I miss being able to go to the theater and catch a Bollywood movie. I remember buying the soundtracks to my favorite movies on CD and listening to them over and over again. I moved here about a decade ago, and I only get to see movies from my native land when I order them online or buy DVDs. Sometimes my cousin will send me DVDs for my birthday. As for the soundtracks, I go to songspk to listen to the songs of the movies I like. It reminds me of where I come from.
I think that you can make a home in a new country and still hold onto your heritage. I have Italian, Greek and Mexican friends who all do this. My Irish friends at work have their celebration days, recipes and more. I have lost a lot of my Indian accent over the years as I began to speak English more fluently. People can tell I am Indian when they see me, but I sound like a typical West Coast guy now. However, I still know my native language even though I do not speak it as much as I did when I was a child. However, I do get to enjoy it in music and movies.
I am as patriotic as the next guy here where I live now. Probably more so. I fly the flag on the Fourth of July because I know that it means Independence Day. It hangs there waving in the breeze on Veterans Day and Memorial Day too. I don’t just do it because my neighbors do. I do it because it means something to me. So, even though you might hear me blasting some tunes from a Bollywood soundtrack in my car, I still have a love for this country that is now my home.