Monday, August 31, 2015

Empathy for the voiceless

Not being able to communicate with others can be a frustrating and humiliating experience. This is particularly so if you are a "successful" individual who is normally "in control" of your circumstances.

I recommend the movie English Vinglish. It nicely captures the practical and emotional struggle of an  Indian mother and house wife from an upper middle class family who does not know English. When she travels to the USA for the wedding of her niece she has several humiliating experiences. These were so realistic and moving that I found watching that part of the movie painful. But it does create empathy.

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