In the light of some of the comments the "Don't call me desi" post below has inspired, I feel the need to appoint a counsel for the defence.
Check out this interesting video of Sanjeev Bhaskar talking about being Indian and British at the same time.
Incidentally, his saying fish fingers when he was asked what he had for tea reminded me of one of my father's stories about going to a Jesuit school in Mangalore. Since most of his classmates were Catholic, he and his brother always claimed to be Catholic when it came to stating religion. It was as much wishful thinking as wanting to fit in.
And what Sanjeev says about the dichotomy created by not being into Bollywood films that much but rather The Beatles, Stanley Kubrick and their ilk, reminded me of some of my classmates. Mine was a rural school, so many came from very, very conservative backgrounds. The kids' "westernised" tastes in music, movies, books made them a sort of fault-line generation in their families, with all the discomfort that entails.
Not belittling the difficulties of growing up straddling two cultures, I would still say that it brings me back to what I said in my earlier post about some things also being human concerns, not just Indian ones.
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