So, everyone and their mother-in-law has had their say about Oprah Winfrey's views of Indians and the "some people" in our country who "still eat with their hands". I'm not even going to go there. Enough has been said and we all know how we all feel about it.
Don't know what I'm talking about?? just google her name and those words of hers that I put in quotes.
I've had my share of ridiculous questions asked to me by Non-Indians. As a kid, I had a pen friend named Sarah Milett from the UK. She asked me if I go to school by elephant. You could forgive her. She was a child after all!
At my workplace, I get asked all the time "You're Indian! Where did you learn to speak such good English?" I always answer them "The same place you learned English. Home and school!"
And then there are those who are surprised that I am a Christian.
"You don't do poojas at home?"
"No. I'm a Christian"
"But you're Indian!"
And then when they know I'm married, they ask "So, do you live with your husband's parents and his extended family?"
Once I was writing to my pen friend Sarah, and I had drawn a little picture for her. A village scene with a few huts, a couple of trees and a washing line. My mother refused to let me send it. I'm glad I didn't send it or the next letter would have had "Do you have your own room in your little hut?" or something like that!