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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Mumbai, India
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
It's rough. Much easier to come to a country with a significant other, so you can share the highs and lows together. Wish I did that. Think long and hard before you move somewhere. I'm sure in the end it will be a growing experience, but not so happy about it now. (Continue)
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I agree with this report. I am also a Person of Indian Origin from overseas. I did a try out as my company wanted me to relocate to India. What made me sick was the prejudice towards dark skin. Nearly all the tv adverts were for skin lightning products, and everytime we went to the malls my wife was constantly offered skin lightning products at the beauty counters just because she is dark skinned. I expected that in the villages but not in a supposedly international city like Mumbai. India is only good if you are Caucasion or fair skinned. I am glad I declined the relocation.
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I agree with this guy, I am in a same boat, I wanted to settle here with my family and unfortunately we are going back to canada, We have similar problems and yes people are so rude in India
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Mumbai, India
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
If Mumbai is a first time out, you will have homesickness on top of culture shock to deal with. The former, in my opinion, is almost harder than the latter. My first country as an expat was Denmark and I hated every minute of it and kept comparing it to the US. When I calmed down a bit, I realized Denmark was never going to be like home and treated it like an extended vacation. Mumbai experienced as just a couple instead of parents would've been much easier and a lot more fun since you can travel and who cares about time spent in cars. With kids, it is a big commitment but doable. We were there only 1 year (expected 3 but with economic crisis was cut short), and now being out a year (currently based in Latvia which we love), I can really look back with fondness. (Continue)
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That's an interesting story. Here in Delhi you actually can get even Parmesan cheese; just found some yesterday in Reliance Fresh, though not every store might have it. Hated Denmark? Expensive it is - I was near horrified when I came there first - but otherwise fairly OK. For me at least. Wel,, everyone has his or her own perception. For me, things like peace of mind matter more, so Denmark is OK as it offers much of that peace of mind. Your positive experience with the auto-rickshaws is interesting, too, as to my experience very few foreigners (and nor many more Indians) made good experience with auto-rickshaws. I try to avaid them whenever possible because of the over-charging and the near constant hassle with them, not to mention the fact that they are open and one can arrive dusted or soaked, depending on the day. India is developping fast and every now and then some new good come here from outside; just as Parmesan cheese recently. But then, trying the local food has something going for it, too. With the vegetarian food, not much can go wrong, especially if you make sure all you eat is deffinitively and thoroughly dead; thus boiled or (deep)fried so that no germs survived.
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Great!, Thats the best way to take care of homesickness and culture shock. get of the couch and travel. learn and take everything in. openmindness is a must and realizing that you are the alien are all part of learning to enjoy an ex-pat lifestyle.
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