Our large Indian population settled in the US is a good example.
Diaspora communities always maintain strong ties with their homeland and sadly many of them do not get fully assimilated with their host country.
A friend of mine visited us from the US after 12 years. She had many interesting stories to tell us relating to Diaspora communities.
For instance, take this Indian woman settled in Michigan. Let us call her Lata.
The young woman had been in the US for the past year and a half. But she still pretended that she was ‘back home.’
She chatted incessantly online with her relatives in India. Though in the US, she watched ONLY Indian television channels. She was friendly with just the Indians in her city and made no attempts to mingle with the other nationalities settled in her area.
Once, the two women decided to meet at Sapna’s house. Lata forgot to inform her husband about her intended visit. It was after all for a few hours and she would come back by the time he came home from work.
Lata dressed in her beautiful sari and drove to her friend’s house. The two friends chatted, cooked, drank umpteen cups tea and watched Zee TV which telecast Hindi sitcoms.
At 4PM, Lata said, “Your area seems very quiet. Not a sound of a vehicle outside”
Sapna replied, “It does seem kind of quiet and much too dark for 4pm.”
“I think I better get going, “ said Lata.
The women opened the front door. A whole pile of SNOW greeted them.
Snow had been falling silently all afternoon and the roads and everything around was covered in a blanket of snow two to three inches thick. Even Lata’s car was under a sheet of snow
There was no way Lata was going home that day.
Lata got terribly agitated and called her husband.
When her husband heard that she was at her friend’s house, he was upset.
“Why did you go out, when an impending snow storm had been announced?”
“All the TV channels are relaying the news, every few minutes. Did you not catch the news?”
“Did you not switch on the television the whole day?” Lata’s husband was amazed.
Lata, did not reply. How could she tell her husband that the Idiot Box had been switched on the whole day at Sapna’s house.
But the two friends had watched only Zee TV – their favourite Hindi channel.
PS: We did not know whether to laugh or feel angry with Lata who had made no attempt to check the local weather reports before setting out of home.
Story By : Saira. Written By: Gulsum Basheer @ talkalittledo
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