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Everyday Life As An NRI

March 21, 2013

I have been living and working in the Big Apple, that’s New York city, for the past 15 years. But I must confess, I was a reluctant visitor when I first arrived here in the United States. The job situation in India back then was quite dismal; and having studied at some very sought after places and having worked as hard as I had; it seemed that getting a job at home in India, would just not be rewarding enough for all that I had done. Hence, I landed up in NYC.

So for all those who think NYC is some heaven; well, think again. Yes, it is no doubt one of the world’s greatest cities. And that it has given me a life I could have never dreamed of in India, well, the answer to that would also be a resounding yes. But like everywhere in the world, this seemingly perfect city has its fair share of problems. Its not always hunky dory here. From traffic jams that are the city’s Achilles’s heel to rents that are higher than the tall sky scrapers; its not always easy-breezy like Central Park. Most of us regular humans live way out of downtown Manhattan and tackle long commutes to even longer working days.

I suppose my point is this. Now, having grown older, and hopefully a bit wiser; I have started to view things a bit differently. I long for home, long for the dirty smells of India. To my mind, with the Indian job market having evolved leaps & bounds and with the world’s attention now on India; its a great time to get a great job back home. Then, why not weather some of the problems of our own cities instead of living so many thousands of miles away?

If I can be stuck in traffic in New York, I’d rather be stuck in traffic, in Mumbai! If I’m paying through my nose in NYC to live in Queens, I’d rather pay through my nose and live in Bandra. Again, my simple point, as an NRI, I now crave to return home. To be close to friends and family. To be, in my motherland. But hey, that’s just my personal opinion. Tonnes of my NRI friends aren’t as eager as I am to return, and they are entitled to their opinions. Its a subjective thing. But if I had it my way, I’d rather be home.

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Friendship Day

August 3, 2012

Growing old is never fun. And what is the one single biggest thing that is missed when you become a responsible family man? Friends.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that one doesn’t have friends when one is middle aged or old. But, the way we had friends & friendships during our growing up years, has no comparison. School & college friends with whom we had spent a lot of quality time indulging in things that were footloose & fancy without a care in the world – that kind of friendship, becomes really rare as one moves forward in life.

I too am a family man, living in Atlanta with my wife and three adorable kids. But, I am still very much in touch with my three closest friends from school & college – Ramesh, Abhyuday & Sachin. They were the people with whom I smoked my first cigarette, learned how to ‘patao’ a girl… laughed & cried, each time any of us did something good, or anything bad happened in any of our lives!

These guys have taught me the true meaning of friendship. But of course, being in different parts of the world – me in Atlanta, Sachin in Australia, Ramesh in Delhi and Abhyuday in Paris; meeting is nowhere near as frequent as we would like it to be. Add to that, one of the guys, whose name I don’t want to mention, is going through a rough financial patch. It’s unfair of us to press him too much to fly down anywhere for a meet.
And so, I have decided that this Friendship Day, we shall all have a reunion – all expenses on me! I am doing well and I think for once, I should spend on my true friends. So here’s my plan – I have arranged for all four to receive a surprise parcel that will have a first class air ticket, all the way from where they are to Atlanta.
I can’t wait for us all to meet in person, to renew our bond of friendship, and behave like a bunch of juveniles, thus be one unbreakable friendship unit, again!

A word to you all, friendships are too important to let go of. They need patience, tolerance, and understanding. If you can do that, they can be the single most rewarding experience of your life!


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