Somehow, the lyrics to the old Peaches and Herb classic â€˜Reunitedâ€™ are on repeat in my head as I finish clean-up from my goodbye party here in Seattle. Iâ€™ve been home for about two months from my latest bout of career adventures in Toronto, Canada and although itâ€™s been nice to unwind and reunite with family and old friends, Iâ€™ve found myself eagerly anticipating a whole different kind of reunion.
On July 30th, 2010 I will reunite with India â€“ my country of birth but also a country that has become foreign to me after having gone over a decade without a visit. The anticipation of such a reunion fills me with many overwhelming emotions â€“ excitement, fear, joy, nervousness, and at the best of times, an insatiable need to dance crazily to my favorite Bollywood hits. My mind is abuzz with incessant questions â€“ Will I be accepted? Will I feel Indian? Will I be able to handle living there? But somehow in the background hums a current of calm knowingness that this is the homecoming Iâ€™ve been yearning for.
What adds to this sense of calm is my observations of friends and other second generation Indians who, despite having been raised abroad, have slipped comfortably and successfully into study and work positions in India. Their tales consistently include exciting adventures, travels, and, above all, a recognition of parts of themselves within the culture there. Confidence boosted, I too, set forth on a journey of self-discovery.Â Read the rest of this entry »