Amreekan Desi

The heart of an Indian living abroad is never far from his homeland !

“You can take a man out of India but you cannot take India out of a man!

India’s population living abroad is the largest in the world with 1.6 crores (16 million) people living outside the country. Desi folks are all over the Globe. We are pioneers,CEOs of world’s greatest global companies,a country which has more than a million millionaires,where diversity brings beauty, not chaos,where religion is  a way of living and Enlightenment is a necessity.

America still remains the first choice for any Indian to settle down. We are 2 million in the country already.What happens when Desi becomes an Amreekan is quite funny.

Well, to start with, they are just a bunch of normal people who live abroad (not necessarily “developed” in the holistic sense).They can be split broadly into two distinct categories: The Never Return to India and The Now Return to India.

The Never Return is a unique breed of people. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they think they are the most fortunate people in this world. For them, India is a third world country which is confined to those once-in-a-few-years visits for the sake of completing the formality of seeing their loved ones. For them, India is a chaotic, unhygienic and polluted place where they can’t live for a second without Bisleri water and where the sound of honking is noise pollution.

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Now, let’s come to the Now Return category. This constitutes a considerable proportion of people. They are actually in love with their homeland so much that they want to come back as soon as possible (or that’s what they say!!) They enroll their kids in Indian international schools so that they are in line with the Indian schooling system. They make sure that the kids learn Carnatic music, dance, cricket, etc. For this bunch of guys, the Indianness factor imbibed within their families is not a formality but something that they yearn for immensely.

The ” Never Return” breed of people do certain things like developing a fake accent and start criticizing anything “Indian” be it festivals,religion,politics or people. In their heads, they are Americans born in India. They ape everything that Whites do blindly. It’s such a pity if you can not value where you came from ,be it your family,your country or your people.

Indians who acquire American citizenship start looking down upon fellow Indians who just arrived in the USA. Some of them even start accusing them as ” Bloody Indians. What are you doing in my country”.

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Its a rare sight to find an Indian talking to another Indian in Hindi or any other native language. There is nobody more racist than an Indian guy towards another Indian in a foreign land. When I walk down the street, Whites greet me with a smile but people from my own country act like they saw an alien. It’s something that we need to worry about.

I have been living in the USA for quite a few years now and the only racism I faced came from my own countrymen . The belief that you have to despise your own country in order to settle down in another one is getting viral. There are desi folks who want to celebrate every Indian festival but would not stop mentioning how horrible Indian Culture is or how much they despise their own traditions. They take pride in saying that they hate going to Indian stores or watch Bollywood movies or eat samosas.

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There is not much difference between the annoying neighborhood aunties from India and desi pretending to be am-ree-kan within few years of landing in this country- they both desperately need a Life.

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