In the past people wore their traditional clothes and follow their culture. These days most people wear similar clothes and therefore look very similar to one another .Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
It is irrefutable fact that every person nurtures an innate desire of looking good and accepted in the socioeconomic circle. Fashion has been cherished by humans since the ancient times but has undergone changes with time. Nowadays, wearing traditional attires suggests that culture is lagging behind because youth has embraced a distinct fashion to associate itself with a certain social group. I side with those think that this is a positive sign of development.
To begin with it is often said that "Change Is the Spice of Life", hence the way of dressing should change, which is necessary to keep life interesting because in my view people do not neglect their own cultural identity by wearing clothes which are similar but instead they express their appreciation for what ever looks good on them whether it relates to their culture or not. For example wearing jeans is universally popular, though they first originated in western countries but people in every country wear them because they are comfortable and they look good on the wearer and in doing so they can not be said to neglecting their culture.
Furthermore, in the present day scenario, dressing does not necessarily mean glamour, or the urge to follow the current trends rather I think It’s a way of life and a reflection of inner beauty since its innate desire of every one to look and feel good and clothes are important aspect in fulfilling of this wish such as wearing a nice dress or clothes which are popular world wide would take one closer to their desire of looking good and beautiful.
Yet another charm of present day outfits is that they are inexpensive and faster to put on than traditional dress as this aspect is extremely important and vital to keep up with the fast pace of life where time is precious for instance in Indian culture wearing traditional Saree is time consuming while modern dresses could be worn in fraction of the time it takes one to wear saree.
To cap it all, despite traditional costumes being less frequently worn, I strongly believe that new trend of similar clothing brings people closer and with less prejudice against origin and status of other civilizations which is good development for uniting the complete humanity on our planet.
Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour; others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss both the views and give your own opinion.
Inter country travel has exploded in the past few years and ever increasing number of people are travelling internationally and this trend has evoked mixed reaction wherein certain people believe that visitors should adhere to local customs when staying in a foreign country while others opine that the host country should be expected to show some openness and tolerance towards visitors' behavior being different from local habits. In my view, both views have some merit and should be explored further.
It is human tendency to jaunt other cultures and then the question to espouse one’s culture arises, I think each and every person has the right as a human to follow what his or her rational urges but this right itself holds some rational boundaries. Culture has the same characteristics as of water, if water is flowing it remains clean and turbidity does not victimize it. Identical tenets are true in the case of culture because if it is not lively and happening, it will vanish with passage of time.
Nowadays, globalization and tourism have heavily impacted local customs and traditions so differences between many countries have been evened out. Therefore, it could be vital for the survival of local customs that visitors respect them in addition, travelers are more likely to gain insight into a host country and its culture by following local customs.
On the other hand, customs that are destructive, regressive and downgrading in nature must be stopped from persisting. In this manner, culture will be prosperous and eternal. It is particularly true in the case of India where culture is everlasting and since the ancient period to this day, millions of visitors who have visited India, have followed local customs and also lent their customs, that is why India has such a wonderful diversified and unique culture.
In summary, I think visitors should make efforts to adopt their behaviours in a way that does not conflict with local customs to make their stay more enjoyable on the other hand locals should also have some flexibility in their approach towards their customs considering lack of knowledge of visitors.
Today, the high sales of consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real need of the society in which they are sold. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Advertising surrounds us in our everyday life, & advertisers use countless means to catch the customer’s eye, including celebrity appeal, fantasy and plain old creativity. Advertisements create and sustain an ideology of consumption and it is a social force which stimulates the behavior of the buyer to purchase a particular product.
To begin with, advertising, though originally used to market products, now, unfortunately, markets feelings, sensation and life style regardless of usefulness of the product because this mode of communication imposes choices on the public mind through language, celebrities and story telling. For example advertisements targeting teenagers and youth for cola drinks using movie stars and cricket players of our country portraying a cool image of cola drinkers even if the product is unhealthy is clear misuse of advertising for sole benefit of profit.
On the other hand if it was not for advertising, owning and using many useful products would not have been possible because to bring down the cost of production, a certain scale of production is needed by manufacturers and this aim is addressed by use of advertising for example mobile phones which are immensely useful were very expensive when they were introduced but because of aggressive marketing, their market size kept on increasing, eventually bringing down the cost of production and hence making it affordable to large section of public.
To sum up, in my opinion advertisement is a two edged sword that either works for or against the consumer depending upon the particular product in question. The real focus should be to educate the consumer that before jumping in for buy decision , they should carefully evaluate objectively as to whether they actually need the product, can they really afford it and is the product really as useful for them as it claims to be. Once all above questioned are in affirmative, only then consumer should make the buy decision rather than simply getting carried away by the mindless advertisements.
Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal of more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
There have always been debates regarding the extraordinary high remuneration of various sports professionals. This discussion usually evoked mixed emotions & while some people side with sportspersons getting high monetary benefits, others citing reasons such as equality, importance of job etc. disapprove of such exorbitant payments to sports stars.
To begin with sports professionals represent their nations on an international level and these people work very hard & sacrifice personal lives as they give priority to the nation. Also they prove their genius and are tested persistently because, they bear the pressure of success all the time and expectations of the hundreds of the thousands of people hence it is only fair that they be paid exceptionally well for such feat of talent. For example cricket starts in our country have to work very hard, risk injuries and sacrifice their personal life and face performance pressure all the time , hence more money paid to them is justified
Conversely, there are people of numerous occupations who are paid very less but work hard almost equal to sports stars and jobs performed by them are far more valuable for the society because without support of these people society can not function properly such as jobs of teacher and doctors who have to study and work long but still they are paid a minuscule amount as compared to our star sportspersons.
who also give their hundred percent but are not paid accordingly. As per their opinion, it is the media which grab the glory for these people and has made them celebrities. People like engineers, doctors and scientists hold more responsibilities and their profession starve for more responsibilities. The system which decides the amount of reward becomes biases in this situation. It is not justified as the person who is getting limelight is earning more but at the same time, if the person has done something remarkable is not paid equally.
As per my opinion, it is unjust to pay enormous amount of money to people who grab equal amount of respect, glory and pride of the nation. In the case of sports people, the media has given a great contribution to provide them luxurious life. It is the responsibility of the media to give equal significance to other professionals if they attain the same level of victory.
To cap it all, it is the society which plays a fundamental role in giving more value to sports persons so there are fewer objections if these people are earning more money than others. Just like movie stars, sportsman live extravagant lifestyle with all luxuries.
Many countries spend a lot of money on major sports competitions such as Olympics. Many people think it is better to use that money to encourage children to take up a sport at young age. To what extent do you agree?
This is true that in recent times, many countries are splurging extravagant sums of money on sports competitions and it has led to many people criticizing as to whether such expenditure of public money is justified when there is genuine need to address other pressing public issues such as infrastructure, education and unemployment etc.
Though at the outset it may seem that money spent on sports competitions is wastage of public reserves but it is not accurate reflection of the situation. The truth is when countries undertake to spend money on such competitions it is in the form of upgrading infrastructure such as roads and other related facilities in sports stadiums, this in turn helps to generate employment for the local industry, thus this spending should not be seen as merely wastage of public funds alone. Moreover competitions of such huge magnitude give opportunity to countries to showcase its prowess and provide clout in international matters and respect from other nations.
On the other hand extravagant spending of the public money is not justified either because this precious resource could be used in a better way such as building schools and providing other basic necessities such as clean drinking water etc. Spending huge amount of money for the sake of false pride and showoff is not in public interest hence government before spending money should make careful evaluation of the available resources so as to make informed decision before spending huge sums of money.
To conclude, though it is important to build infrastructure as per the international standards in competitions because not only it is a matter of country’s pride but it also generates revenue because of heavy inflow of international tourists. At the same it should also not be forgotten by the decision makers that such lavish expense just to show off is not justified either when there are other crucial matters of national importance are crying for urgent attention.