To my surprise, a lady in a shopping mall smiled and came straight to hug me back in 2012 and I was dumbstruck.
There were tears in her eyes as if she was in pain, she looks at me and said," You are welcome here and it's your home". I, at first did not get her.
I stood there confused looking at her, then she softly spoke, "don't be afraid and don't go home, its safe here".
Then I realized, she was referring to the episode those days, "the exodus of Northeast students" in Bangalore. The rise of identity politics and targeted migrants.
And I, a migrant in the land which is not mine and a race discrete from the rest, felt immense affinitive inclusion that day to a lady, whom I never knew but whom I can never forget.
And today, since that instance, I assimilate, empathy and compassion.
A small act but a great impact.