Immigration may be a buzz word in recent times worldwide. But it is an act that has been going on throughout the world through times immemorial; and that it is used as a political tool to create disharmony is detestable. This is because for one it diminishes the humanity of the issue and then it erodes the idea that sometimes it maybe forced and beyond an individual’s control. Hence, at times, politics is what leads to immigration and yet politics is also deterring it and creating this false sense of danger around it.
To keep politics aside, immigration has several repercussions for the person as well as the place to which the person immigrated to. It could be in terms of language, the food, the issue of assimilation and acculturation; or feeling ostracised, and even feelings of extreme loneliness among many others. It could help a place to know more about different cultures, its food and language and other aspects as well.
To commemorate this loss and gain, The Book Cafe is going to start a series called, Pardesi, which will highlight books that talk about immigrant experiences.
Pardesi in Hindi means “someone who has gone outside of their country to live.”
Pardes in Hindi would mean “a foreign place.”
How can you contribute?
- Read and Share:
Find the link for all the posts in this series here!
- If you would want to talk about or do a guest post on any novel or story or poem or play that have immigration as a theme, let us know! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or if guest posts are not your thing, you could simply give recommendations for books you thought best captured the immigration experience.