Amelia: Chai A Cup Of Life
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to New Delhi, etc.
My name is Amelia Grace and I am Australian, born in Wollongong and lived in Perth and Sydney. End of 2011, my husband (who is Indian and originally from Delhi) was offered a job opportunity that we couldn’t miss out on. So we packed our belongings in Australia, sold the remains and took ourselves and our 4 year old to India.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I had a blog I had opened from 2009 and started writing about my experiences after 8 months of living here. I started writing just as a journal for myself, but after some time I decided to share my experiences with others rather than just privately.
It was also a way to connect with other bloggers and for those who are also in a similar situation as I am.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I don’t have a favorite blog entry, but I thought this would be useful for other future expats of Delhi: “What is good about India and what Australia can learn from India”.
Tell us about the ways your new life in New Delhi differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
The first four months of living in Delhi was the hardest of all. I talk about on my blog that I moved from living independently, to living with my in laws and adjusting to everyday life here. It took me about 6 months to get used to the changes, adjust to life here and started to appreciate the opportunity given to live here.
I didn’t experience culture shock as I had been to India before several times, first time been our wedding here.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in New Delhi? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I feel that I was prepared for what life awaited me in New Delhi as I had been here before. However, in the beginning I felt more frustrated with the things I didn’t have here, rather than seeing the positive side in what I did have.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Getting used to ‘Indian Standard Time’ was funny to me. In Australia we take pride and make effort to be on time to an event or get together. But in India, due to traffic and a laid back attitude, being late even if it is an hour is acceptable.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in New Delhi?
- Do your research of good locations to live.
- Keep an opened mind and explore.
- If you love Indian food, learn how to cook it authentically.
How is the expat community in New Delhi? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
There are many expat groups in Delhi. I found ANZA (Australian and New Zealanders) and also Delhi Networks for foreigners.
How would you summarize your expat life in New Delhi in a single, catchy sentence?
Let go of any expectations and you will learn to love living in Delhi.