While chatting with my friend, he reminded me about this article that I had written as part of Business Across Cultures class. Posting it here (since I was very proud of what I wrote. Still am) And funny thing, I was talking about stereotypes even then…

I am born a Malayali, but Salem has always been my home. It is just another small town, with simple ways of living. My 14 years of schooling was in an all girls convent; a school where values and discipline is the most important factor. My college education was in a very conservative college where values and discipline is an integral part of the institute. And my post graduation took place in yet another college whose U.S.P is values. I have always wondered whether I have had an overdose of values in my life. I have never had an opportunity to let my hair down and just freak out. Maybe that explains why I am going through a rebellious phase in my life. My motto for now is to try something different at every given opportunity.

Many of my friends feel that I was born a girl by mistake. I hate to be bracketed in the stereotype of a girl where she should do this and that and should not do this and that. I have always challenged the established norms, if and when I find them meaningless or absurd. My favorite questions are why and why not. Why can’t a girl be a journalist? Why should a girl be separated from the rituals of a family for a few days every month? Why is a girl expected to give up her job after marriage? I have been accused of being a feminist too.

Typical of all small town people, even I am intimidated by the “Big Bad City”, but the fire of ambition is always blazing in me. And how do I try to overcome this feeling of intimidation? By pushing myself to face my fears and my bugbears. All these years, books have been my window to the outside world; now, I want to see it all. But at the end of the day, I would be content to retire in my own sweet home town.

Art is something that I love. I try to find beauty in everything I see. I am a staunch believer of the fact that every person is inherently good. Being an only child I have had enough time to contemplate on various issues and form my own opinions. Books, teachers, parents, friends have always been my guide, whose little actions and words have taught me to think out every issue from all viewpoints.

 I guess I am very “Indian” in some characteristics. Punctuality is not something I lack, but I tend to do everything at the nick of time. That explains why I always reached class exactly at 8.45 and not before. Power distance is another factor that exists in me. I still remember cringing, when I heard a 26 year old, assistant manager calling her 45 year old boss by first name. I am long term oriented for I have dreams for the future, to go beyond what I have now. For that I have made meticulous plans of how my expenses should be. I am assertive and not afraid to disagree and air my opinion.

In short I am a person in search of her true identity so that she may one day stamp it on the impressionable, collective minds of people.