My Lebanese Landlord

My last landlord in Beirut, doesn’t like South Asians, especially turban wearing bearded Sikhs or dark skinned anybody.

He asked me once in English, ‘Where are you from?’

‘Manchester, UK,” I replied.

‘I mean, where are you really from?’ he enquired.

‘From Pakistan,’ I replied.

‘No, no. I mean where are you really, really, from?’ he asked.

‘Oh, that,’ I’d finally understood and replied, ‘From Kashmir.’

‘I knew you were Iranian,’ he snapped.

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