|About the Book|
“Our return to India” is a collection of personal stories. Sevenauthors have written about their experiences, their joys and theirdisappointments while re-settling in India. Most of all, however,they have written about their happiness at being backMore“Our return to India” is a collection of personal stories. Sevenauthors have written about their experiences, their joys and theirdisappointments while re-settling in India. Most of all, however,they have written about their happiness at being back in their homecountry. True, there are ones who are happier after going back totheir adopted home country but even those are filled with thoughtprovoking ideas. Most importantly, each story is sprinkled with manypractical tips for returning NRIs and others wishing to move to India.Most stories have the authors answering specific questions that areturning NRI is sure to have. Find answers to questions such as howto go about finding a house, how to find information about schools,doctors, and banks, where to shop, where to eat, what not to do,and also, how to find the perfect household helpers and make surethey stay!“The Return of the NRI” by Dilnavaz Bamboat is an engaging andhumorous narration about the frustrating questions a returning NRIhas to face, and the expectations that are set now that one is anRNRI. Dilnavaz has a number of useful tips for anyone, NRI or not,about settling in Mumbai.“Coming Back Home” by Rasna Baruah is all about settling inBangalore. She describes her journey from the US to India withher husband, the joys and travails of settling in a new city, and onhindsight, the best way to go about it.In “My Passage to India”, Jacob Cherian writes about reacquaintinghimself with his childhood home after spending his teenage years inthe US. He describes life in Kerala today and what a returning NRI islikely to miss in his new life in India.In “My Return to India Experience”, Pia Briccocola describes herteenage years in the US as a student, and her adult life in India andother countries. She writes about how her years in America trainedher to be a more independent and confident young adult, all ofwhich stood her in good stead when she returned to Kolkata fromLondon as a single mother.“She Will Always Come Back”. In this piece, Nayantara Mallyapaints a touching picture of a child and later a teenager returningto India as a refugee from Kuwait. She describes the hardships andnarrow mindsets her family had to face while settling in Mangalorein the early ‘90s. Her story picks up once again when she, as a youngmother and wife, returns to Bangalore from the US. She has manyhandy tips about settling in Bangalore.Unlike the other pieces, in “Returning to India- perceptions andreality”, Pavneet Singh describes how he returned to India from theUS, spent a few years here but at the end, was convinced that hewas happiest in the US. He puts forward a number of questions thatNRIs, or anyone else for that matter, wishing to settle in India needto address before taking the plunge.“The Return of the Non-Returnable Indian” by Shefalika Verma isanother story about the expectations an NRI has before returningto India and how some of them are crushed on arrival. She has anumber of practical tips about handling day-to-day life.Each piece in the collection is different from each another, yet theyare all connected by a common thread of satisfaction that eachauthor feels about the decision to settle in a place each one nowcalls home.