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Debate Sparked: Quality of Life Comparison Between India and US Stirs Controversy

Internet users have recently been drawn into a lively debate about whether India or the United States offers a superior quality of life. This discussion was sparked by a woman who shared her personal experiences of living in both countries

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By Shreya Mirikar
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Internet users have recently been drawn into a lively debate about whether India or the United States offers a superior quality of life. This discussion was sparked by a woman who shared her personal experiences of living in both countries on social media, aiming to redefine the concept of "true luxury."

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On social media platform X, Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi, who is of Indian origin, discussed the contrasting living experiences between the United States and India. She mentioned that previously, she believed that amenities such as affordable domestic help and home delivery of groceries defined a luxurious lifestyle in India. After visiting the United States, the woman realized that a good quality of life is defined by clean air and well-maintained roads.

Sharing on social media, she wrote, "Day 11 today in the US and here's a thought I had yesterday evening. It might trigger some of you. But if online text with somebody's opinion triggers you that's a space you should totally work on and protect for your own energy."

"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.

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The social media user expressed that having clean air and the freedom to visit stores without fear are more important than quick delivery services for citizens.

"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. 

She further said that "perhaps it's my definition of quality of life and luxury that has changed." "I don't know if I'll ever attain any of the above. But it's definitely a thought in my head,"  wrote the X user.

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