Re: Salon/Spice of Life/On raising Indian-American kids

Ernest N. Prabhakar (
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 09:19:11 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Rohit,

That was a very touching article. I am planning on sending it along to
my parernst, sas well as Indian Americans I know.

Yeah, I was strucky by the loss of family when I went back in 1993. In India,
in my hometown (though I was born in chicago) I have family everywhere.
It seemed like every third house was a relative. I was part of something.
Here, I am unique, and in a real sense alone.

You ever think that if we had grown up in a typical Indian communal-family
we might have been normal? Part of the 97%? And that we might not have
accomplished nearly as much, yet ended up far more content, even happy?

Probably not. We're whjoo we are, not just a product of our environment.
Our latent non-comnformity would probably have exhibited itself later,
in a culture that couldn ot deal with it. Ah well...

-- Ernie P .
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