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Why this Google operative gave up on Silicon Valley and changed back to India

Nupur Dave


By all accounts, including her own, Nupur Dave had the dream

A local of India, she had spent the past decade vital in the
US. She was working at Google at the perk-filled
“Googleplex” domicile in Mountain View, California, at a job
she loved. And she had obtained a permanent residence,
her immature card.

She was a manager for a partial of Google called Network
Content Distribution, the network tech that creates Google run
faster (in geek speak: it’s Google’s homegrown choice to a
calm placement network like Akamai).

And the opportunities for graduation were plentiful.

“I got to travel all over the world, attend conferences,”
she told Business Insider.”It was great. The group was great. It
was really good job.”

There was just one problem. She was flourishing increasingly unhappy
with this Silicon Valley dream life.

Expensive and lonely

For one thing, the cost of vital was a hardship. While she was
paid well, it wasn’t adequate to get forward in the dear Bay Area,
much reduction buy a house.

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The idea that all Googlers are rich is a “myth,” she told
Business Insider. While a rarely specialized program operative or
a high opening manager are definitely well compensated
(some of them make 7 total between compensate and stock), for many
rank-and-file Google employees, “Google is a middle payer,” she

For instance, salaries for a technical program manager at
Google operation from $93,837 to $176,500,
according to Glassdoor.
 While that’s not chicken
scratch, when you cause in what it costs to live in the Valley,
those salaries don’t go far.

“I always rented,” she said, and she mostly had a roommate,

But income wasn’t her categorical problem: loneliness was worse. She
missed her family in India. She missed her home country. She was
single. Working prolonged hours for Google made it tough to meet
someone and have a relationship, she said. And while there is
social status in the Valley trustworthy to being an operative at
Google, it also intimidated some men, she felt.

She became very involved with the Indian Google Network.
Google has a vast fortuitous of India ex-pats (including CEO
Sundar Pichai) in Mountain View, and the Indian network is one of
many Google farrago groups.

Googlers google bus
Henry Blodget / Business

“I founded the Women’s Cricket group at Google. And with the India
Google network, we orderly a lot of events. we had a life. I
really had a lot of friends, I’m a very social person,” she said.

It didn’t stop that whinging feeling, though.

At one point, Dave tried jolt up her life by moving
to the smart city of San Francisco. Walk everywhere. Great
food. Gorgeous views. 

But that shortly became exhausting. She wound up with a three-hour
commute, getting home any night at 8:30 p.m. She hired help from
TaskRabbit to do the cleaning and the chores. But her rent
was higher, as were other costs, and she couldn’t means it at
the turn that she needed.

“I was apropos sadder and sadder,” she said. The depletion of
vital in San Francisco also meant reduction time to do her hobby,
writing and
photography for her recipe blog.

Then, during a revisit home for her cousin’s wedding, she was
articulate with her 8-year-old nephew who asked her because she lived in
America. The only answer she could consider of was, “Because
my pursuit is good.” 

Less pay, some-more … everything

Was she really vital for a job? Could she have both? A
life nearby her family in India and Google?
searched for and landed a Google pursuit in India of parallel
shortcoming as a 
Technical Program Manager for
Google For Work. But it concerned a big pay

Indians Celebrate Diwali in Mumbai
Joyce/Getty Images

She didn’t confirm to take it until she had a review with a
foreigner on a craft float who happened to be a PhD from MIT
in economics and a law professor. He told her the Google India
pursuit could have a big and useful mercantile impact for her home
country. And the income was adequate for her to buy her own house
in India.

It’s now been 7 months and she says she’s way happier.
“My highlight levels have been reduced to one tenth what they
were. I used to nap for 5 hours a night in the U.S. In
India. we nap for 8 hours now,” she says.

She wrote a post about leaving America for India
that went viral on LinkedIn
and has given perceived thousands
of messages from people.

Her recommendation to other U.S. immigrants is “don’t woe yourself”
but to “trust your gut.” It will tell you if the U.S. is your
loyal home, or if it “is not your destiny.” 

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