I want to live in India

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#1 Mar 25th, 2008, 19:58
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Hi,

My name is Jenni and I have been hopelessly in love with India for many years now. I cook Indian food everyday, I read books about Indian culture, religion, cuisine, spirituality, etc., my room is decked out with pictures of Indian gods and so on....basically, India is my obssession and I feel that it is my destiny to live there. I feel like I will feel more at home in India than I do in my native England. Everything about India calls to me.

I am 18 now, and it feels like it is time for me to try and fullfill my dreams! The problem is, I don't know where to begin. Due to illness (which I am fully recovered from now), I have been unable to get any A-levels, though my GCSEs are extrememly good. So I don't know if I could get a job in India (I'd be happy doing low-paid, manual labour so long as I get to live there!)or whether I should try and go to a school somewhere in India. I think I'd prefer the latter, but I don't know whether I'd have the option.

Where in India? Well, there are a million places I'd love to go! South India, Central India and West India all appeal, but to be honest I would settle for anywhere. Ideally I'd like to live somewhere not too "modern" and developed, slightly quiter and more rural. But tbh, that might be a better idea for in ten years or so time. It might well be easier and better for me to go to a big city to start with.

I really need advice on this. My parents tell me that I'll get there one day, but I want to be in India soon. As I said, the possibility of going to university or some kind of educational facility in India is really appealing, but I would more than happily work if that was a better idea.

Hope to hear positive advice from you soon!

Jenni
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You have a better chance of settling in India long-term if you get your higher education in UK and then move to India, if your parents have lots of money to spend then you can get an education in India and then try to find work in India. Let us know your interest then I can suggest some college for education. Who knows you can fall in love with an Indian guy and then you can be in India forever.
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Try a short trip for starters

Hello Jenni,

Sorry if this sound like a silly question, but I couldn't figure it out from your message: have you already been to India?

For what it's worth, I'd suggest you get a job in the UK and save up enough money for a trip to India. Pounds sterling translate into quite a lot of rupees (about 70 rupees to the pound these days if I'm not mistaken), so you'll get there faster than you think. There's lots of useful sites like this one to help you figure out a budget and an itinerary. Spend about three months travelling through India and getting a feel of it. You'll get a lot of the answers to your questions, like which parts of India you like best.

I'd get my A-levels too if it's at all possible: it'll make it a lot easier to apply to a good Indian university if you'd like to study there. You'll also need to finance your studies though, so that's another reason to get some money saved.

I really think you should save for and plan a trip to India to test the waters: nothing like experiencing it for yourself!

All the best,

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Well, parents certainly don't have a lot of money! I would love to study Sanskrit, Hindi or any other Indian language, as well as anything to do with Indian culture, Ayurveda or cuisine.
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Sorry if this sound like a silly question, but I couldn't figure it out from your message: have you already been to India?
Exactly my first thought.

Agree with the rest of the post too.
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<crossposted with everyone after post #2, because I spend far too long drafting>

Dear Jenni,

Forgive my mistrust, but I'm not sure whether to take you seriously or not. Everything about India calls to you? Really?

I don't want to be the mean dream-snatcher but I'd bet my next flight ticket, my precious, precious flight ticket (as yet unbought) that it won't be anything like you imagine. Not because you're deluded or there's anything wrong with you, but because it's just impossible to really understand what somewhere is like until you've been there.

Short term: get yourself a job, save up and have a holiday/go volunteering for a month or two. See how it feels.

Long-term, my advice would be to do your A levels, then think about Uni. You could look into studying in India, or perhaps take a course at SOAS, perhaps in South Asian studies. Back when I was applying to Uni I looked at that very course, and discounted it because- how I cringe when I recall it- I wanted to get out of London. I made up for it by choosing a course which had a summer school in Bangalore, which I then couldn't afford to go on. Doh.

So, like you, I tried. I waited years to get to India and when I did, it turned out to be just the right time in my life- ready to quit work, completely over the starry-eyed spiritual India phase. So I hate to say it but my take is that your parents are right. You will be there one day!

Good luck.
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It's a very good question, no I have not been to India. Doing A levels here sounds like a good plan - I have looked online and there are options for students from abroad for studying in India, providing that A levels are obtained.
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FYI: here's the SOAS website. Last time I checked they didn't do a Hindi degree, but you could study Sanskrit (I looked at doing that as well, ach, the missed opportunities...).

http://www.soas.ac.uk/


Oh man....yes they do. BA in Hindi and Social Anthropology, or Politics, or History......omg I feel like such a doofus missing out on that. Education is wasted on the young you know.
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Ah yes, I envisioned replies like this - completely understandable of course, and I don't mean any harm by saying that I expected it!

I have actually applied to SOAS to do an Undergraduate Certificate in South Asian Studies. I would dearly love to do it, but I am not sure if they will even consider my application. I have sent off various forms, been in touch with them via email, had my head of sixth form send of a reference, etc...still waiting to see how it all pans out.

I can understand why you don't want to take my seriously, but I do object to the idea that my ideas are "starry-eyed spiritual". My Grandfather was Trinidadian, and our original family came from India, so it is much more deep-rooted than a passing desire to do the obligatory "hippy-backpacking" thing in the subcontinent.
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I didn't say I don't want to take you seriously, I said I wasn't sure whether to- there are trolls around. And I didn't say you were starry eyed spiritual, I said I was! It worked out best for me to wait, and I hoped you would be open to that idea; makes the waiting less painful.
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As others have indicated, I think you need to make a trip to India as a tourist first, to determine whether you really want to move here, or even study here.

In your place, I wouldn't make any other plans till I did this.
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Lots of good advice for you here Jenni. You can't possibly know that you want to live in India till you've been there.

The first couple of times I went to India, I thought I couldn't possibly live there because of the dirt and noise and hassle.

After a few visits, I started to think that maybe before too long I would want to live there. I was used to the negative stuff but hadn't lost my love of the wonderful stuff.

I've recently come back from a 5 month visit (previous ones were only up to 2 months) and I've now realised I couldn't possibly live there, because I would miss home too much. For me, home has turned out to be my own culture, and westcountry accents....

But I still love India every bit as much as ever. If not more so, now that I know it a little better. I guarantee you will love India, but you will probably change your mind about living there.... many times.... who knows what your eventual decision will be?
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Hi Jenni.
If you are interested in staying in Uttarakhand (Rani Chauri, Tehri) and do some social work like planting trees, I know somebody who is running an NGO there. The name of the organisation is HIMCON. You check the web - you'll find more about it.

If interested you let me know..
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Thanks for all the advice guys, and yes, I would be really interested in doing some social work, an ideal way to experience the country I think. Will do a google now...
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Jenni, i agree with ISN and Lakshmi. At 18 its difficult to acquire full perspective on life, so people in this age bracket very frequently change their decision. A few rush into their decisions and regret later. Take things slowly. Please, concentrate on building your carrier first. Decide which course you are going to opt in light of this rather than letting your decisions get influenced by your love for India. India is all yours, She can wait a few summers. In India or UK or elsewhere go for a course which suits you most. Pardon me for writing these unsolicited things but i strongly felt that i should share these things with you.

If you are coming to India some time soon, how about teaching English to Buddhist Monks and Nuns at some monastery for few months?
These are just some ideas, ponder....
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