Indianizing the world..


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North Korea. Pakistan. Bhutan. These are the three countries which don’t have a single NRI as per a recent survey. Surprised? Shocked? Stunned? Don’t be. Indians have been globe-trotting for years on end. From just a few of them in countries like Slovenia and Monteserrat to thousands in USA and the Gulf, Indians have set up their base everywhere. Labourers, Politicians, White collar workers, Sports Stars, Movie Stars, you name it and an Indian name would be announced for that particular field.

If you look towards NASA, you will find a huge number of scientists who are Indians or Indian Americans. If you look towards the American parliament, you would find many Indians or Indian Americans. If you look towards the labourers as well as individuals in white collar jobs in the Gulf, Singapore, Malaysia and the likes, you would find many Indians. If you look at the House of Commons in UK, you would find many Indians.

Why Indians are so highly regarded? One of the key reasons is the strength of the Indian economy. Over the years, India has grown at breakneck pace and the world has started to take note of the Indian success in various fields ranging from management to technology. Everyone wants to collaborate with an Indian in some way or the other. There are numerous graduates passing out each year. Another more important reason is the fact that Indians are very hardworking, sincere and know good English which helps them keep ahead of the competition.

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Wherever Indians have set foot, they have taken their Indian-ness along. From USA to Australia, there are a huge number of squares and localities where Indians have set up shop. From selling everyday grocery items to establishing restaurants of various cuisines like Punjabi, Chettinad, Bengali etc, there has always been an entrepreneurial streak amongst them. Some of these localities are named as ‘Little India’ giving the residents a feeling of having a home away from home.

While many prefer in staying in these localities as they miss their regular home food and spices, there are others who like to stay among the rest of the population. It helps to build interactions and learn about the cultures of various countries and continents.

Taking all this into cognizance how could the education system in India stay behind? There are branches of various Indian schools like Delhi Public School (DPS), Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan etc. as well as institutions like BITS & Symbiosis to name a few in various parts of the world. In many of these institutions, the Indian students study along with the individuals from various nationalities thus helping foster a great deal of harmony and love. As the number of students has risen, many coaching centers have sprung up to prepare them for the various entrance exams to get admission into the top institutions in India.

The celebrity industry is perhaps the biggest example of the way India is influencing the world. While Bollywood was considered nothing more than scenes filled with random song and dance sequences at an earlier time, collaborations between various directors, musicians and actors are taking place quite regularly these days. From guys like Tom Cruise coming to India to shoot Mission Impossible 4 to Anil Kapoor acting in 24, times have changed quite drastically.

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There is the love for all things Indian among foreign celebrities. While saree along with bindi and matching jewellery seems to have become common place among celebs ranging from Selena Gomez to Scarlett Johansson, a star like Roger Federer wanted his fans to photoshop his pictures beside famous places in India which he wouldn’t be able to visit during his short trip.

If all this wasn’t enough, then there are the various festivals from Diwali to Navratri which are celebrated with vigour in various parts of the world along with individuals of different nationalities. Many of the countries have started to declare holidays for some of the Indian festivals like Diwali. To top it all, Indians around the world have worked hard to help set up various Gurudwaras and temples along with mosques and churches.

Last but not the least, you also have international airlines offering Indian cuisines from Jain to Asian vegetarian. Whether its Masala Dosa or Chicken Tikka, Indian cuisine is gaining followers the world over. Tourist spots frequented by Indians like Mount Titlis in Switzerland have signboards in Hindi and various other regional languages.

Slowly but surely, the times are changing as India has started influencing the world in more ways than one!

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Blogging Connects..


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There was a time when we had to spend hundreds of rupees to call someone anywhere in India let alone the world. Mobile phones were a rarity and a luxury as well. And the most famous one was Nokia (referred to as a brick by many because of its weight).

But today, technology has changed our perspective of the world around us in more ways than one. Whether its exploring the latest news or meeting and interacting with new people, finding jobs & perfect matches or building careers in music and writing, the online world gives each of us a great platform to do all this and more.

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Thanks Guys for the Liebster Award!


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Thanks Shashank and Roshan for nominating me for this one. I know am quite late in writing this post but had been really busy these past two weeks. This is the first set of nominations of this kind I have been tagged for.

For the uninitiated, the ‘Liebster Blog Award’ is a online award given to bloggers by bloggers. ‘Liebster’ in German means dearest, sweetest, pleasant etc.

Roshan is a doc by profession and a fantastic writer by passion. He pens his stories and articles on Godyears.net. Shashank’s passion lies in writing micro-fiction of all kinds including 55fiction, 100fiction, haiku and the likes at ‘Embark with My Thoughts’.

And now the rules:

1. Thank the people who have nominated you for this one and post a link to their blog

2. Display the award in your blog by including it as an image in the post or a widget

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the one who nominated you

4. Nominate 11 deserving bloggers (those who have less than 1000 followers)

5. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer

6. Once they have been tagged, keep them informed about the same and also provide a link to the post

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Diwali – A time for family!


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Diwali is many things for many people. It is the victory of good over evil. It is the time when we meet and greet our near and dear ones. It is the time when we spread love, warmth and care amongst our family members. It is the time when we try to forgive and forget our loved ones. It is the time when our moms eagerly wait for us to come home so that she can feed us with food cooked by her own hands.

Whatever Diwali means for each of us, one thing is for sure that this is a festival which brings a lot of joy and hope for every individual. What begins with crackers and sweets moves onto the Lakshmi Puja wherein people pray for the prosperity of their families as well as their businesses.

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Winter is coming.. Brr!


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The winter is coming in just a few days. Have you bought your warm clothes yet? For those who don’t really have a season called winter, do you have any plans of traveling to the mountains on a trip?

The snow is slowly starting to cover the mountain peaks. The trees and flowers have begun to disappear behind the white blanket created by the snow.

We humans are never happy. When it’s really hot, we crib about the extreme heat and how rains would make things better. When it rains, we crib about how too much rain is pouring water over our plans to hang out. When its really cold, we pray that it becomes warmer so that we can live in peace.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Falling


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As the aircraft began to spiral down towards the ground, his life flashed before his eyes. He wanted to rise up in life but instead he was falling out of the sky. He could hear screams of despair ringing all around the aircraft.

There was complete mayhem with luggage flying out of the overhead lockers and injuries to those who weren’t strapped onto their seats.

In the midst of all this, he just held on to his parents hands and began to pray until the screams died down.

For the Five Sentence Fiction Prompt – Falling

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Friday Fictioneers: Distinctive Showpieces


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“Why can’t you ever keep your things in place dad? This room is a mess.”

Since when I could remember, my dad had this love for tools and objects of all kinds. From bottles to stones to even sea shells, he liked collecting items and creating distinctive showpieces.

While he started it off as a hobby, as more and more people saw his work, they began requesting him to make something for them. And so it turned into a full time job which kept him occupied all day long so much so that we didn’t see him for days.

My entry for the Friday Fictioneers post by Rochelle Wisofffields

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