Living in India is balancing modernity with traditional ideas and practices according to the website Expat Focus.
You will also find differences in the ways of life in the metros such as New Delhi and Chennai and the tier I cities like Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, which are also quite different from the Tier II cities such as Nagpur, Mysore, and rural areas.
There are at least as many cuisines as there are States in India – each having its own kind of charm and distinctive type of cuisine. Street food too is of varying kinds and has a special allure as in all countries. However, do be careful eating off the streets or in roadside inns or ‘dhabas’, as the food may not be very hygienic. Also avoid eating raw vegetables in salads even in better establishments. At all times, do carry your own supply of drinking water wherever you go. If you do happen to catch a stomach bug, eating plenty of yogurt and drinking safe water will keep you hydrated and your gut happy.
With the exception of the Metro trains in Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore, public transport in India is crowded and difficult to adjust to. The three-wheeled auto-rickshaws, if and when available, are one of the alternate choices. Ola cabs and Uber are now available in cities. Ola also has a share-a-ride facility which is affordable. Download Google Maps on your smartphone and feel more confident by following the path being taken in hired transport.
In metros and tier I cities shopping malls are ubiquitous and you will find chain stores such as Marks and Spencer, or Westside; others are brand outlets such as Accessorize, Puma or Nike to mention a few. At such places one pays the price on the tag. However, at smaller establishments and mom and pop stores, some bargaining is a must. Start with 50% – 60% off the original price quoted and settle for about 40% less than the initially offered price.
You will find them at traffic lights, tourist spots and outside hotels and, well, just about everywhere. While they do arouse pity and compassion in each of us, ‘helping’ them by giving them a few rupees may not be very helpful as most of them are part of well-organized cartels. Please do ignore them. There are many deserving NGOs that operate in every city and which do good and far reaching work in education, health and other social causes. Supporting such organizations with a donation or even volunteering your time and expertise at such places will be very rewarding.
Understanding a ‘Yes’ in India:
A head-shake, sideways, shoulder-to-shoulder often means a ‘yes’. And universally most people in India are culturally wired to say ‘yes’ to you so as not to appear rude or offend you by saying ‘No’. So make sure to tell the person that they are free to say ‘no’ if they really cannot help in what you may want them to do, and you will be completely OK with that.
November 22, 2015 No Comments
Senvion, a German wind turbine company based in Hamburg has announced that its new R&D facility in Bangalore, India, is slated to open this month. This center will support its existing center in Osterronfeld, Germany. The group’s vice president of production management, Bernhard Telgmann, said, “In order to maintain the extremely high level of expertise when expanding the team, we look into countries with excellent engineering capabilities in wind energy.”
A company spokesman explained that India was chosen as the location for this new center because “communication is easy because English is a business language in India. The time zone allows us more hours that colleagues in India and Germany work at the same time compared to other countries, for example, China. This is important for a successful collaboration.”
New Senvion chief financial officer Manav Sharma told WindpowerMonthly the move last week was to allow a refocusing of strategies. “We can now run technology away from the distractions of a fully operating business like servicing, and concentrate on some very crucial product interventions with a renewed and complete focus,” he said.
September 3, 2015 No Comments
Oil major ExxonMobil will set up a technical and business support center as well as an R&D facility in Bangalore, the capital of the southern state of Karnataka. When the center starts in late 2015 it will initially have about 1,000 employees, and this number is likely to increase five or six times when it is fully operational.
When The Times of India contacted a spokesman from Exxon the person confirmed that the company is “establishing a new affiliate to develop a business support center in Bangalore later this year to provide a range of technical and business support services for the company globally.”
September 3, 2015 No Comments
Foster City, California-based Visa Inc will open a new technology development center in Bangalore, India, that will play a central role in the company’s efforts to accelerate digital commerce globally. Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc said, “Our new center in Bangalore, will help Visa to accelerate the development of next generation payment solutions that enable secure, digital commerce through connected devices like mobile phones, PCs, tablets and even cars.”
August 30, 2015 No Comments
Epicor Software Corporation has created an India Technology Center in Bangalore. The center has been created to support product development, support and services, in order to drive performance and growth on a global scale.
It was inaugurated by Mark Mincin, senior vice president and chief information officer, and Jeff Kissling, chief technology officer. Also present were Suresh Prabhu, managing director of Epicor India, and Neela Kishore, HR director.
The India Technology Center will be run under the direction of Mincin, with Prabhu running the day-to-day operations as managing director. The 48,000 square-foot Center is located in the newly established RMZ EcoWorld Technology Park and today houses 50 staff. Epicor is recruiting for in product engineering, quality assurance, consulting, customer support and IT and will double its staff strength by the end of this year.
“The opening of the India Technology Center brings international career opportunities to talented professionals in India,” said Prabhu. “We are currently focused on attracting highly skilled talent with a product innovation and development mindset.”
August 30, 2015 No Comments