When I started graduate school in the US, I was part of quite a few student organizations…every time I go to a social event, I would meet people from different countries…It was very exciting to know about their cultures, their food, dressing, etc…I wrote an article describing why you should meet new people in America… in the same lines, I would like to describe the social life in the US vs. India in relation to meeting new people….this article is part of the series Settle in US or India – Comparison
Social Life in USA vs India – Meeting new people from Different Cultures
I was raised in India for over 20 years, I can tell you that in all my 20 years of life, I never met anyone from another country in a social setting…once in a blue moon I would see some foreigners in cities or sightseeing destinations…although, things have changed in the course of last few years, fundamentally majority or most of the population in India belong to same race despite the diverse cultures, food habits, languages, etc…The odds of meeting people from different countries in a social setting, unless you have a rich cosmopolitan background, are very less.
Unlike, in America, there are people from a variety of races, countries, cultures, etc…If you walk down the street in downtown of any city, you would see a variety of restaurants with different cuisines…if you go to a social gathering could be a potluck, birthday party, dance party, or to a bar, the chances of you meeting new people from different country or race are very high… I met people from so many different countries, it all started at school as I used to go to international student organizations events…after graduation, continued the trend and formed a friends circle with people from different countries…it would always be so much fun to hang out with cool people from other countries as you get to embrace their food, culture, entertainment, etc…
Decision to Live in US vs. India – Meeting new people
Some of you might be very excited get to know about various cultures, their food, etc… If you are a person who would like to experience new cultures, meet new people from different countries….then you are better off living in America than in India….things may change over course of time, but at least for the next few decades, America is the place as it is the melting pot of various cultures… some of you may not be too excited about these kinds of things…for these kind of people, it does not make any difference…you can live or move back to India…
What do you think of meeting new people in USA ? Any experience meeting people from new country ?
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