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Everything my parents did was out of love and out of fear.
They did not want to mess up in raising children in an unfamiliar America.
What it meant was that I became mashed and moulded into this ball of Indian and American… It was an untold rule at home that dating would be forbidden.
I knew that I was expected not to talk to any boys and to be, against the grain of my personality, a gentle Indian flower that they could present to relatives and members of the desi community as their prized offspring.
They did such a good job raising her in our culture! Yet, voicing this was unthinkable because we never talked about love and relationships in our home. When I was older it was clear within my family that I would have an arranged marriage and that that was all I needed to know.
” Then would come the jokes from the friends and family about one day finding me the perfect husband from India. I’d watch movies and listen to music that talked about love and my heart would just well up at the idea of being in love.
I dreamed about a beautiful romance with the love of my life.I write as an American desi girl thrown into a whirlwind of culture, tradition and allegiance by her parents’ yearning for their motherland.My mom came to the United States from India in the early 1970s, at the age of 20.She worked hard and looked forward to marriage and raising kids in this land of opportunity.In time she was married and my brother and I also came into being!