Who decides ‘normal’? Our forefathers or us? We instantly jump to evaluate ‘normal‘ and trash the rest! Does that guy shaking his head violently to that something blaring into his ears through the headphones, appear normal? Yes. Nowadays he is. But 30 years ago he was not!”Don’t behave like a possessed person or a mad man” elders would beg if the western music bug bit someone.You had it if you added some wild moves and hippy dressing to it.😁Anything that did not conform to the ruling thought or the Vox Populi-Long hair on men and short boys’ on women, trousers wearing Indian women and Skirt wearing Indian men, male classical dancers, female wrestlers, all were branded ‘abnormal’. Not so much these days, as we gradually get more accommodating. Men in kilts playing the bagpipes were always acceptable.😉
I remember as a child, going to a distant cousin’s home where the flower power trends had just descended from the West. And my grandma would come out muttering, every time after the visit- ” Their son is not normal. He looks like a mental case.He needs to see a doctor. I am sure he is on marijuana too”. Falling in love was not normal. Mothers got their sons out of the black magic spell cast by a certain belle. Inter caste, inter Faith marriages were absolutely abnormal and same gender affection? Taboo. Taboo to an extent of needing medical help in un-informed homes and sometimes having quite a tragic end to one’s preferences.
So what changed us? Our own children? Isn’t it? Mindsets change only when loved ones are the flag bearers or the affected parties. We don’t stand up for just anyone and anything unless the shoe starts pinching. So Article 377 got trashed after mindsets in the judiciary got reformed.Wonder who influenced them? Preferences and choices are too convoluted to be blogging material, and Vote-bank politics is a subject best left to news channels. So India made way for the Pride March. We chose to finally treat it as normal. And, a sizeable section of the Indian Society heaved a sigh of relief. I have only skimmed over the surface, but feel strongly about leaving life choices to the life givers and life-live-rs. I know that many of you would like to respond and I am waiting to hear from you!