Posts Tagged ‘abroad’

Celebrating Republic Day outside India

January 25, 2013

Many Indians may have made their home abroad, but their hearts and minds still remain in India! Religious festivals are celebrated with much fanfare, but when it comes to celebrating the country, they are not far behind either! (more…)

To meet an Indian abroad

December 14, 2012

Last year I was vacationing in China. To any Indian, even an NRI like myself, China is one of those completely unfamiliar, utterly fascinating, and really interesting experiences. It’s a culture very removed from our own, every aspect of the country and its people is totally alien to us. Luckily, we had a guide that knew English and helped us every step of the way. In our group though, it so turned out, were three French nationals. And though they did not have a chance to meet each other on the first four days of our trip; come day five, they realized they were all from the same country.

And all hell broke loose! I mean that of course in the most positive manner. On they went jibber jabber in French. No one could understand anything but it was apparent that they had the best trip of their lives. Why? Because they found the best kind of company, the company of their own ‘desis’. During the time it irritated us. “What were these people going on and on amongst themselves in a language only they understood?” was what most of us thought in our minds. And not just then, we have all felt this feeling whenever one sees people of the same origin meet; be it two Italians, Bengalis, or even British. But you know what? I’m going to let you in to a little secret. One that I suspect you already know.

While it may seem strange and annoying to see people of the same origin meet in a foreign land and bond; it’s not irritation, but jealousy that is at the heart of what we are feeling. How do I know this? Because as an NRI, when I first moved abroad to the US myself, I too would be filled with joy, confidence, and reassurance, whenever I’d come across another Indian.

Especially since I moved to a part of the US that was not very cosmopolitan or diverse; I would feel extremely lonely and alienated at times. So the one odd ‘desi’ I met, be it a traveler, a visitor, a restaurant owner, or even a cabbi – the feeling of comfort, understanding and bonding that I got, only another ‘desi’ could bring out in me. And I am sure all of you NRIs out there have felt this same feeling at some point or another.

Now, I have stopped getting irritated seeing people meet. In fact, I feel good for them. Because to meet an Indian abroad, is one bright spark on any given day!

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