> 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
> 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
> But you all know, it doesn't take me long to blend
> > Have you changed your behavior at all to "blend
> > with the general public and people at work? Just
> > 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
> 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.
> if I will be same in Africa (as many of you have
> previously), why in the world would I be different
> India? ;) Jokes apart, if anything has changed,
> my attitude...I'm not in such big shock anymore and
> start to see everything as a part of normal daily
> > You
> > obviously know I mean it in a good and exciting
> > One example that stand above the rest is you
> > into puddles. I'm sure you wouldn't do such a
> > in India, since you stand out as is, but I'm
> > 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
> so it didn't take me long to find that perfect
> > Everyone knows how easily you engage in
> > conversations
> > 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
> > After living in US for almost 16 years, I know I
> > wouldn't be able to handle such standard of living
> > for
> > 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
> > 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.
> I don't even pay attention. I guess before I know
> 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
> living in a 15 sq. m room together with my parents
> younger brother, riding public transportation where
> you feel like you're being vacuumed inside out in
> order to squeeze yourself in, and always knowing
> 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
> decent job in IT here), you have money, and as sad
> it sounds, money can buy you a peace of mind.
> > Does your building have an elevator? If so, does
> > function well?
> Yes, it does. The elevator looks like it was built
> 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
> > excluding the obvious ones relatives and friends?
> Walking conditions. I love to spend time outside
> walking along the streets, I love
> strolling/jogging/running/ along Brighton beach.
> 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
> > spend
> > 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
> 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
> 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.
> So, just adding a picture to it and sending it now.
> Take care