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|Always an Outsider (standard:non fiction, 680 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Feb 09 2013||Views/Reads: 1206/868||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|If one travels from one culture to an another, again and again like Juggernaut, the chances of being treated like an outsider is very high, as long long it wont affect making a living, it is Ok to be treated as an outsider.|
Always an Outsider Subba Rao Juggernaut attended a 4-year agricultural college in Bapatla, a rural town without drinking water supply. On the campus, some students from the peasant background despite their effluent life style were boorish. Disagreement during a quiet conversation could turn into a shouting match or worse a brawl for no reason at all to the surprise of Juggernaut. Some of these behavioral problems perhaps reflect their countryside upbringing. Coming from an urban professional family, Juggernaut felt as an outsider among them. For four years Juggernaut felt as if was living in an overcrowded barracoon from the unsanitary hostel conditions and bad cafeteria food. After graduation he was happy to leave with In 1970, when Juggernaut joined graduate program briefly at the Banaras Hindu University in Banaras, one of the holiest places in the country on the banks of river Ganges, he knew he was an outsider with no knowledge of local language. Among the several students on the campus were few from his own state already in attendance for several years. Juggernaut had a rude awakening from this particular group of students that treated him like an outsider and worse hostile at times. In retrospect, these students badly needed a group therapy to resolve their inner conflict. Juggernaut was happy to leave the confused group for a different program at a different University in different cultural setting in Bhubaneswar, a city known for Buddhist monuments and temples. Here things got worse; the local students were hostile to the out of state students like Juggernaut. The locals suffered from a phobia of outsiders taking over and few students on the campus carried this sentiment too far. In the same city of Bhubaneswar, few decades ago, the local politicians were responsible for pelting stones at former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi causing her bloody nose. After completing graduate school, Juggernaut took up a job as teaching instructor at the same college where he was an undergraduate student. At his department, some staff was clannish and judgmental in their views. “I am sure the children of these men would have a different view of the society,” thought Juggernaut on leaving the teaching job. Juggernaut lived in the Caribbean islands working in Trinidad Click here to read the rest of this story (63 more lines)
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