A Way of American Life: My First Experience of Indian Citizen Going Abroad
Almost 22 years ago I was a student at the Sir J. J. School of Applied Art. I was learning BFA Applied Art (Advertising & Marketing)
On the same campus, there was the Sir J. J. School of Art & Sir J. J. School of Architecture.
One story that I experienced and was inspired by was about one Sir J. J. School of Art final-year graduate student who got hired by Disney Animation Studios in America. We all Applied Art students went to meet him shake his hand and saw his sketchbook. We were amazed by his achievements as Disney just doesn’t take Indian Art Students out of graduation as their employment standards and quality of work that they require are high. Disney normally takes Animator with 20 Years of hardcore Animation Industry Experience. But one day out of the blue same J. J. student returned from America after 6 Months as he was depressed saying no Disney Studio colleague said hi to him or waved in gesture in recognition of his existence in the company. It was the year 2001 at that time there was no iPhone, WhatsApp, Messenger, or Instagram to talk with his parents and siblings. So he was lonely at the tender age of 22 years. This is the psyche of a young man who went to America for a better quality of life than to be in India forever.
Story of My One Chitpavan Kokanastha Brahman Friend:
One of my Chitpavan Kokanastha Brahman friends went to America. A French/American guy insults him about Godhra Riots that happened in 2002 and how that is happening in your country. And my friend says he is ashamed of his country and then does not choose to insult Americans by countering him by asking what they did to native Americans. For getting a green card and trying to stay in the good books of the foreign country he was ready to orphan his motherland. When he went to America he told me to take care of his parents as he is not going to return… He said to me that the first time he took a flight to America he ate beef on his first foreign travel and he was excited to become American without even reaching America. His most patriotic experience of becoming an American immigrant was listening to Movie dialogue when the American President stood on Car and says ‘We celebrate our independence day’ in the year 1996 movie called ‘Independence Day’. Listening to the dialogue he felt goosebumps from his foot to his head. But he forgot in his primary school days he used to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ every day but he felt no goosebumps in his ten years of schooling. His father took our milk or food items out of our home without asking us as he was proud that his son has gone to the US and done something amazing. His father and mother would often enter our home and use our toilets without flushing them. They would use air conditioning to save their home electricity. Total slave mentality. I told him you are Indian first and not an American scholar he felt insulted and he reported my yahoo email account as abusive. Even one day he return to India for a month’s trip he was asked for a free blank CD as he just can’t afford Indian prices of the single blank compact disk which was available for INR 25.00 at that time. He took it anyway. Then he saw my latest macOS genuine operating system CDROM installer he wanted it again for free as he don’t want to spend another INR 1,250.00 as it is too much expensive. I may remind you he was earning a hundred thousand dollars in USD in his employment with a reputed American IT company.
Story of My Second Chitpavan Kokanastha Brahman Friend:
Another Chitpavan Kokanastha Brahman friend of mine went to us for 4 years he forgot all his 35 years in India and he says his daughter has a better future in America than in India as he has his special American green card and he doesn’t believe in religion or cast. He has already left his cast and religion long back and he has grown to be a world citizen. He doesn’t want to be recognised or associated with the community groups as it doesn’t look good on his professional ethics. But he was just a research assistant at IIT Powai and not even IIT Post Graduate or Masters’s or PhD Student. Then how can a 4-year trip to America change his perception towards his 1 million old religion and his cast?
In America, if any foreigner loos job he has 15 days to find another employment in America or he has to leave America and go to his native country. America has serial killers on rampant who are 50-kilometre diameter within your location and about to kill you or look for their victim. America has more poverty and a crime rate. American media never shows slums in their area but shows India build out of slums and poverty. America is more expensive than India. In India you Veg Sandwich at INR 35 but in America, you get lesser food content Veg Sandwich at INR 500 (converted from USD). So America has a 3.59x high Purchasing Power Parity than India.
So why one wants to settle in America at cost of insulting his religion and caste? Why do they want to defame Indians living in India itself, their culture, and society? They are upbringing in India.
These are the same people who studied on scholarships from School to college to master to PhDs and they still want to blame India for the low quality of living.
I just can’t understand NRI (Non-Resident Indian) behaviour and their psychology once they start earning thousands of USD.
We Indian / Bharatiya / HIndustani have to revalidate our education system to change this situation or brain drain and psyche of insulting our people from where you belong.
I hope it makes you think and revalidate your thought about the next young generation.
Thanks & Regards