Monday, March 10, 2008

Obsession called NRI

Alas, I am here for writing about this phenomenon or anomaly which I found highly irritating at times. Recently, life brought me to one of the most developed and advanced (read pompous) state of our country, popularly known as Punjab. And this is what I see here, Mr. A’s daughter is not very well educated, she cannot frame general English, she isn’t aware what fluency is? But her long cherished dream is to fly abroad even if it’s through her marriage. The children are brought up with a dream to fly abroad to be rich and if they couldn’t manage to get a visa, marriage is the visa fro them.

People have only one dream for their children, i.e. to fly abroad and to get settled over there, no matter its education or a bribe, the ultimate goal is to settle in a foreign nation. But, but they never skip from making it clear that there spices in the kitchen, utensils, clothes, slippers, oil, toothbrush etc blah-blah and even wives have to be Indian. With some is the cost factor involved and with others the culture. There are rules devised for the family members which could be loosened or broken when an NRI relative visits them. Surprised! O man, understand he/she is from Canada/US, New Zealand or whatever…

The show & pompous which this status brings in is again magnificent. There has to be a Limousine arranged to pick up the NRI from airport. No less then that, a car will work. You can easily see the difference in a Indian –dressed casually depicting the westernized impact on our population and a Non-Resident Indian dressed in a ………..oh m wordless…ok lets say, dressed in a way depicting a fine (no that’s too good a word) fusion of desi (local) and pardesi (foreign resident) culture.

Though I am glad that the educated lot did realized the upswing in Indian economy and has now started considering Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh etc in place of Canada, US, New Zealand. Having been stayed in metro’s and cosmopolitan cities around the nation, I have seen the development happening in terms of jobs, careers and education and also the reverse brain drain but after coming here it seems like many in the state are still unaware of all this. For them it’s only abroad where they will find a rich, classy (they have a different definition of class) life. And to that also, I got to learn a sad fact that many of these, who parade their richness and NRI status in the home country are actually doing the laborious jobs there. And then I felt sad and also helpless about the misconceptions people are getting carried away with. Its purely illiteracy, ignorance and lust to get a status (rather) tag of NRI.

What’s disheartening is people do this just for the sake of tag, class and quick money. Its disgusting that this also fetches a bad name to those who reach there out of education, qualification and quality. Those who still let the dream of coming back to home country flourish deep inside their heart. Those who believe in doing good for the nation despite being staying far away. And those who just want to earn a status tag called NRI.

6 comments:

Chakoli said...

:-)))))


Heard of many such cases.../
anmd it really feels sad.....:-(((

the irony is that...veen after so many cases...people keep on repeatinhg the same stuff.....

shoOOonya said...

The state of affairs in India as well as abroad is gradually changing now ... wether it is the NRI status or foren-return label ...

Life in the country is changing ... lifestyle products available in US are also available in India .. movies are released almost simultaneously ... salary levels have gone up ... dollar exchange rate is going down ...

all this is adding to the 'losing charm of dollar life' ...

the foren-return guy is no longer a hot shot !!

of course, perceptions that have been formed over the last two-three decades (the ones u described in the blog post) have become deeply ingrained and it will take some time for them to erode ....

Paro said...

I do not agree tht "love is not enough".. according to me.. its the only thing which is enough to define everything... relationships are not based on barter.. you give me this I will give you that and then only I will love you... rather its .. "i love you and I will do anythng for you regardless of how much you do it for me "

~ sadly V didnt realise this..

anyway .. think I should conform to the barter system from now on..

--suddentwilight

Jigyasa d Sensitive:-) @ O3 said...

@ Chakoli

Agree to u. People are aware but they keep on repeating....but as

@ Shoooonya has said, perceptions have been formed and it will take time for them to erode.....Amen! Lets hope for the best.

@ Paro aka Suddentwilight

You read the previous blog and left the comment here....may be you disagree to one being intransigence....but I have just mentioned that sometimes love is not all one needs....otherwise like u have said, that V dint realised.....most dont do that. And why I told ya to have a read bcoz finally u have decided to take charge.

Good Luck. Keep Smiling :-)

Vamsi said...

@ jigyasa ...
what u said is true. that is why punjabis are famous indian exports to US and UK.

Anonymous said...

its half truth, u should just not present prima facie infomartion about punjabis, u sud research in depth, before commenting on any community,