The Lighter Side of Being Multinese

 While it's true that we've all probably had some challenging times growing up mixed (or 'Multinese' as I like to call it) , there have surely been some good episodes too.

 Here's one of mine: At the airport in New Delhi, I arrived with a couple suitcases of expensive brocades to deliver to a monastery. Coming from a cold country I had changed from heavy clothes into a kurta on the plane knowing it was going to be hot in Delhi. I wore my long brown hair in a braid.

At the customs desk, an officer looked at the brocades and said sternly that the customs tax would be several thousand rupees. I protested saying that they were a gift, not merchandise.

 Then he looked up at me,  took my passport, saw it was American and took a closer look at me. 'But you look Indian. Is one of your parents Indian?' 'Yes, my mother' (I wasn't lying. She was part Indian but feather, not dot) 'Then you are not having to pay customs unless the goods are over $10,000' and with that, he waved me on through. 

It's been very convenient being taken for a local when I travel, even when I don't try to.

What positive, funny, interesting, uplifting, eye-opening or inspiring experiences have you had from being Multinese?

I posted this in the discussion forum too, if you'd rather reply there. Or drop me a private message, if you'd like. I'd love to hear from you.



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3 Responses Feb 23, 2009

I find your life storry intresting.

Wow how neat to hear about you! How old were you when you were adopted? Did you know anything about your birth parents? Sorry if I sound prying but I don't mean to be; you don't have to talk about it if you don't want to, I'm just interested. :)<br />
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I'm of Indian heritage - actually southern Indian; but we're settled in the U.S. The funny thing is that I LOVE the native American culture (Crazy Horse) as much as I love the Indian culture (Gandhi etc...) :) In some ways, I admire the native American people more - for their passion and courage, their oneness with nature, and their incredible spirit and bravery! Indian people sometimes turn me off with their single-minded preoccupation for money and status.... but I do love the basic culture, food, clothes, and the intense fellowship and hospitality.<br />
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If only they could be more like<br />
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Thanks for the link to the anokhi page. Its quite neat! I looked for a shop in the US, but they only carry scarves.... :/ Oh well. We visit India every couple of years, and I have lots of salwars (as any Indian gal would~) but I'm more into kurtis - those prettily patterned tops that go with jeans and skirts so beautifully! Unfortunately I have a *big* umm...bosom, (laughing here), and Indian women seem to be created all petite; so I have a hard time getting tops that fit right. They're either fine on top but hang loose and blah everywhere else, or they fit perfectly everywhere except for squeezing me too tight on top! ;p<br />
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Re Nirwalla's: some of the most amazing food is either street food or found at dives. I visited Delhi a long time back, but don't remember going to that particular spot! We go to Bombay and Bangalore more, and sometimes to Kerala as well (where the family hails from). Kerala is an enchanting place - so fresh and green everywhere....., with tall and graceful coconut trees, verdant green paddy fields and beautiful backwaters. Its so much cleaner than other places in India that we've visited.<br />
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Where in SE Asia are you at? I've been to Malaysia and Singapore, are you anywhere near those places? :)

funny!!!! I'm of Indian heritage (from India, not native american...) and I was laughing at your "feather, not dot" quip! <br />
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Although, just fyi, dot is just for the hindus, not the gazillions of moslems and christians in India.... :)<br />
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Did you enjoy your visit? where did you go??