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:
- You tend to press the button ‘1′ instead of ‘0′ at your home lift to reach the ground floor.
- You are disappointed by the fact that the neighborhood grocery store does not accept credit card.
- You find that the ‘Coke’ available here is too strong compared to ‘Coke-Zero’.
- You find that the entire city has been covered by a massive dust-storm since the time you left.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- You find that prices for everything have increased by at least 30%.
- You miss the premium Nespresso coffee in the office.
- 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.
- You no longer have high-speed unlimited internet and unlimited local calls at your home.
On the positive side:
- You are thrilled to see that you manage to get vegetarian food ‘everywhere’.
- 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)
- You can actually see, feel, touch and control the steering wheel of your own car, instead of being content with hiring a cab occasionally.
- 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.)