After a lot of questions, denunciations, unwanted opinions and multiple mixed reactions to my decision of moving to Canada, I finally decided to weave the reasons into words for people who are really interested.
Impulse has always taken a major part of all my decision makings in life, but this attracted a lot of introspection before we finally went to our medicals for immigration . My wife and I have spent endless nights discussing the pros and cons of moving to an entirely new socio-economical climate, among a bunch of people who spoke, dressed and even reacted differently..duh! But fortunately it had never ended in a negative stray of thoughts.
This all dates back to 2008 when I applied for immigration to Canada. Owing to the long and tedious process of immigration I had almost given up on the hopes of getting a Visa. But suddenly in 2013 I received a letter from the consulate for my medicals and after four months precisely, we received the permanent resident-ship for Canada. Well, lady luck befell on me, as my wife would say ;)
And here she is, chin up, taking all the credit!
Now the question, why I moved out of my comfort zone?
At the very onset I would like to highlight the fact that life was quite agreeable in India with parents and friends around, helps at hand and everything familiar. Yet, something was wanting! Now, musings tell me that it was indeed this familiarity that induced me to take this decision. Some might call it a 'huge plunge', yet I would call it the 'calling'....the calling to unlearn, relearn and discover what we are truly capable of. And yes, the day I jumped off that copter for sky diving, I knew 'taking risks' is my forte ;) and my wife is not a chicken at heart either!
The CN tower standing tall near Union Station, Toronto
Because this is the only place I applied to! That's correct..this answer is simple. But why I did not apply to another is the subject here.
Recession being a global concern with 'those swanky countries', Canada has been one which surpassed the dreaded economic meltdown. Reason, it doesn't pay you in bounty today and snatch everything tomorrow, instead it pays you enough to make a decent living in this country and curbs the yearning to go back. The economy is open yet homogeneous. Therefore, it maintains an equilibrium even in times of crisis. Moreover, it is a great country for those who want to forge a new beginning in the western world. Even though bagging the first opportunity might seem to be a distant dream, yet after the first, it open avenues to achieve your dream.
Financial district of Toronto surrounding all major banks of Canada
For the social animal I am, making new friends and getting to know them was not a remote thought in my mind. In a new country where friends will turn in to your family, it is important to be accepted, and which country could be better than Canada where every five people you meet, three are born outside of the Canadian soil. This land of the immigrants, has not shown any fragment of innocuous racism or any pre-conceived notions. "Oh yes, one notion they do have about us- we are an intelligent and hardworking lot!"Hence, this has never been a hurdle in my path of success (whatever little I have achieved as a newcomer). Truly a melting pot of various cultures, it is amazing how a Pakistani hugs an Indian in broad daylight without being judged or how we slurp over the extra patty veal Hero burgers(Angus beef as they call it ;)) Acceptance has definitely been of the major factors why we chose Canada over any other country.
Nathan Philips Square, Toronto's lettered landmark
And now the extras...always the most delectable ones. Free! Free! Discount! and...pay back :D
Health is free, education till high school is free, discount for the ones who really need (students, elderly, minority, low income group, disabled and children) and payback if you have a child or children! That's correct, the government pays you if you are a parent..wow! Therefore the overall living condition could be quite a metamorphosis. Also, being a family man, when Toronto was declared as one of the safest cities to live, I breathed a sigh of relief.
P.S: It is a country of bountiful beauty with the Rockies calling Canada its home and the water bodies like Pacific Ocean and Lake Ontario glistening around either borders.
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