White or Yellow Yam

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
Life in late 70's in Jamiaca that drove people from the Island.

Submitted: August 11, 2011

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Submitted: August 11, 2011



White or Yellow Yam?


Subba Rao



“Which one you like?” “White or yellow?”
“White or yellow; what?”
“I can’t stand yams.”
“I have been substituting yams for rice for the last 3 years.”
“I can’t live one day without white rice.”
“What’s the big deal with rice; one can eat potatoes, yams or Bami instead of rice.”
“What is Bami?”
“Flat bread made from cassava flour.”
“Any provision, forget it; I can’t digest.”
“How about regular bread?”
“I only eat bread when I am sick,” “We can’t even get sliced bread anyway.”
“Well, I met an East Indian man from Western end of the island, he said he mills his own rice and he can get us few pounds of rice.”
“How long that lasts?”
“May be 2 or 3 weeks.”
“Then what?”
“We will find another source to get rice.”
“We cannot live like this here searching for rice.”
“I lived here without eating rice for more than 3 years.”
“That’s you; I need to eat rice every day.”
“How about making Puri with all-purpose flour?”
“Puris are greasy; I can’t stand on a regular basis.” “We can’t even get whole-wheat flour to make roti, as much as I hate roti.”
“It will take a year or so to get normal here, and then we can get practically everything from white rice to wheat flour and many others.”
“That’s what you have been saying for the last three years,” “It’s time to get out of this place.”
“If you are thinking of Unites States, forget it; I would never get a job like one I have it here for tor the last 8 years, I make as much as comparable job in US, I have my own staff, 4-week annual vacation, a new car for every 3 years with expenses paid, free tickets to India for every 3 years, tax free annual pension amounting to 25% of annual salary, free  3 day annual vacation break at a beach resort and other benefits; my qualifications are not accepted in USA, if I decide to quit this job and move to US, I will start at the bottom and work with idiots for life long.”
“Well, either we or I alone was going.”
“OK, let’s go together then.”
“That was 26 years ago, the rest was history; very choppy; from year-round sunshine to below zero temperatures and all that.”
“How about Tea-Party town hall meetings?”
“That too.”


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