Tales from a neighbour
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Ali expressed his undisguised glee at the recent success of Inzi's men in
Ali then reminisced about his 15 years in
That sentiment is not something that I always value and I was beginning to worry that Ali would decry everything Australian and eulogise everything from home, as many immigrants do here. To my relief, he showed more balance. He resented government officials who unfailingly sought pomp when they used the roads, much to the inconvenience of the masses. Ali was critical about how roads were washed thoroughly in preparation for the burial of Musharraf’s father – especially when roads are never cared for in other times.
In his last tale, he recounted that he was once sent to pick up a passenger named Howard in the suburb of Kiribilli in
Ali turned to me and asked if I could imagine this happening in
As a Kenya-born Indian, resident in the UK, this expression "Wahan tho shaddi hoti hai, bacche hote hain, koi marta hai -- kuch na kuch hote rahta hai" sounded quite familiar.
Why do India-born/Pakistan-born, etc. think these samskars (rituals for childbirth, marriage, death, etc) do not exist among westerners?
Perhaps they should watch movies like "Parenthood" and "4 Weddings and a funeral."
interesting read...friends from dubai...
Thank you for the visit. Yes, people seem to yearn for the famliar, no matter where they come from and how unrealistic the yearning may be. There is a show on the local radio in Melbourne where they interview Australian expats resident in other countries. A good number of them long for what they miss back home, much the same way as most of the sub-continental migrants try to recreate their past lives whereever they go.
It does seem to be an Eastern tradition to look at the west as more decadent with culture. While they admire the westerners for thier advancements, even the Chinese are just as didainful of western culture (or in their opinion, the lack thereof) when compared against the 5000-year old history of China
However, in all fairness to my cabbie, he was only stating the family event references as an indication of his homesickness, rather than as a derision of the westerners.
Friends from Dubai,
When a migrant leaves most of his family home and lives abroad to improve their economic circumstances, it must be a lot more poignant and difficult to live in the present. There is a substantial difference in mindset when you migrate to seek a newer experience as opposed to migrating only because economic circumstances force you too.
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