Monday, 25 November 2013

7 signs that I am a Mumbai expat only

This post may be read as a warning to you folks back home ( for anyone else: just as a humble tribute to what India has taught me so far - *blinking the eye*)  - Because, yes, I might have changed - just a tiny little bit..So, be prepared back home! You may recognize me, by the following signs:

1. Clothes
The glitter&glam&bling element of my wardrobe has increased dramatically. You should be able to recognize me, but you just need to look beyond the golden sandals and the bright green colored kurta with glitter ornaments from the neck to my belly. Nope. Less is not more. More is more.

2. Time
This might come as a shock to you, if you knew me in my pre-India life. I might have adopted a more relaxed relationship with Time. You see, 12 o'clock Thursday does not necessarily have to be 12 o'clock Thursday. It can also be 3 o'clock Thursday, 5 o'clock Friday or next week. Go with the flow.

3. Dining
Try not to act surprised if I add some extra pepper or chili on the food. Fear not, if I rush off in a desperate search for masala, or if I suddenly start to sprinkle some fresh coriander on my dish - and probably on your dish too! My taste buds has adjusted to another palate, so the food back home might be a bit bland, now..

4. Driving
If you suddenly notice someone driving 1 cm from the back of your car, honking the horn like crazy, driving on the road-shoulder or accelerating when the signal turns yellow - in stead of reducing the speed - Well. That might be me, back home for vacation!

5. Shopping
5.1 You might see me looking Confused in the store, if there is no staff following me around, or available within 10 seconds after I need them. What kind of service is that? 
5.2 You might also find me looking Lost at the cashier. I have payed, and you see - I am waiting for someone to put my groceries into my bags for me. What? No one does that for you?! 

6. Queues
If you are standing patiently waiting for your turn in a neatly formed line (f.ex in a public washroom) - and you see a lady in kurta and golden sandals walking pass all of you and straight up to the front of the line.Yep. That might be me. Feel free to remind me of the local customs. Sorry, forgot myself there. 

7. Language
I have polished my English by adding phrases like: - I need to pre-pone that meeting ( opposite of postpone), - Please, do the needful! (do what you have to do) and adding "only" to the end of every second sentence I utter. It is just a habit I like.  - What can I do? I am on holiday only! 

Yes, 7 points- we are in India after all. But I have to add that I will not look away if we meet: I will look you in the eyes, and start to talk to you immediately whether it is on the street, in an elevator or on a bus. Life is too short not to catch up:-) I will bring color, spices, some Bollywood-moves and music! I will carry with me stories from India and show you pictures from amazing places and tell you about some wonderful people I have met. I might also a bit aggressively try to recruit you as a sponsor to support a child's education in Mumbai, because I have seen with my own eyes how just a little support can mean the world for some of these kids and their chances of making a better life for themselves.

So, you see where this is going right? To end this post in a more serious way, living in Mumbai has reminded me: to not take things for granted, to be appreciative of what we have, to be open and humble to life and to be happy here and now. To enjoy the present. And I have been reminded that things do not make you happy. But people and moments do! Ok, then - and maybe just a tiny bit of bling-bling on your blouse:-)

Hope you enjoyed my *blinking the eye* post today.

Good evening from Mumbai, dear reader!




21 comments:

  1. HI Maam
    Nice Expression in words..are u going back home ?...
    Feels nice to know tht u liked ur stay..
    thanks for sharing
    Have a great day ahead
    Regards
    Bhavikk shah
    BHAVIKK SHAH's BLOG

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    1. Thank you so much Bhavikk:-) No, no, I will still live in Mumbai - I just thought I should make a small "warning" (he-he) - to the people back home - but I'm going for holiday only! I wish you a great day too, and thanks for following:-)

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  2. I really did enjoy this post! Even though I;ve only just 'met' you I really enjoyed reading how you've changed--or adapted, to your host culture. And you've doen a great job selling the experience. India is one country I would love to live in one day. We almost had an opportunity then changed our minds. Perhaps one day. Love this blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words:-) I am so happy you like it and also to connect with you:-) All the best:-)

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    1. Happy you enjoyed it:-) I enjoy incredible India:-) Best to you dear Smitha:-)

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  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog. You have an interesting blog. I have bookmarked you and will return.

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    1. Thank you Randi. Happy to connect:-)

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  5. Hi Eli! So nice to read that your are enjoying India to the fullest!! Hope Manisha is still working for you, please give her my warmest greetings. Have a great time back home :-) Hilde X

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    1. Hi dear Hilde. Thank you :-) - so nice to see you here:-) I sure will, and maybe skype one day? All the best to Eddy and the girls:-) Hugs

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  6. 2 words.. Love it! :) it's tongue in cheek , funny and realistic as well. Thanks for sharing dear Eli :)

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Pallavi:-) I am so happy you like it! Hugs to you

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  7. Did you forget the 'yaar' at the end of sentences? :D

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    1. Ha ha ha ... Jeena:-) So much new knowledge and only 7 points... not enough:-) Have a lovely evening sweetie!

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  8. Eli - loved your last post - India's effect on you is remarkable and most importantly not wasted on you! Enjoy every minute (as you are I see!)...

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    1. Hi dear Sarah - so happy to see your comment! Enjoying yes, with a big E. Hope you and family are all well? Say hello! Hope to see you next time we come to Kavala:) Big hugs! XXX

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  9. You have rightly written that things don't make us happy but people and moments do. Well written.

    Have a nice day.

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    1. Thank you so much Pravin! I appreciate your kind words. A wonderful day to you as well:-)

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  10. had a great laugh reading your list... so bang on!
    and I hope with a bit more time, you'll be able to add a few more resonating pointers.
    Maryam
    http://homespunaround.blogspot.in

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    1. Thank you so much Maryam:-) I am happy you enjoyed it:-) Off to check out your blog now:-)

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