If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I? Essay

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Maria Parker R. Latham and D. Lee ENG 111- Section 08 August 27, 2014 If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I? In “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?” Geeta Kothari starts out by reminiscing about time her and her mother opened a can of tuna. Since she is Indian, she has never had the type of food her classmates are used to eating but she wants to try it. Kothari also mentions the first Indian restaurant that opens in their neighborhood. She talks about how the man she marries eats completely different things than she’s used to. Finally, she talks about how she tries to replicate the things she’s used to eating and completely fails. This story by Geeta Kothari was interesting. She transitioned her thoughts about her heritage and what she and her family ate from being negative to positive. In the beginning she was talking about it from her childhood point of view. When she talked about it from her childhood point of view, she didn’t like being different from her friends. She didn’t like the way her mother fed her different from everyone else. “She has no idea. My mother does not know the tuna everyone else’s mothers made for them was tuna salad” (922). She wanted to eat like the people around her. She didn’t understand why her parents had raised her that way until she got older. Her story is an exploration of a woman stuck between two cultures. She is caught in between two cultures and is confused about where she fits in, in society as a whole. This confused comes from her American husband. “He smells different from me. Foreign. Strange” (925). In the end, Kothari rests on the fact that she is a part of both cultures, she is not her mother but she isn’t fully a part of American society either. I don’t believe she finds peace in this and she has a lack of answers and explanations, but she knows there’s no real way to resolve the issue. Works Cited

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