Interesting. In Kerala, the malayalam calendar used by Hindus starts in or around August/September. Seems Hinduism is not a single religion like Islam or Christianity. Bunch of related sub-religions connected together and considered one religion (although that's not so).
I am personally shocked to see Rajat Gupta charged by FBI for securities fraud. When I was graduating, Rajat Gupta was awarded the distinguished Alumni award. Then I have seen him several times (had some small hi/hello type conversations with him) and he has done a lot for IIT Alumni and the IIT institutions. This comes as a complete shock to me to see a person whom I admired so much get into trouble. I hope the charges are proven wrong.
The good part is that he surrendered voluntarily. But that's also casts a shadow over him for if he know that he was really innocent, he could have hired a top notch legal team. But that's a overly gross assumption. Maybe he was honest and wanted to abide by the law. I still think he will have a high profile defense team.
I did not get the point which author was trying to make. It was all some emotional ramblings.
My former boss went to India, was delighted to go back to India .. his kids had lot of problems when he went to India .. but in a year or two the problems were settled .. the kids loved in India .. he had to come back to US because his company sent him back.. his kids hate being in US now as they face bullying in school … he wants to go back to India. Whatever the author of the article said has nothing to do about India, it was his personal perception and the way he looked at things. Everyone wants a good life and that is really independent of which country one lives. It all depends on how what he has convinced his mind what is good for him. What I see in the author is a confused indecisive mind which is trying to rationalize a decision he took and is not sure about,
A very close friend went back to India recently after about 10 years here. He moved to Mumbai (and did not like it there) and is now moving to Bangalore. He always used to talk about going back to India, so I was not surprised when he did so but now I wonder if he will find it easy there. I guess it'd be different had he moved to Kerala. That is home for him. Any place outside Kerala will be alien to him in many little different ways.
It was same with the author. He was not a Kannadiga and he was living in Bangalore. Maybe that's why all these people find it hard to adjust when they go back to India. They think they are going home but they are not.
Well I don't think I agree with that about Bangalore. It is very different than other places - Hindi is very common. You can easily survive without knowing Kannada. I would have agreed with you if you talked about Chennai, Kolkatta and may be Trivandrum which do feel alien to people from other states even in short visits. But Bangalore these days is filled with people from other states thanks to the IT industry. For example, in GIT you will find most of the Bangalore residents are not Kanndigas.
Maybe the author was born and brought up in an affluent family and had little exposure to the actual India. Having been born and brought up in middle class traditional family, I would actually feel very uncomfortable among the rich and modern. I think he mentions that he's been in India for 11 years prior to this and I assume it was in his childhood. If that's the case, his reasoning is a no brainer.
But the real difficulty is that different parts of India are so unlike each other, that even an Indian moving within the country will feel very uncomfortable for a while. I'm from down south in India and cities like New Delhi and Mumbai are so strange to me and it took a while to get into the zone.
The sorry part is that public apathy has crept in and settled down in most big cities. It'll not be long before some incident like the Chinese little girl's happens in India. I'm actually guessing that things like that already happen and just doesn't make the news.
But the real difficulty is that different parts of India are so unlike each
other, that even an Indian moving within the country will feel very
uncomfortable for a while. I'm from down south in India and cities like New
Delhi and Mumbai are so strange to me and it took a while to get into the
Very good point. The guy did not go to his home-town, he went to Bangalore which was probably more alien to him that most of the US.
It'll not be long before some incident like the Chinese little girl's happens in
I did not draw that conclusion. He wanted to return to India (for whatever reasons) and he did not like it back there. I suspect he chose the wrong city. Now he's just trying to find reasons to excuse his seeming failure to re-adjust to his own country.
Well a little more detail of what I said is.... he wanted to go back and so he found 'some' reason and went back ignoring 'lots' of positives he had here in India. He had a preset mind so he returned (Wifey conversation might be the ultimate boost/trigger!).