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It is always so easy to give up your individuality and become a part of the crowd. To dress like they do, and talk and act like they do! But we are Indians and I was brought up in a certain way and it is difficult to give it up. Neither do I want to! Just because we live here, it does not mean we have to become like Americans! " Aparna was mortified when her mother attended the Parent-Teacher meetings or when her father participated in the workshops with her. They both just stood out! They were not like the other parents who belonged!

He hurried over to it. His wife and the kids came rushing out. " she cried. The kids clapped their hands and danced around. "Magic, magic! " said a familiar voice. "No gold, no shopping. " Well, that is the end of this story. But don't feel too sad for Alladin. He still has his magic carpet for rides around the town and his magic ring for emergency cash. His children now regularly win the state spelling bees (only gold-plated ones) and Alladin's daily walks to the bazaar have restored his boyish good looks.

Home to her had always been the city near Dallas, in America, where she had been born. As a child, she had felt no different from the other fair-skinned, blue-eyed children. Only when she had entered school did she realize that she was not one of the majority. And as her horizons widened, she had found out that she lived differently from the rest of people who occupied her small world. "I want sausages and eggs for breakfast like Susan," she would ask of her mother. Her mother would patiently explain to Aparna that they were pure vegetarians and they did not eat meat.

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