, and ways of life. He showed his photographs, line-drawings
and artifacts (bows, arrows, masks) to enhance his stories. He went on to
write several books about the simple, yet thrilling lifestyles of the native
forest people of Central India.
But it was not until today, that I could visualize that lifestyle in such
brilliant detail. Today I saw the 1927 film Chang by Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack
(yes, the same guys who made King Kong) of life as God intended it to be.
The slow pace, the earthly music, cohabitation of men and animals just
took my breath away.
It is a silent, black and white movie and you might not enjoy
it as much as I do. However, if you have liked father's Stories of
Bastar travel or have a remote interest in the anthropology, I encourage
you to rent/buy the movie.
The movie is set in Thailand (Siam),
but I claim that it portrays life no different than life of the period (why, even of year 1977) in India.
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|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, January 10, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/29/2003