Dosas over differences

Over the weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to perform on Blumenthal’s Belk Theatre stage for the 22nd Annual Festival of India in Charlotte. In case you didn’t know, I’m a flutist, but not the Ron Burgundy type.

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Festival of India draws about 20,000 visitors from Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

This was my first time attending the festival and it was inspiring to see thousands of Indians and non-Indians coming together to celebrate and learn more about the culture. They may have only been there for the delicious paper-thin dosas and mango lassis, but that’s not the point.

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That time my dad ordered a dosa the size of a blanket (a blanket of happiness).

The point I found was bigger than dosas, and that is, when communities openly collaborate, shared information can establish common knowledge, and a level of connectivity with others can begin to form.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Theresa

As I walked through the festival, I overhead people asking questions like, “what is this type of clothing worn for?” or “is this food served for any special occasions?” Hearing this type of open dialogue was not only refreshing, but important. It was a representation of how when we allow two-way communication, we more empathetically begin to understand each other. And, hopefully, begin identifying the similarities among us rather than the differences segregating us.

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My favorite thing about the Aarohan Music School band is that we all come from different cultural backgrounds, yet we came together to perform classical and modern Indian music.

So, whether it’s through making music with your bandmates, attending a community event, or taking it upon yourself to learn about things different from what you already know, we all have valuable opportunities around us to connect with others. It’s up to us to jump on our natural human curiosities to continue the cycle of connectivity.

What helps you feel connected to those around you?

2 thoughts

  1. You’re so right about the cycle of connectivity. I’m not really sure/ can’t think of what makes me feel connected to the people around me but in retrospect, it was moments of connectivity with random people that made me feel like a part of the world, a drop among trillion others that make up our ocean of family, community, country and world. I’ve sometimes felt like I fight being connected because of what it might bring out of me, and your blog is a nice reminder that even connecting through vulnerability is therapeutic.

  2. I’m glad you got something out my article! Feeling like part of the world, or something, is a nice feeling, even if it is just one drop out of the trillion. And, I can relate to wanting to fight connectivity out of fear of vulnerability. I think sometimes we can also disconnect, though, because maybe it’s too much for us right now to be connected. I think that is part of the cycle, too. Have a great day!

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