How the World sees me!
I live in Bombay, now Mumbai.
But I am not a Bombayite because I wasn’t born here.
I was born in Assam, the tea garden state.
But I am not Assamese because I don’t have roots there.
I have roots in Rajasthan, the golden state.
But I have no marwari influences since my ancestors moved away from there.
In Bombay, I am told I sound North-Indian.
When I say I am from Assam, I’m told I don’t look Assamese.
When I say I’m Marwari from Rajasthan, it causes too much confusion because I am nothing like they expect me to be.
I have lived in Assam, studied in Rajasthan and worked in many cities across the country and have been based in Mumbai since almost two decades.
And still I feel, I am not a Bombayite!
How I see Myself!
I am born in India
I have travelled the world.
Read the world’s literature.
Eaten the world’s food.
Loved the world’s people
Absorbed all the experiences.
Assimilated all the influences.
Imbibed all the culture.
I belong to the world. The world belongs to me.
Yet I belong to nowhere and no one. Nothing or no one belongs to me.
Until next time…@thethinkingcaptain