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Rishi Khandelwal - Maintaining Traditional Values In A Foreign Country
Rishi Khandelwal Have Not Decided To Participate In A Traditional Activity Or Event On The Pretext Of Time. However, Come To Think Of It And It Is A Relative Phenomenon.
By: Durgseh Sahu
Access: Ask any person from the sub-continent about their ability to maintain their cultural and traditional practices and the first issue that might prop is access. Rishi Khandelwal is no different. You feel that while culture and tradition comes to you in your homeland, here in foreign land one has to go out of his way to find tradition and even after that it seems to evade you. For instance being a vegetarian due to cultural beleiefs. Obviously I have come to realise that when deployed overseas, expats must create spaces to practice their traditional values rather than look for them. A classic example that has made an everlasting impression on my mind was the Gujarati community, organized Dandiya at the Australian Parliament House a long time ago which was the first and perhaps only time such event has come up in my living memory.
Time: Time is another barrier for the average NRI to accomplish his or her cultural practices. It is the scarcest commodity and one cannot get enough of it. Many a time people like me, Rishi Khandelwal have not decided to participate in a traditional activity or event on the pretext of time. However, come to think of it and it is a relative phenomenon. How come others make it and you want to be left out. Of course it is a matter of prioritizing and everything comes at a cost. A recent example is when I was invited to Rath Yatra, where my wife chose some household shopping over it. Now I realise that household chores are never ending, for someone living abroad opportunities like these are few and far in between so you should take them when it comes.
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