Collection, Displacement & the Indian Home

The average Indian is very attached to their belongings. It isn’t easy when they have to part from things that we’ve have kept carefully over months & years.

Then there would eventually come a time, where there would so much extra stuff, that we’d eventually start throwing out which are well… old and no longer useful.

Let’s take simple down-to-earth examples, like plastics (bottles/bags/jars) etc..

jars# There’s always something that can be put into an empty plastic jar. Even if there is nothing that can be found at present, it is sill withheld from the throwing out drive – the reason behind it being:

“what if we require to put something it in the future?” 🤦‍♂️ The mother would say.. (like we don’t have enough of plastic jars already at home) In our household its dad who takes on that role!
People eat stuff, jars get empty – you can now use that jar to store something else – but NO. The additional jar is important – you know, just in case! 

# Plastic bags! Oh boy! In every Indian home, you’ll have this one bag that houses all the other smaller bags in it 😜EVERY INDIAN HOME has it. Go and look, it will be there somewhere! and of course the plastic bags keep increasing every time marketing is done.140006062

# Plastic bottles, to drink water in… different sizes! 750ml, 1L, 1.5L, and now 2L bottles too. We all need these bottles to store cold water in the fridge. The Indian thinking is why buy separate special designer bottles when you can use these?

And then comes the next step – Displacement


the action of moving something from its place or position.

Another thing we excel at. With things not getting any less, things are bound to get moved around the house, to make a certain room, area look presentable… that is where boxes and suitcases help. An average household with 4 family members will house a minimum of 8 suitcases (of which 4 are used ‘now old’ and are not suitable for traveling purposes and hence are under beds, above cupboards, in closets etc, needless to say – all filled up) and that’s how displacement happens.

To live in an Indian house is an adventure by itself

One. There’s always cleaning that needs to be done *round the clock* and this not include sweeping, swabbing. That itself is an adventure, because we are bound to find small treats (coins, notes, chocolates etc..) behind sofa’s, under cushions, on tables under papers etc.

Two. There’s bound to be a lot of noise. We are loud people – and we’re proud of it. We are not the kind of people who can keep our We celebrate, mourn, party at different decibel levels 😂😛😜

Three. Despite our small homes we have big hearts and we know to enjoy ourselves. It takes effort to be a true Indian at heart! 🙏

10 Replies to “Collection, Displacement & the Indian Home”

  1. Ha ha 😂. Very true .

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      lol thanks Savita 🙂

      1. Welcome . It’s Savitha with an ‘h’ .😊

        1. theextraaamile says: Reply

          hmm, always thought the ‘h’ was silent 🙂

          1. The ‘h’ is not silent. It’s subtle!! Right Savitha ?? 😊

          2. theextraaamile says:

            lol subtle? That’s new! 😊

  2. Haha! Your post brought a smile to my face. I recall reading a book on similar lines” Mother Pious Lady”…making sense of everyday India by Santosh Desai 🙂

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      I hope to lay my hands on that book if possible.. thank you for your comment.

  3. Exactly!! All the prerequisite characteristics that are needed to be ‘true Indians ‘ are beautifully captured here!!
    An average middle class Indian does live his/her life out in containers and suitcases!! 😁😁

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