| After reading my stories of 1976-77, many people have written to me about their
own experiences of Emergency in India. Some had their brothers and fathers
in prison for no fault, and some feel the same danger exists in India of today.
The most amusing feedback is about my bare feet in the
picture. It was common at the time to go around the town
in barefoot. I did have some footwear, but everybody in my
school came barefooted, so I also did. After some time,
the bottom of my foot became so callous and hard that once
I tried to bang a nail into it, and it wouldn't hurt!
Another Footwear Story
Like I said, my family bought us footwear, but we never
wore them, except on special occasions. On one such occasion,
my cousin Pradeep wore his chappals (Indian footwear) to a relative's house
for the annual
death anniversary of an ancestor. While returning (you leave the footwear outside
the home while visiting), he forgot that he had worn shoes to the function!
One year passed, and the occasion came again.
We were instructed
to put on good clothes and footwear. But Pradeep couldn't find
his chappals! -- He had lost them one year ago!
Essence of the story -- For a whole year, Pradeep didn't need his footwear.
FYI: Even today, a lot of people India walk barefoot (pictures)
See more stories like this in Personal Stories from India
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, February 4, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/24/2003