I have not been posting much since month as I was very busy in packing and leaving for Bristol. Now that I am here, let me start. Firstly Bristol is nice and pretty. I don't know why but the word beautiful does not seem fit here. It is a great city to walk about, enjoy the weather and cozy up with some loved one(s). But, exactly that makes it such an unlikely place to bury yourself in books. Anyways, I will leave myself to discover the fine balance between the two polarities for later on. Before coming here I was really worried about racism. I talked to a few people about it and here is what we came up with.
MOM : I think you study hard and become the monitor of your class. People will respect you and be attracted towards you.
Umm thanks Mom! That is a great idea for Utopia but not Bristolia.
Now Ali and I spoke about this, and he give alot of ideas. All his replies are to if some Brit says ' You bloody Paki!' or something similar.
ALI : Yes, Darth Vader!
ALI: Yes, you bloody German!
ALI : I am Paki and you are Potty!
I loved Ali's ideas and I think I should try them just to see the look on the racist's face.
Last I spoke to Ramnik Sir about it. He said first thing don't bother about all this. But never take any disrespect. So when someone says ' We ruled your country!'
RAMNIK : ' Actually, you struggled to rule us for 300 years but failed and went away at last!'
He said it with such pride, I instantly knew what it meant. Nothing in the world beats being an Indian. And the more time I spend abroad, the more it becomes apparent. The feeling is entirely experential. Nothing I say can make you feel what I have.
But back to the point, yes these are some nice healthy ways of responding when faced with racism. Have you any other ideas?