systemhalted by Palak Mathur

Mir and My H1B and GC Travails

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I have been in United States of America for a while now and even though I am a legal resident, chances of me getting an employment-based Green Card (GC) are very slim.

I share the sentiment behind the following couplets from Mir Taqi Mir:

    चला अकबराबाद से जिस घड़ी
    दर-ओ-बाम पर चस्म-ए-हसरत पड़ी

Like Mir, who left Agra (Akbarabad in the couplet above) to find employment, I too left Agra in search of a job - first to Delhi, then Mysore, Pune and finally Dallas. It was difficult. My parents still live in Agra and leaving Agra was leaving a big part of my heart behind. Had to harden whatever was left to be able to live and like Mir said

    की तर्क-ए-वतन पहले क्यूँ कर करूँ
    मगर हर कदम दिल को पत्थर करूँ

And this all happened for what - a job to live a life.

    ज़माने नें रखा मुझे  मुत्तसिल
    परागन्द रोज़ी, परागन्द दिल

The above couplet is so right, that though I found the job, my life is still scattered and it is life that is keeping me busy.

    गयी कब परेशानी–ए-रोज़गार
    रहा मैं तो हम ताले-ए-जुल्फ-ए-यार

And the above couplet explains my issues with H1B and GC much better than I will be ever able to explain.

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