An NRI’s perspective on the main changes in India
After a long time, I went back to India this summer. Everybody was warning me, “You won’t recognize your town.” … “Be prepared for a reverse culture-shock”…. “It is not the same India you left more than a decade ago.”
Even though the reason for my trip was family emergency, I was quite excited. My trip was short – only two weeks, but I was looking forward to going places and visiting friends, families, old memories…..
Yes, I did see the new face of India; I did visit all of my old friends, all of my relatives and neighbors, even though I barely recognized half of them. As far as India, I recognized it all!
It was very hot for the month of May, but I spent everyday on the road – going places and meeting everyone I had intended to.
Not to disappoint anyone, I was not shocked or surprised after what I saw in my home-town or overall in India. May be because I was already warned. The main changes I noticed were:
Bigger houses and shopping malls everywhere: Almost every house has added one more floor/storey to their residence; or they have added adjacent rooms. That’s good, because it used to be quite crowded indoors before. It is still crowded for some reason even though there are more rooms. A lot more shops and malls add to the city life.
Traffic is crazier than ever: Once I started my Indian journey from Delhi airport, the sound of non-stop horns on the road was the first realization that I was home. The traffic is much crazier. The funny thing is that the drivers are much more aggressive, and still, they are always late to their final destination.
Everybody has two cell phones: I don’t get it, why you need two cell phones. The way my driver explained to me, “One is to talk to my family and friends, and one for ‘others’.” I still don’t get the ‘others’ part. Continue reading