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Hello Shalom Namaste ;)
So, time is ticking and it's been 3 weeks since I
arrived in India. As I was walking to work today, I
thought that I start feeling "normal", paying
attention to the fact that things like crazy traffic,
people staring at me and pollution in the air feel
like an integral part of life, and I would even miss
them if they had to disappear all of a sudden...
> How are things in India for you?
Well, maybe I cannot say I feel myself like a local
here, but definitely not a complete stranger anymore.
But you all know, it doesn't take me long to blend
> Have you changed your behavior at all to "blend in"
> with the general public and people at work? Just in
> case, by that I mean how you even stand out of the
> general public in nyc with your "wild" behavior.
Well...it's hard for me to judge, because I'm the one
who's both judging and being judged...I personally
don't think that I've changed. And moreover, those
who had a chance to meet with me after a 7-10 year
gap, also confirmed that I haven'r changed a bit. So,
if I will be same in Africa (as many of you have said
previously), why in the world would I be different in
India? ;) Jokes apart, if anything has changed, it's
my attitude...I'm not in such big shock anymore and
start to see everything as a part of normal daily
> obviously know I mean it in a good and exciting way.
> One example that stand above the rest is you jumping
> into puddles. I'm sure you wouldn't do such a thing
> in India, since you stand out as is, but I'm curious
> about your other less wild behavior. :-)
Ha! And you would think I didn't have a chance to
jump into puddles yet ;) It rains pretty often here,
so it didn't take me long to find that perfect
> Everyone knows how easily you engage in
> with anyone you meet anywhere. How is this talent
> working for you in India?
It works, of course ;) Although here it works the
other way around. I don't need to strike up a
conversation, since most of the time people take
initiative to approach me. Unless of course I don't
see people playing badminton in the park and I want to
> After living in US for almost 16 years, I know I
> wouldn't be able to handle such standard of living
> over a month. How are you handling so far? Is
> anything getting on your nerves yet? I'm talking
> about things you've mentioned such as lack of water,
> quality of water, polution, traffic, etc...
Well, It's hard to say, because each day I'm getting
used to more and more things and they stop bothering
me. I remember, how annoyed I was by everybody
staring at me. Then it started to make me laugh. Now
I don't even pay attention. I guess before I know it,
I will so much get used to people staring at me, I
will think I don't exist if people just ignore me on
the streets like they usually do in NYC.
The things which are still on my "bug-list" are
pollution of air, nobody pays attention/respect to
pedestrians and lots of bumps and holes in the
pavement, so you constantly have to watch your step,
litterally looking down all the time.
> How would you compare the quality of living to
> Russia/Moldova 15-20 years ago?
It's very hard for me to compare. When I lived in
Moldova, I didn't know about other way of life. I
grew up having hot water 2-3 months a year out of 12,
living in a 15 sq. m room together with my parents and
younger brother, riding public transportation where
you feel like you're being vacuumed inside out in
order to squeeze yourself in, and always knowing that
I have to be home when it's dark outside, since it's
not safe. I think, the quality of living is better
here for the mere fact that if you have a decent job
(and G-d bless America, it's quite possible to have a
decent job in IT here), you have money, and as sad as
it sounds, money can buy you a peace of mind.
> Does your building have an elevator? If so, does it
> function well?
Yes, it does. The elevator looks like it was built at
least 100 years ago, although the building itself
looks fairly new to me. I don't take my chances and
walk up and down the stairs ;)
> What types of things do you miss the most about US,
> excluding the obvious ones relatives and friends?
Walking conditions. I love to spend time outside just
walking along the streets, I love
strolling/jogging/running/ along Brighton beach. And
I love to take walks after a day spent in the office
to unwind. This is an absolute "no-no" here,
especially after 8-9 PM, when I finally get out of
> What is a rough ratio of the amount of time you
> at home vs going out?
Having said how not safe it is to stay outside after
8-9pm, I rarely come home before 10pm. Usually we
have dinner with co-workers somewhere out. But at the
same time I had a chance to spend 2 full days inside
last weekend, as I was sick.
> What are your typical working hours?
We're in this global round-the-clock support these
days, so our official hours are 11am - 8pm. But I
find myself in the office after 8PM pretty often.
This is a good time to chat with you guys, type
messages...have the internet connection with the
good-old "New" world :)
OK, I really gotta run now. It's way too late to stay
in the office, almost 10PM...well...I had to leave
yesterday without sending this message, as the taxi
was waiting and I didn't have time to finish it up.