The friction caused by what we know clashing with what we don't can be a wonderful thing.
My parents immigrated to America many years ago when trying to find Indian vegetables and spices in the grocery store was an exercise in disappointment, Indian restaurants were scarce, and calling home to hear a familiar voice was incredibly expensive. Whatever the motivation for the move it is seldom easy to uproot yourself from what you know and love.
|Abhi Sheth and Abhijeet Rane rehearsing a scene from|
The Banerjees are Coming. Photo: Shreya Tewari
I love the banyan tree as a metaphor for growth - the throwing down of new roots to strengthen the tree as a whole. To me growth entails a change of some kind, a facing of something new. I decided to leave a career in software a few years back. It was work that brought me a nice income and all the comforts that come with that but it was work done without any passion. I took the plunge and quit the software world to pursue something I had an intense desire to try - writing. With no background in writing but plenty of love I wrote this play. It has been an amazing and incredibly fulfilling journey through the playwriting process - from writing to workshops and staged readings to a full production. I hope this play is the first of many.
I thank you for coming out to see The Banyan Tree and for supporting local theater. And I encourage you to throw down roots in what is new to you.