..Continued from Part 1
So all of these desi consultants get to the US with aspirations of a new life in a new country. Inspite of being well-acquainted with at least half a dozen people in the US who do similar jobs, most fresh off the boat desis are never really prepared for the ground reality.
Some of thoughts that cross their mind about life in America:
1. How difficult it is to actually cook a decent meal, and how easy it was with Muniyandi Vilas and Saravana Bhavan round the corner.
2. How difficult it is to clean a kitchen and keep track of laundry, especially in a place like the company guest house.
3. How ‘EVERYTHING’ is available at the Indian store and it was such a waste to carry kadugu, molagu all the way from India.
4. On closer inspection, how ‘EVERYTHING’ even though available in the Indian store, is so totally expensive. It’s a good thing he bought atleast the kadugu, molagu from Murugan stores.
5. How to buy or rent anything significant, one needs a credit history in this country.
6. Because of 4, and since renting a place is so difficult too (5), may be I should bring my family here after 6 months instead of the original plan of 3 months.
7. How America looks like Times square only in Times square and so rural everywhere else.
8. How all the stuff their american relatives got them was mostly bought at the dollar store.
9. How useless the Rs.3000 jacket they got from India is for the winter here
10. How a car felt like a necessity he could not yet afford and how much he missed the crowded buses and frustrating auto-drivers in India.
Anything else? Next post on career aspirations for a desi consultant..