Enjoy life in USA vs India personal comfort

Personal Life, Comfort, Enjoyment in America Vs. India

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Coming from a middle class family in India, I am not used to having an air conditioner at home or in the bus…also, never had a car …on a hot summer day, if I travel, I would be almost drenched in sweat…It is quite a different experience living in similar weather conditions in America…I have Air conditioner at home, in the car, in the bus and in any building I enter….quite comfortable life…I am still an average middle class man in America…but, as an individual my life is pretty cozy. Let me share some of my thoughts on personal life, enjoyment and comfort in America comparing with India… this article is part of series Life in America vs. India

Personal Life in US vs. India

In America, your life is very independent…you have full freedom to be the way you want…Privacy is of utmost importance either at home or in a social setting. You do not see people intruding into your personal life, unless you know them very well. You can dress the way you want, travel wherever you want, be passionate about anything you appreciate, etc…Though you are a social being, you are less dependent on others for living your daily life…On the other hand, in India, unless you are from a very affluent society, you are limited by your choices and you are an interdependent human being…you may be barred from doing certain things because of the social implications and taboos…Your choices may be influenced by your peers, family or society because people tend to judge others based on their personal practices and lifestyle…In US, you have the freedom to have a weird lifestyle and not be judged by others…the reality is people do not care much about others lifestyle in US, it is all about individuality…

Physical Comfort in US vs. India

As I mentioned above, you have at most physical comfort everywhere in US….buses, trains, air planes, office buildings, homes, restaurants, shopping centers, etc…You have heaters in cold places and air conditioners in hot places…unless you live in a metro and have good transportation, most people own cars…owning a car is very common…You do not have power cuts…you have so many choices everywhere…I cannot think of anything that creates physical discomfort to me in US as a middle class guy…on the other hand in India, as a middle class guy, I am subjected to physical discomfort in many places buses, trains, shops, etc…I am not talking about upper middle class or rich people…just trying to compare middle class life in US vs. India

Enjoyment in US vs. India

There are so many things to do in US…you are free to do whatever you want without being judged by others…You are free to go to a American football game or to a pub and not be judged…read this article for things to do in USA …Some might like to play board games, some might like to paint, some might like to play guitar, some might like to do archery, some might like to do play cricket, some might like to tell stories, some might like to read books, do skydiving (my experience) etc…whatever your enjoyment activity is, you have a group of people interested in doing similar things and you can find them and enjoy your stuff without being judged by your peers, family and relatives…in India, due to social situations, unless your family and friends circle is care free, open minded, or may be affluent, you may be judged or criticized…Honestly, I would have never even tried to buy guitar, take dance classes, Tae-kwon-do classes, etc …just because my parents may say no, peer pressure and others would judge me…you have much independence to enjoy your life

Decision to live in US vs. India based on Personal preferences

Some people like to live an independent and comfortable life of their own without being judged by others…. some like to live in a social setting with their own cultural beliefs and surrounded by people with similar mindset…If you are in latter category, you are better off to live or settle in India…if not America is your place to live…irrespective of what your preferences are, living in US for some time will give you an understanding or new perspective of things….In all reality, many people settle in America not because they are making more money, but just that life is more independent, comfortable and with many options for their version of enjoyment….

What do you think of Personal life in US vs. India ?

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Comments ( 382 )

  1. Joey

    I am still to figure out why people crave to be in the States. Ac in house, buses, office are all there in India. To me life in US is difficult. There is absolutely no luxury. Luxury to me means having a maid, a cook, a driver. Great parlour services, visiting massage center twice a month. I had all these back home. If you come back home and have to do the cooking utensils cleaning where is the luxury???? And if we talk about food- we cannot survive with burger pr pizza or ready to eat. Moreover, they are not good for health. So you end up having only side with rice or chapatti cause again you do not have time and only millionaires have cook. Where is luxury??

    1. Jatin

      Awesome reply… Luxury and beauty all lies in India :-)
      US is just a place to earn dollars and go back and enjoy with your family….

  2. tusharanand

    hey…!!!!!!! u have money to spend on shifting to usa but not have money to buy an ac. ac costs 10-20 thousand rs. and one plane ticket to us cost 50-3,4 lac rs. dude you are not saying right. i live in middle class i have a fully airconditioned car with heater and 2 acs at home. man..

  3. sk

    Are you serious man? US is not a judgement free zone, people DO judge you based on your skin color (Yes, all those smiles are Fake). As a brown guy it’s so hard for you to date a girl (unless you look like Hrithik roshan) or to make friends in a new town! It doesn’t matter how long you live here, you’ll always have that gilt of being a foreigner. One should really have thick skin to ignore that, in fact most of the Indians do know that they’re not welcomed in USA, but they still ignore that fact and act like they have all the freedom in the world. (Again.. Thick skin!! LOL)

  4. XYZ

    India is also not that bad its just that people(including me also) are not enthusiastic and caring like Americans are for their country

  5. thought process

    if we want to live in luxury independent life america is the best country i have ever seen .And if we are just fulfilling our basic amenities it means we are only fulfilling our needs so we are living in india
    there is a lot of difference between luxury and need
    maruti800 is need
    rolls royal is luxury

  6. abhishek

    well i am a school going student in delhi .. i m currently in 12 standard .. i belong to a average family although we live in a posh location in delhi where u can really feel yes ,india has developed and changed a lot …
    a lot has changed in india and yet a lot has to be changed .. but let me ask u one simple question ..?? why should one live his all life waiting for a change ,for a still better situa that never happens .. well frankly i do love my india- its heritage and diverstity but perhaps i still dont like india for- i love myself more ..
    i am not one of them who live their whole life for the day they would chase,they would follow thier dreams ..
    seriously life in countries like india is tough and challenging .. and yet it has a flavor of intense hippocracy ..
    1:) we may be happy to call all indians are my brothers and sis in a school pledge but never behaved equally to the people who belong to a low cast or with financial problems … take times of india of any day and u will found more in it then i say ..
    2;) as a student ,i never enjoyed living in india ..this time our secrewed up education system is the culprit .. u cannot expect meaningfull from it . gradind system till 10 usually declined the education al standards .. and in 11-12there is a intense pressure of hetting into an iit or iim . i mean if they really want us to do well they should have do it in earlier classes too ..
    i do no share any more but you can still consult some articalls and refrences to conform
    3;) our culture ( although i do not support western culture too ,it has its own prob) is not made for all of us ,as far as i and 90%of youngsters think … it still had many wired things ,which made our culture bad .. for ex – u cannot kiss in public,but can pee in a public space .. we camplain about the increasing vulgarity in movies and banned many scenes proudly for it is against our culture but have a eye on what u say in a day and i can definitaly say – u usse many bad words everday .. ride in a metro and u will find teens talking in that manner go ouside and u will find office guys cusing their bosses ..
    3;) well i would like to feel sorry if i would hurt your imotions before beggining further ……
    in india moviea like pk and omg clearly signify what is the cureent scenerio ,,:( do i need to add more .. …. have u evet heard that perticular church is above that mountain and pilgrims work so hard to reach there ..well in a recent visit to such temple i found something wierd – a man take the helicopter to reach there only to camplain to god – i dont have my legs fixed after surgery !!!!!!?!? i mean to belive in god is good ,buy if u over believe that term has a different meaning- andwishwash is what we call in hindi ..
    4;) its system .. yes whole system in india is currupt … only sons vand daughterswith a reach dad find theier way easy to make it in any way in india especially in politixally BY HOoK OR By CROock technique still valids
    5:) those are from poor background s found it even more difficult to get even what they deserve …..
    6!) ther are still many areas in India wher we still live for food ,shelter and clothes .. forget about development ,u will never see a concrete house ther …..except a house of a mla or a politicien … ……
    5;) well u may say that crimes prevail in usa ,but India has othet crimes … here some wumen even found it difficult to go out in dark .. for in the darkness of night in delhi – criminal s made their way ..
    7;) one last point – before concluding this article is not written to critise india ,but to discuss about problems of young india( yes we are young now ,for we have only independent few decades back … and the best thing in young age anyone can develop***”*if he wishes to develop ***** so it should not be taken as a ….
    rather i think if one takes every critism as a compliment ,no one could stop him for developing …. from a cureent better ..

  7. thoughtful

    And yes. Whoever here is writing against US and is too pro Indian lifestyle, give them a chance to be in US. They will run to US at drop of a hat – writing something in blog is different and real life is different. Whoever has gone back to India has gone only because their visa was over or they could not afford living in US
    And if they feel so strongly for India’s they must have done 2 things by now:
    1. never should have thought or been to US
    2. Improved India.

    1. ProudIndian

      At the outset I would love to point out that every single thing written in one of the posts above shows how much the writer needs to improve on the language used for communication; there are hundreds of mistakes, grammatical as well as spelling. I think when we use the social media to openly express our views, we should be conscious about communicating the right way, especially when there are tools available to help you to do so. These posts not only represent you but your country, and also speak about your education, awareness, and maturity to post on social media.

      Well I have grown up in a simple, middle class, Maharashtrian family in Mumbai, completed my education in a small English medium school, in the S.S.C board. I know hundreds of people, including myself, who have had opportunities to settle in US, but wanted to settle only in India, and have done so after being in the U.S. between 5-10 years or above, because they want their children to grow up with a sense of responsibility, togetherness, and moral values, as well as get basic all rounded education, which can open up doors of opportunities for them in this globalized era!

      If people settle outside their homeland, because of jobs and their areas of interest, that does not make their homeland bad! Look at the statistics or even around you to know and understand these facts –

      1. How many Americans are educated or have seen a college?
      2. How many of those educated, or with a Bachelor’s degree do really know what they have learnt?
      3. How many of those have knowledge and wisdom to apply what they have learnt?
      4. How many of the school going American kids feel secure?
      5. How many crimes occur in the US which are based on hate and discrimination?
      6. How many women are abused but never reported or given justice because they belong to a particular community?
      7. How many people are never given opportunity to work, are feared or are hated because of their religion or appearance?
      8. How many people are helped but are then criticized for their faith and then brain-washed to convert their faiths?
      9. How many children are abused in the places of worship?
      10. How many cyber-crimes happen in US?
      11. How easy is it to get basic medical in US?
      12. How established is the public transport system?
      13. How easy and fast are the inter-bank financial transactions?
      14. How much tax is paid by every person?
      15. How many Indians who have settled here raise their children as per American culture?
      16. What food is cooked and eaten in the houses of Indians who have settled here?
      17. How safe is the tap water and GM food sold openly, without declaring the source of food and the harmful effects on human beings?
      18. How healthy is an average middle class American as compared to an average Indian, in mind and body?

      Get your facts right –
      1. Almost 60% of the American population has mild to severe allergies to daily use food items.
      2. Indians are hired, respected, retained, sponsored for their knowledge, sincerity, values, social responsibility, and hard work.
      3. Population density of India is around 390 people/ sq. km as against around 34 people/ sq. km. This means a developing country, and the largest democracy in the world supports a density, which is more that 10 times that of the supposedly supreme power of the world, and produces people who are valued worldwide.
      4. The average life of an American might me higher by 10 years, but Indians die more healthy and have people who love them, live with them, and miss them; this to me is more important that living longer.

      All the millionaires and billionaires in India were not born so; each one of them used their wisdom, knowledge and contacts to establish a big empire. They could have fled to another country after making it big, but they decided to retain and enhance what they created. No one can deny that creating an empire is undoubtedly difficult, but sustaining it and growing in the competitive world is even more difficult, but they did it and are doing it! If you trace back their roots, they all came from small, humble, at times orthodox backgrounds, but they dared to do what they believed in and achieved success, rather than going the easy route of not trying and then blaming the society for it!

      Indians who have settled in America live in close Indian communities, celebrate all important festivals with all love and vigor. Indians who want to settle and have settled here is only because they have managed to make a little India; they eat Indian, wear Indian, think Indian, speak Indian, they haven’t forgotten their roots.

      Every single crime or social issue like corruption, pollution, discrimination, poverty, hunger, women and child abuse, exists in the U.S. too, but it is not advertised to the world for obvious reasons; only insiders would know it. The ones who criticize India are the hypocrites who prefer ignoring things happening outside the closed windows of their cars, big homes and offices, in America and are content looking at the exchange rates between USD and INR. These are the ones who will run for their money, the day rupee starts getting stronger and goes back to what it was few decades ago.

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