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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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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.

Cover of Chang DVD

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.

More Pictures of Boys Riding Animals in India

Boy riding water buffalo to work, West Bengal

Boys taking turns to the joy ride the water buffalo

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, January 10, 2002
Last Modified: 1/29/2003
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