India, A Home Away From Home

25-Jun-20

Preparing for India

Moving to a new country can be totally daunting and the culture shock can give you nightmares. And the next moment you find yourself craving to go back home. Well, let’s tell you why this thing may not happen for you when in India.


Blend in like water – A culture that strongly follows "Atithi Devo Bhava" (God resides in the heart of guests) is bound to be open to anyone who wants to adopt it. Moreover, the students here in India share and help you blend into our multifaceted culture.


Home sweet home – The institutes have constructed hostels, specially to suit the tastes of international students. You will be well taken care of by the hostel facilities, which provide an appealing value for your money.


Happy tummy – Food is what keeps you going all day and not finding the food fit for your tastebuds can be disastrous. One can easily find Chinese, Japanese, Nepali, Bengali, Continental, Thai, Italian, Portugese, Turkish, Mexican, Greek, Spanish, French cuisines across major cities and towns in the country. There is always an option to cook your own food in the hostel facilities. Ingredients are easily available through online and physical grocery stores across the country.


Hello Amigos – It’s always a treat to network with people from your home country in your colleges. India has over 46,000 international students, which makes it very easy to find people from your country and ethnicity on and across Indian campuses. Moreover, you can always join student and alumni associations for expat students in India. 


Follow your beliefs - India is a secular country. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism are some popular religions in the country. It is easy to find places of worship, such as mosques, churches, temples, monasteries in towns and cities. In fact, each part of the country is enchanted spiritually. 


Simple ice breaking – We always feel at home when we are interacting with people of our age. Every second person you will encounter in India is below the age of 35. Therefore it is easy to connect with them and they are more open to understand your culture, background and thoughts. 


Ok Google, what’s the weather like? – Familiar weather conditions can always make you feel at home! The Indian sub-continent offers a wide variety of temperatures from hot to extreme cold. A majority of cities experience hot to cold temperatures during different times of the year. If you still want to experience more, you can travel to 0 degree temperature zones in the north to 45 degree temperature zones in south. 


Global trends – Indians are always keeping up with the latest global trends and pop culture. From the latest Hollywood news to political views, from the Hallyu to the Californian theme, all can be effectively felt within the country. The culture keeps up with the world and so will you. 


I got my own style – India is a major hub of apparel production, India produces clothes for the world. No matter what style, color, fabric you wear, it’s available in India. And the best part - if you are not buying clothes at a store but at an open market, you can always bargain and get your dream wardrobe at great prices.


The best part about studying in India is that it does not take anything away or tries to change what you are already but only adds on to it. So, here’s your chance to experience something different but at the cost of nothing. Just be open to the experience and things will simply start flowing. 

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