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Jay Vasavada talking about Gujaratis living in America

Jay Vasavada has been to America twice, once in the year of 2004 and then in the year 2010.

Jay Vasavada

First visit was under International Visitor program which is sponsored by Government of United States of America. The second one was as a part of Swarnim Gujarat celebration.

In this exclusive video of fourteen minutes and thirteen seconds, he shares his views on Gujarati people living in America. He criticizes neutrally as well as praises where it needs to be.

Devang Vibhakar with Jay Vasavada

Your comments are invited.


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

10 thoughts on “Jay Vasavada talking about Gujaratis living in America

  1. Atyant baareek observation tathaa vishleshan badal khub khub aabhar!

    1. navin vibhakar says:

      devang\jay vasavda,
      heard u tube of interview of jay. most of his observation is true. most of indians came to america for money but they are from old generation still stuck up with bharat. many are from middle \lower middle class of bharat even they are proffessionals. and with money your upbringing is not changed so u do not expect any sofistication or culturedness from them. but younger generation of such indians have above qualities. though older gen. do not interact with americans but youngers do that. i am from africa and author so i mix with all nationalities very well. but what jay observed is true and i liked his views of not becoming judjemental. as tulsidas has said a duniya ma jat jatna ne bhat bhat na loko hoi chhe. i can give a lecture on this. please tell jay he has a friend in florida and can visit and be my guest any time. besides i am coming to amdavad. can i meet him?
      navin vibhakar

      1. I will try to manage your meeting with him. We will anyhow talk when you come here so will manage then.

  2. pankaj says:

    I am octaional reader of jay vasavda, initially i don’t understand on which subject both of you talking, Please specify the subject.(Thanks to Gujrat samachar, i read some of his topic about America Visit… so i understand)
    as a photographer, i also note that the camera angle is also bed … when jay talk to Devang his face is not in photographic angle. and when he see at the camera…i dont like angle… Sorry

    1. Where you from Pankaj? I would be glad to talk with about camera angle. Some expert tips may be 🙂

      I can be reached on my cell: 94269 70479

  3. Dr. Navin Mehta says:

    I heard the “Jay Vasavada” interview and listened to his comments on Gujaratis living in America. An aspect never commented upon or even observed is the fact that thousands of Gujaratis went abroad and lived/live abroad because they had/have no other choice.
    Literally hundreds of thousands of Gujaratis went to East Africa and South Africa. As a percentage of the total, less than 1% became very affluent and less than 10% acheived a status of being called ‘rich’. The rest, in a statistical sense, did better than the local populations or other immigrants to East Africa, but many (majority) remained relatively poor or just managing. Similar situation exists for Gujaratis in America/Canada.
    A lot of these immigrants to East Africa are now living in UK, America and Canada, and other Indians from India have joined them. The subsequent outcome is similar, i.e. better than average American, but that’s it. Sure, they still, after three generations, are longing for Gujarat and are often immersed in Gujarati culture and traditions, and why not?
    હું જો ત્રણ પેઢી પછી પણ ગુજરાતીમાં લખી શકું અને વાર્તાલાપ કરી શકું તો એ બાબત પ્રશંશાલાયક હોવી જોઈએ – એમાં ટીકા કરવાની કોઈ જરૂરત નાથી.
    હું આજે કેનાડામાં રહી અને ચાલું ગુજરાતી બોલતા અંગ્રેજી શબ્દો ન બોલવાનો પ્રયત્ન કરું છું, તો ગુજરાતના લોકો સાક્ષાતકાર વાર્તાલાપમાં આટલા બધા અંગ્રેજી શબ્દો શા માટે વાપરે છે? મારા બા આ વાર્તાલાપ પૂરો સમજી ના શેકે તો એમાં કોની ખામી છે – બની કે જયભાઈની?
    એવીજ રીતે અમે સાધારણ ગુજરાતીઓ પરદેશમાં વસીને ગુજરાતી ખીચડી કઢી ખાઈએ અને ખવડાવીએ, મહેમાનોને એ ખવડાવવાની આપેક્ષા રાખીએ, તો એ અભિલાષા ટીકાપાત્ર કેમ બને છે?

    બીજું ખાસ એ કહેવું પડશે કે જે સાધારણ સ્થિતિ ના ગુજર્તીઓ છે, એની પાસે પાછા ગુજરાતમાં આવીને વસવાની શક્તિ નથી. પાંસઠ વરસની ઉંમરે દીકરાઓ અમેરિકામાં હોય તો એ છોડીને રાજકોટ આવીને કેમ વસે? આજે ટોરોન્ટોમાં મંદિરોમાં મને ઘણા બુઝર્ગ (ગુજરાતના) ગુજરાતીઓ મળે છે. એમનું અહી વસવાનું કારણ બસ એકેજ છે – પોતાનો દીકરો (કે દીકરી) સેવા કરશે. એ દીકરાઓમાં માબાપને રાજકોટમાં રાખવાની કે વારંવાર ભારત આવવા માટે પૈસા નથી.
    Vasavada’s appreciation of an affluent Gujarti resettling in Gujarat is negated by thousands who did not make it in America and are just surviving with a huge mortgage debt. These people are just 30-40% better off than their cousins in Gujarat and would like to remain so in America/Canada till they become much richer to be able to afford to “go back home.” Even at third generation, if I had made a few million dollars living abroad, I would have settled back in Gujarat.
    There is also another reason for more individuals resettling in Gujarat. In the last 15 years India generally and Gujarat in particular has taken off to comparatively dizzying heights of prosperity and there are some who recognize this and a reverse migration has started. I actively advise well qualified but unemployed Indian origin people here to go to India and some ARE doing just that. When you see these neo Indo-Americans in India, I hope you will be tolerant of them and their ways.
    His critisisms on the organizational capabilities (or lack thereof) of Gujaratis are absolutely justified. However, it is a failing of almost all the subcommunities of India residing abroad.

    1. Dr. Navin Mehta, I find your observation very analytical and practical with no added version of philosophy. Of course, there are pros and cons of everything. If Jay Vasavada helped me understand on side of the coin, you showed the other. I’m indeed looking forward to interview YOU someday on the same subject only, i.e. “About Gujaratis living in America/Canada” and discuss it further.

  4. shyamal says:

    hi…i show a vedios in this site… it was great i m a big fan of jay vasavda and sai ram dave also…i had never seen b4 this kind of vedios really likes it… and yes devang vibhakar is now on my list so keep it up! regards…

    1. And what list is that, Shyamal? 😉

  5. Harnish Jani says:

    very good interview-Jay Vasavda is wonderful orator-Great philosopher-I have seen him working on stage all day in NJ–He was in full control of the program-Despite of lots of problemsHe made the program successful.

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