Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America

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It's too late to go back now. Sometimes Harish gets angry and wants to cut his citizenship certificate in two. But on September 11, like so many immigrants who never found the America that was supposed to be, Harish feels a renewed sense of belonging to his adopted country.

It's been a hard summer on his family for sure. As soon as Kapila returns to work, she learns it will be short-lived. Her employer's lease in Raritan Center about to expire, and the company is moving its operations to Virginia. In the meantime, Kapila tries to rack up as much overtime as possible. Harish's job in a furniture warehouse is gone almost as soon as he starts it. He's working now as a security guard on weekends but still seeking full-time work. “I am used to these situations now,” he says.

After the attacks, the Patels take great pains to show their Americanness, adorning their home with flags. From Shop Rite, Kajal purchases a picture of the World Trade Center as it used to be. “These acts shattered American steel but they cannot dent the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Suburban Sahibs *
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Prologue: A New Year 15
  • 1 - Deported from Home 32
  • 2 - The Patels Journey 47
  • 3 - A Gold-Paved Entry 65
  • 4 - Exercising Rights 86
  • 5 - Wanting More 92
  • 6 - Shaky Ground 98
  • 7 - Destructive Times 104
  • 8 - Standing Room Only 107
  • 9 - Downturns 122
  • 10 - Under a Mango Tree 128
  • 11 - Meeting Elephants 138
  • 12 - Farewells 147
  • 13 - The Festival Family 151
  • 14 - Classified 155
  • 15 - The Victor 158
  • Epilogue 162
  • Notes 165
  • Selected Bibliography 171
  • About the Author 172
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