19 MAY 2017 #30 … GOING HOME TO INDIA

GOING HOME TO INDIA

Though I am the holder of an American passport I often assert that I am a proper Indian. I grew up in India, and for more than 20 years I have divided my time between Seattle, Washington, US and Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Both countries are home.

Yet, you may wonder, why do I consider myself to be Indian?

My book, READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL, includes a poem that explains it all: “India Lays Claim to Me.” Here is the final verse that I wrote almost 21 years ago, in August of 1996:

     I am an Indian
Not because I assert that I am an Indian,
But because, in all her glory,
And in my joyful submission,
India
lays claim to me.

WarrenHall Crain, Today in Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic,A few days hence in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
19 May 2017

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