I feel like a misfit, like I don’t belong anywhere. When we visit family in India, or even with “uncles” and “aunties” here, I feel like I am constantly falling below expectation, like I am not ‘desi’ enough. Too Westernized, too modern, too independent, not interested in Indian movies or music or clothes…I just don’t identify with any of those things. But then when I visit my friends’ homes, it’s not like I don’t fit in there, either. Their parents are sure to tell me about ‘their’ food, as though I need a tutorial on lasagna! Or ask me about my exotic background, though I was born here.
I just don’t identify with any of those things. But then when I visit my friends’ homes, it’s not like I don’t fit in there, either. Their parents are sure to tell me about ‘their’ food, as though I need a tutorial on lasagna! Or ask me about my exotic background, though I was born here.

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