General Life In The West Is Not All It Is Cut Out To Be

Randip Singh

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Re: Wrong to Deny Voting Rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs: Amarinder

Kdsji,

To clarify, my combined income with my wife last year was 80k UK £ which is about $132K, yet we have not had a holiday in 5 years, and we both drive cars valued at under £1200. Inflation means these figures mean nothing, low interest rates erode savings, rents are rocketing, petrol is rocketing, it is nothing short of a rat race, tell your brother he is better off earning less and spending less and being happy, perhaps we should start a new thread, 'why life in the west is not all its cut out to be'

Move up North mate! :p
 

Harry Haller

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Bhenji

I think there is a massive leveler due, property is overvalued all over the world, incomes in the west are reaching ridiculous levels, and yes, in India people are so desperate that they will work 14 with no paid overtime!

Unfortunately you and I both know that the hollywood dream does not exist, but then I don't know whether you watch many indian films, as they all tend to push the hollywood type of luxury and lifestyle, ironically, this whole lifestyle is crumbling as well as the western economies, rioting is becoming more and more common in europe as savage cuts are imposed on mostly the poor, who can ill afford them,

Ironically, any Indian that comes over to the UK in the next few years is going to wish he had stayed in India, as the resemblance to hollywood, from what my parents tell me, is better encapsulated by some Indian cities.
 

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For me to save $10,000 AUD would take me years on my wage! Don't think that kind of money falls off trees in the West, unfortunately.

My wedding was extremely modest, we had around 37 guests to our wedding, I had practically second-hand wedding dress (it was demo dress in the store), and it still cost us around $13,000 AUD!

A house in my city will cost you upwards of $250,000 MINIMUM-- I doubt I'll ever earn enough to buy my own property.

I think you need to keep in mind that the income might be higher but the living expenses are also higher.

You are right living expenses are higher but the people who migrate as single not with family,so it is obvious whatever amount they are going to save will become big in India as 1 AUS $ = 48 rupees .After all this craze was started in India when NRI's started sending big money so its obvious people started copying them.Indians are not fools ,if NRI's that went earlier came as ruined one then I don't think anybody would have been wiling to go outside India.

I think it's disgusting that anyone should exploit anyone else. How can a country like India protect itself against this kind of exploitation? People are so desperate there that they will work for 14 hours with no paid overtime. In Australia we have laws which prevent that. Why can't India have laws like that then? I am showing my naievity in this, I really don't know much.

The law ,socialist unions are also their in India,but BPO IT,Software sector etc is exempted it from it.They work with hire and fire policies .the fact is competetion in world is so stiff that if India will enact these type of laws then most of companies will say bye bye to India as there are many other countries already setting red carpets for these companies.So either work in exploited conditions or just remain unemployed
 

Randip Singh

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Re: Wrong to Deny Voting Rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs: Amarinder

funny you should say that, I am from the North!

Move back up...I'm a Southener who was fed up of the over inflated house prices, overcrowding and everything else. Ever since I moved to the Midlands, I've been happy.

Saying that Edinburgh would be my ideal, but again we are talking London prices.
 

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The thing is Randipji, I have nothing here to stay for, moving to Leicester might enable me to eat Aloo Prontha every day, and go to the local Gurdwara, (the best Gol Guppa ever can be found at Sardars, narborough road), but if I am going to uproot, I am thinking maybe I should spend some time back home, make some honest money and see rural Punjab, the thought of sharing some time with good honest sons of toil, visiting a few Gurdwaras, village life, well, that is worth more to me than the biggest s-class and the most luxurious house (these things are only useful if you have people round you to say balleh, and I do not),

Actually, with my hand on my heart, if anyone truly gets pleasure out of huge wealth, I envy them, most I have met, including myself in years gone by, were truly miserable, as someone else always had a bigger s-class, or a better house, or a more shiny watch, and once pleasure turns into a race, you've lost already
 
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