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How I got my daughter to love India and stay close to her roots

“You have been away from India for so long; how is your daughter so attached to the place? My children hate to travel to India; even if they do, they can’t wait to leave! They hate to fall sick there, and they cannot fit in with their cousins, uncles, and aunts.”

I am often asked this question by Indian moms but have never given a detailed reply. Let me try today. My daughter was six months old when we moved to Singapore. It was not a happy choice for me — I wept buckets because I was a young mother and wanted to have my extended family around me. Besides, the thought of going away from India was just heartbreaking. But my husband would not hear anything; he was convinced that it was a matter of time before I appreciated his decision.

He felt it was important to see the world and experience it; besides, we could always return to our home in India whenever we wanted. It did not take long for me to fall in love with Singapore — it was like a paradise where everything was organized perfectly and worked like clockwork. Thanks to the imprint of Indian civilization, it often felt like a city in India but with a government that works exceptionally well. My experience in Singapore has been published here in Washington Post and later syndicated in the Straits Times, Singapore’s national paper.


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