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REAL Luxury Is Clean Air, Not Quick Food Delivery: Indian Woman In US

Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi, newly relocated to the US, went viral on X after posting about the stark differences in living standards. She highlighted that the perception of "luxury" in India is flawed.

By Rashaad Ather
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A social media post about the comparison of living standards by Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi, who recently moved to the United States, went viral yesterday on X with loads of users loathing Ms Sodhi for her views.

On her 11th day since moving to the US, Ms Sodhi challenged the perception of a "luxurious" life in India via X.

“Day 11 today in the US  and here’s a thought I had yesterday evening. It might trigger some of you…” Ms Sodhi wrote on X.

She relayed the main topic of her post and started by acknowledging the conveniences available in India, such as quick deliveries and affordable domestic help. 

However, she argued it shouldn’t trump the importance of necessities like clean air, reliable electricity, and well-maintained infrastructure. 

In other words, basic facilities are a luxury in India, which is ironic, considering the availability of advanced tech facilities in the country.

"So the thought is - I've always felt how luxurious life in India can be with: quick food deliveries, 10min grocery delivery, affordable household help. I literally survive on grocery deliveries lol. But REAL quality of life is actually stuff that's super basic. It's clean air, ongoing electricity, availability of water, plenty of greenery, good roads," Sodhi added.

Real Luxury:

The user said people don't necessarily need 10 minutes delivery services if clean air, water and food are readily available, or if they can go to the store without any worries.

"And the real luxury is central air conditioning instead of dying in 45C without any electricity on some days, freedom to wear what you want to be comfortable instead of men ogling at you. Because things that have made me happy in the past few days apart from family time, are morning walks, good air, green pastures, seeing sunrise and sunset, sound of birds instead of honking."

Sodhi said, "Maybe my idea of quality of life and luxury has changed." She added, "I don't know if I'll ever achieve any of these things, but it's definitely something I think about."

Sodhi's post resonated with many. Social media users shared their experiences and perspectives, with some batted for necessities while others argued for both conveniences and essentials contributing to a good quality of life.