In this interesting article in The New York Times, Anand Giridharadas, talks about his feelings towards India, a country he only fleetingly knew as his parents had settled in the US of A. After spending 6 years in India and now departing back to the States, Anand reflects back on how his attitude towards India has changed. Poignant, I say.
My cousins in India would sometimes ask if I was Indian or American. I saw that their self-esteem depended on my answer. “American,” I would say, because it was the truth, and because I felt that to say otherwise would be to accept a lower berth in the world.
But the greatest change I have witnessed is elsewhere. It is in the mind: Indians now know that they don’t have to leave, as my parents left, to have their personal revolutions.
Read the complete article here.
Link submitted by Giri Giridhar at The Better India.