Indians have a reputation for building and maintaining close ties: the Indian joint family still survives despite the fragmentation of the family following the growth of cities and the technological advances in the agricultural sector.
Indian sailors scoured the world, especially Africa, before the arrival of the British and the British Policy of sending Indians to work as laborers to far-flung places sowed the seeds that were to grow into today’s large Indian Diaspora. Many Indians adopt the customs of the land they find themselves in, but most form a little India around them and create a world of their own.
Philadelphia Indian community is also typified by this sense of community between the members who hail from the same country. There are various internet sites that cater to Indians living in Philadelphia; these sites promote and facilitate cooperation between various Indian businesses while some others help Indians find the right partners from among the community members.
There are sites listing the different types of Indian restaurants all over the state and some sites that present a platform for businessmen to communicate and contact each other. Other sites are built to prove all the information related to Indians, ranging from providing help in finding an Indian room partner to locating a theatre that shows Indian movies.
Many Indian computer programmers, doctors, nurses and teacher work in the state. Also various Indian businesses in real estate, food industry, travel agent and retail
trade have grown visibly during the last few years. Philadelphia being a home to numerous Indian professionals and businessmen, a number of websites built to serve these particular groups have come up. Such sites also arrange activities offline and organize small and big events that throw processionals and businesses from the Philadelphia Indian community together.
Websites helping Indians who are new to the state have also proliferated. Such sites make the lives of the new expats easy by helping them to contact other Indians, finding the right place to live, giving them information about the shops where they can buy Indian products, and even getting them in touch with potential Indian partners.
Some go further and organize outing for the expats, introducing them to Philadelphia’s history as well as taking them the trendiest Indian restaurants. These sites also serve another purpose: they ward off insulation by organizing events that bring the expats with the non-Indian residents of Philadelphia. Such events usually aim towards building stronger business and cultural ties.
Sites related to Indians in Philadelphia also offer a good platform for the Indian businesses to advertise in and so such sites abound in classified that offer services specific to Indians. Directories of Indian movies, channels, festivals, events, and all things Indian are out there for anyone who needs it.
The growing Philadelphia Indian community stays connected in every way possible. The internet facilitates the process of bonding between the Indians in Philadelphia and functions as a platform where the increasingly busy Indians can meet and find any information about everything Indian happening in Philadelphia.