24 November, 2020

A Bend To The South

Not just natives, even north Indians are opting for the peace and prosperity of the southern metros

Atul Loke
A Bend To The South
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...." No, this is not a sonnet to a beloved. Or is it? His adopted hometown, Thiruvananthapuram, nowadays elicits nothing short of high Victorian verse out of Sunil Gupta, a software entrepreneur who spent a bulk of his life in Mumbai. Gupta moved here in 1994, lured by the special incentives the Kerala government was offering then to software start-ups at its newly-set-up Technopark. It was a leap of faith that brought Gupta to Kerala, a state he knew little about 13 years ago, but which today, as he sits in his Technopark office, surrounded by lush greenery and magical views of the Arabian Sea, he calls the best decision he has ever made.

"I've dumped my US Green Card for a Kerala Green Card," declares Gupta exuberantly. "It's not just tourists who find this God's Own Country. My original home state, Madhya Pradesh, is now another country." If it's the favourable business environment that initially attracted Gupta, it's the quality of life in Kerala's capital, as compared with metropolises in...


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