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Happy Dassera!
Living in a foreign environment has me going nuts...Missing India has become second to, before I get over dramatic with my post....Let me get to what I sat down to write. Previous experiences with people, places and things is what shapes a person's thinking. It is nice to see fellow Indians celebrate our festivals with appreciable enthusiasm. A common thought I get to hear is that, we get more religious and "wanting to preserve our tradition" while we are away. It is more like appreciating amma's simple rasam and kootu meal while in a hostel .....Things are different when you live out of your secure environment. It is true that you live where your next meal is destined for you. Also, it is difficult to say that we choose what we want in life, if we could, then why would so many of us crib day in and day out about missing home but having to live here for money and of course the living standards.

It is more of a vicious cycle, any amount of arguments will not work. It is nothing new that our generation is out of their home town. May be each one of our parents has moved out of their turf for a career, in my case from pallakad to hyderabad. My father still misses his home and smells and feel of pallakad. How different are we? Just that, the far off land is more accessible now, we are here. It been a thing as old as the mankind itself, may be we need to look at the aspect of staying back in the "America" as another migration for growth. It is each one's destiny where they end up living. If you are planning to go back home, it is just because may be you are supposed to be there! friends argue about destiny and say we choose our life... I dont want to argue on that...for each his is just that they think they choose thats all!


Latha Narasimhan 3 November 2007 at 10:08  

Avvaiyar has told "Thirai kadal odiyum dhiraviyam thedu"! It is very important to seek wealth and good standard of living!:) We have lived all over India but fortunate nough to lead a comfortable life without travelling out of the country for work!:)

Praveena 5 November 2007 at 10:48  

This time i chose to get bk home sis..!! yeah i did chose..
i chose.. i chose.. i chose..

Ramanan 5 December 2007 at 13:19  

The last verse in Annapoorna Ashtotharam. No place is foreign if you reflect the last lines :-)

Annapoorna Sadaa Poorne Shadkarapraana Vallabhe
Gyaanavairagya Siddhayarta Bhikshan Dehi Cha Paarvatee

Maataa Cha Paarvatee Devee Pitaa Devo Maheshwara
Baandavaa Shivabhaktaakscha Swadesho Bhuvanatrayam

Last lines meaning ".....Parvathi as (my) mother, Maheshwara as (my) father, Shiva Bhaktas are my relatives and all of the three worlds is my homeland"

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Divya Shankar 9 November 2010 at 04:19  

Nice post and defntly as you said - this topic of debate on choice will never end.
There's an element of choice in all our decisions. We are fortunate to voice our concerns and weigh outcomes and effects ..not all decisions are inflicted on us more than our forefathers/ancestors/grandparents generation etc. I chose to stay in India purely because I wanted to stay close to my parents and I found a like minded husband as well. For those who think that our academic capabilities are less and that's why we failed from being a US resident, I would like to say - we chose .. we chose .. we chose to stay in India. (much like Praveena has said in her comment above)

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