Friday, April 6, 2012
Firang, a foreigner
Technically, any ‘non-Indian’ is a firang, but the word is actually reserved for people of the Caucasian race. Mention the word the image that comes up is of tall, slightly unkept, partially suntanned tourist in their version of “Indian clothes”, doing their best to politely ignore the crowd of ‘locals’ trailing them. ‘Firangs’ bring out the best and the worst in Indians- people go out of their way to help, but the attention often borders on obsequiousness.
They may be residing in India for years, but once a firang, always a firang- you cannot change the colour of your skin.
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.