Writing about a religion or God is something which is not at all my forte; neither I'm a rigid follower nor I like putting things under religion but this one looked fascinating to me so I couldn't stop from sharing. There are 360 million Gods & Goddesses in India and we have kept one for each need. We have deities for money, for knowledge, for rain, for architecture and even for love. We all know how we keep on celebrating festivals every year on name of one God or another and how our parents & society tell us to do something to praise a Lord and get desired result. Due to climate change when rains get delayed or there is scarcity of water; people pray to Lord Indra. On Diwali we pray for Lord Lakshmi; there are even Gods who help in marriage and then kids and then well being of the family. But this doesn't end here. We also have God categories who shower their blessings for successful visa results.
The fantasy of migrating to overseas and settling there has always been a part of Indian lifestyle. That's the reason we have so many successful Indians in countries like US, Australia, Canada etc. The success of such fantasies can be seen when people like Sundar Pichai or Kunal Nayyar are referred to as of 'Indian origin'. The Indian dreamers had started thinking about overseas success long back and today their generations are taking over the west by storm. So it is obvious that some universal force had to be linked with this successful venture of Indians, because without that we will not find any closure as to why we were successful. With Chilkur Balaji Temple popularly known as VISA BALAJI in Hyderabad and Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara a.k.a. AEROPLANE GURUDWARA in Jalandhar at least people can say 'sab Bhagwaan ki kripa se hua hai' when they receive successful visa result. It is the faith people have or people need for their visa applications that they had to come up with a belief system. This is the seriousness with which Indians work towards their overseas aspirations.
So next time when somebody goes to US consulate for interview and the case officer asks, "how serious are you in settling in US?" or rejects the visa application stating, "I don't think you are serious in studying in US"; every Indian should have a right to counter the case officer by giving the example of our belief systems and the seriousness with which we take immigration. How we offer passports to Visa Balaji and aeroplanes to Aeroplane Gurudwara just to ensure the visa application is a positive one. I don't think anyone can underestimate the seriousness of Indians towards immigration.
PS: the writer holds an English name, is of Indian origin, spent major part of her life in North India, considers South India as her second home and has been living in West India from some time now. So, all the views are personal and are not in favor or against any religion. Any such references or presumptions should be treated as presumption of the reader, not the intention of the writer.
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