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THINGS I PREFER IN THE U.S. VS. INDIA

As the country celebrated July 4th two weeks ago & Americans reaffirmed their commitment to freedom, life & liberty, and on the eve of my trip to India, it got me thinking:
What are the things I love about living in the U.S., my adopted country, vs. the things I love about the country I left behind?  (One of my favorite authors, Monica Pradhan, writes about it as well in her novel, The Hindi Bindi Club.)

THINGS I PREFER ABOUT INDIA
 1. Spirituality
2. Hospitality
3. Sense of community
4. Respect for elders
5. Cultural diversity
6. Family values
7. Multiple languages
8. Traditions & Celebrations


THINGS I PREFER ABOUT THE U.S.

1. Orderly traffic
2. Cleanliness
3. Safety
4. Education


5. Time means actual time, not the different time schedule Indians jokingly refer to as Indian Standard Time
6. Use of  'Please' & 'Thank you' & other common courtesies
7. Infrastructure
8. Work ethic
9. Respect for manual laborers & subordinates
10. Acceptance of outsiders
11. Relatively low corruption
12. Sense of pride for & maintenance of historical landmarks

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