There are thousands of Indians who look for an opportunity to settle down in more developed countries to earn more. While there are numerous expatriates who work for the IT sector abroad, many youths get attracted to driving jobs, especially in the trucking world. Previously, we showed you the life of the Indian truckers in different countries and their earnings too. This video, which we just discovered shows the hardships in the life of an Indian Sikh trucker in the USA.
The video by Los Angeles Times shows the life of Palwinder Singh, who shifted to the USA from Patiala, Punjab, India in 2001. He is a part of the massive 1.38 lakh truckers who are registered in the California state.
Singh says that he always wanted to be a pilot when he was growing up. However, things did not work out and he is now a truck driver. He wanted to become a pilot so that he could see new places and with trucking, he feels like he is doing the same.
Hardships in life
Palwinder says that he first opened a restaurant to serve Indian food in the USA. However, because of his beard and the turban, people around did not feel comfortable. Customers and people even fought with him because of his long beard.
Tired by all the comments, he shaved his head and became bald too. However, he says that he listened to someone who said that no person should change because of the comments and how God made them. That’s when he decided to grow the beard and the hair back.
Palwinder’s choice of getting into trucking was simple. No one commented on his appearance and the beard on the job. That is why he chose the line and is sticking to it. He has been in the job for 15 years now. He also explains that the most difficult part of his trucking job is to stay away from his family for 5-6 days at a stretch. However, his family understands and supports him. The video shows him talking to his son on a video call while driving too.
He also says that sitting behind the wheels for 11-12 hours a day tires the body. He also says that some of the sceneries and routes remind him of the open fields of his home in Punjab and sometimes he feels like that he is driving in Punjab.
Singh also does not carry much food. He has a micro kitchen in his truck where he can make chapatis and heat his food. However, he says that many Indian restaurants have come on the highway now and they serve good food. He also eats from food chains like Subway and McDonald’s during his time on the road.