Vinutha V, March 14, 2005
While it is not easy to adjust to a new professional and social environment back home, returnees are rediscovering their roots and want to be a part of the country's booming IT sector, says Vinutha V.
For most Indian IT professionals, the US has always been the destination. A major reason for students who left the country and never came back was a lack of opportunities. This is no longer true. With global companies zeroing in on India as a destination for low-cost, high quality work, the scenario has changed. Professionals, who had gone to the US for better opportunities and lifestyle, are packing their bags to head home. Coming back, however, does not guarantee that their expectations can be met, but opportunities and the sense of belonging nullifies the problems of adjustment.
The growth of the infotech economy has transformed India into a hiring destination. Other factors adding to this trend are an improved standard of living and a thriving technology and services industry. The retailing industry offers a shopping experience akin to international standards. In addition, excellent education facilities for kids are now common.
Additionally, the salary structure in India, though not on par with those in the US, holds potential for savings. Repeated portraying of India as an attractive IT career destination by the media in the US is making them aware of the opportunities. After the US recession in 2001, people with two to three years of experience preferred coming back to India, as they could not get good opportunities. Another reason for India's popularity with international firms is their need to keep ahead of competitors in a global business climate requiring a seamless 24-hour customer service.
There are other strong personal reasons: Increasingly, people settled in the US are concerned about their children losing touch with their roots and culture. They are also keen to stay close to their aged parents and be a part of their lives. Although returnees are aware of the salary structure in India, they come with unrealistic salary expectations. It is only for senior levels that Indian companies are willing to pay the US standard for salaries. Industry experts point out that unless an individual possesses expected domain and management skills, the person is not eligible for higher salaries. At senior managerial levels, they can demand a good package from Indian companies-for salary as well as the position.
The scene is however not rosy for those who have been given employment by a body shopping firm. Unless they upgrade their skill-sets, they are bound to face a tough time in finding better opportunities in India. There could even be a mismatch between the organisational structure and the roles being offered. As many Indian IT companies still consider seniority to be a factor in promoting employees, at the age of 40 for instance, they are expected to handle 500 people. On the contrary, a person of the same age abroad would have handled just 25 people. There would be a huge mismatch in roles and responsibilities. Furthermore, having worked in clearly defined roles and fixed working hours, it may seem a little difficult to cope with long working hours in India.
The transition phase that seems too difficult and long initially, is offset by the advantages of being with one's own people and having a secure job. People who find it difficult to cope with the Indian working environment sometimes migrate to MNC offshoring companies, which offer a US-like culture. Indian companies are gradually adopting global practices. The trend of taking care of employees has increased significantly. Since the entire relocation process is handled professionally, returnees are not complaining.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I did once and came back within 7 months. Very bad experience , not interested to repeat again. <!--emo&--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Nice thread Rajesh.I am planning on moving back to India in the next 4-5 months after spending 6 years abroad (5 in the Us and 1 in Australia ).Hopefully I will have a lot of postive things to write about . <!--emo&:unsure:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='unsure.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--emo&:angry:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='mad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Virtual affairs souring real relationships
Monday, October 30, 2006
Image Source: DGL.Microsoft
With more and more men and women having cyber affairs, Internet infidelity seems to have arrived in India.
The faithful are trying to catch their techno-savvy unfaithful partners red-handed in cyber space, some by keeping pace with technology, others by reading self-help books. Some others are seeking professional help to cope with their agony.
Casual Internet affairs, which usually last up to a few weeks, are increasingly souring real-life relationships. Anoop (name changed) works from home on his PC and promptly logs off around 7 p.m. when it's time for his wife to get back home.
"My wife hates to catch me chatting on the Internet. So instead of having a long fight, I just log off," Anoop told on the Messenger. Anoop insists that the women he chats with are just "friends". "Once in a while I may also flirt with them," he said.
Excessive use of Internet is also becoming a reason for break-up of marriages. Adil, 48, (name changed), who lives with his wife and two teenage children in east Delhi, has posted fake profiles on almost all matrimonial sites.
He interacts with prospective brides trying to pass off as a 30-something groom and often exchanges phone numbers. "He spends most of his leisure time on the Internet," said his wife, who is seeing a marriage counsellor.
"His other 'hobby' is to surf adult sites. The kids use the same computer and often we find indecent pictures of women popping up on the PC," she said. "We called in an engineer and installed filters to stop such pop-ups, but he keeps removing the filters. He doesn't care about the children. It is too early for the kids to be exposed to such adult stuff," she added.
Ariestotle (chat name) is a film production assistant in Mumbai who usually works 15 days a month. "I usually chat with women," admits Ariestotle, who is logged on to the MSN messenger round-the-clock. "The only time I am not logged in is when my brother wants to use the PC or I am not at home. I use my cellphone to interact then," he said.
It's not just the husbands and boyfriends who are cheating - the wives and girlfriends are not very far behind. Anita (name changed), 29, by her own admission is addicted to the '30-something-room' on a popular Indian chat site.
"Even when I am at work I have to just log in and be there. I may not be participating actively, but the compulsion to log in is immense," she said.
Anita has befriended quite a few friends in cyber world. "I have had a few showdowns with my husband over this. So I am a little careful now. I chat and even call up these friends when he is not around."
Anita can discuss everything from books to films to her married life with her cyber friends and most of her discussions are on-camera. "I am very thick with these friends. In fact, they are my best friends. They cheer me up when I sulk and are always around when I need them."
As rebuilding trust after an episode of Internet infidelity may not be easy, plenty of websites are offering tips to deal with it. They ask spouses not to go online unless there is a purpose, and not to sign in if they are bored, lonely or had an argument with their spouse.
<!--emo&--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' /><!--endemo--> Firstly but for this post, the article might have been languishing there without catching your eyes.
2ndly, those who are returning him are forewarned about the dangers lurking so that they are forearmed.
You could buy an <b>e-reader</b>: an electronic device, larger than PDA, smaller than computer screen - the dimensions of a single page of a regular paperback novel.
Then you can download free <b>e-books</b> or html pages onto it or pay a small amount to buy and download copyrighted books from different e-book online stores. You can read it wherever you want. Like with books, an external light-source is required. (It doesn't work like an LCD or CRT screen.)
I notice that Jehangir Pocha (jhadu too <!--emo&--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> ) has moved to the east coast. The fellow had narrated horrific accounts of Anagana Cheaterji's so called rape; errr... photograph on a cell-phone.
<!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo--> Mumbai's Rang de Basanti heroes
19 Jun, 2007 l 0015 hrs ISTlMadhavi Rajadhyaksha/TIMES NEWS NETWORK
FIRE IN MY BELLY: From mobilising funds for civic hospitals to doing relief work during calamities, these south Mumbai youngsters are on a selfless drive (TOI Photo)
MUMBAI: A doctor from a civic hospital describes them as the 'real Rang de Basanti heroes' and their school principal thinks society needs many more such youngsters.
But these six former students of Cathedral School, all from affluent backgrounds, simply want to do their bit for society. Tired of others blaming 'the system' for everything that goes wrong in the city, they put their heads together, loosened their purse-strings and decided to 'change the system'.
From mobilising funds for civic hospitals to doing relief work during calamities and drawing up plans to help HIV/AIDS patients, these south Mumbai youngsters are on a selfless drive. A new mammography machine recently installed at the civic-run Sion hospital is the latest example of their largesse. They organised the necessary Rs 10 lakh through a quick round of phone calls to family and friends.
"We are a privileged group and have the resources to mobilise funds," says 19-year-old Naman Pugalia as he matter-of-factly describes how quickly they were able to collect money for relief work during the 26/7 floods.
It all began with a single SMS during the deluge. "I think it was pent-up frustration against civil society, which always points fingers, but never really assists administration in a way it should," says Pugalia who put down Rs 5,000 of his own to begin with.
From then on, there was no looking back. They tied up with Thane police commissioner D Sivanandan, loaded trucks with relief material and set off way beyond city limits to help those in suburban Diva. Their thumb rule: 100% utilisation of funds. "We bear the administrative expenses from our own pockets. Whatever is donated goes for the cause," says Pugalia.
Mostly studying abroad, these teenagers could effortlessly spend their pocket money like other youngsters, but are conscious about their responsibilities.
"I guess it began with social work projects in school, but the philosophy just stuck on," says engineering student Param Gandhi.
On the day of the 7/11 serial blasts, they jumped on to a Red Cross vehicle and reached Sion hospital. Shocked by the poor infrastructure in the hospital, they returned a month later with state-of-art equipment for the paediatric intensive care unit.
From an incubator, noninvasive BP monitors and pulse oxymeters, their Rs 4-lakh donation proved to be a blessing for ailing infants. They are grateful to people like radiology head Dr S Merchant who guided their enthusiasm.
Their gung-ho spirit is only occasionally dampened. Still an informal effort, they have been struggling to register a formal trust for the past year. "It's certainly difficult to do good work in this country."