The world has become a global village where technology has shortened distances, simplified life and brought people closer to each other. In this scenario India is fast receiving the world's attention because of its friendly people, their way of life, thinking, culture and civilization which is a mix of ancient and modern ethos. Even in the technological arena it is making an indelible mark. 

Be it Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Indra Nooyi and many many more, Indians have climbed the ladder of success and brought India and Indians in the world’s limelight. Indians and Indian companies are everywhere and it is their success stories that have made the world to think. Is it their intelligence, smartness, or education that has made them what they are today? Or is it their hard work that has led them to make a name for themselves? 

It is an amalgamation of all this glued together with a wonderful blend of Indianness. There is something special about this Indianness that makes us different. We might be plagued with our problems of corruption, bribery, over population, and the like, but one thing that none can ignore is our togetherness despite the fact that ours is a multi cultural, multi lingual and multi religious country.

A country where people are separated by states, religions, castes and traditions, the most important thing that binds us all together is our soil, our motherland and the feeling of belonging to one soil that sets us Indians apart. We always feel this connect and this down- to- earth attitude coupled with our values, upbringing, hard work, intelligence and emphasizing with each other that is what Indianness is all about.

In this world where a friendly gesture is limited to Hi, Hello, and handshake, Indian way of conversation is different. It begins with a Namaste, Assalamu Alaikum, or Good Morning, etc and moves on with two strangers sharing their personal stories and parting with a smile. Every festival is celebrated with fervor and people of all religions join in the festivities sharing sweets and exchanging greetings with each other. By and large Indians are patient, flexible and approachable and are taught to respect their parents and elders. We also strongly adhere by the Gandhian philosophy of simple living and high thinking and dream the dream of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam of making India a super power. It is these qualities that have won the hearts of people the world over and have made Indians dearer.

My brother has been living in the US for the past 2 years and not on one day has he felt alone. The small Indian community there is strong and the bonding between them there is simply remarkable. They offer help without asking, organize get-togethers and family dinners, encourage each other, share their car rides, cook tiffins for each other when needed and in total have made Indians abroad feel at home "away from home". This bonding between Indians is another plus point that makes Indians feel more comfortable and confident of staying and working in a foreign country.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, which ever state we come from and whatever religion we follow, the bonding between Indians and Indianness in us is what that sets us apart and that is the secret of our success.

The latest TVC by Lufthansa airlines #MoreIndianThanYouThink asserts this growing influence of India in the world. Seeing this commercial I felt happy and proud of being an Indian. Cheers to my motherland and to my brothers and sisters who with their hard work, good behaviour and values have made our country proud and others to emulate us to attain success in life. 

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