I am a first generation American of Indian descent. My parents came to the US from India over 30 years ago. They have been in America longer than they have lived in India.
Name: Sophia Rahman
Lives: Wisconsin, US
Works: Associate in a Venture capital firm
I was born and brought up in the US, in the state of Wisconsin. I am 25 years old.
I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of California-Irvine.
I decided to go to Bangalore a year ago to become part of the fast growing venture capital industry in India.
I was not prepared for the discrimination I faced from my fellow Indians
I got a job at a US-based company with an office there. As an associate I would meet with young companies to assess investment potential for us.
Before I went to India, I read a lot of articles highlighting the positive experiences of people like me - NRIs (non-resident Indians), who went back to their original home country.
From all I had heard, I had high expectations that it would be an enjoyable experience.
The reality turned out to be quite different. I was not prepared for the discrimination I faced from my fellow Indians.
People would have an instant negative perception about me, simply because I was born and raised outside India.
I've heard people commenting upon hearing me speak: 'Look at this Indian girl, trying to be cool with her fake American accent.'
Did they not realise I was one of the many millions of Indians who grew up abroad?
Sophia Rahman: I didn't fit into Indian society
If this was harmless in the streets, it was detrimental in the working environment.
My identity was always questioned: Am I Indian or American?
They could not accept that I am both. To them that was unacceptable, because it makes me different from them.
And they were all well educated, open-minded people!
From my experience and observations, the NRIs do not fit well into the society of their so-called homeland.
I think outsourcing benefits everyone: the foreign companies, who pay lower wages, the Indian workers and the Indian economy.
Here you have a nineteen year old person who all of a sudden is making 15,000 Rupees ($340) a month.
Now they have the purchasing power to buy things they never even needed, which drives the Indian consumer market and creates more prosperity.