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CNC: Cha na Coffee?

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in India makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

One of the main assets of the Internet: there are very little guidelines on how to express yourself. Writing style, content, language: everything is up to you! Of course, you can also opt against having your name known to public and just let your writings speak for themselves. Our next entry in our Recommended Blog category did just that. At Cha na Coffee? she blogs about her “adventures, or erm, misadventures” in India.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to India, etc.

Well...I don't want to give my real name because I'm blogging anonymously, so I will just say I am CNC (chanacoffee).  I'm originally from New York, but have moved between New York and Utah for about 10 years. I moved to India in May 2009 to marry my Indian husband.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I decided to start blogging in November 2010 because at that point I didn't know many people in intercultural relationships and thought blogging would be able to help others.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

I don't know that I have any favorites really, I like all of them. :-) It would be really hard to choose one.

Tell us about the ways your new life in India differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

Well, this is a loaded question. There are so many things that are different, basically everything is. The food, I eat mainly Bengali food, the atmosphere, the culture, transportation, EVERYTHING!! I don't think I had such a hard time adjusting, and I only occasionally suffered from culture shock.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in India? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

I wasn't fully prepared. If I was then I would have brought more warm clothes, I had thought India was always hot. Other than that, I think I was pretty prepared.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Well, I've not had many funny experiences, but the one event that is common and keeps me smiling is the reaction of others when I speak bangla. :-) Everyone is always surprised.

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in India?

Hmm... Don't expect everything to be the same; you have to learn to give and take here. Laugh more instead of getting angry because anger doesn't help. Lastly, you have to write a lot of letters to get anything done here.

How is the expat community in India? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

I don't know, I don't know many expats outside of my Hindi classes, and I mostly have Indian friends! The few I have spoken to have been amazing though.

How would you summarize your expat life in India in a single, catchy sentence?

Crazily chaotic but amazing!


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