The Indian Mate at the Belgrave Library

Divesh Sareen

The Indian Mate at the Belgrave Library

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The two volumes of the Indian Mate relive a story of people like me: people who left behind everything that they have ever known to create a better future for themselves and their loved ones; people who are from two different countries, but don’t fully belong to either; people who realise that their lives in two different countries have forged a new identity for them. These volumes are my journey from Namaste to How-r-ya in my own words – I hope reading these will be an enjoyable and inspiring experience for you!

Volume 1
The stories of Partition in India in 1947 were an ingrained part of my childhood: the human endurance and triumph amongst the heart wrenching tragedies arising from the biggest migration in human history. The first volume narrates how families like mine navigated this turbulent period. It then chronicles my own experience of growing up in extreme financial hardship in a middle-class family in modern India that was increasingly getting mired in the Eastern and Western cultural clashes and economic disparity and my efforts to move to Australia, a country with new possibilities for myself and my family.

Volume 2
Volume 2 uncovers the unique Australian experience through the eyes of an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) who later became an Australian citizen. It chronicles my journey from being a student in Australia with crushing expectations, $1000 and a bag full of dreams with feelings of homesickness and isolation, who faced years of personal, professional and cultural challenges to be the person I am today. It recounts the journey of self-discovery from a point in my life where I felt that I belonged neither to India nor to Australia to a realisation that in fact I have acquired a new identity forged from my experiences in these
two countries.

About Divesh
Divesh is an entrepreneur who loves solving problems. He was born in India and migrated to Australia at the young age of 21. His family background was one of extreme hardship and financial difficulties. He moved to Australia with $1000 in his pocket, and has since worked his way up to lead tech teams and deliver innovative solutions to businesses across the globe.

The Indian Mate at the Belgrave Library.
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday 30th March 2023

03 9800 6489

Belgrave Library
Reynolds Lane
Belgrave VIC

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30-03-2023 @ 06:30 PM (UTC) to
30-03-2023 @ 07:30 PM (UTC)

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