ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bearable Lightness of Being

Bearable Lightness of Being AMERICA is a melting pot of cultures, races and histories. There is no one distinct trait which American society can call its own, except the drawling accent of the Southerner, the swagger of the billionaire, the hoop-la of the political conventions, the hyperbole of the football game, the vulgarity of Hollywood's glittering world and the picturesqueness of American English. The world's nomads stream into this rich man's land with hope and the heavy baggage of their beliefs, traditions and the preachers' mind-set. Hope is for a new life of material comfort and relief from the meanness of human existence But the baggage they carry in the early years is heavy and overpowering. They come only for a better life and not for enrichment of their minds except as a byproduct of other pursuits. Their own ancient cultures have left them a cut above others who mill around them in their adopted land. Wearing the garb of preachers, the migrants, particularly from the Indian subcontinent, can purvey unsolicited advice to their fellow- travellers not to allow themselves to be contaminated by the culture of the west, seduced by the libertarian values, and to adhere to the straight and narrow path of the virtues imbibed by them in the country they had left behind. Once they accomplish what they have arrived for

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