where is my indian is it in the way i don't use my palms as a medium to transport rice into the back of my mouth is it in the way my face turns gloomy at the sight of spice and curry is it in my skin color that isn't as brown as you need it to be is it in my eyebrows which aren't as bushy as per your requirements
is it in the way my tongue twists awkwardly as i say happy diwali is it in the way amma is the most fluent piece of tamil i speak is it in the way i didn't know how to recite the words at my grandpas funeral is it in the way i cannot, for the life of me, name you another tamil movie besides chandramukhi?
is it in the religious classes i took up until age 12 is it in the ramayana epic that i learnt, age 8 is it in the sanskrit bhajans i was made to sing, not knowing what they meant, age 10 is it in knowing that ganesh is the remover of obstacles, brahma, vishnu, shiva - the creator, the preserver, the destroyer
is it in the eyeliner drawing a bindi in between my eyes when i head to the temple, to present myself as indian
where is my indian is it on a checklist, is there a passing mark? where is my indian please tell me, because i am tired of feeling like a foreigner in my own skin