Indians Abroad

The Annual Pilgrimage

December 28, 2012
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The Annual Pilgrimage

Tweet It’s March again and spring is just around the corner. The tickets are only £450 each. “I miss India. Lets just book our December trip now.” She says. “Yes me too. Tickets should be reasonable this far in advance, right?” You reply. Four months pass. Work priorities take over. The tickets and trip...
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Durga Pooja – NRI Style

October 17, 2012
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Durga Pooja – NRI Style

Tweet I was shaken out of my reverie where I heard the loud ghonta and shaankh in the wee hours of dawn. It had drizzled the night before, and the cold and dampness in the air made me want to cocoon myself tighter. Shaking off the remnants of sleep, I tried to bring my world into focus...
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The Mumbai High

July 25, 2012
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The Mumbai High

Tweet There’s something about Mumbai. Of all the places I like in the country, it’s the one I find hardest to leave. While other cities might evoke feelings of nostalgia and make my heart sigh, Mumbai has a You know you want me attitude. Yes I do, I find myself saying, as I get...
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A Heartbeat Away From Moving Back To India

May 26, 2012
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A Heartbeat Away From Moving Back To India

Tweet Sometimes I feel like I’m a heartbeat away from moving to India. Maybe it will take one more cell-phone contract or one more explanation of what Namaste means before I run to the airport. Granted, I have moments like these in India too, where I’m one more electricity-being-cut-off-day from attacking the electricity board...
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Cross Connection – Inter Racial Weddings

May 19, 2012
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Cross Connection – Inter Racial Weddings

Tweet If England and America are two nations divided by a common language, India is a collage of nations glued clumsily by a common desire to ridicule one another. For example, a Bengali will tell you solemnly that the word Marwadi is synonymous with unscrupulous buccaneers even though Bengal’s economy today rests majorly on their hard work. A...
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From New Jersey, With Love

May 6, 2012
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From New Jersey, With Love

Tweet It all started on a summer afternoon in August. I was walking towards the university’s auditorium for the graduation walk along with a hundred other black robes, gowns and golden scarves (looking like the dance of death in The Seventh Seal). I was in elite company. Batch-mates who had completed semesters of internships in companies, had...
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Who Wants To Become A US Citizen?

July 21, 2010
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Who Wants To Become A US Citizen?

Tweet Check out the following picture to, well, get the real picture. (Click on the link to go to the original graphic. It’s bulky, at over 2 mb) Mike Flynn, Shikha Dalmia, and Terry Colon bring us the entire story of US Immigration. Check out the original post here. Basically, you are screwed if...
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All For A Good Cause

August 17, 2009
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Tweet So Shahrukh Khan says that My Name Is Khan, and that is the reason for being hassled in Newark. That incidentally also happens to be the title of his upcoming film. Not saying anything here, but people have been known to do some rather interesting things to promote their movies. As always, we...
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Because We Own The World

June 10, 2009
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Because We Own The World

Tweet So the Indian students stabbed an Australian with a scew driver, and have started patrolling the streets. Soon they will march up to their seat of government, acquire it, and proclaim Australia an Indian colony. WTBF! I have been an Indian student in the US, following which i lived a happy few years...
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Sunita Williams on the Colbert Report

April 15, 2009
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Tweet Indian Sunita Williams was on the Colbert Report yesterday. For those not in the loop, Williams is a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman – 195 days. That’s six months and a half of gravity-less existence. The Colbert Report is a talk show hosted by...
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Brain Drain – Reversed

March 18, 2009
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Tweet For many years commentators have lamented how India has lost its brightest brains to the west – the phenomenon lovingly referred to as the Brain Drain. It appears that we are seeing another trend these days…the brains that had gotten drained seem to be heading back to India. There’s new phraseology in town:...
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American Idol – Anoop Desai

March 8, 2009
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American Idol – Anoop Desai

Tweet Its becoming a trend. Last year it was Sanjaya Malakar, known more for his hairdos than his singing. This year it is Anoop ‘Noop Dogg’ Desai. Another desi guy in the running to be American Idol. Anoop almost didn’t make it. He was not in the final 12 selected for the Idol finals,...
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H4 Husbands

March 6, 2009
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Tweet Asha and Ravi were a happy couple. After an agonizing year and a half of misery living as an H4 wife, Asha had finally got her H1 visa. She had found a job with a high school in New York city who filed for her H1 visa. She was lucky and the visa...
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Fast Track American Dream

February 17, 2009
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Tweet Here’s how it used to work. You come to the US on a work permit (most often the H1B visa). You work for a few years and find an employer willing to file for your green card, which sorta makes you less of a bonded laborer. Once you get the green card and...
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American Dream/Desi Consulting

January 15, 2009
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American Dream/Desi Consulting

Tweet As the air hostess handed over the immigration forms, Rajat felt a daze from the blood rushing to his head. His dream was coming true, at last. Ever since he had gotten into engineering and heard all those stories of Indians going to America to live out their american dream, he had had...
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