The Travails of an India Returnee
Rajesh, one of Akhil‘s closest buddies from grad school, recently quit his job at a Midwestern technology firm to move to this top tier tech company in Bangalore.
Akhil managed to catch him on Yahoo messenger during one of his late nights at the office, and thought he’d share some news that would interest his old friend.
Akhil: Hi Rajesh! Whats up buddy?
Rajesh: Hey Dude! I am ok. Sup?
Akhil: I am doing ok. You tell me how’s India? Having fun?
Rajesh: It’s alright yaar. Life going on.
Akhil: Guess what, i am considering moving back to India! :)
Rajesh: Frankly Akhil, don’t do that MISTAKE!
Akhil: What? Why?
Rajesh: Abe its not worth it. India is full of shit. I don’t want you to make the same mistake i made.
Akhil: You sound pretty unhappy about your move?!
Rajesh: I am not. I REGRET it.
Akhil: Wow. That bad?
Rajesh: Yaar the job scene is bad; its not easy to move base; and its just too much effort.
Rajesh: You slogged your ass to reach a position in the US. Now don’t give it all up to come back to India.
Rajesh: If you are thinking of coming back to India think hard, then Do Not do it.
Akhil: But i think that there is more growth opportunity in India; all the tech companies are there; and salary levels have risen pretty high.
Rajesh: That is true. You might get a nice job in India. But there are so many problems.
Rajesh: The quality of life…pollution…corruption…dishonesty will be all over you. I can only advise my friends not to repeat my mistake.
Akhil: Arre yaar all this was there when i lived in India all my life before coming to the US. How bad can it be?
Rajesh: Sure. Just that now that you are used to and have access to better amenities, then why do you want to give it up?
Akhil: Well, all of that is true. India may have little problems, but running away isn’t the solution.
Akhil: And like they say, home is where the heart is! I am coming to India.