You know you’ve been in India when…

In no particular order this is a list of some of the things I’ve gotten most used to about living in India- this list could be significantly longer but these are some that stuck out the most.

  1. Paying 40 rupees instead of 30 for a rickshaw ride is completely unacceptable– the equivalent of about 75 cents vs 60 cents
  2. You don’t even bother to look to see if there is a seatbelt when getting into a car
  3. You know the bus is never full, people can be packed in like sardines but there is always room for one more
  4. You intentionally dehydrate yourself when traveling, be it by bus, car, train or even rickshaw- it’s just not worth having to go to the bathroom
  5. You realize you don’t know where the forks or knives are kept in the house you have been living in for months.
  6. Even when you have silverware, you still use your finger to help your food along
  7. You covet small change, and are always looking for an opportunity to get more
  8. You expect everything to start at a minimum of 15 minutes late
  9. An uninterrupted or fully paved sidewalk warrants extreme praise
  10. You start converting US prices into Rupees- an are rather horrified at how expensive everything is
  11. You eat humus like chapatti and baghi (flat bread and vegetables that is a Maharashtra staple)
  12. Dall and chippati or rice is now your ‘comfort food’
  13. You no longer notice the cows that are all over the place
  14. You are known by name at the ice cream or street food venders you frequent and they know what you like to order
  15. You expect shops to be closed on Mondays, from about 1-3 for lunch and are not to surprised if you get to a shop and find out its closed for a holiday
  16. Wearing jeans and a modest t-shirt feels scandalous
  17. You recognize hit Bollywood songs
  18. Once the weather is in the 50s, its cold
  19. You look right first when crossing the road
  20. You get excited about outlets that are on the ground rather than midway up the wall

10 Pictures

The alliance has a photo contest that I chose some pictures to submit. You could submit up to 10 photos, in three different categories- the student experience, people and society and landscapes/streescapes.  A lot of these have already appeared on the blog but I thought I would put them up all together. They aren’t necessarily my top 10 personal favorite pictures, but I do think they capture my time in India quite well. It was really hard to choose the final 10, I have a bunch of others I really like as well that I might try and put up another time.

The Student Experience: Meditating with Prayer Flags near Dharamshala - Update! This picture won the Alliance Photo Context for the Student Experience Category 🙂

The Student Experience: Dancing at the Ganapati festival in Pune

The Student Experience: Hiking in the western ghats

People and Society: A Sikh policeman in Punjab

People and Society: Village children

People and Society: Getting ready for a street-play in Pune

Landscape and Streetscapes: Sugarcane Cart in the Rural Area of Phaltan

Landscape and Streetscapes: Cows on the beach in Goa

Landscape and Streetscape: A view of Pune from Parvati Hill

Landscape and Streetscapes: The Beach of Mumbai - I did get sand for our sand collection