The chasm between Seattle and India is growing smaller by the day. New Delhi is one of the farthest cities to travel from Seattle, yet despite this great distance, more people from India are making the US home.
In 2016, India and China totaled 82% of the United States’ H-1B visas; India held 126,692 of those visas compared to China’s 21,657. The majority of the visas went to employees in STEM fields. With Seattle being a hotbed for STEM employers, the stories of Seattle and India are now inextricably linked.
Recently given the chance to travel to India, I jumped at the opportunity. Romance and allure are a few words that first came to my mind when thinking about India, but nothing I had read or heard about really prepared me for what India would be like in the flesh.