10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

You decided to graduate from The States and therefore you make arrangements and resolve your course of action. Your parents suddenly become students – learning Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp, Video Conferencing; they start wearing double watches. Local Indian news channels are shifted to international news channels, slightest change in weather reported and you get a call from home – ‘Sweetheart are you okay?’. Well the sweetheart is no longer the same sweetheart anymore. Any guesses what changed…. E V E R Y T H I N G

Here is a list of things that you thought wouldn’t turn around but it did eventually –

 

1. In America you talk like America, in India you still talk like America

 

BEFORE – You loathed people who would discourse in a fake American accent

In America you talk like America, in India you still talk like America

 

AFTERNow you can’t just stop flaunting it

Now you can’t just stop flaunting it

 

2. From Animal Lover To Animal Eater

 

BEFORE – I sometimes eat chicken

BEFORE – I sometimes eat chicken

 

AFTERI sometimes eat Vegetarian

Foof gif

 

3. MERA BHARAT MAHAAN

 

BEFORE – Absconding from all pujas, snoozing tardily on republic day

Kareena Kapoor gif

 

AFTER – Inviting friends over for Diwali – using agarbattis and triggering the fire alarm

Kareena Kapoor gif K3G

 

4. Proficiency in Multiplication Table of 60

 

Before100 rupees! That’s it.. I want it!

Proficiency in Multiplication Table of 60

 

After – 11 dollars which means Rs 660, so should I buy it here or should I buy it in India?

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

5. Food IQ

 

Before – My mom is a terrific cook : she cooks amazing pastas

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

After – Mom, can you teach me how to cook those amazing pastas, preferably online?

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

6. From party weekends to laundry weekends

 

BeforeMom its Saturday, I will be late

Expectations vs Reality of indian students living abroad in USA

 

After – Can you hurry? It’s Saturday and I need to finish my laundry

After – Can you hurry? It’s Saturday and I need to finish my laundry

WHAT YOUR PARENTS THINK YOU ARE DOING ABROAD

Here is a list of things that your parents think you are doing but you aren’t

 

7) What Parents Think: My poor little son is all alone in a whole new country.

My poor little son is all alone in a whole new country

 

REALITY: Breaking news! ‘he is not’ he has friends and that too loads of them, girlfriends (one or two maybe), neighbours and he absolutely hates coming home for a month in December because face it – he has nothing much to do.

Trip Dancing in Car Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara

 

8) What Parents Think: My son will get married in India to a girl of our choice

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

REALITY: You already have a firang girlfriend !

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9. What Parents Think: My son is working so hard that he has no time to talk

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

REALITY: Cut the crap – you aren’t so busy but you just don’t feel like getting into that 30min conversation about food and work.

10 Things That Change Once You Start Living Abroad

 

10. What Parents Think: My son says once he graduates he will return back to India

Jim Carrey

 

REALITY: Life changes – you change with it. The race of life begins!

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For all those who are abroad studying or working, living life the way you wanted, struggling sometimes and then getting up – you are missing so many great things that are happening right back in India. The Pleasure of being with family surpasses all comfort and money. So what are you waiting? Get up and dial +91 etc and tell your parents you are coming home for a vacation rightaway.