The species called ‘Desi consultant’ – Part 1

If on one hand, I am an NRI maami, on the other I am a ‘desi consultant’, and therefore any attempt to describe my own species should not really offend anybody else.

To those who are not familiar with the species, the species ‘desi consultant’ refers to the many millions of desis (a) Indians who live in the US and work in the IT industry as consultants.

We have a common origin – India, but our reasons to get where we are today are a little different.

1. Fed up being off-site : Works at the good old offshore development centre in India. Works until it’s noon in New York and doesn’t start until it’s noon in India. Has to take a lot of BS from the on-site resource who says one thing one day and another thing the next day but expects him to understand what was lost in translation. He decides it’s high time he moves to the other side of things.

2. Grass is greener in the US : Decides, that even though he is a mechanical engineer, he is not really cut out for that industry. Pays all that he earned so far on a course in SAP and decides, that is his ticket to the land of dreams.

3. Post M.S. failure to launch : Completed his M.S. in a state university, but due to a building collapse in Manhattan, or due to a recession caused by poor economic policies of a man from Texas, is forced to consider a very desi option he could have pursued two years before.

4. Make the Money : Earning lakhs of rupees is surely not the same as earning in thousands of dollars. Plans to make a move to the US by catching hold of a ‘consulting company’ to whom he can pay 3000 USD and buy himself a ticket to the US. In return all he has to do is be willing to lie on a seven page resume.

5. Home-making is back breaking : Newly married, comes on H4, but finds home-making is not as exciting as she imagined. So whether she was a graphics designer, or a programmer or a tester, or a student, it’s time to join the desi consultant clan – after all that is the easiest way to get an SSN and a driver’s license and some freedom in this country.

6. Dowry enhancement : What better way to improve his dowribility, considering most smart girls in his clan are doing their M.S. in the USA or are earning in lakhs in the Indian IT industry than to somehow get a H1B and take off to the US, which will automatically entitle him to more gold, cash and property.

 7. Here a little there a little: Pradeep reminded me about these guys. Company does a B1 or an L1 for him to work in the US temporarily. Finds that he likes the lifestyle and the money and decides to put up a resume on Like a fly catcher, he attracts phone calls from desi companies begging to do his H1B. He stays on in the US with one of them.

More to come… Additions welcome!

10 thoughts on “The species called ‘Desi consultant’ – Part 1

  1. I’m not that regular desi-consultant and therefore don’t figure in that selection though I do know a lot of ppl who fit the bill with those exaggerated resumes.

    Loved 3,4 and 5 and this line

    “that is the easiest way to get an SSN and a driver’s license”

    super maami!

    Rekha: Thank you! Thank you! Been there done that you know 😉

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  3. Komal


    I was being cheated by a desi consultant form too. They lie about the number of H-1s they sponsor etc just to lure you during your OPT period.. I bumped into this new site, H-1B Statistics and it has historical database of each sponsoring company.

    Good resource for folks like me going for first time h1.

    Good Luck.

  4. Pradeep

    NRI maami, you could include the 3 months here, 3 months there types with business visas.

    Rekha: Oh yes! Thank you for reminding me about that. Shall add that one.

  5. Hi,

    There is an other side for point no.4,money making.There are so many difficulties we can’t even think of.Initially when you step into the plane to u.s,you will think that there is a river of honey and money.But the reality is so different.There is period called bench,which will test your own ability.
    There are so many bodyshoppers in the name of consulting firms who are ready to suck your blood.
    It will go on and on.I will stop here.
    Once you are in the loop of H1,it is tough to get out.
    But if you plan properly,life would be wonderful.
    All the best!

    best wishes,

    Rekha: Yes Kannan.. Watch out for other posts here. my plan is to talk about all that in the posts that follow.

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  7. kaushik1986

    I am one among the latest species into the US. I just started my search on Desi blogs….

    Might not or might, join the 3rd point category in days ahead..
    Unfortunately, this was the first article I read in this blog by “maami” leaving all other traditional stuffs..

    ooof!!! Ippove kanna Kattude..!!..


    Rekha: Welcome to the US and to my blog. Hope you do better than becoming a desi consultant, otherwise, well, there is always the option. 😀

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