Vyas, my nephew, is 9 years old, lives in USA with his parents, and is currently on his second visit to India. When he heard that I blog, he was all excitement! He read a couple of my posts and declared that he was privileged to be related to a blogger! I told him it was no big deal, and asked him if he would like to write a Guest Post. At first he thought I was pulling his leg, but when he realized I was serious, he was in seventh heaven!
As requested by me, Vyas has listed the things he likes about India and the things he doesn’t like about India. Each list starts with the thing he likes/dislikes the most. The matter has been written by him without any prompting from anybody. I have edited the matter slightly and have published the final draft approved by him and his parents.
Things I like about India
1. I have many more relatives in India than in the US.
2. The awesome food: mangoes, pineapples, fish, …
3. The people are more jovial, and laugh a lot more than in the US.
4. I had thought India is not as technologically advanced as the US, but I see technology in India is just as advanced as in the US. People use the same cellphones, laptops and tablets and also the same apps.
5. The view: more nature, more people, more different kinds of buildings; the urban, suburban and rural areas seem to co-exist in one place.
6. The currency: all notes have Gandhi’s picture on them. Different value notes have different colors and sizes, so it’s easy for a visitor to India. (US currency notes are all of the same size and color. There is a different President’s picture for different values. This is difficult for a visitor to the US.)
7. Ceiling fans are available everywhere. They are found in the US also, but in very few places.
8. The way things go on in India: no seat belts, children can sit on the front seat, no booster seats …
9. Billboards are seen everywhere; in the US, they are seen only in big cities.
Things I don’t like about India
1. People call me a baby! Some people even pinch my cheeks!!
2. Too many mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders
3. Frequent power outs. In the US, I’ve experienced only one power out. This was for a couple of days during Hurricane Sandy.
4. Bumpy roads, which cause motion sickness.
5. Traffic is too slow in the cities. There are frequent traffic jams and too much honking.
6. The heat: I wish it wasn’t so much. It makes going out in the daytime difficult.
7. Too much rain during the monsoon.
Finally, if I had to choose between 10 million dollars and going to India 10 times in the next 10 years, I would choose going to India 10 times in the next 10 years.
What would YOU choose?
I hope you enjoyed reading Vyas’ Guest Post. Please post your comments and your questions to Vyas.