Moving to India – Not even half as difficult as it seems
India is located in South Asia, and is the seventh largest country by area in the world. People all across the world have always been fascinated towards India, owing to its rich heritage and growing medical and IT industry. There are certain things ought to be considered in order to make relocation to India a pleasant experience. We have compiled an extensive list of the factors that would help you learn about the Indian culture and lifestyle.
Let’s have a look.
India is surrounded by three water bodies namely Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. India offers a huge cultural diversity from state to state, like dance, language, religion, food, music, etc. It consists of 28 states, and 7 union territories. Delhi is the capital of the India, and Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad are some of the other leading metro cities of the country. Mumbai is also the hub of the Indian movie industry aka Bollywood, and is famously known as the dream city.
Indians are proud of their heritage and rich diversity. There’s a saying in India “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means ‘the guest is the God’. It is also the tagline of Indian Government campaign initiated to make it a pleasant experience for the people planning to visit or settle in India from other countries. This campaign aims at providing training to the people who interact directly with the foreigners, such as the taxi drivers, guides, etc.
The states are surrounded by water at the south, southwest and southeast, and have tropical wet and dry climate, which means they are extremely humid. Whereas the northern part of India experiences humid subtropical climate i.e. extremely hot (up to 50 degree Celsius) in summers and cold (up to 1 degree Celsius) in winters. Climatic conditions vary from one part to another of the country, so you should check the weather conditions beforehand of the particular state/ area you are shifting.
India is a land of languages, and each state has its own official language. Hindi is the national language of the country. English, being the second language of the nation, is widely used in business and politics of the country. Language is usually not an obstruction as English is the vital part of the education system in India. Language might occur as a barrier as a person moves farther from the cities into the villages. Hence, it can be useful to learn few basic Hindi words or to carry a pocket English-to-Hindi dictionary.
Lifestyle and Culture
The Indian cities are more populated as compared to the villages because of the job opportunities and lifestyle preferences of people. Traffic is an issue that might catch your attention in the metro cities. To avoid traffic jams, you can consider alternative forms of transportation such as cycling or taking public transits instead of taxis or auto rickshaws. Being a developing nation, some parts of the country are struggling with the issues like cleanliness and environmental hygiene. You should carry a water bottle with you when outside, and refrain yourself from drinking water from public water tanks, etc.
Most of the Indians are a big fan of cricket. Often strangers can be seen bonding over discussions about cricket or politics. Lifestyle in Indian cities is extremely different from the villages. For example, social hugging is widely accepted as a symbol of greeting in Indian metro cities whereas people can raise their eyebrows in villages if they see people approaching for social hugging. Indians are tolerant, extremely calm, and eager to offer high level of hospitalities to their guests.
India is the land of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslims, Christianity, and more. People in India are extremely sensitive about their religion, so one should ensure not to hurt religion sentiments.
Indian food is famous all across the globe. Indian eating joints have a whole lot of options for vegetarians as well as meat lovers. Finding food as per your choice shall not be an issue as there are plenty of options available for different cuisine lovers, right from Indian, Chinese, to Mexican, as well as Italian. Street food is also an important part of Indian culture. You can find some exotic, tempting food options being sold on the street at mere prices.