| Soon you will be part of Australian
By - Paul Singh
Are you coming to Australia ?
GREAT DECISION! I can assure you that you have taken a decision, which you will
appreciate only once you are settled here in this GREAT country. I have been around
the world and have seen many GREAT places but end of the day I can say with pride
that SYDNEY, Australia is the place I call HOME. If one have option to choose
a country to live, then there are not many choices. The major attractions are
USA, EUROPE or AUSTRALIA sorry if I have not included one your countries, but
we have to agree that ASIA, AFRICA and SOUTH AMERICA are not the best places to
migrate at present but may be in future.
Independent Study shows Australia selected 3 times
Some stats on Indians migrating to Australia since 1982
China was on top of the migration list with India coming second.
In 2002 there were 110,600 Indians those who were
born in India and 61,400 Sri Lankans born in Sri Lanka.
In 2001 there were 95600 people those who can speak Hindi and 13.5% out of those
were born in Australia.
Migrating to another country is not a simple decision, and there are instances
where people went back to their country of origin because of the following major
- Home sick
- Family reasons
- Don't like the wildlife of Australia
- Finding Work
And may be few more reasons, which I might not be aware of. The most obvious reason
for Indians to leave is that, if you have lived in a high-class life style in
India where you have servants to cook, clean and listen to your load voice then
all that is not available in OZ. It will be very hard to come to terms with this
new life style of western world where you do all the work around your house. So
the easy way out is to go back and live in that life style which might be important
to many of us. The main reason for most of us to move to these countries is that
either, we don't like the corrupt system or lack of opportunities to grow in a
peaceful environment. Our country has everything, but no control over population,
poverty and above all corrupt politicians who are eating our motherland like white
If you are planing to settle in this beautiful country, my sincere advise to you
is that do not get the feeling of being discriminated by others as it's the easy
way out for any failure. So do not feel that you failed because of the colour
of your skin or because you don't know people in high positions, these things
don't work here. So if you fail then next time try harder, and keep trying till
you get the right job. It took me 9 months to find my first job, but I was determined
to find the right job. Most of the time when I meet Indian people the major complain
they have is about the whole system in OZ, but it's not true, you can see Indians
in Australia on top jobs, if they can get those positions and fame why not you
or anyone else. So please try to think positive and if you still feel that this
system is corrupt and not up to your standard, then be honest to yourself and
go back where you feel the system is better, don't become a crying Indian.
Other honest advise to all my fellow Indians is that it is important to mix with
people of your own culture so that young kids learn all the good things about
our rich culture. But also remember to mix with the western society as well. There
are many good things about their culture too. In past 15 years I have seen on
2 occasions when some crazy politician fires up the issue about immigration and Asians
taking up this country, the main reason for all this is that other cultures
are not mixing with local Australians, people not appreciating the good things
about this country etc. In all fairness it's shameful that we live here, work
here and some of us make big money here and at the end of the day still complain
about the system, is not justified. So be fair and appreciate the good things
and mix up with western culture too as this is going to be your HOME now.
The major cities are the capitol of each state, Sydney in NSW, Melbourne in VIC,
Brisbane in QLD, Adelaide in SA, Hobart in TAS, Darwin in NT, Canberra in ACT.
Other cities are not as cosmopolitan as these capitol centers. I have lived in
most of the major cities and I found good number of Indians settled in every state.
Each city has associations and religious places, check our Business Directory
for detail listings. To find out how many Indian Restaurants are in each major
city, check our Restaurant page. Out of all these major cities, here is the order
in terms of Indian population.
Major Indian events take place in most of the cities but their major attraction
is in Sydney and Melbourne. Indian Shows (Film actors, singer's etc.) mostly take
place in Sydney and Melbourne and at times in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Indian
movies are available in all the cities and cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
and Adelaide have movies in cinema halls too. Movie videos are available from
any grocery stores. The complete list of these stores can be seen at www.IndiaToday.com.au
Most of the major cities have schools for regional languages e.g. Hindi, Punjabi,
Tamil etc. these schools are run by non-profitable organisations on weekends.
Contact your local association for more details. List of Associations is available
at www.IndiaToday.com.au. Sporting activities take place in all the cities where cricket,
football, hockey, golf etc. teams are formed for local competition. I recommend
you to get your kids (if you have some) involved in playing some sport, as it
will help them to become active and get involved with other kids in cultural and
social activities. Lisa Sthalekar is first Indian to play for Australian Women's
Cricket. I have seen basically Indian people are very shy and it's not
very good for any kid to be brought up as a shy kid. As most of you know in this
competitive world one has to make sure their kids are getting the best education
and also getting a chance to express their views. I think at times when I see
16-18 years old kids gets up at 5.30 in the morning to work part time at McDonalds,
where they get chance to work under the best management in the world and also
gain all that confidence which lacks in most of our kids.
I welcome you to GREAT COUNTRY where you will meet good fellow Indians and hope
to see you around. In case you would like to add any more info to this article
please feel free to email me.