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Recommended Expat Blogs: India
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in India:
Recently I was trying to explain something to someone in Hindi and he absolutely refused to believe that I was speaking Hindi. He just kept saying that he didn’t speak English! The funniest part was when he turned to his friend and said (in Hindi) that my English sounded almost like Hindi. Although my Hindi is far from perfect, my accent is good enough that most Hindi speakers can understand it.
Don't expect everything to be the same; you have to learn to give and take here. Laugh more instead of getting angry because anger doesn't help. Lastly, you have to write a lot of letters to get anything done here.
Don’t be put off by ‘bad India days’. If you’re here for a long time, every now and again it all gets to you and you just want a pint of normal beer that isn’t 8%, and a McDonalds. We all have them!
And my life is different in that I have a much better life here than in London – a huge flat, a staff to look after me (and the knowledge that it’s a social responsibility to keep those people employed). I have a driver, a maid, I don’t food shop for myself, I don’t do the ironing, the fridge is always full of lovely food… sigh, it’s lovely.
India is a culture shock no matter where you come from, but that is why I love it. Every aspect of life is different from seeing cows walking down the street to having your tea made for you at work. I have just taken the approach of going with the flow and enjoying each new experience.
The biggest difference is my inability to drive in India. I can’t stand that! I have always loved being able to hop in my car and take off at a moment’s notice. Now, my life has to be planned. I have been an expat before and although living in India is a shock to the system, I settled in quite quickly. One has to put blinders on to block out all the poverty. The problem is just too big and it can overwhelm if one lets it. The expat community is quite active here and that makes the transition much easier.
I started in 2008; I wanted to write a book (which I have done) and so I decided to do it by blogging, using that system as a kind of “writing yoga”. If you have to press the “publish” button daily, it’s a good inspiration.
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