I’ve always wanted to create a blog but have never been able to figure out what I would like to write about. So I asked myself – what made me the person I am? I was hoping that by asking myself this I would get some clues as to what I should blog about. Was it the fact that I am an Indian homemaker with two grown daughters? Or was it the fact that I am a Professor teaching Hindu Traditions at my local university? Or was it the fact that I am an American citizen who emigrated from India over 30 years ago?
I soon realized that the truth was somewhere in between- that while all of the above statements were true none of them completely defined me. And unfortunately none of them gave me any ideas about what my blog should be about. So I put aside the blog and went about living my life convincing myself that when the time was right the perfect idea would present itself. And it did.
During the course of many conversations with my daughters I realized that they benefit the most from our talks around the family kitchen table. This is when I got a chance to share my particularly Hindu perspective of the world with them. They claim that my best teaching moments have always been wrapped up in stories that come from our daily life and the world around us.
And that’s when it finally hit me- I should write a blog in my everyday voice. The everyday voice that did not necessarily quote from holy books and scholarly works but instead relied on lessons learned in the India that I had grown up in. The everyday voice that enjoyed being a part of Western universities but found a way to interpret this knowledge in a uniquely Hindu way. The everyday voice that acquired a Latin edge when I spent seven years in South America. The everyday voice that constantly learned so much from her shared experiences with Americans from all walks of life, both Hindu and non-Hindu.
However, I wanted to make sure that nobody mistook this to be the voice of ‘The Hindus’ but instead, simply the voice of One Hindu. An important lesson I have learned during the course of my studies and research is that it is unfair to speak for others. That true integrity means allowing each person to speak for themselves. Therefore, I am comfortable only when I acknowledge that I am just One Hindu voice- I do not speak for the millions of Hindus across the globe- just for myself.
So here you have it. The voice of One Hindu dealing with the everyday trials and travails of being an immigrant who will forever be forced to straddle two cultures. One Hindu who sometimes feels like she is a stranger in the land of her birth. One Hindu who oftentimes feels like she is not completely at home in her adopted country either. This is One Hindu’s perspective on life, traditions, culture, religion, spirituality and whatever else may pique her interest.