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JustHere | November 15, 2017

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Born this way

Aakash Jayaprakash

Born: August 21, 1988

Profession: Research Associate, Migrant Worker Welfare Initiative

Nationality: Indian

In Qatar since: Birth

Annual residence permit renewal: October

Earliest Qatar Memory: I used to go to the Corniche with my family very often. I learnt how to ride a bicycle there. There used to be this large orange shaped juice stall in the middle of the Corniche that my brother and I would walk to and get drinks. They should bring it back!
Those other places… While living in Washington, I enjoyed being an anonymous face in the city. Being Indian in the US was more interesting than being Indian here (there are so many of us!).
The thing I’d missed most about Qatar: There was no place I could go for my delicious Sarooq chicken shawarma, and had to settle for pita rolls masquerading as falafel sandwich.
What must change here, now: Equal pay for equal work in all jobs. Pay discrimination for non-Qataris make no sense, as everyone has the same cost of living here.
Home is… Wherever my family is, and I can feel comfortable enough to not care about a thing.

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