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I think my parents are the coolest people I know. They raised me with the same Indian culture as every other Indian kid, but they weren’t your run of the mill Desi parents. We facetime way too often, crack jokes about my nonexistent love life, talk about flatulence and GI health at the dining table, and lots more but that’s not why I respect them as much as I do. My parents showed me affection in speech and in action, they encourage me to be independent, to question things and be curious. But most importantly, they support me unconditionally. I...

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I was an introverted kid in high school who grew up in Maryland for most of my life. Like many of my peers, I was at times picked on at school for my culture. Anything ranging from the Indian food I ate to using references from Slumdog Millionaire. “Did your parents live in slums?” The worst one for me was when pictures of me wearing Indian attire with a red turban were uploaded to facebook. I later came to find out that my fellow classmates ended up making a facebook group called ‘Turbans are too cute’ with its main group...

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So I moved from India at the age of 7 months and basically grew up in the US. But up until 10, you wouldn't have guessed that about me, you would have thought that I grew up in India and moved here. My parents were assimilating slowly to this country and being the only child, were major influences on how I grew up. When they moved, they were still very rooted in their ways. My first language was Hindi/Urdu, my first favorite movie was Sholay, and I only listened to Bollywood music. And as I grew into the teens, due...

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How selfish would it be if I only talk about my struggles? As a child, I didn’t have much to risk or to lose when we moved from India to America. My parents were the ones who actually gave up on things. A lot of things. They started their lives there and became very well off and were surrounded by lots of friends and relatives. They had to sacrifice all of it for me and my sister. It was a matter of choice, and they picked us over their well-settled life. My mom and dad worked for Reliance Company for...

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  I feel like I’ve led a very unconventional life. I’m half Tamilian and half UP (from Uttar Pradesh) for starters. My mother and father met in Philadelphia, where I’ve just graduated from, while they were both getting their masters degrees. This was a real life 2 States story. We never really watched Bollywood movies growing up, but my dad was a big Hollywood fan so every weekend we’d binge the newest and oldies of Hollywood. We rarely listened to Indian music; it was always either country music (I know. Trust me, I know.) or pop. We never went to...

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