Author Ravish Patwardhan on Aspects of Cultures
Ravish Patwardhan moved with his family to the most diverse country in the world in 1981. Moving to New Jersey and then to Los Angeles, the “culture” of Los Angeles, where his family’s first meals were shared using their suitcases in a motel as “tables,” was really found to be an amalgam of numerous cultures. Cultural “clashes” included small things like not having to stand to answer a teacher’s question in the fifth grade, to an accent that stood out initially… hairstyles, clothing brands, and sports were additional minor representations of a broader conceptual difference we call “between cultures.”
Cultures cause conflicts or strengthening of communities, as Patwardhan notes. East meeting West centuries ago on this earth led to some wars, but resulting in significant trade – of spices, precious gems, and more importantly, cultures. Patwardhan explores not only these past cultural experiences, but puts them in the context of “modern day culture.” Importantly, future efforts to understand cultural differences may result in reconciliation of countries long distanced – e.g. East and West Germany, U.S. and Cuba, and perhaps in future in the Middle East. To understand conflicts and unifications, Patwardhan considers cultural implications.
Also unique to certain cultures, whether they be Africa, India, China, or older civilizations, are the vast array of diverse customs, festivals, products, and solutions to problems in different manners. Patwardhan considers such traditions for the ancient civilizations, while discussing the newer implications of a “cultural connection in newer generations” (e.g. the social media cultural discussions or at-present barely foreseeable such cultural interactions).
By way of being a resident of several states of the United States, Ravish Patwardhan bases some analysis on his own experiences in California, the “South” and then New York City (and having been to over 50 countries since childhood); while some things are culturally very different, people at their core are many times (especially more recently) more similar – perhaps promoted by the information age and the internet/movies which allow “cultural cross-fertilization.”