– by Devanshi Arora, Grade 8
“Where are you from?”
This question has been asked countless times, on multiple occasions.
But really, where am I from?
I am from my homeland… but where is my homeland?
Is it where I was born …or is it where my ancestors spent most of their life time?
This question has baffled even the smartest of people, who live away from their “home” and are temporarily staying in another country, of different beliefs and traditions.
“Where is my home?”
When you come to a different country, you learn from that country. You learn it’s culture, it’s history. And if you live in this same country for long, it becomes a part of you, and you become a part of it. It becomes your home, your safe haven.
It is said that your home is where your heart is. Where you feel the most comfort, the most relaxed and the most at ease.
For me, that is not India, but it is Dubai.
So, why is it then, that every time I mention this, my family hastily attempts to change my opinion?
“Your home is in India! You are an Indian citizen!” they say.
But, after living in Dubai for eleven odd years, my answer has never changed.
When I’m asked the dreaded question…my answer has been and will be the same.
“I was born in India, but I am from Dubai, my home.” I’ll state.
“And that’s where I’m from.”