In the last firm, I was offered to go and work onsite (AMERICA), it was a delicious proposition, I had just got married after all. Who doesn’t like extra money and a company sponsored stay. There was always the option of switching over while being in the USA.
But it was 2017 and my part time passion @FrustIndian was already a household name. I had saved a little and wanted to focus on building an alternate voice for India. I quit the firm and leapt into an unknown world. The next few months were a horror. But I preserved.
I haven’t become a millionaire. TFI Media is not a unicorn but we aren’t exactly starving 😊

There are 30 full time and 12 part time contributors working with us. Our articles and videos are not just a sensation in India but around the world.
A lady who used to cook at my home is now the official caterer of the company. Yes, there are free lunches in TFI. The lady who used to cook for us is now running a small catering business with staff of her own.
A pundit ji I knew was hired to perform pooja every morning in the office. He gets a monthly salary. Now his Shishyas do the same for other offices in the business park. A struggling family of Pundits just bought a new bike.
Would I have made more had I decided to switch to the USA? Probably.

But none of this would have have happened.

Am I happy? Very very much.

कहीं भली है कटुक निबौरी, कनक कटोरी की मैदा से

Stay in India. There is no better land than ours.

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