A couple of days ago, when I was talking to one of my friends another friend of mine made an observation on how we talked to one another.
This got me thinking about how right she was and how although neither of us had been home in a year it felt like we had never left home at all.
So while I was thinking on what to write next I felt like there could be nothing better than writing about how although miles away from home I will always be an Indian and nothing is ever going to change that.
Although I am in America where the primary language is English, I know one thing for sure and that is that when I see my Indian friends I immediately switch the way I talk and all our common Indian languages, and way of speaking come out immediately.
There is nothing in the world that is ever going to stop me from praying. I now realize how important and intertwined praying has become in my life and how my first instinct to every problem is to pray to all our gods up there.
Bollywood which is one of the things I made fun of and mocked seems to have suddenly become very important for me. Be it the songs or the gossips or the movies or even the people. I feel like I need to keep myself updated with what is going on in Bollywood and have oddly taken an interest in these things now.
While these may seem trivial and not as important as anything else the most important thing for me is the food. While I may not be the best at cooking at the end of the day the Indian in me is so habituated to authentic Indian food and that is what I crave on most days- the warm, spicy food that makes me feel at home instantly.
Now while I anticipate and count down the days to go home, I realize more than ever that everything that annoyed me about home is what makes a home or rather India more distinct than ever for me.
Be it the food, the tall buildings or the fact that at any time of the day late at night or even early mornings you will never be alone. There is always going to be someone with you is what makes India special for me and although I may be home only for a few days I cannot wait to go and indulge in all the pleasures that make me feel at home.
So, here's to the Indian in me.