A google search for Sahir’s Parchaeyaan brings Himayun to a post on this blog.
Himayun- whose parents were born in India and migrated to Pakistan.
Me- whose parents were born in what is now Pakistan and migrated to India.
Does that make him a Pakistani of Indian descent ?
And me, an Indian of Pakistani descent ?
The word desi makes it easier to define ourselves- it makes us one.
Desi, a small, plebian word, contains the world for us- demolishes boundaries, nations, nation- states in one swift sweep two syllables long.