Making Moves

Dalbir Bains. Photo: India Rediff

If you’ve ever entertained the idea of living in India, you’re not alone.

A new report, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research last month, suggests an increasing number of British Asians are packing up and making the move: over 32,000 Britons currently live in India (another 47,000 have settled in Pakistan).

Many are second generationers–the children of desi immigrants. Brought up outside of South Asia, they are now lured by the promise of a growing economy.

Dalbir Bains, a former department store buyer in London, is among them.

Bains recently moved to Mumbai and opened her own lingerie shop. Her parents, who immigrated to the UK from India in the 60s, were less than thrilled. “They were really shocked,” she says.

But Bains remains convinced that the “real land of opportunity is India, is China. They are the progressive countries where you can really make a difference.”

Do you agree?

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Dalbir Bains’s lingerie shop

January 8, 2007
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  1. January 8, 2007, 9:30 pm Sujatha

    Yup, the opportunities are definitely here and there’s a strange kind of excitement in the air, like when you are working on a start up. The whole country is in start up mode. But there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out if the promise is to see fulfillment – infrastructure is the biggest and most vexing problem.

    All the very best to Dalbir.

    Thanks for linking to my blog. 🙂