How do foreigners who have settled in India feel about India? This question is only for foreigners.
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Milan Joshi, Electrical Engineer, on long path towards Sustainable Energy
i don't know many of this people but one whome I know(kerolina Marin) , she is a Britisher , married to indian.
and she feel even good about india then many of us fill, and she started an youtube Chanel to show brighter side of india to world.
Majority of uneducated Indian still believe that fair skinned are superior. They treat them better than themselves, whereas western people don't do so much hospitality towards Immigrants. don't get me wrong but level of reciprocity is not present in western world.
Mahesh, works at Earth
It depends on foreigners' :
- education and other personal qualities.
Also India is a vast, diverse and densely populated country. Cultures in the northern part of India is very different from the southern and the eastern parts of India.
Shirley Rogers, Mobile App development, Local Digital Marketing.
I just want to say think about yourself and believe yourself that you are Indian not NRI that in terms of most of Indian people as “Never Return Indian”. Your day today behavior with your colleague, family friends can give them chance to see whether you have an attitude that you are NRI or your behavior is the same which you have before going to foreign. So it’s all up to you how you feel comfortable after coming back and also make other comfortable.
I am a foreigner living in India last four years. My grandfather was Anglo Indian. I love it here a can't ever see me returning to the UK. The people are fantastic. If I could change a few things it would be with anything that requires some kind of paperwork like applying for a different broadband connection. In the UK it would take a quick phone call and it would be done. In India every little thing takes so much time and paper work. It certainly doesn't believe in saving the trees (less paperwork). Also the corruption is terrible as is the driving and garbage but I still love it
well, i have spend 8 years in India so i guess i am qualified for this answer.
first 4 for education and last 4 for job.
I was here for student exchange program and It is totally different from my country.
Country is so much diverse that you can see something new every day. People are friendly and warm.
Most people are hard worker and they have goals for their life.
People love movies and their love for bollywood is just mind boggling.
Music is in the heart of India.
Investment in India can turn into gold (fastest developing country)
Safe for girls (I was in Gujarat for all my stay.)
Love the Gujarati food and Undhiyu.. muaahhhh
After all this years, I can speak gujarati (because of my friends) and hindi( bollywood).
What I don’t like is, people are not proactive, young guns are great but they are not taking initiatives. People are nice and friendly that’s great but they are not opposing and stand up for what is wrong. They don’t ask their local government for cleanliness, good roads and safety (Gujarat is very safe but some incident in other part of India is heart wrenching.)
Over all great country to live in, just ignore some minor faults. Every country has their bad sides..
Nikee Kapoor, Travel Consultant at Flights to India
I was born India but live in london, so whenever I visit my home country I feel nostalgic and completely different environment in terms of culture and tradition, and trust me, even if you are an Indian by origin, where you are raised makes a hell lot of difference in your thinking and perception.
Here is what i feel about India.
1.A Giant country with lot of diversity
2.lot of thing to explore when you are on holidays in India, you just can’t take it in.
3.delicious food and humble people, during my flight to India i met a sweet and humble grand mother ,she immediately became my friend and even invited me to her home for lunch someday.
4. colorfull and dirty and the same time
5. train journeys are like long….i mean super-long, it is a vacation in itself through the hinterland.
6. very affordable to live and travel
7. diverse geography.
and above all a rising nation with big dreams.
Kruti Bharadva, 5 years of living in this crazy country
I have a love hate relationship with India.
I love the sheer diversity of culture and landscapes, and the fact that the Himalayas are just a flight away. I love the warmth and welcoming smiles of people as you move outside the cities. I love roaming around the streets of Mumbai in the middle of the night, always finding some chai walla for the oh so necessary caffeine shot.
I hate that few people have any sort of respect for their environment. I hate that I see 5yr old kids selling oranges on train, that there are whole families living under a flyover. I hate that how much money one makes and what schools one went to is considered vital for being a respected member of society.
Amd sometimes I just don't like India because it's not Kenya. But to be fair that my personal failing.
Cassi Pathak, lives in India
For the most part I love India. I love crowds, I love tight knit families, the food is divine. Most people are very kind.
I don't like attention though. I hate being stared at or asked to take a photo with strangers. I'm not a celebrity, I'm just a regular woman buying groceries or socks.
I hate littering and general uncleanliness. India is a beautiful country. You have stunning architecture and so many natural wonders but they aren't maintained well and that makes me sad.
In general though I like India and I would totally be willing to live there again. Every place has issues.
Karen SueJoy Miller, works at Teachers
I've lived in and visited many exotic places around the world, but nothing compares to the culture shock I experienced in India. The sheer number of people, the cacophony of beeping horns and chaos in the streets, the splashes of vibrant color everywhere, the smoky, hazy air, and the way the strange and curious sites around every corner bombarded my eyes and sent my thoughts reeling all overwhelmed me at first. Perhaps I got to know a different kind of India when I lived there for two months recently - I was in a remote, non-touristic part of Uttar Pradesh living with a local school principal and her family and teaching at her 1500 all girl school - than most foreigners get to experience. Not as sexy or beautiful, but certainly authentic and traditional. And since the country is really not one but a multitude of "countries" depending on where you go, I suppose that how a foreigner views India would largely depend on where he/she lives. But even then, I think certain perceptions stay constant once you live there for a while, and memories continuously re-visit after one leaves, regardless of where one lives. And that is the very "liveliness" of life one experiences in India, like an explosion of all the sensual, aural, visual, and physical senses - good, bad, ugly, sublime, old, new and ever-charging - you've ever experienced, or ever will, in one fell swoop.
Ishaan Raj, An Indian.
Well I am a local guy, so I dont know if I am right person to answer this.
I know a family from Germany living in my area since 5 Yrs now. The man works in ABN-Amro and his wife teaches German in school. They say "when they were first here everyone used to stare at them like they are aliens, but were very helpful in needy situtions". Now they have made a lot of friends. And because wife is a teacher, many students and their parents interact with them daily. Earlier they used to go to Super marts for shopping, but now it looks like they are cool with local sellers.
They also say that "we dont get much attention back home, as much we get here". So I think thats like not-so-terrible for them, because everyone here is of common mentality that foriegners dont like being in India
For a beef/Sheep eater, it was bit difficult to adapt to Buffalo/Goat though now I am vegetarian and we'll adapted to the vegetarian culture.
Before leaving my country, I was told many things about India, dirty, all wear turbans etc, but I was amazed to see the cultural diversity this nation have. I didn't experience this in Iraq, situations were bitter there, a war between people of the same religion, but here in India, it was love that united all.
Iraq taught school children that there is no religion except Islam. India made me rethink about this, it changed my views on many vital topics of life, like religion, love, gender equality,
I was fascinated with the creative use of paneer here.. paneer in gravy, paneer in noodles, paneer in dumplings, paneer in bread, whereas we used it just on bread in breakfast.
It was great to know that how people forget the religious and gender barriers when it comes to the development of the country, or that of oneself.
The thing I suffered was the generalisation of Middle Easterners as Terrorists, I was caught by the Police just because my ID read Baghdad as my birthplace, Police in Haryana got mad and started beating me thinking that I was somewhere related to Baghdadi ( ISIS Leader). I had to pay them 10k to free me.
The bad incident didn't make me generalise Indians, it's been 11 years here and I think this is the best half of my life, (I'm 22). I made a lot of friends, brothers and I consider myself as Indian now but without a citizenship
Kishore Khair, Studied at The ICAI, Nature Lover, Movie Buff, Avid Reader
- I have been living in India for 15 years. When I was 8 years old, our family moved to India from the far-western region of Nepal. Since then I have never travelled out of India.
- I don't feel any cultural differences like other foreigners since India and Nepal share similar cultures and traditions.
- I have done my CA course from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. So my education from 2nd grade happened in India. I have stayed for atleast 3 years in each of the places like Ongole, Guntur and Bangalore.
- I am fluent in Hindi and Telugu besides English and Nepali. I'm trying to learn Kannada.
- All my best friends and close friends are Indians. They have never treated me like I'm from another country.
- I had an Indian girlfriend. Our relationship (mostly long distance) lasted for seven years. We loved each other a lot and had a great mutual respect for each other. We never had differences due to religion, caste, regions etc.
- I follow the happenings in both India and Nepal. But having mostly studied here in India, I know more about Indian History, Geography & Economy than that of Nepal.
- I love listening to Bollywood songs. I also listen to Telugu songs besides Nepali and English songs.
- I have watched plenty of Hindi, Telugu and English movies. I have also watched a few Kannada, Malayalam & Tamil movies. And a lot of Nepali movies on YouTube.
- 我看过很多印地语,泰卢固语和英语电影。我也看过一些坎纳达, 玛拉雅拉姆& 泰米尔电影。YouTube上有很多尼泊尔电影。
- I have always balanced my love for India and Nepal. I love both the countries.
PS: I don't know if I will settle in Nepal or India or any other country, but my love for both the countries will remain forever.
Vrindavani Marinov, Bharatnatyam Dancer & Day Trader
This is a difficult yet interesting question and I'll try to make it justice.
I'm an Austrian, born in a Vaishnav family. Thus India had always been the place of my heart.
Of course, in my childhood and teenage I was convinced India is as we read in the Vedic books. But then, people used to talk of it who have no spiritual interest and ruin its heritage. Now without any proof for that being otherwise, one will tend to believe. So did I, when I first visited the country in 2011. But soon my opinion would shape itself otherwise.
Mainly through facebook, I made lots of Indian friends and realized much of what I'd been told wasn't true. There was so much more to it.
India, the land of heat and dust, never seemed such to me.
Surely there's much unpleasant about India, but is there any place in the world where it is different?
Having traveled most European countries and lived in several of them for a quite relevant period of time, I believe no country is perfect and free of flaws. Hence I choose to see only the positive side.
It’s my 5th year in India and I feel this is my home. I feel very weird about my country of origin and honestly feel strange when I see other western people. Indians are my brothers and sisters now, India my mother - it might take some time for me to adapt back at home, had I to return.
I'm in love with this country, its heritage and its nature. I'm in love with the people.
India is a place where ones person is being put to a test and it's just so easy to fail and succumb. But I've learned from my fellow residents that no obstacle is too big. I've learned a great deal about being positive and flexible, about being hard working and content.
My little daughter, who obviously attends an Indian school, sings the national anthem with all her heart. Her favorite songs though are mantras. She does miss Austria sometimes, but she's a true little Indian now. She doesn't speak much German anymore, but is super fluent in Hindi (even got some local accent!)
In short, we feel India is our mother and our home.
Jonathan, A foreigner. Living in India.
If I had to summarize my answer in one sentence I would say:
Like living on a different planet.
But if you like long answers, here you go:
Everything about India is just so different, the food, the people, the traffic, the culture, the languages, the climate, the politics, the immense diversity. Aside from this, foreigners have different experiences living in India, both good and bad.
The good: The people are welcoming, the cultures are fascinating, the Bollywood movies are great. Almost everything you need is available if you live in a big city like Bangalore, from restaurants to grocery stores, shopping malls and entertainment. Travel is easy with plenty of Auto Rickshaws, trains, cabs and airports.
The bad: The pollution, the heat during summer. The garbage (granted the current government is starting to do a lot to fix this), lingering social and religious tensions. Overwhelming paperwork/bureaucracy to get things done. Traffic.
Overall, I think foreigners either love it or hate it, but Speaking for myself, I have loved living In India and they key to this is to adapt to the way things are done in India, embrace the different cultures and make friends.
Born and raised in Istanbul and living in India for the last 4 months. Although I was always astonished by the culture and its history, living in India is for sure too different than roaming around in India as a tourist.
being a girl, I feel welcomed by my neighbours and It really helps to see your neighbour at your door bringing you food when she sees you sick. this is something you cannot experience in anywhere else in the world. Even being Turkish, and Turks are renowened by being friendly and caring, I think Indians are at a different level. I sometimes see My neighbour aunty as a motherly figure and this psychologically helps a lot when you are trying to adjust into a new culture.
however being white, it's almost impossible for me to shop from local stores without being ripped off. if you are white people might think you collect money from the trees and when you confront them,most of the times they smile shamelessly.
indian time is something different, do tell people 15 mins earlier than you really want to meet them, anyways they will be 15 mins late.
"with all the respect to those dying for the Indian food, that's not for me. I really am not comfortable with the Indian desserts and food as the sweets are too sweet to numb your tongue and the food is usually too oily, too salty and too overcooked for someone mediterranean. so learn how to cook if you are a picky eater. Also at least in Mumbai, finding freshly baked bread is very troubling. But this may lead you to live a healthier life as well, less carbs and less sugar is for sure good.
Indians are eager to tell you about their cultures and religion and anything you want to learn from them. they are friendly and curious as well. They will ask questions about your country as well. so once living in here you start becoming Indian day by day, because you get involved with the history and the culture around it as well. Whenever I hear someone speaking negatively about India i feel heartbroken a little bit as well, this is how this country makes you feel you are a part of it.
Traffic and public transportation is painful in here. At least in Mumbai, so try to find a place close to your office.
loving it here, but truly missing Turkish food.