Leaving to return

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.

3 comments on “Leaving to return

  1. //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.//
    People do not mix inviting other nationalities to desi gatherings, but they do have seperate parties and funtions and do mingle with all nationalities ( atleast the ones I know) I also know for a fact parents do not control their kids on their friends list. In fact I can site you actual stats, and school records in NJ not just siting from my family cirlces.

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