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Cricket, and easing the trials of immigration by ADAM HAWBOLDT

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oving to a new country can be a trying experience at the best of times. Sure, there’s the excitement of experiencing something new, of being a stranger in a strange land. But that excite-

back in 2001. “Looking back on it, one of the hardest parts was the language. You come here and you’re not really comfortable speaking it. It can be difficult.” Toss some good old-fashioned homesickness on top of that, mix in

There’s been a ridiculous boom in the number of people playing cricket … prakhar shrivastava

ment and dither can, more often than not, be accompanied by a serious sense of bewilderment. Think about it. You pack your bags, leave everything you’ve ever known behind and settle in a place unlike anything you’ve seen before. A place with strange customs, a foreign culture, a language you don’t necessarily understand too well. “It was quite a cultural difference. A really big change, ” says Prakhar Shrivastava, who moved to Saskatchewan from Northern India

a pinch of culture shock, and what you have is a recipe for trying times. Put in a situation like that, what would you do? Some people might revert into themselves and become depressed. They withdraw from daily life and long achingly for their homeland. Others throw caution to the wind. They do whatever is needed to make the assimilation process easier. That’s what Shrivastava did. Back at the turn of the millennium when he arrived here, the then-16-year-old Shrivastava was Continued on next page »

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