No matter how much we criticize Indian laws, system, and people, we LOVE India. And this love multiplies when we leave our homeland and go to a foreign country. Whether you go to another country to study, to work or to settle abroad, sooner or later, strong emotions will creep in and you’ll start missing your beloved country dearly. Here are 10 common things Indians miss the most about India after moving abroad.
Yep, the people, 1.2 billion to be exact. Weird but true! You’ll miss the crowd, different cultures, your annoying neighbors, the aunties who’d sat around gossiping every morning, loud bells ringing at the temple nearly and small vegetable stall at every corner. All of those are rare scenes in other countries. You’ll definitely miss the feeling of getting lost in the crowd, which is pretty common in India, everywhere you go.
2| Fun Festivals
No matter how many parties you have for Diwali or Holi, festivals won’t feel the same in other countries as they do with your people in India. Neighbors and relatives coming home with sweets, dancing to Hindi songs and playing cards is something every Indian misses after moving abroad.
3| Our Dear Helpers
After moving abroad, you have to be prepared to clean after yourself in case you haven’t employed a helper. In the beginning, it’ll all feel like a great experience but soon you’ll start missing your ‘once annoying helper’ who took one too many uninformed leaves.
4| Rickshaws And Auto Wala
Though they can be a nuisance, the ease of commute which auto’s and rickshaw’s provide in India is dearly missed after moving abroad. Sometimes you wish there was one outside your house to take you to the bus-stop or MTR/Train station so you don’t have to walk in the heat/cold.
5| Chat-pata Street Food
Every country has its own delicacies and they have street foods too, but nothing comes close to Indian street food. Whether you are craving something sweet like jalebi or tangy like panipuri, you’ll find everything on Indian streets.
6| Eating With Your Hands Without a Worry In The World
Eating with hands is a tradition in India, and it is not considered a bad etiquette. In fact, no one bothers to pay attention to something like that. But anywhere besides India, you’ll probably look like a freak. And even if no one is judging you, you won’t feel entirely comfortable eating with your hands in front of other people, unlike in India.
7| Spontaneous Plans With Your Buddies
If you have been living in a foreign land for a long time, then you probably have friends you can make sudden plans with, but if you have only been away for a couple years, it can be difficult to make friends. Even when you do, you’ll probably have to make plans well in advance. Before long, you’ll start missing your best buddies who came over unannounced for a cup of tea or for a movie marathon at home.
8| Showing Off Your Haggling Skills
It is in our blood to never buy anything without a little bit of haggling and we are proud of that skill. Whether it’s clothes, furniture or vegetables, we’ll haggle until we are happy with the number. But after moving abroad, haggling is not an option because everything literally has a fixed price.
9| Cricket Madness Isn’t The Same In Other Countries
Cricket is a scared sport in India and everyone gets involved, even the most non-sporty person. Especially, when it comes to India-Pakistan match, every Indian has his/her eyes stuck to the TV screen. Every citizen unites and roots for the country’s win. This doesn’t happen in any other country, and you’ll miss the feeling dearly.
10| Authentic Indian Weddings
With so many cultures and traditions, there are a number of different weddings to look forward to when in India and every Indian wedding is special in its own way. Groom appearing on a horse, bride coming in a ‘doli’, relatives and friends dancing in the middle of the road is all a part of Indian weddings.
What do you miss the most about India?