You’ve been abroad, tasted the ‘freedom’ of a foreign land, perhaps endured a few snide remarks about your accent, and you’re now wondering: “Do people actually move back to India?
Am I the odd one out for contemplating it?”
We’ve all been there, pondering if India is still home or if the world is just a large playground.
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The Great “Return Home” Phenomenon
Historically, us Indians have had this homing pigeon tendency.
Remember that uncle who went to the US in the ’90s, made a decent fortune, and then dramatically returned home, telling tales of the ‘far-off western land’? There’s a new generation of such ‘returnees’, and they’re coming in droves!
Let’s Talk Numbers, Shall We?
According to that overly serious Times of India article, from 2010 to 2015, a whopping 500,000 U.S.-based Indian-born folks packed their bags and flew eastwards.
And, if the Ministry of External Affairs is to be believed (trust me, it’s a credible source), about 30% of the janta in the UAE are riding camels back to India post-retirement.
So, what’s pulling them back? Memories of mom’s rajma-chawal?
Or is it the allure of a Bollywood-style rain dance?
- The Alluring Indian Economy: No kidding! India’s buzzing with action. If you’ve got the skills, there’s a startup ready to throw wads of cash at you.
- Emotional GPS: No matter how much you roam, the heart does beat for that desi gully cricket and Diwali firecrackers.
- Living it Up, Desi Style: With India’s emerging luxury apartments and malls, you don’t really miss the ‘foreign touch’.
But Then, The Plot Twist…
While many NRIs embrace the chaos and cacophony, a few jet-set back. Why?
- The evergreen “This is not how it works in America” frustration.
- Adjusting to the warmth (read: intrusion) of Indian relatives.
- Re-learning that cows have the right of way on Indian roads.
What’s the Future, Pandit Ji?
While I can’t predict next week’s lottery numbers, the UN’s International Migration Report says the reverse migration scene is quite the trend.
What with work-from-anywhere now, who knows?
In Conclusion: To Return or Not?
For all its dust and drama, India does have a magnetic charm. And if you’ve ever craved for spicy pani-puris at 3 AM, you know where your heart lies!
FAQs – Because You Ask, We Tell!
Q1: Retirement = Return to India?
A1: Not quite. While many NRIs like the idea of retiring amidst the familiarity of India, some have planted roots too deep to be uprooted abroad.
Q2: Did COVID change the NRI game?
Q3: Any preferred landing spots in India for these returnees?
A3: The usual suspects – Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad. Because where else can you get idli, vada pav, chole bhature, and biryani in one nation?
Q4: Any perks for the prodigal sons and daughters returning?
A4: The Indian government loves its returning children. Check out the MEA’s NRI services portal for all the bells and whistles.
Q5: How long does the average NRI stay out?
A5: Longer than a Shah Rukh Khan movie, but usually shorter than an Indian wedding. Jokes aside, many stay out for a decade or more.
Cheers to the brave NRIs out there!
Whether you stay put or return, remember – every Indian heart beats in the rhythm of a Bollywood tune.
Dance on! 🕺🎶