This article is based on YouTube video published in the channel - The Ujjwal Patni Show. You can watch this video by clicking here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORVqpIwJMQk&feature=youtu.be
Friends, as so many of you, have requested me to share my experiences regarding the culture and traditions of foreign countries. So, in this article, I will be sharing my opinion and views upon one of our neighboring countries China.
People often ask me the reason that puts China ahead of India. Most of us advocate the ban of Chinese products and are a bit harsh with China. I believe that we must learn whatever we can and but during my trip to China, this fact was enforced in my mind. The different experiences that I had are worth emulating, and I would like to share this with you.
1. Excellent Public Transport facility, for which the public is equally responsible.
In China, there are waiting rooms or lobbies at all the railway stations just like India. However, only those passengers who have tickets to board a train are permitted to go on the platforms. Most of the trains in China are super-fast Bullet trains which run at a speed of 300-350 km/hr. These trains have facilities similar to that available in airplanes. There are hostesses who serve food items and beverages on trollies. These are well maintained and pilferage of items from the coaches is unheard of.
In contrast to this, the modern trains that were launched recently in India were robbed of not only the Television panels but even the taps from toilets.
2. Women in China have shops in the marketplace. They carry on their business and also take care of their family simultaneously.
Women in China are professionally very active. They share equal responsibilities in the business. I happened to visit a big market in China, which had 20 – 25 shops. It was a wholesale market, which catered to people from all over the world. It was remarkable to watch the ladies there, diligently handling the business as well as their children.
Sometime back, I had prepared a video, which suggested how Indian women too, can think positively and be productive. India has a largely female population, and our women are very capable. The need of the hour is to get inspired by China and train our women in professional skills.
3. Very few Chinese are obese. They make all attempts to ward away illness.
In China, most of the people move on bicycles. This habit is eco-friendly and also improves their health. At short distances, you will find cycle stands, where 500 - 600 cycles are parked in proper order. In contrast, even school-going children in India demand motorbikes. It is rare to find a college student who uses a bicycle.
Another noticeable feature was the presence of water vending machines at stations, markets, offices and even on the roadside.
These vending machines have provision for only normal and warm water. Chilled water is not served anywhere. 90% of Chinese drink only hot water.
We have also heard and read about the benefits of drinking lukewarm and hot water, but have yet to get accustomed to it.
Another thing that impressed me, was that most Chinese were seen to carry transparent water bottles. Herbs, leaves or green tea sachets were added to the water, which not only enhanced the flavor but also provided nutrients and health benefits. This is indeed a very healthy way of drinking water.
4. In China, people take responsibility for their work. They do not put the blame on others.
I traveled a distance of 500 -1000 km by train in China. What astonished me was the cleanliness that prevailed all over, on either side of the tracks, on the platforms, in public places, roads. But in India, the filth strewn on either side of the railway tracks, gives a very negative image of our country, to overseas travelers.
Friends, we share a common boundary with China and have almost the same population. The question then arises, that why we cannot progress at the same pace as China.
Opposing China and Chinese products will not fetch us anything. We need to inculcate good habits and progressive views like the Chinese. Firstly, we have to understand our responsibilities and duties towards our country. Each one of us must strive to keep our vicinity clean and take care of the public property.
In my 10 day trip to China, I have learned many things.