I have had a lot of time lately to absorb many viewpoints on cultural appropriation, and reflect on them. So much has happened in our world, in these short few months. Life has seemed to carry me in the direction I wanted to be going, with little effort from me. Much like the current of a river. While I am happy good things are happening, I realize now is the best time to prepare a safe cushion to land on, for when the good things go bad. I’m not afraid to express my true experiences and emotions, in good an bad times. Perhaps that makes me more negative than I used to be, or to some, intolerable. The thing is… Honesty is the most raw form of my trust that I can offer you. Some days, my life and this blending of cultures is extremely rewarding, and some days, it’s not.
It’s shocking how many times we have to face this question, and how many different ways it is asked, by people who both mean well and people who do not. The fact that I have chosen India as the place I would like to be, just blows people’s minds. Whether they are Indian, American, or otherwise. Not to mention the fact that my husband is just as interested in staying in India. No one can fathom why.
It’s been a busy month! So much has happened since Christmas. Very monumental things started changing. It’s possible DN has found a job here in Delhi, and because of that, we might be staying. My husband wasn’t too keen on returning home to Jhansi in the first place, so maybe it was meant to be.