House hunting in India is an exhausting mix of sightseeing, assessment, and ultimately, decision-making. Some organizations provide guidance in the form of a handler to ensure the would-be expat doesn’t cause an international incident, while other people will arrive with nothing more than an outdated map and best wishes. Both use-cases provide an opportunity to share some hopefully beneficial information.
I’ve been suffering through a bout of blogger’s block—a topic deserving of it’s own discussion. Anyone whose called ACT Fibernet to file a service request is painfully aware of their questionable customer service skills and seeming desire to do just about anything to avoid filing a ticket. This time they helped cure the dreaded blogger’s block and create a long list of things I’ll miss about India.
Living in India presents more opportunities than challenges, but traveling by air within, to, or from India reverses the opportunity-challenge dynamic. Indian’s on the ground may be hospitable, friendly, and engaging, but many Indian’s who travel by air are rude, entitled, and inconsiderate. Witnessing the Indian-flyer dynamic is both entertaining and a divine test of patience even Penelope would struggle to pass.
Hyderabad is the best city on Earth. Stop laughing. I’m serious. No, it didn’t start out as the best city on Earth. What city does? But don’t let its shortage of decent beer and wine, abundance of garbage, and sickly looking farm animals fool you. Hyderabad is the best city on Earth, and I am certain that after reading this article, you will agree quicker than Gloria Gaynor’s previously sin-filled, post disco-era conversion to Christianity.
The first year of expat life is like putting to sea—initial excitement quickly turns to sea sickness, the occasional squall, and eventually smooth sailing.