What We Miss About India

We left India just before monsoon, and it’s now raging full-force in Uttarakhand and Mussoorie. I’ve seen pictures from friends & acquaintances about the landslides, the leeches and the rain. One of my favourite pictures from a year or so ago is from a (now former) colleague who snapped a shot of the same location two hours apart: the top of the image is a view over the Doon Valley, and the bottom half… well, you wait for a moment, expecting the rest of the image to load.

What We Miss

  • Our friends.
  • Our ayah. (Who happens to be a friend, but deserves a line of her own!)
  • The scenery. We like living in a city for sure – but we miss those Mussoorie mountains.
  • The commute. There’s something to be said for a mandatory 2km walk, no matter how pretty the campus we’re on (and whoa, is it pretty).
  • The presence of native English speakers. Even in our short time here, we have realised that – even though there are a lot of people who have studied English, the number of people who speak it is an entirely different matter.

 

What We Don’t Miss…

  • The wilder wildlife – rhesus, scorpions, hand-sized spiders, you know.
  • The intricate bureaucracy. China has some – but not to the extent/depth/insanity that India does.
  • The disorganization in various things that is often excused as “India just being India”, “it’s just India, that’s how it is” – when it’s actually laziness, or an excuse to avoid doing something (or doing it well).
  • The horns. For all the traffic in Beijing (it took us 2.5 hours go to a distance estimated to take 1!), it’s remarkably quiet and polite – queueing nicely, staying in lanes, etc. Most of the time. But definitely, definitely a lot quieter!

2 Comments on “What We Miss About India

  1. do you have the before and after pictures?

    On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 8:15 AM, Wandering Wunkers wrote:

    > Darcey posted: “We left India just before monsoon, and it’s now raging > full-force in Uttarakhand and Mussoorie. I’ve seen pictures from friends & > acquaintances about the landslides, the leeches and the rain. One of my > favourite pictures from a year or so ago is from ” >

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