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

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15
The Victor

On Pradip's first Election Day as a Republican, he displays little of the optimism that has marked his campaign. “Whether it's win or lose,” he says after voting around 11:00 A.M., “it was important for us to be in the game.”

He spends the day in his campaign headquarters, an office carved out of a home in a residential neighborhood in Iselin. It's filled with volunteers, all desi, all male.

Around 4:00 P.M., a man walks in talking on his cell phone, getting tallies for voter turnout. “Jersey City turnout bahut accha hai,” he says in Hindi. Jersey City's turnout is very good.

Some of the volunteers haven't even been able to vote for Pradip—they either live in other counties or aren't yet citizens–but they fill the house, which serves as headquarters for an importexport business, using each phone line and then resorting to the fax machines. Each is given a portion of a list of registered Indian voters.

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  • 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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