safia Khan, (at 3:13AM Wednesday 13th of June 2007, GMT)
As a first generation Amrohvi raised in the west I have been faced with numerous challenges while raising my children. The most important of which has been the teaching of “izzat” or respect,particularly respect for ones elders.This has not been an easy task but required concerted effort, since as a family we did not visit “home” often.When one raises a family in almost complete isolation without the inflences of the extended family or of people with similar backgrounds one has to address these types of values knowing that your children are also influenced by there surroundings and the media ( television). Perhaps anyone who has felt this challenge could respond with their experiences.
Kamal Naqvi, (at 1:03PM Sunday 17th of June 2007, GMT)
I was lucky that we visited India every 3-4 years and that managed to give us some reality about the culture we learned when growing up in Tasmania, Australia – about as isolated as you could get at that time. This was extremely important. For my own kids, we are lucky to be able to visit India every year from London, plus our extended family in London is almost more ‘Amroha-like’ than the present-day Amroha is! I am sure that much bigger challenges will be faced as they get older (currently only 5 and 3) but I am happy if by that time they are in a good position to make their own choices and, hopefully, that I will be able to accept that.