It has been a couple(or is it several?) years that you have lived abroad… you have soaked in the customs and traditions of a foreign country. You left India as a single person but you are married now and have kids. You may have procured higher education , had a successful career, may have bought a house in a foreign land and all immigration issues must have been sorted out. You have achieved all of life’s goals when staying abroad… what’s next, is the perplexing question? If you are thinking of moving to India…. read on…
For those that have made up their mind to move to India(with the mind and heart fully synchronized and with no confusion and after getting the assent from all members of the family!) and those who are tired of searching for ‘India in US’, Bangalore or Bengaluru is the best place to return to(in my opinion)… why?
- Unlike, other states of India, Bengaluru is language neutral. English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and every Indian language is spoken and welcomed here. Hindi, Kannada are easily understood for those relying on any form of public transportation like Ola,Uber, Auto, Buses etc. (The language parameter is a huge factor when returning back. While the northern tier states rely mostly on Hindi and Southern tier states rely each on their own language, being language neutral brings a smile to any Indian from any part of India!)
- The weather in Bengaluru is fantastic when compared to other parts of the country and in fact other parts of the world! Mild winters and summers and a pleasant climate throughout the year are the greatest perks of living in the ‘garden city’.
- Bengaluru boasts of a good blend of Western and Eastern cultures. From having a variety of international cuisines to international schools, we have it all! 🙂 The International schools follow IGSCE or IB curriculum enabling the NRI students to adjust better.
- Many international schools follow the American calendar system(having school from September to June) and also foreign boards to facilitate expat children’s education. These schools are also good for Indians who are returning after a long foreign stint wondering whether they will readjust back to India or not(they can always run back! :))
- A return to any place is only feasible if there is a suitable job opening and finding a job is never a task in Bengaluru(though I have never been able to find an apt one!! :)) Bengaluru, being India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ is always host to a number of openings in the tech sector(in which the majority of the Indians are employed) and other sectors too. This enables the majority of returnees to find suitable careers.
- Cost of living is low when compared to foreign countries and this a huge plus too(of course, it is still higher when compared to other Indian cities)
- The different festivals of India and the world are celebrated in Bengaluru with the same authenticity and cheer. Be it Ugadi, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Lohri, Pongal – all the festivals are celebrated with the same gaiety and cheer!
Living in such a cosmopolitan culture, enables one to get the best of the West and the East! 🙂 and easily the best place to return to….
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! 🙂