It’s been a little over a year since my immigrant status got confirmed in Canada and I have met some interesting kinds of Pakistanis. Immigrants who tend to fall in a certain ‘type’. Even I fit in there somewhere.
This is based solely on my observation and interaction. At the risk of over-generalisation, here goes:
1. Perpetual Complainers Inc. (PCI):
‘I complained in Pakistan. I’ll complain here. Stop me if you can.’In Pakistan, they complained about the skin-sizzling heat. In Canada, they complain about the mind-numbing cold. Back home the hoard of house helpers was too much to handle. Now, they whine about doing all the work themselves. Back home it was the terrorists. Around here it’s the serial killers and the sociopaths. Trust them to come up with the worst possible scenario in the worst possible situation.
2. The Un-settlers:
‘Oh we are leaving as soon as we get our passports!’They never fully unpack, be it their material assets or minds. They never buy a house; if it were up to them, they’d live in a motel until their passport mission finished. They don’t travel. They don’t spend unnecessary money. Immigrant gypsies, as I like to call them.
All this trouble, for what? For starters, they understand the power of their blue passports. Their children may come back to Canada for a higher education or they may even use the passports for better employment opportunities back home. But like a troop on a mission, they make little to none human connection.
3. Thou shalt compare relentlessly:
‘There’s no place like Canada. Back home we never…’Oh these are true lovers of Canada. Everything from the weather, to the people, to the infrastructure and welfare; their hearts sing for their new home. But they never stop comparing everything with Pakistan. Standing at a bank, they can be caught thinking:
‘Oh if this were Pakistan, I’d have high blood pressure by now, considering the lack of queues and a proper system.’Or when a police car passes by:
‘Look at those responsible, honest policemen. Back home police is the most despised profession.’Cont on page 2.....
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