外文标题：Village Life In India And China
Ma_Chao is a dear friend of mine. More than six months ago, he sent to me some pictures of his village back home in the North of China. He wanted to tell me that though he was much impressed by my blogs about the rapid pace of development in China but what I had seen wasn’t a true picture of China because rural China and certain parts of China were much behind the prosperous Jiangsu from where I was gathering my impressions.
I am a big fan of you in CHINA.
I read almost every blog of yours that is translated and posted on China websites.
I really appreciate that you act as a friendship ambassador between India and China.
As far as I know, the on line relation among most of Chinese and Indians is not cordial.
There are a lot of people arguing over everything between the two great countries. I think it doesn’t make any sense.
It's very difficult to find a person who can be objective when talking about the motherland and foreign countries.
I saw so many great pictures of China as seen by you. However, China is too big. It seems that you have never seen the countryside in North China.
In this mail, I post some pictures of countryside in SHANDONG Province, North China. So that you may know more about other parts of China. The development in all parts of China is not same. Some provinces are developing very fast while others are lagging behind, under developed and even neglected.
These pictures are taken in TENGZHOU, SHANDONG Province. These pictures represent the average level of China’s countryside.
From the bedlam seen inside the homes I presume the common Chinese village folks aren’t fastidious about cleanliness and upkeep, though this characteristic is unique to a person but it is reflected in the social pattern.
In many of the mails that I get from the Chinese they express their desire to know more about India. Let me use this blog to compare the countryside of the two nations. One thing that I find strikingly different from the village scene in India is the absence of milch animals. Milk is the main source of nourishment in Indian diet. Milk as it is, curd, butter, ghee, buttermilk or lassi as it is called in India, form main constituents of the Indian meal in the villages. All Indian sweet meats are made using milk or milk products. On the other hand, milk I think is almost totally missing from the diet of the rural Chinese. Even in the cities, I have seen people choosing beans milk over cow’s milk.
Though yogurts sell in the cities, Chinese prefer some sourish liquid milk product (which is almost same as Indian lassi), over milk. I also don’t see the animals being employed for ploughing, pulling or other menial work. Another thing that I see here in these pictures is that women are doing work which is traditionally done by men in India.
You will rarely find Indian women pulling a cycle rickshaw or still rarer, driving an auto rickshaw, ferrying things. Indian women in villages, work in the fields, fetch water, tend animals, make dung cakes and look after the kitchen and household work.
All work of dealing with men folk viz. taking produce to the market, selling, fetching things from the markets etc. is done by their men. Both the bicycle and the scooter seen in the pictures of the Chinese women have a baby seat attached which makes me presume that the women carry their children along with them to work. Though, I have learnt that one child policy did not apply to the village people, I believe that in the Chinese villages everybody goes out to work in contrast to the Indian villages where the elderly stay at home and take care of the children who don't yet go to school.
Dear Navneet sir,
You have given a great glimpse into the rural life of both china and India,through your excellent photographs.
After all life and its struggle is the same everywhere,by sharing one could help adopting the best practices from either side.
Thanks for sharing, keep going sir!!
Thanks Navneetji for this complex portrayal. Of course, no country can be developed equally and uniformly all across. Your comparison is great !
Yes, I want to talk about more information about China. Most rural village is quiet, young work labor are all out for work, old man or women is left to take care of the children who don't yet go to school at home. As children grow up, they will go to the city to study in high school or to work, they will not come back, old people die slowly in these villages, so many rural village is deserted. The container which you have post is used to store water, under the equipment in that picture is a well. The countryside do not have water supply from taps, so there is a well at home and a pump equipment, you can put the water out of the well, then stored in the container so you can use it whenever you want, Some rural villager not clean, especially in poor areas, this is related to the economy. Rural villages in eastern of China always are good, while these western rural villages are backwardness, even some villages have no one lives any more
When I was in China, while going to the Shipyard, our bus would pass by some villages and I would notice, hardly a few flickering lights burning in the ghostly silent hoses and notice almost no activity in the streets. It would make me think about the poor, old parents left behind by their children gone away in search of better jobs. This migration from villages is taking place even in India but unlike China, people have more than one child. Only rarely do all of them go away to the cities in search of the jobs. So Indian villages still have many people living in them. As regards, the water, the electricity and the sanitation, the conditions are as bad in India. Some have their own wells but for many even that privilege is wanting. They have to travel to the rivers or ponds far away and use unclean water because getting water itself is a big privilege for some.
Sailor uncle, the pics, the matter is nice. You must have been so happy to receive sun a fan email. Give our regards to the man who sent this.
Yes, I was very happy Ashu, when I received this mail but I was so busy reporting about the progress in the cities that I forgot all about it, but yesterday, while looking for what to bring to my 'fans' next, I came across this mail and I decided to present it immediately. I am happy to learn that it has been received well. Surely, I will tell the sender. He is an aircraft engineer in Shanghai.
this is the china i have been asking you about seen most places with the great cook kylie wong and i should congratulate that man who sent you this convey him our regards too yes this is india and china scene so well knitted
yes this is the
other side of china which
is very much like our villages..
Thank you for taking us to the real China.
If things are so rosy in the country why the wrong notion?
In these pictures of China, the general impression is of poverty. As regards the order and governance the things are far better than in our country. The wrong notions is media driven.
Its nice to see China through your eyes, lenses better say.......
one more surprise article, it looks like the village of my hometown. I still have some relatives in village. I once to go visit them for times. after I read this I think it is good to buy some gifts to them when I return in the festival. I have not meet with them for a long time.
Thanks for your good article Navneet. and bring my greetings to Kiran.
I am happy to note that my article about the village has made you to think about your relatives back in your village. I am sure they will be happy to receive the gifts you take for them but above all they will be happy to receive you. When you go back to your village this time, speak to your folks about me and bring back the pictures of your village, so that we can share more stories about them here. Thanks for your appreciation and for sending your greetings for Kiran. I will convey those to her.