Thursday, July 22, 2010

Silly Things but Tough to Adjust!

When we decided to move back to India from US, both of us were confident that we could easily adjust to the life style in India. We knew we may have to wait for over 3 hours to start a new bank account or have to spend three hours to travel 20 kms in Hyderabad during peak traffic (both happened) and we were fully prepared for it. But there are few really little things that took a long time for me to adjust. 
Back in US, I used to drink over 6 cups of black tea/black coffee every day and each cup would be about 300 ml. On any given day I was drinking 1.5 liters of black coffee. You come to India and where ever you go whether it is your house or restaurant the quantity you get is close to 50 to 75 ml. First few days I just could not adjust to this at all. But in a week I understood the fact – quantity is not important but quality is. Drinking 50 ml of Indian coffee was more refreshing to me than drinking 500 ml of coffee in US. BTW I never used to drink coffee/tea before I went to US in 2001. So technically this is the first time I am drinking coffee/tea in India.
So you move into a new apartment or house in US, don’t we start getting mails from the very first day? Junk mails, credit card bills, multiple copies of medical bills – there was not a single day you don’t have any mail. It has been 45 days since we moved to our new quarters but till today we haven’t got any mail. Every evening as I do in US I check my mail box. Now I reduced the frequency and check mails once every week. Most probably the efficient thing to do may be to check every month. But now also everyday I go home first thing that comes to my mind on entering the apartment is checking for mails which I know won’t be there.
Somehow this is not working for me. It took me over a year when I went to US to register in my mind that there is no “ground floor” in US and only “first floor”. Now the reverse is happening. I have to think twice before I tell the floor number and invariably most of the time I make a mistake. Somehow that part of the brain that stores the floor number has some lag phase! With date this is not the case. It took me no time to change the date format in my mind from mm/dd/yy to dd/mm/yy format.
Dollar & Cents
This has already landed me in trouble couple of times. When ever I tell the price of something I accidentally use dollars instead of rupees. I was bargaining for some vegetable in a street shop and I accidently told him, give me for $10. He caught me on that dollar and never reduced the price. Another time when I told dollar instead of rupees one guy even told me that you don’t have to remind us that you are from US, I had to tell him politely that it was not intentional. Now in two months time, I took care of the dollar part but whenever I talk about paisa, I invariably say “cents”. It may be a matter of days before I get this one also correct.

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Blogger Shankz said...

ha ha good one!!! People start complaining about water. Do you face that? The other things I have noticed is crossing the road. After being quite a while in the US, people find it difficult to cross the road

July 23, 2010 12:53 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Adding to the first comment, what about mosquitoes? Driving? :)

July 23, 2010 4:52 AM  
Blogger Roopa said...

It's okay, Sony..... happens to most of us who have stayed there several years. Who looks after the baby when you both are at work?

July 23, 2010 6:13 AM  

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