Chitra Kumar

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The article looks old to me....
17 years ago
From the title, I thought that the visa program was already abolished. I read that the GAO report will be discussed in the senate in September and then the Congress may act. The issue has become very emotional and political now. With the unemployment rate very high, the jobless claims still pouring in and the basic economy still very weak with recovery not yet in sight, I feel that the Congress will have no choice but to act on it. The only question is how far.
18 years ago
After pondering a while, I decided to post this message and see things from the point of view of others. I have around 8 years experience in the software industry in RDBMS,OO(Java etc). My career seemed to be going fine till 3 years ago. I lost my job 3 times. First was a company closure, the other 2 were because of outsourcing. I had a permanent position in the last 3 companies.
Finally, last month I got an offer from a Consulting firm. The client is a big one. Before I accepted the offer, the client told me that they were skeptical of my staying long there. But since I was in a dire need, I assured them I would be there as long as they needed me. So the client asked me to stay there for at least 1 year. The work is not very interesting with little coding/development. The role is more on a technical support and liasoning level. Technically, I am not learning much but I feel that the position is stable at least for 1 year (maybe longer). My thoughts alternate between disappointment at not being able to do core development/analysis and relief for at least getting a stable job in these difficult times after going through 3 layoffs. I got a couple of calls the other day from some recruiters who were trying to secure me permanent positions and that had good job descriptions. But somehow after 3 layoffs, I decided to stick around here only for the stability part. Now my mind is at work again. I am getting slightly apprehensive and wonder if I will get outdated soon if and once the market picks up. Any thoughts???
18 years ago

Originally posted by Sara Jahan:

I do not know whether America needs to do that or not, but I do know that you either do not know how to spell your name correctly or do not pay attention to details or this is not your real name or are a non-India or South Indian who hasn't had much contact with North India or ...
Khanna is always spelt with an 'h' after 'K'.


I agree.The spelling mistake of the last name is glaring.The above topic is not worth discussing as the points are not substantiated anywhere. The person seems to be rambling or trying to incite passion/hatred.
18 years ago
Very very rare to see a Gandhian these days in India. Every time I see the politicians pay homage to Gandhi I can't but help reflect on how low we as a nation have come to. It's very difficult to understand Gandhi for people who are inclined to resort to violence to settle issues. I don't want to add much to this thread as I feel that we are washing our dirty laundry in public and possibly making people from other countries wonder why we fight with each other so much. Maybe in another group....
18 years ago
The contents seem familar from Arundhati Roy's "War Talk".
18 years ago
The contents seem familar from Arundhati Roy's "War Talk".
18 years ago

Originally posted by Praveen Prav:
Ofcourse I will complain about H-1 B as I am a true immigant who aspires to be an american. I will be an american citizen in 2 more years. And I will support for the welfare of america in my thoughts.
As I came to US for Higher Studies on an F-1 Visa and to have a better life style and I was loyal to my employer for 5 years and waited the whole 5 years before I got my green card. I am not like one of those H-1 B guys who came directly work 2 years here on H-1 B and started making tons of money.
Each and every thing I took from this world is my hard earned money. Besides I am one of those hardsworkers who work from 8 am to 8 pm every day.
So I am not a hypocrite. I am a true american.


This post is full of contradictions. F-1 (student) visa is supposed to be a non-immigrant visa. One of the requirements is to prove to the US Consulate that you will return after completing your studies. That this is rarely followed is a different issue. But don't mislead all by saying that just because you came on F-1 gives you a title of "true immigrant".
You say that you will be an American citizen in two years and in the last sentence you say that you are a true American. I have nothing to say here.
As far as your loyalty towards your employer goes, do you have a choice when you start your green card process?
You will support the welfare of America in your thoughts? Not in deed??
Finally, just accept the fact that America can and will go on just fine without you or me. Many talented people all over the world struggle just to get here.
You are not a hypocrite, of course. Your attitude is just this: I am in, fellas, now please close the door.
18 years ago
Praveen,
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H-1 B was goood to a certain extent. There should be a limit to anything. I came to america to settle down here not to go back. I aspired staying to here Because there will be better prospects for the jobs.
Now after living so many years(8 1/2 years) here there is no point in going back to india for me.
Praveen
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Shankar,
You are absolutely right fella. I am from pakisthan.
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Just picked up a couple of your posts. Which country are you really from? Most of your posts are definitely directed against India/Indians.
18 years ago