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๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญโ€ฆโ€ฆHereโ€™s an opportunity to showcase your writing skills! We would love to receive your essays and short sto...
05/10/2021

๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญโ€ฆโ€ฆ
Hereโ€™s an opportunity to showcase your writing skills! We would love to receive your essays and short stories on announced topics and we will ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก our picks on https://www.niam.org/stories/ as well as on all our social media sites.

Stories (true accounts) should be in 500 words or less

๐™พ๐šž๐š› ๐š—๐šŽ๐šก๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š™๐š’๐šŒ ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š’๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š ๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐™ผ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›'๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐™ต๐šŠ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›'๐šœ ๐™ณ๐šŠ๐šข ๐š’๐šœ:
Tell Me Aboutโ€ฆ '๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ' ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š๐ง ๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง'

Please send in your entries by Monday, June 07, 2021 to [email protected]

Our team is waiting to hear from you, so go ahead '๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต'โ€ฆ.

#StoriesatNIAM #TellMeAbout #storyblogs #getpublished #NIAMission #NIAMinspire #NIAMhappens #NIAMoutreach

๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญโ€ฆโ€ฆ
Hereโ€™s an opportunity to showcase your writing skills! We would love to receive your essays and short stories on announced topics and we will ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก our picks on https://www.niam.org/stories/ as well as on all our social media sites.

Stories (true accounts) should be in 500 words or less

๐™พ๐šž๐š› ๐š—๐šŽ๐šก๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š™๐š’๐šŒ ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š’๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š ๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐™ผ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›'๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐™ต๐šŠ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›'๐šœ ๐™ณ๐šŠ๐šข ๐š’๐šœ:
Tell Me Aboutโ€ฆ '๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ' ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š๐ง ๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง'

Please send in your entries by Monday, June 07, 2021 to [email protected]

Our team is waiting to hear from you, so go ahead '๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต'โ€ฆ.

#StoriesatNIAM #TellMeAbout #storyblogs #getpublished #NIAMission #NIAMinspire #NIAMhappens #NIAMoutreach

NIAM presents a ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ highlighting some Indian Americans who have chosen the ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ by their predecessors....
04/27/2021

NIAM presents a ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ highlighting some Indian Americans who have chosen the ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ by their predecessors.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #5

When NASA last Wednesday announced names of 18 astronauts selected for its manned mission to the Moon and beyond, Indians had one more reason to cheer. That is because an Indian-American who had made it to the list of 18 astronauts selected by NASA.
Here is an article with the list of all Indian and Indian-origin astronauts who went to space.

Read more here: https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/from-rakesh-sharma-to-raja-chari-astronauts-who-carried-indian-name-to-space

#roadlesstraveled #StoriesatNIAM
#NIAMheritage #NIAMenrich #NIAMinspire #teamNIAM

NIAM presents a ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ highlighting some Indian Americans who have chosen the ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ by their predecessors.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #5

When NASA last Wednesday announced names of 18 astronauts selected for its manned mission to the Moon and beyond, Indians had one more reason to cheer. That is because an Indian-American who had made it to the list of 18 astronauts selected by NASA.
Here is an article with the list of all Indian and Indian-origin astronauts who went to space.

Read more here: https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/from-rakesh-sharma-to-raja-chari-astronauts-who-carried-indian-name-to-space

#roadlesstraveled #StoriesatNIAM
#NIAMheritage #NIAMenrich #NIAMinspire #teamNIAM

Get your tickets today!  Tomorrow, April 24th, at 3PM CST, NIAM takes you to Adda Indian Canteen. Each ticket grants you...
04/23/2021

Get your tickets today! Tomorrow, April 24th, at 3PM CST, NIAM takes you to Adda Indian Canteen. Each ticket grants you access to exclusive content and a chance to win a gift card from two restaurants owned by our guest chefs: a $100 gift card to Rahi or a $50 gift card to Adda!
Donโ€™t wait! Buy your tickets today at https://www.niam.org/event/taste-india-2021-2/

Get your tickets today! Tomorrow, April 24th, at 3PM CST, NIAM takes you to Adda Indian Canteen. Each ticket grants you access to exclusive content and a chance to win a gift card from two restaurants owned by our guest chefs: a $100 gift card to Rahi or a $50 gift card to Adda!
Donโ€™t wait! Buy your tickets today at https://www.niam.org/event/taste-india-2021-2/

Missed our interview on WBEZ 91.1 FM yesterday? Here's a recording link where NIAM's Aarathi Singh chats with the hosts ...
04/21/2021
Chicagoโ€™s National Indo-American Museum To Celebrate Immigrants, Food

Missed our interview on WBEZ 91.1 FM yesterday? Here's a recording link where NIAM's Aarathi Singh chats with the hosts about Taste of India and our upcoming show with Adda Canteen's Roni and Chintan.
You can purchase your $15 tickets from the link in the comments.

A series of virtual culinary journeys is connecting Chicagoans with some of the best Indian restaurateurs in America and their stories.

04/20/2021

Weโ€™re live on WBEZ 91.1 FM!
Check us out and hear about the Taste of India !

Public Radio friends: Tune in to WBEZ 91.5 tomorrow at 12:40 PM CST to hear NIAM's Aarathi Singh and Adda Indian Canteen...
04/19/2021

Public Radio friends: Tune in to WBEZ 91.5 tomorrow at 12:40 PM CST to hear NIAM's Aarathi Singh and Adda Indian Canteen's owner duo, Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Pandya, in a special conversation about food as a connection to culture, the story of Indian American heritage, and the upcoming Taste of India event!

You can buy tickets for our event at the link in the comments below.

WBEZ

#indianfood #indiancuisine #india #indianheritage #asianheritage #asiancuisine #chicagofood #chicagofoodie #newyorkfoodie #queensfood #chef #cooking #hungry #food #delicious #explore #goodfood #WBEZchicago #WBEZreset

Public Radio friends: Tune in to WBEZ 91.5 tomorrow at 12:40 PM CST to hear NIAM's Aarathi Singh and Adda Indian Canteen's owner duo, Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Pandya, in a special conversation about food as a connection to culture, the story of Indian American heritage, and the upcoming Taste of India event!

You can buy tickets for our event at the link in the comments below.

WBEZ

#indianfood #indiancuisine #india #indianheritage #asianheritage #asiancuisine #chicagofood #chicagofoodie #newyorkfoodie #queensfood #chef #cooking #hungry #food #delicious #explore #goodfood #WBEZchicago #WBEZreset

04/18/2021
National Indo-American Museum | Stories

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ @ ๐๐ˆ๐€๐Œ series ๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ... Post #2
Your response, when you were asked, โ€˜But where are you ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ from?โ€™
๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค, entry by ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฒ๐š ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž. Read her fascinating story on our website https://www.niam.org/stories/

#StoriesatNIAM #TellMeAbout #storyblogs #getpublished #NIAMission #NIAMinspire #NIAMhappens #NIAMoutreach

Stories Tell Me About We would love to receive your essays and short stories on an announced topic and we will publish our picks on webaite as well as on a

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #4 (Indian Americans in sports)๐‘๐จ๐ฒ ๐‘๐š๐ง๐š is one of the most decorated basketball coach...
04/17/2021

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #4 (Indian Americans in sports)
๐‘๐จ๐ฒ ๐‘๐š๐ง๐š is one of the most decorated basketball coaches in Canadian history and currently is the Assistant Coach and Chief of Staff with the Sacramento Kings. He had worked in the past with Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks in various capacities.
Rana was born in England and grew up in Canada. He was expected to become a doctor, but Rana unlike other Canadian Indian kids who played hockey, watched and played basketball. His mother was worried that he had a โ€˜mental issue.โ€™
Rana started coaching High school basketball in 1994.
He is passionate about community and charitable endeavors.

Read more here: https://on.nba.com/3sMrhrL

#roadlesstraveled #StoriesatNIAM
#NIAMheritage #NIAMenrich #NIAMinspire #teamNIAM

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #4 (Indian Americans in sports)
๐‘๐จ๐ฒ ๐‘๐š๐ง๐š is one of the most decorated basketball coaches in Canadian history and currently is the Assistant Coach and Chief of Staff with the Sacramento Kings. He had worked in the past with Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks in various capacities.
Rana was born in England and grew up in Canada. He was expected to become a doctor, but Rana unlike other Canadian Indian kids who played hockey, watched and played basketball. His mother was worried that he had a โ€˜mental issue.โ€™
Rana started coaching High school basketball in 1994.
He is passionate about community and charitable endeavors.

Read more here: https://on.nba.com/3sMrhrL

#roadlesstraveled #StoriesatNIAM
#NIAMheritage #NIAMenrich #NIAMinspire #teamNIAM

Named among the best restaurants of 2019 by Bon Appรฉtit, and Eater, Adda Indian Canteen was born from the creative visio...
04/13/2021
National Indo-American Museum | Home

Named among the best restaurants of 2019 by Bon Appรฉtit, and Eater, Adda Indian Canteen was born from the creative visions of Roni Mazumdar (restaurateur and owner) and Chintan Pandya (chef and owner).

Join us on April 24th to hear more about Roni and Chintan, as they share their culinary journeys and their approach to Indian cuisine. And, of course, learn to make some of the fantastic dishes from Adda!

Thanks to Roni and Chintan, each attendee has a chance to win a gift card from two of their restaurants-- a $100 gift card to Rahi or a $50 gift card to Adda.

Don't delay! Buy your ticket now! Link in the first comment.

The NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN MUSEUM builds bridges across generations and connects cultures through the diverse, colorful stories of all Indian Americans. Ev

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #3๐•๐ข๐ง ๐๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ง๐š๐ง๐ข never played team sports in school or college. While studying  Biomedi...
04/10/2021
From engineering to the NBA: Vin Bhavnani is living the dream

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Post #3
๐•๐ข๐ง ๐๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ง๐š๐ง๐ข never played team sports in school or college. While studying Biomedical engineering he decided to try a career in NBA and when the Clippers called him as he was about to join a regular job, he jumped at that opportunity. He was a video coordinator for the Clippers. After a stint with the Spurs, he moved to Oklahoma City to become a manager of advance scouting for the Thunder. He is currently the assistant coach for the team. He briefly coached the Indian National Team in 2012.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3wpOJxc

#roadlesstraveled #StoriesatNIAM
#NIAMheritage #NIAMenrich #NIAMinspire #teamNIAM

Oklahoma City Thunder's assistant coach on his unique journey in the world of basketball and how India have an opportunity to be one of the best teams in Asia.

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ @ ๐๐ˆ๐€๐Œ series ๐“๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ #๐Ÿ ๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ... https://www.niam.org/stories/ Your response, when you were asked, โ€˜But w...
04/07/2021

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ @ ๐๐ˆ๐€๐Œ series ๐“๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ #๐Ÿ ๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ... https://www.niam.org/stories/
Your response, when you were asked, โ€˜But where are you ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ from?โ€™
๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค, entry by ๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐๐ž๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฎ๐ณ ๐. ๐’๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ง๐š
(President Emeritus, and Regentsโ€™ Professor of Business, Richards College of Business, University of West Georgia)

โ€œ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข?โ€
Regrettably, I have been asked this question far too often to focus on a specific incident, so I have given examples below. Truth be told, even assuming the best of intentions, I find this question to be a lose-lose one. Sometimes, it might be worse โ€“ a gotcha question or one that might be offensive.
I was born in India and lived there for about 25 years before I came to the US to do my PhD. I have a British-English-tinged Indian accent, and am a brown guy so it is very obvious that I was not born in the US. However, I have spent the last 47ยฝ years in the US, have lived in the same town in Georgia for 26ยฝ years, and in the same house in Georgia for longer than the entire time I lived in India.
To clarify, I am proud of my Indian roots and proud to be an American. My undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering (IIT Bombay), and so it should come as no surprise that I start my story in a geeky way with a lot of numbers! I have been a US citizen for 37+ years. Incidentally, the male median age in the US is 36.8, so I have been a US Citizen for longer than the average (male median) American, and have lived in the US far longer that the average American has, and so the probability is that I have lived in the US about a decade longer than the person who is asking this question, and been a US Citizen for longer than the average male American.
I have been asked this question many times at international conferences (or airports). If you ask me this question in Paris or London, I am likely to say, โ€œIโ€™m from the USโ€ or โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University in the US.โ€ Iโ€™m not being funny or offensive, but it would silly for me to say โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ Iโ€™m neither denying nor running away from my birth roots, but wouldnโ€™t it be strange for me to say โ€œIโ€™m from India,โ€ when I just flew in from Atlanta, and the last time I really lived in India (as in having a permanent address โ€” though I still visit) was early 1973, way before (probability-wise) the person who is asking the question was born?
If I meet you at a conference in New York or California or some other US state and you ask me โ€œWhere you from?โ€ I am likely to say, โ€œIโ€™m from Georgiaโ€ or โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University near Atlanta.โ€ Again, it sounds strange for me to say, โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ There might be presenters at that same conference who just flew in from New Delhi or Bombay or somewhere else in India who would appropriately respond, โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ But, all I did was get on a plane in Atlanta to get to the conference! Although my skin color and my accent might be very similar to theirs, โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University in Georgiaโ€ sounds much more accurate for me to respond, rather than โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ Again, not that I am avoiding my birth roots or pretending not be brown, but โ€œIโ€™m from Indiaโ€ sounds strange and deceptive to me.
This question is related to โ€œWhere is home?โ€ which is another lose-lose question. If I respond with a name of a town in Georgia, where my wife is and my children were before they left for college, where I have owned a home for more time than my entire time in India, someone will say, โ€œHe is denying his birth roots.โ€ If I say, โ€œBombay, India,โ€ some Americans would say, โ€œSee, this is what is wrong with our immigration system. He has lived in the US for almost half a century, and still doesnโ€™t regard America as his home!โ€ As we know from recent events, it also gives some people the opening to say, โ€œWhy donโ€™t you go back homeโ€ if you express an opinion that they donโ€™t like.
The only way I have figured out how to respond is to say that I was born in India and have lived in the US for 47+ years! But, I donโ€™t find it to be a satisfying response. It is a tough question โ€“ often lose-lose!"

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Your response, when you were asked, โ€˜But where are you ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ from?โ€™
๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค, entry by ๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐๐ž๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฎ๐ณ ๐. ๐’๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ง๐š
(President Emeritus, and Regentsโ€™ Professor of Business, Richards College of Business, University of West Georgia)

โ€œ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข?โ€
Regrettably, I have been asked this question far too often to focus on a specific incident, so I have given examples below. Truth be told, even assuming the best of intentions, I find this question to be a lose-lose one. Sometimes, it might be worse โ€“ a gotcha question or one that might be offensive.
I was born in India and lived there for about 25 years before I came to the US to do my PhD. I have a British-English-tinged Indian accent, and am a brown guy so it is very obvious that I was not born in the US. However, I have spent the last 47ยฝ years in the US, have lived in the same town in Georgia for 26ยฝ years, and in the same house in Georgia for longer than the entire time I lived in India.
To clarify, I am proud of my Indian roots and proud to be an American. My undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering (IIT Bombay), and so it should come as no surprise that I start my story in a geeky way with a lot of numbers! I have been a US citizen for 37+ years. Incidentally, the male median age in the US is 36.8, so I have been a US Citizen for longer than the average (male median) American, and have lived in the US far longer that the average American has, and so the probability is that I have lived in the US about a decade longer than the person who is asking this question, and been a US Citizen for longer than the average male American.
I have been asked this question many times at international conferences (or airports). If you ask me this question in Paris or London, I am likely to say, โ€œIโ€™m from the USโ€ or โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University in the US.โ€ Iโ€™m not being funny or offensive, but it would silly for me to say โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ Iโ€™m neither denying nor running away from my birth roots, but wouldnโ€™t it be strange for me to say โ€œIโ€™m from India,โ€ when I just flew in from Atlanta, and the last time I really lived in India (as in having a permanent address โ€” though I still visit) was early 1973, way before (probability-wise) the person who is asking the question was born?
If I meet you at a conference in New York or California or some other US state and you ask me โ€œWhere you from?โ€ I am likely to say, โ€œIโ€™m from Georgiaโ€ or โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University near Atlanta.โ€ Again, it sounds strange for me to say, โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ There might be presenters at that same conference who just flew in from New Delhi or Bombay or somewhere else in India who would appropriately respond, โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ But, all I did was get on a plane in Atlanta to get to the conference! Although my skin color and my accent might be very similar to theirs, โ€œIโ€™m from XYZ University in Georgiaโ€ sounds much more accurate for me to respond, rather than โ€œIโ€™m from India.โ€ Again, not that I am avoiding my birth roots or pretending not be brown, but โ€œIโ€™m from Indiaโ€ sounds strange and deceptive to me.
This question is related to โ€œWhere is home?โ€ which is another lose-lose question. If I respond with a name of a town in Georgia, where my wife is and my children were before they left for college, where I have owned a home for more time than my entire time in India, someone will say, โ€œHe is denying his birth roots.โ€ If I say, โ€œBombay, India,โ€ some Americans would say, โ€œSee, this is what is wrong with our immigration system. He has lived in the US for almost half a century, and still doesnโ€™t regard America as his home!โ€ As we know from recent events, it also gives some people the opening to say, โ€œWhy donโ€™t you go back homeโ€ if you express an opinion that they donโ€™t like.
The only way I have figured out how to respond is to say that I was born in India and have lived in the US for 47+ years! But, I donโ€™t find it to be a satisfying response. It is a tough question โ€“ often lose-lose!"

Disclaimer:
Sharing these opinions are done only in my personal capacity. I am explicitly not speaking on behalf of any institutions with which I am affiliated. These views are personal in nature and do not represent the views of any of these institutions.

- Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna

#StoriesatNIAM #TellMeAbout #storyblogs #getpublished #NIAMission #NIAMinspire #NIAMhappens #NIAMoutreach

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