More and more people move abroad looking for new opportunities, they choose the place based on what they like the most, as well as where love or a job will bring them. I’m always amazed by all the stories I hear and come across with. That’s why today I want to share with all of you Zachary’s expat life, who moved from US to India. Here’s his story.
“As I approach 7 years of living in India, I’ve been reflecting on my journey and what it’s entailed. Starting in Mumbai and ending in Kolkata, it’s been a rollercoaster of extraordinary experiences, discovery, frustration, transformation, self-discovery, great sorrow, great joy and a deep love for the country my family calls home.
India holds a dear place to me and my wife Amanda; after all we met in India, dated in India, got engaged in front of the Taj Mahal, hosted a wedding reception for our family and friends in India, buried our daughter Chloe West Ray after a stillbirth at 27 weeks, and had our son, Kaden, in India.
As you know, Kolkata is known for its chai, and chai is one of the ways in which people bond. You can spot teashops at every corner of the city. And chai, I noticed, lives up to its reputation of bringing people together.
As a company and as an artist, that is what we wish to accomplish –- bringing people together and building a community. The arts are able to connect people from anywhere on the globe in a way that little else can, and we’d love to be a part of building a community that uses the arts to inspire and make the world a better place. It is this thought that inspired us to name our venture Chaitown Creatives.
We started Chaitown Creatives two years ago with the goal to provide a platform for musicians and artists (like painters, photographers and designers, etc.), to express themselves and help them further their careers. We host “Artist Collective” sessions every month, where one or two artists present their work in front of an audience and interact with them. You don’t have to be a musician or an artist to be part. You just need to be able to appreciate the different forms of art that exist. We’re convinced that India, especially Kolkata, has a lot to offer to the world in terms of art, music and creativity.
India is a great place to call home. For anyone considering a move here, our advice is usually pretty simple: connect with people, be flexible, and be positive. The deep-rooted bonds that Indians share have been our biggest gift from the country. The friends we have made here have helped us out in difficult, as well as good times. They are our family. If we ever move back to the United States, I know that the friends we have made here are for life.
Our days in India don’t look like they might if we lived in the US, and that’s okay. We’ve learned the value of being both flexible and positive. Things may not always go as you are used to when you live in a foreign country, and maybe not even how you would like, but we’ve found, even in those experiences, we can learn, laugh, and sometimes even make lifelong friends.”
Do you have any question or curiosity for Ray? Please feel free to comment on this article. Meanwhile, Thanks a lot Zachary for sharing your story. 🙂