CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM IN INDIA ?

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CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM IN INDIA ?

 user 2006-03-02 at 12:13:00 pm Views: 58
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    Chasing the American Dream Eastward to India
    High Technology’s New Frontier
    March
    06– It may not look like the new frontier in the high tech revolution.
    But in the ancient rural villages of southern India, amidst the chaos
    of the crowded streets, is a bold new world that’s turned India into a
    technology mecca, reports CBS News correspondent Lara Logan.
    Cities
    like Bangalore are drawing big name international companies – and
    creating a few of their own like India’s software giant Infosys.
    Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai says his company has seen extraordinary growth, going from 500 to 50,000 employees in just 12 years.
    “I
    remember reading when I was a young boy that people in the West told
    young people, ‘Go West, young man or young lady.’ Now it’s ‘Go East,’”
    says Pai.
    Corporations like Infosys recognized that the key to
    luring foreign investors – and workers – to come east was to create
    companies on a par with any in the west.
    With more than 40 office
    buildings, two gyms, basketball courts, a supermarket and its own bank,
    Infosys looks more like a resort spa than a company headquarters.
    “We had the Japanese prime minister play golf here,” says Pai, pointing out the company’s pitching range.
    Along
    with thousands of Indians who’ve traded in jobs overseas to come home,
    you may be surprised to learn who else is being drawn to India’s answer
    to Silicon Valley. An increasing number of young Americans from elite
    U.S. colleges are coming to India to work for companies like Infosys,
    which has the world’s second-largest software industry. They say in
    India, they get experience and opportunities they simply couldn’t match
    at home.
    Winnie Hsia set her sights on India as soon as she graduated from New York University and got a marketing job at Infosys.
    “There’s
    so much opportunity for you here … that you couldn’t even imagine
    sitting in a cubicle in Manhattan or Chicago at the end of the day,”
    says Hsia.
    Young Americans in India are working hard and living
    well. They may not always earn as much as they would in the U.S., but
    here, the cost of living is much lower. If they really wanted to, they
    could eat three meals a day for $1. It’s a huge cultural adjustment,
    but the thrill of adventure is part of the allure.
    “I think about
    that saying they say about New York,” Hsia says. “You know, ‘If you can
    make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.’ I sort of feel that way
    about India – like, if you can handle India, you can handle anywhere.”
    Erik
    Simonsen is another American who’s learning to handle India. He gave up
    his job in the U.S. to work for an investment banking firm in India’s
    capital, Delhi.
    “Things are growing so fast that they’re looking for anybody that can carry responsibility,” says Simonsen.
    And responsibility has come to him fast. He says he has already jumped a step on the corporate ladder just by coming to India.
    Pai
    says Americans should “come to India” because “the future is here.”
    It’s a future that appears to promise great opportunities for Americans
    willing to make the journey.