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In a White Town - Daljit Nagra !!!Need Hlep

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    How is the theme of identity presented in Daljit Nagras' In A White Town'?
    How can i structure my essay? struggling!!!

    She never looked like other boys’ mums.
    No one ever looked without looking again
    at the pink kameez and balloon’d bottoms,

    mustard oiled trail of hair, brocaded pink
    sandals and the smell of curry. That’s why
    I’d bin the letters about Parents’ Evenings,

    why I’d police the noise of her holy songs,
    check the net curtains were hugging the edges,
    lavender spray the hallway when someone knocked,

    pluck all the gold top milk from its crate
    in case the mickey-takers would later disclose it,
    never confessing my parents’ weird names

    or the code of our address when I was licked
    by Skin-heads (by a toilet seat)
    desperate to flush out the enemy within.

    I would have felt more at home had she hidden
    that illiterate body, bumping noisily into women
    at the market, bulging into its drama’d gossip,

    for homework – in the public library with my mates,
    she’d call, scratching on the windows. Scratching again
    until later, her red face would be in my red face,

    two of us alone, I’d strain on my poor Punjabi,
    she’d laugh and say I was a gora, I’d only be freed
    by a bride from India who would double as her saathi.

    Nowadays, when I visit, when she hovers upward,
    hobbling towards me to kiss my forehead
    as she once used to, I wish I could fall forward.
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