Yesterday as I walked on Carter Road in the mood for contemplation, I witnessed this totally bland sunset.\nGrey, bleak, unnoticed, unsung and so gradual that visually one would not be able to pinpoint the end of the day.\nThe sun just faded ever so slowly until it could be seen no more, high above the horizon instead of taking a majestic bow to the ecstatic applause of colors, into the Arabian sea.\n\nBut, as I began to feel cheated, I reminded myself that the sun and the skies owe us spectators nothing. And they are free to do as they please. And today maybe the sun just wanted\u00a0 a quiet exit from this world. Maybe it moved on to the next world hoping to have a better time \u2026 maybe it saved its dazzle for the other world.\nSomething like the vanishing tribes of today.\nVanishing slowly. Without a band-baaja (mobile orchestra attached to a procession) accompanying the exit. Just a quiet exit \u2026 that is so silent that we will only realise that their day is done, only later\u2026 years later.\nBut again, the tribes with all the beauty that we see in their costumes and their traditions, owe us spectators nothing\u2026. they want the other world \u2026 they want the economic prosperity that is to be gained through conversions \u2013\u00a0 religious, ideological and others.\nThey say formal education is a necessity. They trade it for the non-institutionalised education from their tribe. My man Friday \u2013 babu is not educated formally but the respect I have for his intellect & his knowledge about the forest is exactly the same respect that I have for my surgeon. They are specialists. Yet they are not prosperous.\nAnd so, like yesterday\u2019s sun, they are fading away \u2026moving towards a homogenous world of grey.\nNo aplomb, no salutes\u2026 just a silent walking away from a life that is no longer treasured.\n\njm\nNov 2014\nThe post A Bleak Sunset of Vanishing Cultures appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.