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Thank God, I am from India's Northeast!
Chinese, Chinki, Nepali... This is how we are addressed mockingly by a select group of uneducated/educated men of our society. A quick disclaimer to add is that I'm not saying that all men are same, especially in this context.

My dear friends from the Northeast, my take on this is, 'take a chill pill. Ignore. Let the dogs bark. Give one reaction for your own satisfaction… Who let the dogs out?' Be happy and proud that you are from the Northeast. Trust me, people envy you.

I have lived a good number of years in south India and now I'm settled in north India. One hard reality whether you like it or not which I have discovered is that people from south India are more sensible than north Indians. Even when I was in south, people thought we were not Indians but from China or Nepal. However, we were not addressed mockingly. They showed respect towards us. And respect is all about, you give respect, you get respect.

My fellow people, one thing I want to say is that there is nothing wrong if someone thinks that we are not Indians. It is not their fault. We have oriental looks just like Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese etc. We ourselves should agree that we don't have the conventional Indian looks and features. In fact, my own sisters and friends look like Korean actresses, pretty much like dolls. However, it is wrong when people try to bully you or make fun of you on the basis of your looks. That is when you need to put your foot down.

Nonetheless, you need not be disappointed, as there are good sides of having non-Indian looks as well. When you go to South East Asian countries, you feel as if you are with your own people, you feel at home. Whenever I visit these countries, I am always treated with love and warmth like a fellow citizen of their own country. I never feel out of place. The best part is seeing their reaction when I saythat I am from India.

And now, let's break some stereotypes. Many people think that girls from the Northeast are beauties with no brains. They are dumb and easily available. For this one, I cannot blame people. I myself have seen Northeastern girls doing stupid things, inviting trouble and making a fool out of themselves. However, the good news is that things are changing. Today, there are many intelligent women from the Northeast who hold key positions in both the government and private sector.

On many instances, I have myself broken this stereotype into pieces. Let me explain. Some years ago, an ex-colleague of mine asked me, "I have not seen any one from the Northeast in the corporate world or IT industry. You are the first one. Why so?" On this, I politely replied, "Come out of Delhi, go to places like Bangalore and Chennai. You will realise that your question is inappropriate."

Thank God, I am from the Northeast. Thank God, I am from a society which is not hypocritical. Thank God, I have grown up in an atmosphere surroundedby love, honesty and simplicity. Thank God, I have Northeastern genes. Trust me, people envy your fashion sense, your beautiful hair, your never-ageing beautiful skin and your super-cool attitude.

Sometime ago, a female friend from Delhi asked me, "How often do you go to beauty parlour?" I smiled and said, "I don't go to beauty parlour, I don't need to." She was so surprised and said, "Damn... You are born blessed." Yes, we are born blessed. So, next time, when you feel that you are being racially discriminated, don't be upset and cheer up, as we are a blessed race. Continue to be kind and nice to people, help others when they need help but don't ever let people take you for granted.

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Niranjan Gurung
Nice article dear
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