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The United States is experiencing a growing Asian Indian American population As a community the Indian American population in the United States has dramatically increased by almost 106 percent from 1990 to 2000 rising from 815447 in 1990 to approx 1678 million currently according to the US Census Bureau The recent census indicates that this community has grown at a rate of 76 percent a year in the last ten years The Indian American community is now the third largest Asian American group in the country behind Chinese and Filipino Americans whereas in 1990 the Indian Americans ranked fourth in the group behind Japanese Americans US Census Bureau 2002 Pattnayak 2002 The Indian Americans are also a successful group Statistics from various sources back this assertion 30 per cent of all hotels and motels in the US are Indian-owned 45 per cent of women in the Asian Indian community are employed 50 per cent of Asian Indians own their own homes 80 per cent of the men in the Asian Indian community have college degrees and 90 per cent of Asian Indians live in urban areas And yes young Indian moguls are either ruling over Silicon Valley or at least running its machinery In my travels home during the summer and Christmas holidays I observed that there are a large number of elderly Indians traveling between the United States and India Many of them were old and required wheelchair assistance at the airports Many of them also had special diet requirements Many were also culturally confused although most of them could speak English This led me to believe that they were not quite able to fit into the American way of life and faced certain problems that should be looked into Over the past few years I also came to know an elderly Indian couple here in Tallahassee who faced a dilemma of adaptation - he was a successful meteorologist in India who became deeply
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