Confessions of an Immigrant

Confessions of an Immigrant- 12

This rant is dedicated to Indo- Canadians who did every possible thing to let me down. When I was leaving India, my dad told me,” Beta! Be with your own people as they will help their own community.” I was pretty sure that his advise will be worthy for me in this new land. But when I entered the doors of Canada, my uncle told me something which was entirely opposite of what my dad had told. The very next day he took me to a bank where I was supposed to open my account. He took me to an Indian lady and asked her to help us in this context. To my surprise, she said that they were closing in 45 mins so they wont be able to attend us. My chachu was upset with this thing. He took me to another branch where he complained about that lady. He is very particular about these things and he knows how to get things done. Then we were entertained by the manager who guided me with all the things related to bank. He was satisfied with his services and appreciated him. After all this, he told me,” See Beta! You are in Canada and learn one thing that in Canada, your own people will let you down and with this instance what he said sounded correct.” I was in a dilemma and had so many thoughts that were fiddling over my mind. I thought not all people are like that. I was full of faith and positivity during my initial days in Canada.

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But thanx to these so called Indo- Canadians who badly proved me wrong with every step I took. Now I am almost an year old in this country. I help all those people who are planning to come to Canada. I dont give them false hopes but a reality check about these great people. In this one year, I realised that such people will never let you rise. So, who are these people? They are those people who are now Canadians but cannot change their so called contaminated minds. They reward you with their taunts, discourage you with their high status, crush you with their own praise and mock you at your Nationality when they themselves belong to that clan.

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When I was getting out of TTC bus, I was almost about to slip because of snow, when an Indo- Canadian remarked as a ‘Stupid Indian.’ That was the first attack on my Nationality by my own people. I just gave a staunch stare and went out.

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The next instance was an EPIC! I overheard a group of ladies talking to each other. They were saying that these days every other person is coming to Canada. They are making our Canada a village, so called Villagers who just want to get PR. Wow! What a remark, right? I was wondering that these women were calling our India a village, then who are they? Are they not villagers, who came much before us and now have a PR, so that they can give their own Nation this remark? Hats off to their sensibility.

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I have met great people in Canada who left no stone unturned to let me down. Be it at work place, college or any other place. I would like to thank those cheaters, rascals,morons who have not only let me down but also their own community down. When other people gave their introductions in college, they said they were Brazilians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Canadian but when people of our Nation gave, they said we are from Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, South but very rare said that they were from India. The only similarity between India and Canada is that they are multi-cultural countries and respect everyone. Then why in Canada we cannot come as a whole and say we are from India? Afterol, it is our Nationality. Here we are representing our country, not a particular cult or community. Learn to respect each other for God’s sake.

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Coming to Racism, forget others, lets talk about our own people. My Tamilian friend was beaten by a group of Punjabi students because he had won a certain game. Two Punjabi guys gave a racist comment on my friend who had a darker complexion, thinking that she is a Negro and doesn’t understand Hindi. I was refused a job because I am a Punjabi and have a fairer skin. A Chinese girl was beaten brutally infront of a gas station by some Indians because she was a Chinese. A Gujarati guy made racist comment on two Punjabi girls. My resume was thrown in a garbage by an Indo Canadian Restaurant owner because I am an Indian. Punjabi owners hate to keep Punjabi students at their basements. Superb!

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To add more, I have some splendid personalities with super judgemental powers. They judge on stupidest things. They think that you have befriended them because you want to go in their car. Moreover, such people think that you are using them to get their things done but in reality you are just looking for a friend. Salute to their mentalities!

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Why we Indians hate each other in Canada? This is because there are people among us who have painted this picture. After meeting such people, even now I hate such double faced cheap people. They die if you rise. They will burn to ashed if they get to know, you have a job or you have some money to support yourself. It is a shame on these people who have let me down. They thought that they will break me but sorry to you folks! You have made me stronger. With every taunt you gave me, with every betrayal you gifted me, with every demotivation you bestowed over me, has made me a survivor. Today after an year, after all those endless sufferings, struggles I have realised that these bad things were meant to happen. This is because God wanted me to show the other side of the coin. My notion, that this world is full of beautiful and good people finally breathed its last breath. I know that this world has some good and more of bad people. It is either right or either wrong.

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Moving forward, I met some wonderful people here who added positivity in my life. They are my extended family in Canada. They were always there to support me, provide me links, give me reality checks, guide me and their struggle stories made me realise that they also went through these trials and tribulations, so I am no indifferent from them. It is parts and parcel of life. This is the reason when I meet a new Immigrant, I tell them the harsh realities so that they are prepared for the worst. Canada goes with no trusting anyone, no showering favors on anyone policy. Stay away from such double faced, insensitive Indo- Canadians.

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My one year of frustration is gone. I have thrown  away negativity,stress out of my system and now I am ready for the new challenges. So dear troubles, please do come my way so that I can kick your ass off and move forward as a stronger entity.

 

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Imperfectly Perfect Valentine’s Day

Hello lovelies,

I hope you guys are having a great time and ofcourse its Valentines Day so you all must be in your good spirits. It is the most celebrated day as all the lovers get a chance to flatter each other. Lovers give gifts and it starts from Rose Day, Chocolate Day, Hug Day, Teddy Day, Kiss Day, Promise Day and then the great Valentine’s Day.

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People run business out of this. The normal things like chocolates, flowers, teddy bears suddenly become expensive these days. These so called lovers actually spend or say waste their money on this thing. I am not against love and gifts so don’t hate me while reading this post. My friends know I am a typical romantic person who loves to be flattered but by poetry, not gifts. I believe that poetry, a small video, spending time with your loved one, holding hands, dinner date, long drives, cuddles, romantic songs and a perfect ambience is the best for celebrating your perfectly built Valentines Day. I staunchly hate those who pluck flowers especially rose. If you want to give something to your beloved then give something that she will remember forever.

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Flowers are temporary which indicates that your love is also temporary. Chocolates you eat and the essence is gone. Hug, Kiss, Promise, Propose and Teddy is just beyond perfect. They make sense and have some meaning. I am not saying that don’t go for these things. It is a matter of choice afterol. Will I be not accepted in society if I don’t do this drama? Still my loved ones will talk to me, simple as that.

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I am just saying my thoughts. There is no definition to love and most probably not a perfect definition to the best Valentine’s Day. It is not about lovers I believe. It is about all those whom we love and we can do something for them. Well, my roommates gave teddy bears to their friends. Don’t ask like how is my day going as I am just sitting in a silent room of my college library and typing all this. I didn’t even got ready, applied any makeup as I was so dead to do all this. My kind starts and ends with assignments. Well, that is life. Half of my friends were cursing like why the hell this Valentine’s Day is not on weekend as we all are having a long weekend because of Family Day holiday. Nothing is perfect.

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The best answer to all this is be realistic and live in reality. I am out of those Mills and Boons fairy tale life. Neither I have any Prince Charming nor I want any. I want a realistic person who lives on Earth with no promises to die for me and bring a moon to me.

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Moral of this rant is, Everyday is a Valentine’s Day. You can make your loved one feel special everyday and you dont probably need this Valentine’s Day tag. Be realistic, logical, the merrier you will get in future.