Guest Post – Cultural bonding between India and Indonesia

30 Aug

Next, we have Maureen (TatterScoops) from Indonesia guest blogging about the cultural similarities between India and Indonesia and the bonding it has created between the two nations. The Alchemist (Purnima) met her on World Moms Blog and the friendship took on in an instant.

When Purnima asked me to guest post on her blog a few months ago, I was humbled and quickly said yes. Unfortunately, with a new career path change it had taken me awhile to actually come up with a post for her. First of all, thank you Purnima for having me on your blog.

My mind was reeling trying to come up with some smart witty interesting post to give her then it hits me. Purnima is from India and I am from Indonesia. Our two countries alone have so many things in commons that it would be fun to explore these similarities.

Did you know that India and Indonesia has been friends for ages? The connections between our countries actually dated centuries back as it was obvious the traces of Indian cultures can be found in our famous Borobudur temple, which by the way is one of the 7 world wonders. Mr. Google actually informed me that the India-Indonesia relationships stretch back to almost two millennia ago.

To this modern-day, the influences of India cultures can still be felt in Indonesia and to make it fun let me list them for you:

  1. Dangdut. Dangdut is a genre of very popular Indonesian music. It is strongly influenced by India’s Bollywood type of music. It have several other influences such as the Malay and Arabic.
  2. Bollywood movies. Oh the movies, Indonesian people loves the Indian love story movies. The story lines, the singing and the dancing captivates us to this very day.
  3. Bajaj. These three-wheeled loud little things can also be found in India where it originally came from.
  4. Family Oriented. Both cultures are very big on families. We stick together and take care of our families as best as we can.
  5. Traffic. Although I’ve never been to India before but from what I’ve seen on the news or online, it is very similar to Jakarta’s traffic.
  6. Poverty. There seems to be a similarities between our countries too. Yes, there are those who are financially very well off in both countries but poverty is also still an issues.

I feel so lucky to get to know Purnima and her brilliant writings through World Moms Blog, she is one smart cookie for sure! Of course our cultures also have differences just like any other countries but that’s what makes it so interesting as we got to rejoice in the similarities and appreciate and learn more from the differences.

Again, thank you for having me here Purnima. Hopefully our friendships will keep blooming with times.

Maureen is Indonesian by birth, Westernized by choice, single mom by grace who is currently  still trying to manage the art of co-parenting, blogger and amateur photographer  by passions, I work full-time and trying to balance it all out in the big sin  city of Jakarta, Indonesia. You can read more about her here. Do not forget to subscribe to her blog too.

We would love to hear about you country’s culture too. Post it as a comment to this post or share it in your own blog and post the link here.

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9 Responses to “Guest Post – Cultural bonding between India and Indonesia”

  1. humanrightswarrior August 30, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Brilliant to draw out the commonalities! Well done, ladies!

    • Purnima August 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you Jennifer. It has been a complete pleasure to have this article published and this guest post series done.
      Would love to have you over too when you have the time.

      • humanrightswarrior September 8, 2012 at 6:50 am #

        Oh, sorry! Just saw this! That would be fun. I’m a little overcommitted right now, but let’s talk. I loved the guest post series!

        • Purnima September 8, 2012 at 7:39 am #

          Sure! Just drop me a note 🙂
          Would be an honour to have you over!

  2. Tatter Scoops August 30, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Thank you so much for having me here, Purnima. It’s been a fun thing to learn that yes we do have a lot of things in common. 😀 Can’t wait to have you over at my blog.

    • Purnima August 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Oh, this is fun! To explore each other’s countries and cultures and find similarities and aspects to bond over. You are a joy!

  3. jakesprinter August 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Great work there 🙂

  4. Mamma_Simona August 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    The more we get to know each other, the more it is obvious that our similarities are much greater than our differences! If only more people would take the time to really get to know others of different backgrounds and nationalities and cultures and religions, we’d put an end to war!! Like John Lennon sang all those years ago; ” … Imagine all the people sharing all the world. You may say I’m a Dreamer but I’m not the only one. Maybe one day you’ll join us and the world will be as one” Namaste.

    • Purnima September 1, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      What beautiful and kind words. Thank you Simona for dropping by.

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