The Sour Grapes of Home

“So, I hear you are going back to India?” asked Dr A, a physician who’s been in the US for more than 3 decades.

“April next year,” I said. “You ever think of going back to India?”

He shook his head, smiled, and shrugged. Why would I ever want to go back? it seemed to suggest.

“You know, the outsourcing will stop, and the Indian economy will suffer,” he said. “The infrastructure is bad, more than 70% of the people still not educated, going to schools that don’t even have a roof, so much poverty still.”

I didn’t argue the point, didn’t correct his statistics. It’s easier to leave home behind, if you think of it as a terrible place.

October 28, 2008 | 8:35 am | By Dr Shyam Bhat