As per Wikipedia, Indians make up the biggest group of expats in the world. Also, Indians seem to be leaving their country in droves. This post is not about Indian expats in general, but about a specific group. This group lies somewhere between migrant labourers and well earning/spending Indian expats and makes up a sizeable chunk of expat Indians.
This group of Indian expats doesn’t leave their home country to provide a better life to themselves and their families. These Indians want one thing only – To save as much money as possible. Unfortunately, over the years, I have met many such pathetic lowlives.
These Indian Expats
- Emigrate to other countries without their families. The idea is they earn in a higher-valued currency and send money back home where the family spends it in a lower-valued Rupee. Is more common among Indian women, as they see it as a way to escape their in-laws.
- Work for desi companies like TCS, Wipro, Infosys who pay below market standards as per the host country, but more than they pay in India. However, I have also seen such people in more reputable companies earning a decent wage.
- Shack-up with roommates in tiny hovels. Some are middle aged, pushing 40, but still share a bed with other lowlives like themselves in tiny apartments. Also, they all start hating each other after some time, but still stick around in the same house. Because cheaping out on money is more important.
I have shared homes with other guys when I was in/fresh out of college, but never shared the same bed and only once shared the same room. At this age, I would rather sleep in the streets than share a room with other guys.
- Are all extremely miserly. Don’t spend money at all, cook all their meals at home themselves.
- Frequent (cheap) whorehouses to fulfil their carnal desires.
- Spend long hours at work, because there’s more space compared to their rooms.
- Assume that just because you’re Indian too, you will drop everything to help them with their work.
- Order around and behave rudely with staff at Indian restaurants.
- Are universally disliked by the local population and normal expats.
- Return to India after saving enough money to buy 2-3 houses and be branded “foreign return”.
Basically executives/managers living lives of labourers. Personally, I keep my distance from such people as much as possible as they depress me.