Born and raised in the jewel of the Indian Ocean, my family background is “brown” as it can get. My parents, especially my mother was, and still is, traditional to her core. I was told that I have to score at least 95% in my school exams, because good marks are everything. The career options were limited to doctor, engineer and lawyer — otherwise, you’re a disgrace to your family. I was often compared to the kids in the neighbourhood, my cousins, kids of our family friends. My brown coloured skin was a burden, so I often had to rub…

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