#SoCS May 6/17 – ‘Inter-‘

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “inter-” Use the prefix “inter-” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Inter-national.

That’s where I’m gonna go with this Stream of Consciousness post.

Here I sit, in lil old England born and bred, yet I’m not English.

British, I call myself, or a British Asian. Some say British – born.

Yet my background has a little more colour than your average Brit.

Yes, I was born here, but to Sikh parents.

Who moved here from Kenya.

Who were born in Kenya.

Who’s forefathers came over from the Punjab in India to help build the railways in Africa.

So there is a huge Kenyan influence on my upbringing, and life. I spent many summers there growing up, so I was able to cultivate relationships with all the family we had out there.

But I’m also Indian.

That’s a part of me I can’t hide. My skin tells that story. And whatever anyone else thinks, that is a part of my heritage I am proud of too. From the clothes we wear, to the music we listen to, the food we eat, to the way we practice our religion, it is all part of me.

So… Am I a British person, a British Asian, a British Kenyan, a British Kenyan Asian…?

And while we’re on the subject of international family, my brother lives in Finland, married to a Finnish girl, with a beautiful Finnjabi/Finndian son! Another dimension to add to our family!

On top of that, my extended family have managed to spread far and wide… From India, they dispersed to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Then there came the UK, Canada, the USA and Australia. Obviously we invaded Finland, but there was already a branch of my family in Norway and Sweden! Dubai is another place!

(Oh and I didn’t mention that my ancestors from my Pops side many generations previously, were apparently Muslim, so there is probably a Pakistan link there too! Sikhism is a relatively new religion and most families were either Muslim or Hindu before they converted to this new religion, so it really annoys me when there are Sikhs  clashing with Muslims… unless you have researched it, you don’t know if your own roots were in Islam!)

Inter-national connections, that’s what I have!

 

 

58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anisha
    May 09, 2017 @ 10:16:15

    Wow…such a rich legacy….superb!

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  2. Prajakta
    May 08, 2017 @ 17:41:16

    Global citizen 🙂 That’s an enriching life!

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  3. riffatwajidblogs
    May 08, 2017 @ 12:51:36

    Great post

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  4. jacquelineobyikocha
    May 07, 2017 @ 08:01:55

    This is quite a rich map of heritage 🙂

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  5. Jami Carder
    May 07, 2017 @ 05:03:08

    Sounds wonderful!

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  6. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    May 07, 2017 @ 04:25:40

    Such a glorious, rich heritage!

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  7. syl65
    May 06, 2017 @ 23:20:10

    A very INTEResting and wonderful lineage Sister!!

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  8. Dom
    May 06, 2017 @ 21:07:22

    So international! Let’s say human in a great positive wonderful Way!

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  9. Cecilia
    May 06, 2017 @ 20:51:53

    This is what’s making you you and us us. Have a great weekend!

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  10. joey
    May 06, 2017 @ 19:56:17

    You’re a woman of rich background, but to me you’re just Ritu. I love reading about different cultures and so sometimes that makes you more interesting, but I’m happy to look at your pictures of food and your cat, and those are … basic. lol

    I kinda feel the same about some things. I can feel the south in me, and the Italian, but when I look in a mirror, I see only Dutch. Perhaps it’s the melding and blending that makes us who we are 🙂

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  11. Judy E Martin
    May 06, 2017 @ 19:32:39

    You indeed do have an iinternational family Sis, but that makes you so rich in culture 🙂

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  12. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    May 06, 2017 @ 16:16:48

    What a wonderful and interesting background, Ritu! You are very fortunate to have such an enriching experience. So glad you shared! 🙂

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  13. dornahainds
    May 06, 2017 @ 15:08:20

    Fabulous family tree! 😎🌹

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  14. floridaborne
    May 06, 2017 @ 14:59:17

    My kids father was Jewish. He passed away when they were 5 and 7. My DIL was born in Brazil to parents whose grandparents and great grandparents had settled there from Ukraine. It can cause a headache thinking about my granddaughter’s lineage. 🙂

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  15. bikerchick57
    May 06, 2017 @ 14:27:38

    I love your multi-national family and the many countries around the world in which they live. It’s wonderful that you embrace your cultural heritage and family so enthusiastically.

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  16. Dan Antion
    May 06, 2017 @ 12:56:11

    A one-woman melting pot. I love it. There’s a richness to your heritage and it’s a good thing to honor.

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  17. willowdot21
    May 06, 2017 @ 12:35:17

    That’s such an interesting blog Sis my family is similar not Indian but we have English, Irish, Chinese, and we have had Iranian, I have a half Iranian niece born here in England, and a half Chinese nephew born in Hong Kong, quite a mixed bunch! Loved your post 💝💜💖

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  18. tsepotheview
    May 06, 2017 @ 12:32:43

    Nice one…

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  19. Tony Burgess
    May 06, 2017 @ 11:56:05

    You have a cool story with a very colorful family.

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  20. Erika Kind
    May 06, 2017 @ 11:49:04

    Wow, sis! Your family rules the globe 😄 I love that!!!

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  21. robbiesinspiration
    May 06, 2017 @ 09:39:20

    A very interesting background you have, Ritu. Kenya is a lovely country. I am an England born girl living in South Africa married to a Scot with two English/South African children and who travels to Botswana and Namibia.

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  22. mihrank
    May 06, 2017 @ 08:33:23

    wow – beautiful said and introduced, valuable!

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  23. Reena Saxena
    May 06, 2017 @ 07:08:01

    Great to know about you 🙂

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