Sumedh Mungee writes in NY Times – what could easily pass as an honest introspection – Why I Left India (Again). He itemizes several attempts by modern India to desensitize him and goes on to explain how he triumphed to return to the land of equal opportunities. All that could not hide grandiose pretensions.
What is forgotten (or hidden) is that Indian living in America (or elsewhere) almost involuntarily opt to live a safe distance from blacks, hispanics,… They handpick their friends here. More importantly, they carefully control what friends their kids – growing up here – choose. I have heard horror stories from parents about their kids listening to hip-hop.
How much of desensitized we are and how intolerant we become, almost always naturally when we come here, is easily apparent in every desi gatherings!
I returned to India and emigrated again. My love for India has not diminished a bit while I continue to grow to admire my adopted country – accepting Canada with all its shortcomings.
P.S: NYTimes followed the responses to Mungee’s article where among others, this blog post is cited.
India Ink’s recent first-person essay, Why I Left India (Again) unleashed an explosion of comment and discussion on our pages, on Facebook, Twitter and outside blogs. It also inspired a fictional parody, dinner party arguments in Manhattan, an Asia Society round up, and a psychological analysis from a mental health professional.