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Indian Food, Bollywood and Festivals Voted Top Three Loves Connecting Overseas Indians with India, Says Western Union

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Indians by birth and descent unison in their top loves reveals International Western Union Nielsen survey
MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — The top three iconic characteristics connecting overseas Indians most to their roots are, perhaps not surprisingly, Indian food, Bollywood and festivals reveals an international survey released today by Western Union (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services.
Western Union’s “Great loves that binds overseas Indians back home” survey conducted by Nielsen asked Indians by birth or descent across major regions of the world with large Indian diaspora, the top three things that connected them most to India.
Over a fifth (21%) said it was Indian cuisine, 15 per cent named Bollywood films and music and seven per cent said traditional festivals such as Diwali. Rounding out the top five were the sporting game cricket at 6 per cent and Ayurveda herbal healing at five per cent.
Indian food and Bollywood were more easily accessible in their current country of residence than Festival celebrations, Cricket and Ayurveda. It confirms that the cultural spirit and characteristics of India have spread globally just as Indians have crossed borders to live and work across every major region in the world.
The Ministry of Overseas Indians estimates that over 25 million Indians lives overseas in 194 countries based on documented statistics representing Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian origin. Western Union in 2011 remitted money from 196 countries into India via its network of more than 110,000 Agent locations located in 6000 towns, 497 cities across all 28 states in India as of 30 September 2012.
The ranking of the top three “Great Loves” was similar for respondents originally from India and those with Indian descent. However, those with Indian descent were more enthusiastic over Bollywood and Festivals, versus those emigrants from India who favoured Indian cuisine and Ayurveda more.
“As company moving money for overseas Indian for more than 19 years from nearly every corner of the globe — we are familiar with their adaptation as global citizens. Western Union’s survey — unsurprisingly proves that the spirit of India has transcended global borders and is alive and kicking just as it is within the Indian nation,” said Kiran Shetty, Regional Vice President and Manager Director, India at Western Union.
“Naturally, what binds Indians overseas and India together most of all is family and friends, no matter where they are spread in the world. Icons of culture also serve to define our national identity, and Indians around the world have very consistent feelings on what those symbols are,” he said.
“It is also encouraging to see that Indian culture is being handed down very effectively around the world, with Indians born overseas identifying with the exact same symbols of India as their parents do.
“In formally documenting the great loves of Indians living or working overseas, it is a great reminder of traditional values. This is timely — as Indians all over the world prepare to celebrate Diwali — the festival of light, celebrating life, its enjoyment and goodness,” Mr Shetty said.
Classical music & dance, places of worship, handicrafts, Indian traditional wear and yoga got greater rankings than Indian weddings, superstitions / myths, palaces and heritage places.
The 12-country survey conducted by Nielsen covered over 600 respondents. Thirty per cent were overseas born and those born in India had a median length of stay of nine years.
For the Indian Info Graphic, please click here.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business payments. For more information, visit http://www.westernunion.com.
Western Union media contact:
Pia De Lima, Western Union Asia Pacific
+852-9261-8155 (Hong Kong)
Pia.DeLima@westernunion.com
Source: Western Union

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November 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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