Yes, this blog is about visiting and touring the mystic land of India. But for a change we want to write about an Asian Indian from the land of Calcutta who visited USA as a tourist and what his opinions and experiences were.
Hrithik Roshan (no relation to the famous Bollywood actor) who is a business man in the city of Calcutta in India decided to go on a holiday to the west. Now you have to understand , that “west” to some one from India could be Europe, Middle East or USA. After much research on the internet , he decided that he would visit the United States of America – the land of opportunity.
The reason he chose USA was two-fold.
One – he wanted to explore the “Real America” as he put it, which basically meant that unlike most visitors to the country who visited the East coast and the west coast which would be New York and California, he decided to explore the inner country like the Midwest and southern states.
Two – Hrithik being a businessman wanted to see what businesses or opportunities existed in USA that he could capitalize on and maybe take back to implement in his home country of India.
His first stop was the wikipedia website to learn as much as he wanted about the country. He wrote down all the major tourist spots and sights that he would visit, and compiled a video of it.
Over a one month period he visited a dozen states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, both the Carolinas, Georgia and Texas. He purposefully avoided the coastal states like Florida, New York and California – he would make a separate trip maybe next year. For now, Hrithik only wanted to explore the inner cities.
He observed many businesses in the US, from car sales to real estate to jewelry and food catering. But what he decided to implement at home was appliance repair. He observed, that in Michigan, an Ann Arbor mi appliance repair service technician would go to a customers house and service any broken appliances like refrigerators or water heaters. This was a new concept to him.
Another business he saw was a growing need in India was in landscaping. With a growing number of upper middleclass buying houses, the need for landscaping was definitely increasing. Again in Michigan he noticed that lawncare services, landscaping was a pretty hot business. Infact he became good friends with a local Ann Arbor mi Landscaping service firm and learnt about the business during his stay in Michigan.
Armed with these 2 ideas he went back to India. This was two years ago. In the two years hence he has rose to become a major business man in Calcutta and is the top goto business for couple of business. Want to guess which businesses? Yup, you guessed it – Appliance repair and landscaping!!
Here is a picture of Hrithik Roshan in USA.