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An Indian inside an NRI
It has been years when I left India to find my dreams and aspirations. I flew to the United Kingdom. My father always used to say to us when we were kids that 'royalty belongs to UK'. However I never thought even in my dreams that I will complete my higher studies from UK. Well, I am Nidhi and this is my journey from being an Indian to an NRI.

I finished my Masters in 2011 and during my studies I did some part-time jobs to cover up my expenses like in supermarkets or in restaurants etc.

While some organizations were willing to offer free internships but there you had to work full-time without money. So now the question was how to manage living expenses, by asking for money from dad (which we always do) or just to drop the idea of an internship.

Meanwhile, I started working as a trainee for 5 days a week and settled for a part-time job on rest of the days. The organisation was in Cardiff and I used to live in East Midland region, so had to travel a lot. After 4 months, I realized that I was gaining a lot of knowledge and experience but not because I was working as a trainee but because I was traveling a lot and meeting new people. Then I realized that taking training does matter but more than that, when you meet different people and start to networking, you learn more.

After 4 months I left that organization and within 3 months I got a new job. As it was my first corporate job in the UK, I was in a constant learning phase, so was attentive and presentable all the time. But some of them did made me realise the colour of my skin with the famous sugar-coated sarcasm (not most of them though). Then, I pinched myself and said to myself, welcome to the country which is not yours!

It changed my perspective of India and I started loving and valuing my country even more and started taking part in random office conversations especially when some firang or some British born confused desi used to start racial sarcasm in a nicer way and after every conversation most of them used to say 'don't be too personal, I was just joking.'

Well, one says that if you're deprivedof something, you value it even more! One cannot find this kind of love and peace outside India, despite all that traffic, noise, pollution. India is indeed a land of harmony.

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