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I Visited The Country My Family Is From For The First Time To Spread My Grandfather's Ashes

I lost my grandfather, but I found my culture.

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Hi! I'm Michelle. I'm half-Indian and half-white, but until very recently, I had never been to India.

Instagram: @michellekhare

Here’s Part 1 of my journey:

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Here’s Part 2:

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I grew up in a family that embraced both cultures, and I loved it. But there was always something missing.

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I don't think you can truly understand who you are, what sacrifices your family has made, until you venture out of your comfort zone to see them firsthand.

It wasn't until my grandfather's unexpected death, that I needed to go to India to perform his last rites ceremony.

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We travelled to the river Ganges to perform the last rites ceremony for my grandfather and deposit his ashes into the river.

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The tragic event of my grandfather's sudden death incited my first trip to India, and in traveling there I came to understand the hard work and sacrifices he made to create the best life for our family.

I learned to appreciate my family on a completely new level.

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This is my Dadi Ma. She is my hero. She moved her family to a new country in the hopes that her children's lives would be better. If anyone asked me to move to a new country I'd want a big money offer to convince me to leave my life, family, and friends behind. She didn't have that. She had one suitcase and a bunch of hope for the new place despite not speaking English or knowing anyone.

I challenge you today to tell a friend or a family member how much you love them. Because you might not know the sacrifices they made for you until they are gone.

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Be humble and be thankful for the path those before you have paved the way.

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