Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Be nice to foreigners

"For being a foreigner... is sort of lifelong pregnancy – a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts. It is an ongoing responsibility, a parenthesis in what had once been ordinary life, only to discover that the previous life has vanished, replaced by something more complicated and demanding. Like pregnancy, being a foreigner... is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect."

–Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

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