Born in the UAE
ndians have a dubious distinction of being rigid. Culturally clingy, and, therefore, not open to embracing other people’s habits ( ever heard bordering- on horror stories of Indians travelling together to “foreign” lands?). Then, even amongst themselves, thanks to their wide array of ethnicities, they are a bit too keen to retain their ‘ geographical’ trademarks. A Punjabi will look for dhaba- style sarson da saag, a Tamilian will look for his idli- sambar, a Bengali will want to put on his monkey cap to ward off the chills, and so on and so forth. These are all stereotypes. Mostly. I say this with a fair amount of confidence because when I see Indians in the UAE ( myself included), they seem absolutely amenable to being culturally compatible with whoever demands it of them. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi — and the deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of UAE — was, yesterday, the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi; the two countries are also about to embark on a brand new relationship to strengthen their already prevailing deep bond. In the fitness of things we look at what third- generation Indians who live in the UAE — ones who have made this country their second, even first, home — have to say about living here, what it’s been like, how it has shaped their values and their ( global) camaraderie. Enjoy!
Do you get that hollow feeling when your visiting parents finally turn their backs on you and walk through the airport departure gates? Do you feel like tables have been turned, and, this time, it’s them fleeing the nest — like you did once? Read about this reverse empty nest syndrome in one of our other features. Pride and Prejudice is alive and kicking in Pakistan, where the country’s Jane Austen Society is takingg the beloved writer’s legacy to new heights. All this and much more.
Enjoy reading wknd. and have a great weekend.
Tables Have Been Turned: THIS Time, IT’S your
fleeing THE nest — like you did once