As you have noticed, I’m taking a break from blogging. However, the blog continues to receive super comments from super readers! I’m promoting few comments to posts on this blog. Do not forget to comment on these comments! 🙂
Following comment comes from SAAD, who is from USA on my post Staying in India. Well…
Hi Big K,
Firstly, love your guitar playing..its awesome and I’m going to play all those songs one day.
Secondly, sorry for replying to this post very late, but I just saw it and wanted to input.
You said that the Swades thing never happens, that people never return to India. My parents moved to USA when I was four years old. I’m now 17 years old and in college here in the US.
The very first time I went back to India, when I was 7 years old, I realized that I would move back. As you said, it rarely happens, and I’ve always thought about whether I would ever be able to move back or not. I just visited this year, and understood what living in India would mean, and I am still intent on moving back. My parents and many other older people do not seem to think it is possible, but I know I will do it. I’m now earning a degree in psychology as well as social work. I want to get a phd and do some sort of psychology/social work type of thing in India. No matter what I end up doing, I will be working for the betterment of people in our country.
As I said, many people tell me that its not possible, and many of them wonder why I would want to leave America and go to India. Besides the fact that it is the place of my birth, the place where my parents spent most of their lives, and the place where my family lives, it is also the greatest country ever.
Living in America for so many years, I can tell you that there is one thing I have figured out. Everything that is available in the US is found somewhere in India. But there are thousands of things in India that you’ll never find here. Things like culture, values, history, aloo chaat..
I can also tell you that when I’m in India, I feel like I am home. When I come back here, I hate it. When I go to India, there is nothing I miss about America, no amenity, no luxury, anything. When I come back to the USA, I miss every street corner of my country.
And when I think about spending the rest of my life in the USA, as so many Indians end up doing, it sickens me. What happens when you come here is that your life becomes 1. buying a house 2. buying a car 3. buying another car. 4. buying a bigger house..etc etc etc. And you spend the rest of your life just working to pay for an empty house and car. To me, its meaningless.
And the worst are the people that leave India, and then complain about the problems within India. I could go on and on about them. So many of them sit here in the US and say that in India this is wrong and this is wrong. But they don’t do a single thing to change it.
Thats my view.