Long Lost Lore of a ‘Land’ Called Home

How to Cite

Caesar, G. B. (2017). Long Lost Lore of a ‘Land’ Called Home. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication, 9(1), 14–19. https://doi.org/10.21810/strm.v9i1.245


I grew up in a household that crossed boundaries.And as a result, I faced relentless questions from my classmates, their parents, my neighbors, local shopkeepers, even pedestrians. Asking uncom-fortable questions tominority people like “why don’t you eat beef?” or “why don’t your men under-go circumcisions?” or “why do you give sambar to your lentil soup?”is normal in Bangladesh, where I live. I was taught to overlook these questions—to know them as rhetorical queries, to which there can be no sane reply. What justified the casual insults hurled at me as a representative of a minority?