Growing up in the United States in a family that had moved from India was often confusing for me. Conflicting signals assaulted my mind as I grew up, and gave me little respite in my struggle, especially as a teenager, to find my own identity and define myself.
Though my parents were quite liberal on the whole and weren't overly insistent with the whole stay-close-to-your-roots thing, I was still unable to work out, during childhood and adolescence, where I stood within these two cultural currents I was caught between. So I'd say "Namaste" to my aunts and ...
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