Are you thankful to be living in India? on this #ThankfulThursdays tell us what India means to you and how and why are you thankful to India.

India, my country, is revered around the world for its rich and vivid history, heritage and culture. You have the world thanking India for Yoga, Ayurveda, dance forms, textile, food and many more. But what does it mean to an Indian? Are you Thankful to India? Do you value your nation for what it is? Are you Thankful to be living in India? I am. And here are 10 reason why I am thankful to India and proud of my nation. and that’s your #ThankfulThursdays prompt.

Every nation has its own troubles at current times – corruption, strange political decisions, but leaving aside all that India is a beautiful place to live in.

#ThankfulThursdays Prompt for the week

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#1 Thankful to be living in India – Democracy

You are not happy with the political scene currently, or even previous to this one? Well, be thankful, you are living in a democracy and you have freedom of speech. We are not living under authoritarian regimes like North Korea or Syria. You don’t have a fear of life at every hour of the day!

#2 Thankful to be living in India – Values Family

Isn’t it wonderful that you can stay with parents without getting judged? Not that everyone these days like the idea of staying together and want to set up nuclear families – but you can always choose to be with your parents without becoming a object of shame!

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#3 Thankful to be living in India – Diverse Culture

We are so different still we are one. I am not trying to sound like a moral story book. But imagine the number of festivals we get to celebrate? The highest among all the cultures of the world! These enormous amount of festivals are possible because f our diverse culture. I will not like to stay away from my country specially around September to December. No way am I missing Durga Puja, Navratri, Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Christmas, Id (for all the lovely food you get around that time).

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#4 Thankful to be living in India – Kind of Help You Receive

Staying away from India? You know where I am getting at. You will not find any help ANYWHERE. No house help, mechanic, cook, driver, gardener, carpenter – the list is long – unless of course you are a mogul with a longer trail of zeros in your account! Maids can make you mad at times but you can’t live without them. Every expatriate will relate to it. Even your neighbour will help in emergency instead of just calling a helpline. Even if you are poor with life skills and adulating, its okay!

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#5 Thankful to be living in India – Travel without burning a hole in pocket

India is big with 29 states and 7 union territories and every state offers amazing destinations for the travel bug in you. Places in North East, Andaman’s, Uttarkhand, Karnakataka, Tamil Nadu are no less than any foreign holiday destination. I am not even going to popular destinations like Goa, Rajasthan, Agra and all. I wish the Tourism board in India looked after the facilities for tourists a little better. But you can travel to scores of places within India WITHOUT burning a big hole in the pocket. Travel by train, buses or take your car out for a road trip – India is one of the best scenic place the world has to offer. And a big reason to be thankful to be living in India.

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#6 Thankful to be living in India – Food is cheap

Unless you want dal from Bukhara every single night, food is typically cheap in India. You don’t have to survive of ramen noodles or burger or sandwich because you want to save your salary. When you stay with your family, there is no complaint over food. If you are staying alone and broke, you can still find the food streets and local eateries offering tasty food or ‘thali’ at cheap prices. Not to mention the variety of food found across the country!

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#7 Thankful to be Living in India – Dress what you want

This might sound controversial given the crimes against women. Some people’s mentality is of course questionable. But hey, you are free to dress whatever you want and there’s no one dictating for a purdah, burqa etc etc. Imagine your life in Saudi Arabia or Iran. Did you Know – females have to mandatorily wear a head scarf in Iran in public – even if they are a tourist! Or the fact that females have to have a head scarf in the photo for applying visa, else it gets rejected. I am thankful to be living in India and be away from all that trouble.

#8 Thankful to be Living in India – Find cheap accommodation

India has a dense population and many migrate to the cities in search of job, making the cities crowded too. But you can still find affordable accommodation on rent. For students, travelers, tourist accommodations at every budget is available. You can get a decent paying guest accommodation in a city like Bangalore  at 5,000 INR.

#9 Thankful to be Living in India – There’s a home remedy for everything

Thanks to Ayurveda, grand mom’s tips and more you will find a home remedy a cure for most of the things. Believe me ginger tea gives relief to the throat way better than any cough syrup!

ginger tea

#10 Thankful to be Living in India – For Indian Army

No post on India is complete without some heartfelt gratitude towards the men in uniform. Not just the Army but the Air Force and Indian Navy. Nowhere, across our country, do they command for respect, they get it from the people because they have earned it. India is not a small country and we know how hostile the situation gets. But if we are sleeping in peace at night it’s because of the men in uniform. Salute to them.

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Aren’t these some great reasons to be grateful to the country. I am thankful to be living in this country. Are you too? Let us know in your #ThankfulThursday post and link up with us.


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13 Comments on 10 Reasons I am Thankful to be living in India – Thankful to India, My Nation #ThankfulThursdays

  1. ☆Novemberschild☆ (@romspeaks)
    August 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm (7 months ago)

    Life in India can be joyous, tough, colorful, stressful, chaotic but never boring. You must have heard numerous times that India is one of those countries that you can love and hate at the same time. Nothing beats Indian food – curries, pakodas, momos, samosas, dosas, naans, sorpotel, kebabs, paneer and so much more! The best part is how the taste of the food changes from one part of the country to another. For instance, street food in Delhi is completely different as compared to Mumbai. It is the land of mother of all the teas – Masala Chai, which is available in every nook and corner. Kaam Wali, Maali, Phool Wala, Driver – the comfort of domestic help will spoil you for life without breaking your bank balance. I am equally thankful to India for these and much more. Happy Independence day.

  2. Dipika Singh
    August 10, 2018 at 8:57 am (7 months ago)

    True! Thankful being in India and an Indian. I have had my share of living on foreign land to understand the stark differences in being an Indian or anyone else. I love being Desi, no matter what.

  3. Shilpa Garg
    August 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm (7 months ago)

    Absolutely agree with all the 10 pointers you have shared. I have worked in Kuwait and I know how challenging it is for women out there. I am thankful and proud of being in India and an Indian.

  4. Jhilmil Bhansali
    August 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm (7 months ago)

    You made me fall in love with India once again. Indeed at every step we need to be proud of our values, cultures, support systems, maids, food and everything

  5. Sayeri
    August 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm (7 months ago)

    wow…really its a proud feeling for being an Indian. I was reading your bengali and durga pooja post. As a bengali how could we forget Durga pooja! Here in India, our tradition, our values,travel destinations everything is the best.

  6. Richa Mina
    August 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm (7 months ago)

    such an insightful post. i do love India for the freedoms offered to us and we don’t realize it coz we never had to fight for them.

  7. Zainab
    August 11, 2018 at 7:38 pm (7 months ago)

    Living in a democracy is a blessing for sure Tina!
    And yes family values that we share are great.

  8. Misha jain
    August 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm (7 months ago)

    wow Lovely. and seriously we sometimes do not acknowledge all the privileges that we have here in our country. My Family is my life too.

  9. Shalini
    August 11, 2018 at 11:10 pm (7 months ago)

    Always proud to be an Indian. And this is such an insightful post, Tina. Everyone should read this!

  10. Ashvini Naik
    August 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm (7 months ago)

    I totally love this post, Tina, for the amount of truth it reflects about India. Though India has been trapped in the cobwebs of ill political frames, it’s a land with warm people who make your life way easy than a place abroad.

    I grew up in the Gulf & was there till my 12th grade. And I can relate to each & every point that you make.

    I’m so proud to be an Indian.

  11. Mrinal Kiran
    August 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm (7 months ago)

    I agree with you… India is beautiful.. yes, it has its own set of issues but end of the day, every country has some! Love the diversified yet unified culture here..

  12. Namrata
    August 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm (7 months ago)

    I am a proud Indian too and will never leave my country. My country is rich in culture, diversity and a lot of things which we can never get in any other place in this world.

  13. Deepali
    August 19, 2018 at 8:59 am (7 months ago)

    I loved the way you’ve put across your thoughts in this article. Loved it.


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