Holy Sappho! The news this morning was enough to wake this slumbering blog! I can’t believe it. India has legalized homosexuality. I’ve taken a bet with Broom as of this morning that India will legalize gay marriage before the United Sates does now. She is skeptical (and secretly hopeful that she’ll lose the bet). I’m hopeful (and secretly skeptical). That basically sums up our relationship, I just realized. When Broom woke up this morning her inbox was flooded with emails about the news and from well-wishers. She woke me up and I knew it was something big because the tone in her voice was like a child who has just seen Santa Claus. As Broom read aloud some of the more poignant comments from her email, I rushed to my gmail account, eager to read the hundreds of comments and letters I was sure to have received! While gmail loaded up, I imagined the various comments people might have…”you and Broom can come to India now!”…”come and raise your little Troom here!” Gmail was slow, I thought because of all the messages in my inbox about the amazing news in India! But after a few minutes it finally stopped grinding and announced proudly that I had 7 new messages! Only 7? Okay, I thought, not as many as I hoped, but I still couldn’t wait to read them. The first message was from google telling me I had no calendar items today…Delete. The second message was from a sports store I had bought something from several months ago…Report Spam. Okay 5 messages from people dying to tell me the news about India. I get it. Broom is Indian, of course she’ll have more messages than I do. (plus her blog is wildly more popular than mine). I skimmed through the rest of the titles…A message from my mom from yesterday. An update from a news site I subscribe to. A couple of people connecting to me on social networking sites. Gravely disappointed, I reread each of the 5 remaining titles hoping there was one I missed. But sadly there were NO messages from anyone in India or elsewhere sharing the good news with me. None. zip. nada.
Dear Blog readers: I realize you’re used to my kind glossing over momentous news such as this in your half of the world, but I want you all to know that I care about what happens in India, okay? I’m certain that amongst the six people who read my blog regularly (okay as regularly as I update which isn’t very) at least half of you are Indian. Can we make a pact right now, that if ANYTHING momentous happens in India, you tell me first? Most of you probably came here from Broom’s blog, so I realize you’ll be tempted to comment on her blog first, but maybe have some pity on your Indian news-challenged American blogger and just quickly toss a sentence or two over the fence to me first? I’m pretty sure that whatever it is, Broom will find out in due course. Plus, how cool would it be if I was able to actually surprise her with news about India she hadn’t heard yet? Only you can make this vision a reality, fellow Indian blog readers. Just to sweeten the pot a little, I will make you a promise. Next time I get momentous Indian news first (bonus points if it’s gay Indian news), I will not only plaster my blog with the headlines, but I will also…reveal one letter from my real name! Is that an offer you can’t refuse or what?