America vs India : The realistic differences

I recently visited the United States of America, and living in India for 12 years, only going abroad on travel, and staying there for almost 3 months, I noticed a lot of differences.

Disclaimer: I am NOT being judgemental or discriminative. I am just expressing differences between two countries.

America is a land of opportunities. In America, you can go into the film industry, you can help in finding new technology for mankind, you can educate others in various fields. You can become a doctor, a musician, a scientist, a programmer, a designer, an architech, an actor, a revolutionist.

In India, of course you have opportunity. But, you don’t have such a wide range of things to do, or things you can be. Another reason for this is because our 75% of our country is illiterate. Which means, people voting for the wrong people, that means opportunity being less. Most parents hope for a child who will become a doctor, or an Engineer. Most parents don’t want their kids wanting to be a singer or actor. So, when a setup is made for children with different dreams, very few kids attend, which means the setup is over.

Another thing America has is roads. A well maintained Highway system. Even in the national parks- Perfect roads. Directions. Proper lanes. Traffic Lights at every junction. An Interstate system with exits.

99.9% of Good Roads in India is found in the National Highways. And the other 0.1% otherwise. People break rules, don’t care about lanes, honk for no reason. People break traffic rules.

America has material. By material, I mean supplies. Personally, for a person like me who loves art, its amazing.The variety of things you get is actually mind boggling. People who live there don’t even realise it! And art isn’t the only thing- many, many fields.

India doesn’t have as much variety. I’m not saying that there is nothing. I’m just saying that I wish I had more, because its possible.

Major point: Cleanliness.

America is much, much cleaner. I’m not saying everywhere is spic and span. But, there are dustins everywhere. People generally don’t have a tendancy of throwing garbage generally.

India : Complete opposite. People throw whatever they want, everywhere. You can find cows, stray dogs , birds eating garbage. It’s actually disappointing, where we could be, compared to what we are.

In America, people can wear what they want. There’s less concern about safety. And it can also be a good thing sometimes. It can make a person feel confident about themselves.

In India, you have to wear ‘Decent’ clothes. If denim shorts means ‘Unsophisticated’ or ‘Improper’, then I have to say, our country will never develop. Of course, safety is a concern. But, men in our country are made to believe wrong things. Women are made to believe that they cannot show their legs. If God gave us legs, why do we have to cover them?

America, for children, means education. They have good public schools which give great education, and are not meant for the ‘poor’. Their public schools have clean classrooms, good sports facilities, etc.

Public schools in India are government schools, which are for the ‘poor’. They don’t get proper education, are not taught English, don’t have proper classrooms, some children don’t wear shoes. In fact, I am a huge witness to this. The complex where I live is literally 100 metres diagonal to a government school. The complex where I live has modern people, who want change. So, a group of people, incluing my father decided to go on some days to the school, and teach the kids. I have gone personally sometimes, and helped them read. They’re such beautiful children, like me, who deserve to have a good life.

I’m getting very emotional right now, so lets move on to good things about India.

People help in India. Its a tradition here that we are hospitable, so if you stay in a hotel, the staff is basically at your feet. In fast food restaurants like Taco Bell and McDonald’s, the staff help you till the end, and sometimes make you feel good if you’re having a bad day. Its easy to start a conversation with people. You have people to help you out.

In America, mostly everything is self-service. You have to cook your own food, clean your house yourself. You can’t start a conversation with the person taking your order.

INDIA DOES NOT SELL GUNS! AND I AM SO SO PROUD OF THAT. Nobody can shoot anyone after getting drunk. Nobody can threaten you with a shotgun.

I was actually shocked to see stores like ‘Gun Depot’, even in sporting stores, like Big5, I was shocked to see a gun section. I know people have to show several documents, and most people only buy then for safety. But anything can go wrong. A drunk father can kill his family. A theif can steal it, and sell it to someone who”ll use it wrongly.

In India, its easy to find family, friends, company. Thats what peoples’ priorities are : people. You can always find anyone to help you out, give you comfort and hope, and send you home feeling safe.

In America, most people are concerned about work, and not people. And in America, you have to work continuously. And your boss doesn’t understand your excuse to go back to your family.

There’s many points that I haven’t included. You can’t write everything at once. Thats for another post. And I’d like to conclude by saying that I’m grateful. I get proper education, I have a good house, have amazing parents who love me, I can travel, I can take the time out to write this, I can laugh, I have friends, I get food, and I’m happy.

Remember : Don’t give up 🙂 Keep smiling 🙂

 

Niagara Falls + New York

 

Disclaimer : This was between 19 – 28 July 2016.

NIAGARA FALLS WAS SO SO BEAUTIFUL! It isn’t very tall, like most falls,  but it is incredibly beautiful, and very wide. There are two activities there- Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. I liked Cave of the Winds better, though.

Maid of the Mist is basically a boat ride, that takes you closer to the falls by boat. It was very fun! They give you ponchos to wear. But, it is overcrowded. DEFINITELY OVERCROWDED.  But, we saw rainbows over the falls, and it was very, very pretty.

Cave of the Winds is basically a walkway that takes you so much closer to the falls. There is a ‘Hurricane Deck’ where you can stand right in front of the falls, back facing the falls, and get a free natural massage. We couldn’t get many pictures, because unfortunately our camera didn’t have a waterproof casing. The sound was thundering. The water hit the rocks like how lightning strikes people in movies.

Unfortunately, we didn’t go to the Canada side of the falls, but the US side had the Cave of the Winds AND Maid of the Mist, whereas, the Canada side only has the Maid of The Mist. For the people who didn’t want to do Maid of the Mist, but wanted to see the falls, the Canada side provides a much better view.

Also, at night, they illuminated the falls with lights! It was so so pretty!

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We finished all this is one evening, so out of the blue, we decided to rent a car, and drive to Cleveland, and go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was free to go in because of Donald Trump’s Republican Party Convention, sponsored by AT&T. I thought that was wonderful. It was a big deal for my father, who absolutely loves Rock Music. I like Rock Music too, only not so much as him. There was also a very small section on today’s modern mainstream music.

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After that, we flew to Boston, where two of my parents’ closest friends live. They have a daughter- Raji, and a son- Sam. I met Raji last April. We instantly clicked! They live in Rhode Island. They took us a bit around Boston, before we went to their house. We were only there for one night unfortunately 🙁 They took us on the Freedom Trail as well as to a beautiful Park. We even vistied Harvard University!!

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Outside the Harvard Library
Outside the Harvard Gates
Outside the Harvard Gates

After that we went back to New York. This time we visited the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 memorial, Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

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And that was the end of our American adventures for 2k16. I hope you liked this blog 🙂 Keep reading for more blogs + thoughts 🙂 Have a wonderful day! Remember, you’re free to be the greatest because you’re alive 🙂 Don’t give up 🙂 Keep smiling 🙂

 

 

 

 

DC

Before you begin reading, I would like to point out that this article happened from 13-17 July. Sorry I’m uploading this late, I had some wifi issues and didn’t have much time.

DC is all about museums. We went into the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, American Indian Museum, Holocaust Museum. We also saw the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial as well as the White House. Personally, my favorite museum is the Air and Space Museum because I am fascinated my space and want to be an astronaut or scientist.

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We didn’t take too many pictures, mainly because we were so engrossed in what was there. What was so amazing was that all the Smithsonian Institution Museums were all free!! And they provided SO SO MUCH Information!!!

The American History Museum was pretty cool too. The bottom floor had tons of interactive games and things to do, and learn, that it wasn’t just a history lesson at all!

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The American Indian Museum was a favourite of my parents. It was much bigger than I expected, and had full detail on everything. It wasn’t the most interesting to me, because just before, my dad promised we would go into the Air and Space museum again, but on the way, we saw the American Indian museum, which was on our list and went in. So, I was a little moody. 🙂

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The Natural History Museum is on everyone’s list! Its always crowded! But, many exhibitions, big exhibitions, from mammals, to jewels, to early man, to dinosaurs, etc. The big elephant statue is indeed in the front of center when you enter. The Natural History Museum had an iMax Theater (The Air and Space Museum did too.) and we watched a film on dinosaurs there. It was really good quality.

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Next up, we have a museum that shook all of us : Holocaust Memorial Museum.  It is about what the Jews faced when the Nazi was in control. It was very disturbing. Its actually very crazy, what one man can do to change world peace.

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Shoes of all the people who were killed
Shoes of all the people who were killed
Skulls and Bones
Skulls and Bones

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Now lets hear it for all the memorials and monuments in Washington DC! *Imagines entire America cheering*

We visited:

  • The Capitol Building    
  • The National Monument
  • The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • The Martin Luthor King Jr. Memorial
  • The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Vietnam War Memorial
  • The White House 
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The Capitol Building
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
National Monument
National Monument
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial
The White House
The White House
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

 

Well, that’s it for this blog! I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll be uploading a Niagara Falls + 2nd trip to NYC soon, so be sure to check it out!