By Isha Sharma
FINDING THE SELF IN ROOTED ROUTES When I cross any boundary of cartography New cultures paint my traditional tales. Why does hybridity then become a cultural conflict And I the cultural ‘other’? But with no fixed roots, Trying to find meaning of the self, I take different routes. When cultures assimilate, diversity is born. When integration takes place, Identities change grounds. When identities are in a flux What becomes of our roots? Are roots always to be found in a place called ‘home?’ And does home always refer to the ‘homeland'? What about the ones who try to locate themselves In rootless geographies, Where do they belong? In roots or routes? For their home lies in ambiguity and diversity, As it remains hidden in the personal history Of many diasporic experiences that History refused to notice.
Isha Sharma is a student of Delhi University. She is passionate about translating emotions into verses. Her writings have been published in Kitaab International, The Indian Periodical, The Indian Express, Indus Women Writing Newsletter, The Feminist Times and The Tribune (Student Edition).
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