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Dana: my india encounters

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!

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

I am a 50-something, former elementary school librarian, who packed up and left Fort Worth, Texas, USA to accompany my husband to Hyderabad, India for a work assignment. We have been here since July 2011.

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

I had many people back home that were interested in our lives here. I have a BA in Journalism and love photography. Mix that up with the wonderful opportunity to live in Asia and it all seemed a perfect fit.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

I have many favorites, but I think there are three that stand out.

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?

The biggest difference is my inability to drive in India. I can’t stand that! I have always loved being able to hop in my car and take off at a moment’s notice. Now, my life has to be planned. I have been an expat before and although living in India is a shock to the system, I settled in quite quickly. One has to put blinders on to block out all the poverty. The problem is just too big and it can overwhelm if one lets it. The expat community is quite active here and that makes the transition much easier.

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 thought I was prepared being that I have been an expat before, but each situation is different and adjustments have to be made. I tell everyone to bring the most important items in their shipment to get them through the first few months. It really helps in the transition.

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

Everything is in the blog.

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

  • Be flexible. This is not a place for rigid expectations.
  • Make sure you really like your mate. This is not a place to save a marriage. Fortunately, my husband and I are very close.
  • Jump in with both feet and get out of your comfort zone. Wonderful discoveries await when you do.

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

The expat community is extremely active in Hyderabad. Between ladies luncheons, book clubs, volunteer opportunities, cultural opportunities, there is always plenty to do.

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

Life in Hyderabad is a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, yet I am glad I came on board.

Jonathan Brown

"The great events organized by InterNations helped me get to know Delhi expats from all over the world."

Sophie Poirier

"When I moved from Canada to Delhi, InterNations helped me connect with fellow Americans and feel more at home."

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