|I've been outsourcing to a product
development group here since last
November. I came down to Vadodara
because I wanted to have a more
face-to-face interaction with the group.
|I've met some extraordinary people
here. I have never met people with such
warmth and hospitality, with the
willingness to drop everything and help
you get settled. Getting to know the
expatriate community has also been a
really interesting experience. There's a
great balance of the locals and the expat
community so you never feel out of
place or uncomfortable.
|Business-wise, it's been great.
Outsourcing has its challenges but the
city has coped up well.
|There are some exquisite farms both
within and on the outskirts of the city.
Landscaped by famous architects,
most of them look like an Asian
dreamland with hills and man-made
bridges and lakes. It is nature, set
somewhere in the middle of modern
|There are a lot of people I know
who'd gone to the US for their
doctorates - these are very smart
people who've turned down great
work opportunities and the chance of
a really rewarding life - and have
come back home to Vadodara. Only
now do I realise that more than
home, they've come back to a
fulfilling and peaceful life.