“Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.” ~ Annie Dillard
Suddenly my sleep was disturbed by two ladies in the neighborhood talking and I remember by paying attention to there chat, I heard something like this –
“I wanted to clarify since the name of Pakistani people is so ruined, I want to tell you that we are not like that, and we are nice people!”
“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.” ~ Jimmy Durante
This sentence made me curious and I went to my front door when I heard a knock on my door. Looking at the perfect opportunity, I opened the door and I saw my neighbor wishing me for Diwali and then I see this lady – who smiled at me and said – ‘Hi, am Nadia. I just live near by and new to US. I thought I might introduce myself to you all and make some friends.”
And then she started on and on about her, her stay in Pakistan and how her children are happy to find friends around here!
“The best vitamin for making friends: B1”
The lady seemed educated and well versed but the fear with which she is living that she is from Pakistan and people think all Pakistanis are bad, was something which was bothering me! I told her – “I happen to have some of best friends from Pakistan and believe me, I don’t know about Pakistan and India but I do know that in this part of the world we don’t make any discrimination about people and the country they belong!!!”
Isn’t it’s the person who can be good or bad and that can be of any country, religion, caste or gender!!!?
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
I felt bad for the lady and wanted her to think positive and need not raise her kids with these thoughts as the kids will also think and react in the similar manner when they deal with there friends in the school!
I personally feel it’s the people themselves who represent their individual characteristics and not any country!
I can see a friend in Nadia already and hence I look for opportunity to talk to her and be friends with her.
“In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.” ~ Harry A. Blackmun