Dear Adoption, [You] Sure Have a Way of Complicating Matters

Dear Adoption, [You] Sure Have a Way of Complicating Matters I don’t know where to begin and maybe that is a common difficulty being adopted and not knowing about your roots and who gave birth to you. The story of mine is one being told and retold. Who am I? It seems to be a never-ending…

Do you speak Indian?

Not so long ago this year I asked in one of my Facebook updates: “Do you speak Indian?” as a rhetorical question to which I put in my own answer: “No, never heard of it.” The reason was that I wanted to show how utterly ridiculous the question actually is and it is an oxymoron considering…

The Adopted Immigrant!

When talking about immigration and immigrants people rarely think of the Adoptee as the very definition of who and what it classifies. Therefore it may also to some sound a bit confusing that I have named the title of this post “the adopted immigrant”. I would however like to elaborate this a little further. At first I was like people…

Into My City…

Originally posted on written.:
I’ve found my time in Calcutta to be a far greater challenge than I could have anticipated. It’s been peaceful and unsettling; fulfilling, revealing and shocking. My emotions have soared as high as pure delight and joy and have fallen as low as deep devastation leaving me increasingly distraught at times. There are…

An Identity Liability

Originally posted on A Stroll Through My Mind:
Looking at a mirror I often times, more so now than in the past am startled by my reflection. I almost don’t recognize myself. My face, it looks, well, different. I’m not the young undistinguishable American looking back at me. I’m…I’m Indian. I look Indian. I mean,…

The fair skin debate – continued!

In my last post on skin color, which can be read here: The fair skin debate! I more or less wrote from a bird’s eye view. In this post my approach will be a little more personal. This is also a chance for me to clarify some misunderstandings and let you know why this topic…

Google Earth & the reunion of an Adoptee and his Indian family

If you haven’t already heard about the boy who tracked down his Indian Mother with the use of Google Earth, then I suggest you look up Saroo Brierley. It’s an absolutely incredible story about loss, hope and determination. Head over to 60 Minutes by clicking on the picutre below to watch the documentary about his journey.

The fair skin debate!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? These are the famous words uttered by the jealous stepmother in the story of “Snow White” – a popular tale collected by The Grimm Brothers. The reference to this story illustrates perfectly how whiteness has been associated with beauty, which again becomes a…