ABSTRACT

A common feature among the many Japanese visitors was that they carried from home almost everything that they might need, even note papers for writing letters home. I asked one of them, ‘Why do you cram your bags with so much stuff?’, and the reply was, ‘This is done by our women, because they believe you cannot get your needs in India, not even writing paper. This explains the note papers we pack so that we can write home.’ Pathetic! These are the people that the poet Hemchandra had once dubbed as ‘uncivilized Japan’! And the same people have now such a dismal perception of India as a poorly endowed country where nothing is available, whose people cannot make anything that are commonly needed—not even a piece of paper to write letters!