A girl named Ankita Mishra recently shared an incident, on a blog, that took place in a nightclub of the United States.
Ankita Mishra, born in Ohio and brought up in New Jersey, recently visited a high end pub in New York named ‘The House of Yes’ and found their washroom with images of Indian God on walls as a piece of decoration. Watch video here:
You can see the toilet walls covered with posters of Kali, Shiva, Ganesha and Saraswati. Boiling blood? Ankita felt the boil too and couldn’t keep quiet. She wrote on a blog browngirlmagazine , “…last month, during a night out with friends, I could not stay quiet when I suddenly found myself in a curiously-decorated VIP bathroom inside House of Yes in Bushwick, NY. The walls were papered with bejewelled images of Hindu gods like Ganesha, Saraswati, Kali and Shiva.”
She also mentioned that the club in New York describes itself as, “Weird. Wild. Wonderful.”. But she was shocked to witness this act of rudeness in the name of pop-culture and couldn’t sit silent over this and wrote an e-mail to the management. She wrote (parts of it),
To Whom it May Concern, (that should be everyone!) Oct. 3, 2018
“As a queer woman of colour with a hyphenated identity in 2018 America, I am used to silencing my voice in the service of keeping peace in public. However, after posting about my experience at House of Yes this weekend on Facebook and Instagram I feel pushed to approach you directly. I trust that House of Yes is a venue where I might actually be heard, and where change for the better can occur.”
“I was not proud on Saturday night. I was there with a group that had ordered a bottle service table to the side of the bar and because of the high price they were paying, I had the privilege of accessing the private bathroom behind the DJ booth by the stage. You know the one. At first when I reached for toilet paper from the dispenser, it did not register that I was looking at Mahadev. Slowly I raised my eyes to take in the room and noticed all of them– Ganesha, Saraswati, Brahma, Shiva, Radha and Krishna, Lakshmi, and inexplicably right above the toilet, Kali. I was inside a temple but it was all wrong– I was wearing shoes, I was peeing, and my ass was out.”
The night club management replied to Ankita’s mail. On which, Ankita wrote on blog, “I had broken my silence and spoken up. Kae’s response was everything I had convinced myself was impossible: an apology. And yet why did I fear her apology so much? Is it because some hurting goes so deep, genuine remorse cannot erase it?,”
The management replied (parts of it):
Hi Ankita, “My name is Kae Burke, I’m Anya’s partner as a co-founder/creative director at House of Yes and I am the one that created, conceived and made the deity bathroom. I am fully responsible for making the tone-deaf and completely ignorant decor choice. “I am sorry for not taking the time to fully understand and research the deep history of the culture I was inspired by before using it to decorate. I feel awful that you had to experience this type of cultural disrespect at House of Yes of all places.”
“I read every word of your email (twice) and I wanted to thank you for taking the time, being bold yet informative in your writing and also trusting us in that you would be heard.”
Ankita’s action deserves an applaud.