Thanksgiving wasn’t a day I knew about till I moved to the US. Since then it has become my favorite holiday. It is not religious. It is not patriotic. It is not nationalistic. If you forget the historical context on how Thanksgiving came about, and then you realize that at least in the eyes of a new immigrant, it is a day that represents the inherent openness of the American society.

Almost two decades ago, my friend Dilip Massand invited me to his family home in Connecticut for what was my first thanksgiving. It was a cold brisk weekend. There was snow. There was fire. There was even a frozen brook in the back. And there was this thing Americans called Football. But more importantly, it was about a family taking in new immigrant and making him one of their own. It was the first step to assimilation into a new life.

That one day with the Massand is imprinted in my mind as an ideal Thanksgiving day. (It was also the day I became addicted to the pecan pie, though I am told Walnut pies are better.) Every year that has passed since, I have spent Thanksgiving with friends – often different folks from different walks of life. A unifying thread between various years has been the love and openness with which I was welcomed to their dinner table.

I suppose, I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. But the most I am thankful for are all the people who are in my life — enriching it everyday by just being there. Many of you I have met, some I have not. Others are my family. Many more are my friends. In all, you are the sum of parts that is my life. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Day.

And if you are not in the US, well have a great day, nonetheless!


  1. eideard says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Sweet potato pie – yum.

  2. anneedwards78 says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on anne's space and commented:
    So well expressed!

  3. Deepak Gupta (@deepakgupta1) says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving from India, Om! Lovely thoughts as always.
    PS: I experienced my 1st Thanksgiving in Connecticut as well. :-)

  4. Elijah Nicolas (@eejay) says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:46 am Reply

    A great read on a day where obsessed consumers are frantically trying to find the great deals of Black Friday thus ruining the essence of this season. Happy Thanksgiving Om! Pecan Pie warm à la mode Vanilla Bean… 3 servings please. Sunday dinners also rock!

    1. Om Malik says:

      November 22nd, 2012 at 10:17 am Reply

      Thanks Elijah

      Happy thanksgiving :)

  5. tonyconrad says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Tony Conrad's Photo Blog and commented:
    We know OM just has a way with words but his true gift is his ability to see the purity of the idea, the moment. Very few people have had as profound an impact on my life as OM. Honored to be his partner, thankful to be his friend.

  6. tonyconrad says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

    Beautifully said, as always OM

    1. Om Malik says:

      November 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

      Thanks Tony. You have had a profound impact on my life as well and have been glad to have met you nearly a decade ago. Have a great turkey day

  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:11 am Reply

    Thanks, Om, you have the right idea about this day.
    P.S. Stick with the pecan pie.

    1. Om Malik says:

      November 22nd, 2012 at 10:17 am Reply

      Thanks Allan and good advise on Pecan Pie

  8. mekalav (@mekalav) says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply

    Happy thanks giving day from here in London Om :-) Have a good one …

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