15 Unusual Things Indian Students Carry To America

Among many things that Indian parents dream of, for their children, one inseparable wish that resides deep in their hearts is to send their kids to United States of America. The world loves America and Indians love it a tad bit more. And we want our kids to study there and become extremely erudite once they come back but we don’t want them to marry American, well that’s a different story.

So India loves America. But, amidst all this transition, do not forget this one thing. You can take Indians out of India, but you cannot take India out of Indians.

No wonder, life is great there. Indians love the pristine shoreline, clean air, massive roads, humongous architecture and everything in general and so, we just love Ahem-ri-ka a lot. But we love India too and that’s why we pack it in our bags and carry it all the way to America.

Here’s a list of stunningly odd things that Indian students pack in their bag when they go overseas.

  1. Maggi
    I can’t live with or without you. . .
  2. Mangoes
    Final Mangoes
    Mangoes because “aam-ke-season-me-aam-se-door-kaise”
  3. Pickles
    Maa ka pyaar, in achaar
  4. Desi Ghee
    Final Ghee
    You can’t take cows out of India, but you can take the ghee. So be it.
  5. Home made food
    Home made food
    Dhokla, phafada, thepla and everything else which won’t rot in 10 days.
  6. Jaggery (Gud)
    Final Jaggery
    Because it’s too cold, just too cold and gud is the secret of their energy.
  7. Broom
    I just don’t know about this one.
  8. Utensils – Pressure cooker, Tawa etc. 
    Makes sense- utensils are really expensive there, plus you won’t find them easily.
  9. Medicines
    Medicine concept. Spilled pills from prescription bottle. 3d
    Medicines will cost you a fortune there. Like 3 times the price of what you find here in India.
  10. Pini (Laddu)
    Maa ki mamta- kut kut ke, chur chur ke.
  11. Masale
    Asli masale sach sach, no really, chicken masala, garam masala and a hell lot of masala on their packing list.
  12. Deity’s statue
    May God bless ya!
  13. Ready to eat food
    Ready to cook
    After all, who will cook palak paneer for you? Ready to cook will.
  14. Lentils, rice and the kinds
    Ain’t nothing like daal chawal.
  15. Musical instruments
    Musical Ins
    Because music is for life.


Everyone is aware of the NRI hierarchy; US, UK, Australia and if you love India so much so that you want to go abroad and yet have “Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai” then choose Singapore. But America has a standout amongst all, and shall always be that way.

And here’s a quirky video on the same. I am sure you will love it.

About the author:

Shewali loves to cook. She is mostly travelling; if not blabbering or gorging. That’s all folks!