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Rakhee: Aussie Girl in India

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in India makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to India, etc.

I was born and raised in Australia.  I had a successful corporate career and chose to leave it to backpack across India. I traveled for 9 months and then settled in Mumbai in March this year.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I started blogging when I first handed in my notice at work. I started blogging so that my family and friends could track my travels.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

I like a bit of controversy, and by far my most discussion provoking post has been the one I wrote about Indian men called ‘Decoding the Indian Man’.

Tell us about the ways your new life in India differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

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. I don’t think anything surprises me anymore.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in India? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

I had been to India 7 times previously, so I had a rather good idea of what was ahead of me. I think its worthwhile to come here with an open mind and a good sense of humour.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Indian culture generally doesn’t provide for privacy about even the most intimate details of your life, so you are constantly asked if you are married (I am single), why I am still single, what I earn etc. Recently on a work conference with people I hadn’t met before I contracted the runs. I was asked (by very well meaning people) almost every hour for three days how many “loosies” I had passed that day. 

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in India?

Prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime:

  • Get to know the locals and understand their culture
  • Don’t be afraid to eat the food on the street, it’s the best, but do be careful that it is well cooked
  • Stay calm and just go with the flow, resistance is futile

How is the expat community in India? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

In Mumbai, the expat community seems to be quite large and includes people from all countries and walks of life. I have met a few like minded people through social media channels like Twitter which was a lot easier than I had anticipated.

How would you summarize your expat life in India in a single, catchy sentence?

Good fun with a healthy dose of culture, spice and entertainment.

Jonathan Brown

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"When I moved from Canada to Delhi, InterNations helped me connect with fellow Americans and feel more at home."

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