I arrived in US for some business trip last night. My first trip to US was in 1997. It was a different world during those days. Internet was still in its nascent stage and some of the net giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay etc. have not been formed still or were still in very early stages. The dotcom bubble was still a few years ago.
I took a KLM flight from
The next flight was from
Any ways to cut the long story short besides my training the only agenda that I had was to do shopping, shopping and more shopping. All the dollars that I have brought with me were used only for shopping and sight seeing. I bought a USD 600 Nikon SLR camera, watches for my mother, sisters and girlfriend, shoes, Jeans and also tons of chocolates. I also bought digital diary (they used to have less memory than a cell phone today). I also visited different places almost all the weekends I was in US, namely
In this visit when I look back a lot of things have changed first of all I have no desire to do any kind of shopping etc. for some small gifts for my kids and nephew. I do not plan to buy any electronics etc as most of the stuff is available in India at more of less similar price and you don’t have to worry about paying customs duty and if I will be able to get service for the same in India. I think this is a good sign that our craze for things foreign has gone down substantially.
No sight seeing is planned except to visit my friend in
I am also less in awe of the infrastructure in US, seeing some very similar things coming up in
We have hundreds of scams every day happening in
But do we expect any uprising in
Thanks for reading.