You know what? I love Denis Johnson’s work, but I think I may despise every single one of these writers and Washington DC busybodies honoring him.
So, there’s that.
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Craze for Western Dreams….Phir bhi Dil Hai Hindustani!!!
Indians in general; particularly Gujaratis & Punjabis, have been very keen to migrate to foreign lands. From time immemorial, Indians had migrated to foreign lands. For example, Gujaratis had gone to East Africa & UK from say 18th century and Punjabis (majority Sikh) to UK and USA for last 100 years. I recall that even Mahatma (M K) Gandhi, a Gujarati, went to Durban, South Africa after becoming a barrister from UK. I am going to pen down my own experience with immigrants in last fifty years.
I went to France and UK in 1979 as a member of a team from Engineers India Ltd. We were staying at the University town of Aux en Province, near Marseilles. As we were mostly vegetarians, we went in search of it on foot near the hotel. We chanced upon a van serving Pizza and were pleased to get vegetarian pizza. I came to know that the couple operating the pizza van were Gujarati of Indian descent from Madagascar, a French colony. They had come only a couple months ago, and this was the best means to earn livelihood they had hit upon.
During the same trip, we were departing from Heathrow, London for India. I was a bit taken aback when I saw two ladies of Indian descent working as cleaners. One was a Gujarati lady of more than 50 yrs of age, who had apparently come to UK from Uganda after Idi Amin threw them out. The other was a newlywed Punjabi girl in her wedding attire- fully decked in red salwar kameez and jewelry in her hands and neck. She was angry with her husband, who came to meet her, as she was obviously cheated about the “luxury” of the foreign land.
In 1980s I heard an interesting story. A rich businessman of Ahmedabad had a craze to migrate to USA. He owned a bungalow in a posh locality of Ahmedabad and a single screen cinema hall. He managed to go to USA on tourist visa. Once in USA, he vanished in thin air only to re-appear with a valid document to live in USA. He started a business of laundry service to earn a living. I think it was a big price paid to be in USA.
In 1990’s I lived in Japan and used to meet, by accident, Pakistani youngsters at supermarkets and Indian restaurants. I came to know from them that Japan was granting 90 days tourist visa on arrival to Pakistani passport holders. The racket was very well organized. The agent in Pakistan would send these youngsters and the Japanese agent would receive them at Narita, Tokyo airport. They would directly be taken to rural area to work in machine shops as machine operators. They would earn a lot by working 12 hours a day and stayed if they did not get caught. The earnings got remitted to Pakistan through Hawala. Some smart boys managed to marry Japanese girls and stayed on.
In 2007-08, I was working for Praj Industries Ltd., Pune and we were executing a project of fuel ethanol at Lake Charles in Louisiana, USA. A team, headed by me, went there for a site kick off meeting and the client booked us at a nearby Howard Johnson motel. While checking in, I noticed the name of General Manager as Harry Patel. I desired to meet him, and I did. He was a very warm host and invited all of us for a Gujarati home cooked food and beer. I gathered that his real name was Hira Bhai Patel, and he came from Navasari. He had worked as a diamond courier in Mumbai before leaving India with his wife and a daughter to Canada around 1995 (12 years before we met). He sneaked into USA with family and now was settled in Louisiana. He had another daughter by now. He also was planning to set up two more motels in the neighborhood. I asked him about IRS and his not having the required documents. He told me that he was good friends with the governor. His only problem was that he could not leave USA and go to India. Otherwise, his family and he were enjoying, all the facilities and livelihood of being in the USA.
Around the same time in 2008, we had gone to Toronto to see Niagara Falls and stayed one night with our friends, a Sikh family from Pune. I chanced to meet a youngster in his late twenties at their residence. He had migrated to Canada from Chandigarh a couple of years ago. He was on his way next morning to Calgary to finalize a transport contract. His story was interesting. A couple of years before we met, he was a branch in charge for a Pizza Hut outlet in Chandigarh. Like many Punjabis, he also applied for migrating to Canada and he succeeded. On arrival, he did not know what to do to earn his living. On advice of some Indian, he started driving a truck after obtaining a license. In a year or so he got the hang of transport business. He started his own company and was operating more than 3 trucks with Punjabi drivers, who he brought from Punjab. He had chosen the most difficult track in the middle of Canada and near the shell oil business. He was doing very well.
Above stories may not represent the Indian diaspora abroad but they are interesting. Immigrant Indian population is app 17 million. In my opinion: The blue collared workers (masons, carpenters, plumbers, drivers) from India migrate because (1) the working and living conditions are very poor and unsafe, (2) the earnings are meager and not commensurate with hard work and (3) no respect for work in society. On the other hand white collar workers ( engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, para medics, I T experts) decide to migrate because (1) over worked and the living conditions are not reliable and safe, (2) civic amenities (water, electricity, roads, sewage) are not up to the mark (3) difficult to pursue hobbies or (4) change profession ( IT expert can become an estate agent or a chemical engineer becomes a doctor) from the academics. In all most migrants have done exceedingly well in the chosen field. But Indians abroad miss, if not all but most, the social life, festivities, the crowds and not the least, Indian food.
In conclusion, I can say that Indians were attracted to the foreign lands in the past and they continue their efforts to migrate in present day. In future also, the urge to migrate will not subside.
Please Note: Some of the readers may find this topic a bit out of context due to prevailing restrictions on international travel and visa. I am sure normalcy will return sooner than later.
RESPECT EACH OTHER’S RACIAL DIVERSITY
1. STOP THINKING BECAUSE YOU HAVE ONE PERSON IN A DISTANT LINEAGE MAKES YOU THAT ONE PERSON, AND NOT THE 98% OF YOUR FAMILY
2. IF YOU LOOK ASIAN(NATIVE AMERICAN) THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE. NOT I GOT SPANISH IN MY BLOOD. WHICH DOESN’T EVEN SCEINTIFICALLY MAKE SENSE. ALSO, WHY DO A LITTLE SPANISH BLOOD OUT WAY YOUR NATIVE BLOOD
3. HEY, MY EUROPEAN SISTERS, THAT FEELS BAD ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS PAST, DNA TEST ARE GREAT BUT, JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE 2% AFRICAN IN YOU DOESN’T MAKE YOU RACIALLY AFRICAN
4. AFRICAN AMERICANS, YOUR NOT CHEROKEE, “MY GREAT,GREAT,GREAT,GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS FULL BLOODED INDIAN. HMM a)NAME HER WITH HER NATIVE NAME b) HOW DID THAT HAPPEN SINCE WE BARELY SPOKE ENGLISH AND THEY DID NOT. C) WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ONE SHOWED UP TO A FUNERAL OR BBQ. D) ARE YOU CHRISTIAN BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT, THEY WERE FORCED INTO IT, ALSO, 9 YEAR OLD GIRLS WERE RAPED IN NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. LOOK IT UP
5. IF YOUR GOING TO BE SOMETHING BE IT 100%, NOT BECAUSE BLM IS POPPING NOW YOUR 1% AFRICAN. OR TV IS SHOWING ADS OF FIRST NATION PEOPLE, NOW YOU GOT SOME INDIAN IN YOU.
6. I CAN SAY HEY, “MY MOMS IS EUROPEAN”, “MY DAD IS AFRICAN. I AM AFRICAN”, BUT I STILL LOVE MY MOTHER AND SHE IS EUROPEAN BUT I AM NOT. SHE IS A WOMAN AND I AM A MAN.
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Oh god, okay
I'm awake at 4.30 in the morning why?
Well I mean, at least now I have two hours to get up, pack up that painting, have a shower and maybe a real breakfast
But like, I won't be home from work until ten hours from now, I don't want to be awake already
Also I had a v strange dream in which I was in the cafe of a v large supermarket on a v tiny island
It felt like the Caribbean? Also they'd gotten rid of the signs on the main road cs there was no point in having them? Also my in-dream brother had a little shop there? But I'd left his shop cs we had an argument, and went to the big shop
So I was looking for smth, and idk what, and to get into the shop you had to put a ticket through a barrier, and my train ticket worked? And I was confused, cs the one at home you had to buy a special ticket for, but the security guard very angrily said it was okay, so I went in, and to the cafe
And this American girl had like followed me in? And we were in the queue and I got free/cheap pizza (ham and pineapple), and the American girl came and sat across with me, and asked me a question I truly could not understand, it was smth like, 'do you want to participate in my study, where I ask you what you know about -----' and I absolutely have no idea what the last word was so I say smth like, 'i would if I could understand what you're saying' cs she'd said it like four times and I still didn't understand, and she got all offended like I've said the worst thing, and I'm like "... I'm sorry, I would've been politer if I knew what you were saying" (cs it is a dream), and then she's holding a trophy that looks like a rugby ball and asks another question I don't understand, that I assume is about American football? And I'm like I don't know anything about that either, oh except Arizona won the last tournament thingy, it was on the tannoy in the last one of these stores I was in, but I don't know anything else
And that was the dream, apparently
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I was at a family reunion and my brother pulled up a world map on his phone. He showed it to me and said, “This is where Portugal is.” I said okay and continued on. Later, he showed me the same picture and reminded me about where Portugal was. Eventually I fell down, and he told me to remember where Portugal is when I’m in trouble. I woke up and googled it, and he was right, Portugal was in the same spot￼ on the map. We’re American, by the way.
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