Island Life Diaries: Rakesh Baxani

Where are you from?

I am originally from India, I lived on the island of Sint. Maarten for 7 years before I moved to Cayman in 2009.

 Why did you move?

India being a huge, developing country has its own challenges. With its large population it’s a very challenging job environment. As a young jewelry rep I saw more opportunity in the Caribbean which is tourist dominated and has a huge potential for jobs in jewelry sales.

Also, the dollar conversion between the two countries makes a huge difference in your pay grade.

What made you choose Cayman? 

It was like Cayman chose me. With over 7 years of being a sales rep I was ready to move up the ladder and when the offer to be the manager of two Jewelry stores came at the right time in life for me, it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when you arrived?

I had only ever heard of Cayman before and I had no clue what it would be like. When I was younger. The high standard of living in Cayman is the first thing that surprised me when I compared to where I had just come from. Initially for me to get used to high price for living in paradise surprised me too. A very laid-back island where things would close down by 12 pm on a Saturday night confused me a little as well.

What surprised you the most about Cayman?

After a few months of living in Cayman, it gradually grew on me. The people surprised me the most, the way they treated everyone with no discrimination towards any color or race was so overwhelming to me.  The crime rate being so low just made it the best place I had ever been too. Equal opportunities for everyone.  

What is the single most unique thing about the island in your opinion?

Lots of countries are beautiful, but what makes Cayman unique is its people. The Caymanians, the residents. It’s the people that make this country unique and beautiful.

What do you love most about living in Cayman?

Equal Opportunities and value for Hard Work. If you work hard and want to achieve something the system here does not discriminate you or put you down, it supports your effort and helps you grow.  The best things in life have happened to me in Cayman, I got married, have a wonderful kid and started my own business. It's a life achieving my dreams and living it day in and out.  Cayman is my home now and would love to spend the rest of my life here.