I write and write about Indian and US life and I never get tired! 🙂 Here is one more…
Most of us who move to foreign lands to pursue different interests, try and re-create the Indian magic in different ways. We miss India in more ways than one as we adjust to a new life in a new country. Having lived for almost 14 consecutive years in the US, and having seen numerous families, students, couples move abroad, I can recount a few of things that one misses sorely about India:
Going from a country of billion people – we see people everywhere in India. That might not be the case particularly in a foreign country and that too if you are in a cold place. We seek solace in online relationships which keeps us going.
2. The festive season
The festive season is particularly hard because of the authentic way of celebrating it seems to be missing in the new land. This can only be replaced by replicating the exact things that were done in India(for example, for Diwali – get together with other Indian families are arranged and the culture of the Indian festivals is passed onto newer generations)
3. Missing Indian values and trying to pass them on
This is probably one of the toughest things to do in a foreign country, at least in my view. Raising kids in a new land brings with it, its own challenges.
We do not want our kids to lose our own Indian values and heritage but at the same time, we want them to blend well with the foreign country’s values and habits too. Shuttling from ‘Bala vihar’ class and Bharatnatyam classes to soccer practices is the new norm for Indian kids growing abroad.
They are expected to speak, read, write their own mother tongue with ease as well study languages in the foreign country too.
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4. Healthcare is not so complicated
I am not sure whether missing healthcare in India is the perfect way to say it – but suffice it to say that simple healthcare in India is not very complicated. We do not need to carry our health insurance card for every visit to the doctor. The most important distinction between Indian and a foreign country’s health system is that we can choose our own doctor!!
The insurance does not dictate whom we should see for simple ailments.
Simple medicines are relatively cheap too(A strip of paracetamol only costs 30 Rs. – that is just about 50 cents!!)
5. Higher education is not so expensive
Actually, this can be restated as “education itself is not so expensive” – at least not for the middle tier and upper middle tier population of India. While school education is easily affordable, college education is manageable too.
Parents are never advised to start saving for their child’s education from the day they are born! 😉
There are very few individuals who don’t miss the gentlemen’s game in a foreign land. As it is said, cricket is a religion in India and even though other sports like basketball, ice hockey, baseball and American football are around us, the heart always seeks the religion that unites India!
These are just a few ways that I have seen many families miss India. I am sure there are plenty more…
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂