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Coming to Canada, a first-hand account from Pooja Ruprell

Canada is made up of inspiring newcomers. Pooja Ruprell came to Canada 4 years ago with her husband and two small children. Pooja and her husband felt strongly about immigrating to Canada and they have discovered it was the right move.

 
 
Pooja Ruprell
Pooja Ruprell
PRLog - Jun. 22, 2010 - NANAIMO, Canada -- First time author and Canadian Immigrant offers
life lessons to newcomers and generational Canadians

Why 12 dollar an hour job preferable to luxury life in India…

Vancouver, BC June 2010 – According to author, Pooja Ruprell, Canadians undervalue their lives in Canada.  The former Indian resident left a luxury life in Chennai, the fifth most populous city, to come to Canada four years ago with her husband and two children.  The transition to a new life has not come easily, but for Pooja, she would not  trade places for anything in the world.  Her willingness to adapt to a life in a new home is documented in her just released book - a memoir titled, “Journey in Faith: One Woman’s Inner Transformation.”

“It was a struggle at first to adapt, especially working for 12 dollars an hour, but with determination and help from some amazing Canadians, not to mention a supportive government,  you can be successful.”  In contrast she adds,  “Life in India was more of a struggle for me, a rollercoaster ride of sorts - always fighting to get ahead, competing with a huge 1 billion other people.  Canada, to me is a land of abundance and  people seem to take the luxuries of life for granted.  School admissions for my children,  a comfortable bus ride to work and being treated with respect at work may seem like very basic stuff to someone born here, but to me those are huge blessings.”

Pooja’s immigrant experience has also been shaped by becoming a self -published author, “Sitting in India, though I was surrounded by 2 maids, a driver and a cook, seemingly well-off, I would still need high profile friends in the right places to get a book published.  The opportunity to self-publish has been an extraordinary journey. If someone would have told me four years back that  in 2010  I would have the courage to share my life with so many others in the form of a book or a blog, I would never have believed it!.”

In sharing her immigrant experience Pooja hopes it will help other newcomers to overcome the economic, professional, cultural and emotional barriers they face. Pooja advises them not to give up hope in fulfilling their dreams.  “Here I find that if I work hard and smart, the recognition is not very long in coming. Coming to Canada is one of the most exciting  adventures I have ever undertaken on my path to growth, learning and fulfilment. And I believe 100 % in the fact that success is an inevitable by-product in the lives of those who help others succeed.”  She hopes her own experience inspires others to find success and fulfil their immigrant dream.


Pooja has some tips to help those new to Canada and some tips to help those who want to support new Canadians:

For newcomers :

·         Speak English like the Canadians – Though I speak very good English, when I initially came here, I found that some of the words I used were sometimes not appropriate. I kept listening to the news channel so I could speak like a Canadian.

·         Stay away from other immigrants who want to tell you their stories about how long it took them to succeed, and make you feel like it is okay not to succeed for the next few years essentially, what I am recommending is that you stay within the orbit of positive people.

·         When you get an opportunity to do an interview, do follow up with “thank you” note and then a call  – now that I am on the other side of the table, I can tell you for sure that between two candidates of similar calibre I pick one that follows up , because it shows that the person is very interested in the job.


Canadians who want to support people coming to the country :

·         Introduce them to your friends, and help them to connect to others – it is very lonely initially for a new immigrant, and helping them to make friends can be the best thing you can do.

·         Help them to believe in themselves  - subtle encouragement can go a long way, when a new immigrant is questioning why no one is willing to acknowledge his/her experience/credentials.

Find a way to give them feedback when they do speak or act in a manner that is not socially acceptable in Canada – remember that things are very different in their country and what is acceptable in their country maybe a social faux pas in Canada. One e.g. of this is that people in India will not think twice about telling you to your face if they think you have put on weight, but that is socially unacceptable in Canada – I made that mistake once, and did not realize what I had done for quite a few weeks.

Pooja is available to talk about her first Canadian experience (reality hit hard), how they managed work, life and children, how they came to love Canada and Pooja has some tips on how you can make your life easier when you come to Canada and also give tips to Canadians on how they can support those who are new to our country. She is in the midst of getting her Canadian citizenship and can talk about that process. First hand account from a soon-to-be Canadian. Check out her blog at http://www.poojaruprell.com/.


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For more information about Journey in Faith, a copy of the book and/or to arrange an interview with Pooja, please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 or via email at kim@publicitymavens.com

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