So, a couple of months ago I was talking to one of my friends about my time in the US and I had some honest views about it. I was laughed at(not the bad one, a good laugh J) and told to write about it,
After some persuasion I promised that I would do so after my trip to India. So here it is,
“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky”
I am going to do something unusual about this. I would first like to talk about the guys who have not chosen to go to the You-Yess(Yes, that is how I pronounce it). Kudos to you guys, you are the ones who didn't take the easier way out and please, don’t be disheartened by the applause and the number of likes a “Got my Visa” status usually receives. And stop listening to those aunties and uncles who pester you with comparisons to one of your cousins or friends who are studying or working abroad. These people are most likely good-for-nothing chaps themselves who like to take out the failures of their lifelong bitterness on you.
Read the above quote by Dr. Suess again and realize how lucky you are to be with your family and friends. If that’s not something to smile about then I don’t know what is.
“Hope is a good thing. maybe the best of good things. and no good thing ever dies”
I've always been fascinated with this quote from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’(One of the best movies I’ve ever seen)
To those who will begin your journey to the you-yess in a few days, all I can say is, despite all of your inquiries with friends who've been there; I can promise you that you will have a unique experience for sure. What I cannot guarantee is that whether your initial experiences will be good or bad. Mine were exceedingly good so I am inclined to think that that is usually the case, but I’m told that the opposite does happen quite often too.
“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.”
I was having a discussion with a Chinese friend about the number of people from each of our countries in the US when he made this comment, “There are lots of us, but with the number of guys you have in the cities of Texas and New York you could make up new cities all by yourselves”. He didn't of course use the exact same words (trust me their English sucks).
Anyway this got me thinking as to why do we go to the you-yess anyway.
I could think of two most common reasons.
1) Fun and 2) Money.
Those who already have the 2nd part do so in order to do attain the 1st part.
In either case we only make the journey upon suggestions from our previous generations who have been there and who blab about the ‘Great American Dream’ and the culture, the wonders etc. That might just be the reason why this dream will end soon.
People are sheep. There’s no point in denying it. Me, you and all of us are sheep who like to live in herds.
In the past, to earn the money needed to make it worth it, all you had to do was go to a ‘Good’ University and pass out with some ‘Good’ marks. With the exponential increase in our fellow country-men and the fact that not all jobs in the you-yess are for non-citizens, that bar has gone up. Now, just ‘Good’ doesn't seem to be enough and most realize this only when its too late.
For those of you who are not motivated by either of the above two reasons and are leaving your home country just to make use of the excellent teaching facilities over there. Thank you for your existence. Without you the world would be a shallow and bitter place to live in. Good luck to you.
One thing I have learned after spending a year and returning back to India is that the people, the warmth, the love and affection in our home country is very unique and can’t be replicated. I will miss it after this vacation is done.
Well to those of you who've liked this blog. I’m glad I could strike a chord.
To those of you who haven’t, well blogs are just suggestions and like Homer Simpson said, suggestions are like pants, they can always be ignored.