New Journey of Our Life
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference - Robert Frost.
We don’t know whether it is a road less traveled or frequently traveled. But it was a decision long pending and we took it now. We are not worried about the outcome instead we would like to take the path and leave the outcome to time.
These days most of my friends ask me this question – “why did you decide to go back to India now?” or “why can’t you wait for another few more years and go back?” Here is what I typically answer to those questions. These are not in any particular order but this was the major thought process that went through our mind before we decided to make that decision of going back.
My Area of Work
“You know in India we don’t even do anything close to this in water treatment plants”. This was what an interviewer replied to me when I explained to him what I am doing right now in US. I replied back to him “This is exactly for this reason I want to come back to India”.
Water and Wastewater industry in India lags behind US by at least 10 to 20 years. Forget the fact that majority of Indian population does not have access to clean drinking water, the existing water treatment plants itself uses very old technologies to treat water. I felt I could contribute more to the society working in India in the area of water/waste water treatment and this thought process was one of the most driving forces in making a decision to go back to India.
Right Time to Go Back With a Kid
We never wanted to settle in US and always wanted to go back to India. This thought was always in my mind during my student days as well as when I was working. I have observed a lot of Indians who are few years elder to me who talk passionately about going back to India but never take any concrete steps to do so. One of the main things those people tell you “We really want to go back but I don’t think our kids want to settle in India”. Most of them have kids around 5 to 10 years old and I can understand – a kid born and brought up in US will find it really tough to adjust to the life style in India. My daughter is just 6 months old and if she grows up here for another few years she “may’ not want to go back.
Whenever the discussion about going back to India comes up with my friends this whole concept of savings comes into picture. “How much savings do we need before we go back?” Every one will come up with their own numbers and most of those numbers are so large that realistically it will take at least 20 odd years to save that much. The way I see that – if you can go back to India at a relatively young age (around 35 years old) with a very good job in hand, then it is fine to have just enough savings for initial settling in India. You have most productive years of your life in front of you and can easily earn and save for your family. Coming years will prove if my theory is right or wrong!
America is called “land of opportunities”. The world order has changed dramatically in the last two decades. With the advent of communication revolution it could be right to say that the whole world is “land of opportunities”. Now from my office in India I can easily work/collaborate with a professor or a company in US. A few years back such collaboration was almost impossible. These days irrespective of the place of stay, you can do stuff you want to do anywhere in the world. When you have that luxury why do you have to live in a place far off from your motherland?
The reasons I had to go back were quite straight forward. But it took months of discussion and hours of planning before we finally decided to go back. It was indeed one of the toughest decisions I have made. However, I leave time to be the judge.
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