Onsite-return ke side effects

I travelled to Singapore for a year on a company project. This was the first time I travelled outside of India. I wrote the below observations a couple of days after arriving in India:

Side-effects of Onsite return:

  1. You tend to press the button ‘1′ instead of ‘0′ at your home lift to reach the ground floor.
  2. You are disappointed by the fact that the neighborhood grocery store does not accept credit card.
  3. You find that the ‘Coke’ available here is too strong compared to ‘Coke-Zero’.
  4. You find that the entire city has been covered by a massive dust-storm since the time you left.
  5. You try to locate the pedestrian crossing signal to cross the road. (Ok, this one sounds a bit snobbish,  but it happened only on the first day for a couple of times.)
  6. You notice that the office buses have glasses open and have no Air-con. (Had never noticed this before. Earlier, getting a bus on time and not missing it was a priority.)
  7. You find that prices for everything have increased by at least 30%.
  8. You miss the premium Nespresso coffee in the office.
  9. You miss the superfast 3G network on your cell phone and have to settle down for GPRS, where it takes 60 seconds to download a 100KB page.
  10. You no longer have high-speed unlimited internet and unlimited local calls at your home.

On the positive side:

  1. You are thrilled to see that you manage to get vegetarian food ‘everywhere’.
  2. You can go to Mc-D’s and have food. (Sounds simple, but believe it or not, Mc-D’s in Singapore does not serve anything vegetarian apart from french-fries)
  3. You can actually see, feel, touch and control the steering wheel of your own car, instead of being content with hiring a cab occasionally.
  4. You can see all possible Indian TV channels and don’t have to be content with 3-4 basic ones. (E.g. You get to see amazing ‘entertainment’ channels like Aaj Tak, India TV, etc.)
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