Most people have a hard time coming up with a set of ideas and terms that truly define their personalities. It is hard enough to figure oneself out; it is harder still, then, to articulate one’s sense of self in five, ten words. That’s exactly why Orkut’s profile pages stink.Personally, I attempt to describe myself as follows: “cynical, depraved, hedonistic, opportunistic and fresh off the boat” :). While the last term sounds like a circumstance, not a personality trait, it is by all accounts a life-defining event. It is an event which frames people’s careers and their choice to be addressed as an “alien”. If you’ve spent any time with an Indian immigrant in Silicon Valley (where there is no dearth of us, by the way), you know what I’m talking about.
Therefore, I’m introducing a new set of posts on this blog known as “The F.O.B chronicles”. These posts will deal with one of the following issues:
- Life as an immigrant who grew up in different (tougher) circumstances than most of my peers.
- Going to college as a “boatie”. Think coming of age story meets the gas station story. Oh wait, are there any stories dedicated to gas stations? Hmm…
- Bollywood mockery. Who doesn’t a love a good, hilarious Youtube video? Sample this gem below, review coming soon.