It's a Small World After All!
Here in India, family is an important part of life and community. By American standards, I come from a gigantic family - I have over 60 cousins! But for India, this is perfectly normal. I always loved coming to visit India as a child, to see how my cousins had grown up, to hear old stories from my grandparents and dress up in all the fancy new clothes my aunts and uncles would buy me. It always amazed me how much our relatives knew about what I was doing. They always new what I grade I was in. And they had pictures of me that were only a few weeks old. I guess they really wanted to keep in touch!
I remember when I was younger, whenever I would visit India we always brought a suitcase full of presents for everyone...nailpolishes, tapes, walkmans, toys, jeans, watches, sneakers, you name it! My relatives would always be full of questions about America, about the music and TV and life in general. Nowadays, though, things are different. We don't bring the suitcases of presents anymore...virtually anything you can get in America is available here now too. My cousins no longer dream of life in America, they can watch it on Friends, or MTV or on the latest Hollywood movie playing at the cinema hall.
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