I still remember those very first days when I first came to US, when calling India was around 14 cents per minute and I was a little hesitant to call home every week. Today, we can call India from US anywhere from 1.5 cent to 2 cents, unbelievable the amount of change in calling rates…Now-a-days, I call home every day or at least alternate days. Some of us constantly call and some do not call even once in 15 days, this article is my perception of things and why I think calling home alternate day is very important.
Why is it important? Family relationships ?
Imagine, How many times do we go home after we come to US as a student or a professional on H1B visa ? Once every 2 years or may be Once a year at the most. Think about how many times you used to go home when you were studying in India. Some of us stayed at home all through our education until we came to US. Imagine the attachment we have built over years with our parents and family ? Think about how hard your parents struggled to help you come to US, those long days of application process, Visa support, Bank loans, packing…Imagine how much affection they have toward us and doing all this for our good… Don’t you think you should be thankful to your parents and call them every day ? Stephen Covey says, relationships are like “Emotional Bank accounts”, Imagine you have to balance it, the only way to add affection to your emotional bank account is by interaction. The least possible we can do is call home. We do not need to talk for an hour or 30 min. Call them and say, 5 minutes a day. How much does it cost you ? 10 cents ? for one month, that is 300 cents or $3. Can’t you spend 3 dollars and 150 minutes of your time for your parents ? There are quite a few who do keep in touch with parents and keep the relationship alive. But there are some who do not do this. When I talk to my parents, they say, do not call every day, it is expensive and you are wasting money. I just say one thing, “If I cannot spend 5 or 10 min a day and 10 cents to talk to my family, what the hell is the point of me studying to become a better person and making money in US ?”
Anyways, I know as a student you may think it is expensive. But it is not, Just think, your out- of-state tuition is around $1,200 per credit. Your expense for home is $3 a month. Where is the comparison ? I do not need to compare salary of working professionals. I am just writing because some of my friends do not call home and my parents tell me how other parents are not happy with their sons and daughters who do not call them. Overall, just like you water a plant every day, you have to keep your relationship with your parents alive by calling them… Check the post : cheap calling cards to call India if you do not know cheap and best services to call home.
What do you think?
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