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Belinda Subraman Presents: Ravi Shankar

Belinda Subraman Presents: Ravi Shankar
By rus bowden on 10/19/2008
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I would go visit my relatives in India. My cousins would tease me mercilessly and say that I sounded like John Wayne or something. I speak Tamil. That's my mother tongue. And my accent in Tamil was kind of terrible. And then I would come back to the US and I was jeered at for being different.

When you're very young I think you feel that very keenly. But as I grew older what I realized was, it helped me contruct my own identity and not feel like I had to partake in just one fixed identity. And I actually found that very liberating, both for my writing and also for the kind of life I was choosing to lead in the world.

from Belinda Subraman Presents: Ravi Shankar: Poet and Professor:


© By rus bowden On 10/19/2008 5:40:41 PM
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