Do you come across people who seem to be more interested in knowing where you originate from, than anything else. I come across such types almost daily. One shortcoming of moving to Mumbai has been the constant questioning of where do i belong. That question almost sickens me. Why you ask??? Because i am such a concoction,that i feel i either belong everywhere or particularly nowhere. confusing is it?? trust me it is as confusing to me, as it is to you.
So here is the story… i am basically a maharashtrian, who was born in gujarat and was brought up in M.P, and have lived for last 8 years in parts of Karnataka/Gujarat and Maharashtra.
I relate as much to Indore, as i do to Ahmedabad. I love Bengaluru , while i also know a great deal about Rajasthan. So when i try and explain this khichdi to someone, they seem to get further into the mode of questioning and hell bent on knowing “The place i belong to”
And the classic question comes further “Oh!! so you are not from Maharashtra? Then how can you speak marathi?”
Like Really??? I feel like telling them , that not all marathis are confined to Maharashtra. A bengali can live in Tamil nadu, a kannadiga could be living in Pune or a gujju could be living in kerela. And it is all so common.
And also as a citizen of free India, i can live in any state and still speak whichever language i prefer. Period.
But alas, Stereotypes you say…….
- So yes i am not from Maharashtra yet fluent with Marathi,
- Yes my mother is from Gujarat, father from M.P , and No they did not have a inter-caste love marriage.
- Yes i am born and brought up in M.P , but i am a Non vegetarian.
- Yes i am a Maharashtrian , but i don’t hate North Indians
- Yes i work in a PSU, but i don’t have a 9 to 5 job. I work harder than many of my colleagues in pvt sector.
So the next time you are subjected to one of such stereotypes, remember the best remedy to it all, is just to smile and walk away.