was there which may be new or different to the average Indian going there for the first time.I’ve spent around 3-4 weeks in the US, which is not very long, so forgive me if some of my views seem uninformed or immature; I don’t mean to offend anyone.I don’t know how useful this is going to be. Maybe it’ll help you mentally prepare yourself a bit? Maybe you’ll find it easier to adapt? I don’t know. If nothing else, I hope this list at least serves the purpose of entertaining you.In no real order of importance, here are my little scraps of information about American life:
- Americans can look very different from Indians.
- Never ever, ever say the word ‘Negro’
- Thank you, have a nice day
- Domestic help is a luxury
- Public affection
- Stuff’s expensive there.
- Tough life for vegetarians who don’t cook
- Food stays fresh much longer
- Everything is cleaner
- Goodbye water mugs and hand showers
- Potable water right out of the taps
- huge country, and there’s not very many people
- Weather varies greatly across the country.
Americans can look very different from Indians
Never ever, ever say the word ‘Negro’ (or Black)
Thank you, have a nice day
Get used to hearing ‘Thank you, have a nice day ’ and saying it back.Most Americans are very polite and casual. Everyone is treated the same regardless of what their background or profession is.If you’re used to ill-treating certain classes of people in India, you’re in for a major reality check.
Domestic help is a luxury
It is almost considered a necessity in a lot of urban Indian homes. Over there, however, only the upper class folks can afford to hire maids or cooks or drivers. So get used to doing things on your own, and learn to do them happily. Also, god forbid you talk to the domestic help there the way Indians are used to talking to their ‘bai’s etc.
Display of public affection
Tough life for vegetarians who don’t cook
Stuff’s expensive there
It’s quite difficult to find anything that costs less than a couple of dollars, and Indians by default tend to convert to rupees (as they have to sometimes) which makes it seem even more expensive. But a lot of things come in much larger quantities there, especially food. Drinks are often unlimited.You just pay for a glass and you can refill it how many ever times you want. Indians generally have weak appetites, and you might find yourself struggling to finish a serving that may not even suffice for an American.
It’s a huge country, and there’s not very many people
I, coming from a country and city where personal space and privacy are hard to come by, found it to be quite unnerving getting used to the lack of people. I see more people here at midnight than I did there in the middle of the day (except in tourist destinations like LA, Vegas, Manhattan, Disney World!).I swear to you, I saw more cars than people in New York City. It’s strangely deserted outside Manhattan and Brooklyn.Being a computer science student (and a bit of a geek) I was jumping up and down in my seat when I passed through Silicon Valley, Palo Alto. Saw HQs of a lot of big companies, but didn’t see even a single person out on the roads, which I found quite depressing.I mean, they obviously were all there indoors and all but it made me want to not make a career for myself there anymore, which may sound silly to you but I personally just cannot live with such few people around. That’s why all the schools I’ve applied to are located in the metros. But hey, if you like peace and quiet, you’ll probably like the sound of all this!
Food stays fresh much longer
Everything is cleaner
Goodbye water mugs and hand showers
Weather varies greatly
I had always been under the impression that the weather never really heats up much over there. However, I experienced temperatures of 43C at Washington D.C. and 40C at Niagara Falls (Canadian border almost!). Granted, it was summer and there was a heat wave going on but still! Then at San Francisco, it’s cold and foggy all year long. Go a few hundred miles south and you have LA which is neither too hot nor too cold no matter what time of year it is. Kind of like the Mumbai of USA. Absurd! Though it is a huge country, so I guess it makes sense. That’s about it. I could probably think of some other things, but I guess this is more than enough. Lastly, I’d just like to suggest that if you guys get time for sight-seeing then Niagara Falls, Disney World at Orlando and Las Vegas are definitely the places to visit, you’ll remember them for life!
You get potable water right out of the taps
It definitely feels strange filling your water bottle where you brush your teeth, when in India we filter our water ten times before drinking it. Water is supposedly tasteless but American water sure doesn’t taste the same as Indian water.
All the best for your stay in America !
All the best for your stay in America !
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