Indian gathering in a foreign land

Wow! Those moments were surreal. I pinched myself to check if it was a dream. No. It wasn’t. I was physically seated in a High School auditorium in Maryland, United States of America, whereas my soul was in my homeland in India.

I had taken the above picture at  a Diwali celebration hosted by the Telugu Association of Maryland(For the benefit of my Non Indian friends: Telugu is spoken in two states in India). One of the programs in that event was a fashion show where some participants were dressed in western wear and some in Indian traditional wear. If you notice the banner behind the participants, you can see ‘Statue of Liberty’ on the left side (Behind the participant with navy blue dress), and ‘Telugu talli’ (‘Telugu Talli’ literally means ‘Telugu Mother’ ,an icon of the Telugu people)on the right side. It shows the extent to which the western culture and Indian culture have blended over the years.

The event itself replicated the celebrations  in my homeland. One of the popular Telugu Television anchors(Pradeep), who was the  Emcee of the event, captivated the audience with his hilarious commentary. Famous singers, Kalpana and Karunya graced the occasion and sang popular Tollywood songs. Tasty authentic Telugu food was served for dinner. Outside the auditorium there were several stalls selling  Indian jewelery, Indian dresses and Indian delicacies. The event which started at noon ended late at night. During those blissful hours, I forgot that I was in a foreign land. However,the moment I stepped outside the building, I was pulled back into reality by  harsh cold winter wind.  I am thankful for  being in a home away from home.

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P.S: For Weekly photo challenge

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Indian gathering in a foreign land

  1. For a minute I was wondering when I read Telugu is spoken in two states 🙂 ‘Isn’t it spoken only in Andhra Pradesh’. Then I remembered it is split now. I have similar moments too , where I completely forget I live far away. Even sometimes after a good indian meal at a restaurant! !

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  3. I was wondering about Telugu being spoken in two states. It still hasn’t registered in my head that Andhra Pradesh has been split. I have similar feelings about forgetting that I live in a different country. Sometimes even after having a good meal at an Indian restaurant 🙂

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