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“India Can Never Be Out Of An Indian”

Sanjiv & Ritu Gandotra

An ex-Army officer and a businessman from Chandigarh, Sanjiv Gandotra left the City Beautiful in 2009 along with his family for the greener pastures. Although he has no regrets of leaving Chandigarh, he definitely does miss the city’s eternal beauty.

Capt Sanjiv Gandotra presently resides in the United Kingdom with his wife Ritu Gandotra, elder son Adhiraj Gandotra, elder daughter-in-law Keshika Gandotra, younger son Arjun Gandotra, and younger daughter-in-law Vainul Gandotra.

Arjun & Vainul Gandotra

Why and when did you leave Chandigarh? 

I left Chandigarh in 2009 as we decided to migrate for my children’s education and offer them a window to global opportunities.

What is the one thing that you miss here which was there in Chandigarh?

An Indian can be out of India but, India can never be out of an Indian. On a lighter note, I miss the hustle-bustle of a maddening crowd and the chatpata street food in Chandigarh. However, we live in India from November to early March, so in a way, we experience the best of both worlds.

Adhiraj & Keshika Gandotra

What is the best thing you like here which is not there in Chandigarh? 

The weather here is beautiful and the way things work and happen here is amazing. From a work and conduct perspective, “one is innocent here till proven guilty and vice versa in India”. For example, dealing with bureaucracy.

Other good things here are cleanliness, general awareness, civic sense, opportunities, picturesque surroundings, working conditions, less corruption at grassroots and medical care.

The United Kingdom is a welfare state. So, medical services are free at the point of delivery, there is free education, and the right to roof over head.

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