While much of the world suffers economic meltdown, India’s economy is comparatively healthy—and that may be reversing a longstanding “brain drain” of Indians to American shores, Sandip Roy reports for NPR. “It’s the hottest topic at potluck dinners all over Silicon Valley—which friend or colleague has decided to R-2-I, or return to India,” he notes.
The average returnee, surveys see, is a thirtysomething with an advanced degree. For many Indians in the US, “going back” is a long-held dream. Why? Many give the same answer: “I am looking forward to spending a lot more time with my parents.” Still, the trend is stirring inevitable cultural clashes as Indians used to the US grapple with the return to traditions of their—or their parents’—homeland.