If you are an Indian studying abroad, you know you thought it would be a quick joyful ride at the amusement park which turned out to be a rough bumpy ride…with quirks. Here are 9 things you will relate to if you are studying or ever studied outside India.
1. WHEN YOU GET YOUR PASSPORT
You are waiting to get your passport and visa and take off to a faraway land. But, when you have that passport in your hand and are taking one last look at your parents and siblings at the airport before taking off, you feel the tears building up. So, you just turn and leave.
2. YOUR MIND BECOMES A CALCULATOR CONVERTING EVERY EXPENSE TO INR
Yes, every penny abroad counts and you know it. And if you did not, your parents made sure you know it. You get so used to the calculating that when you are back in India, you are converting every INR expense to the foreign currency now because now your mind has turned into an F-ing calculator.
3. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE INDIAN FOOD
Thought you were going to have the time of your life with all that good Western food, didn’t you? Yeah, now, that is just food you don’t want. Trying to find an Indian restaurant is like looking for something that does not exist. So, every Indian student studying abroad becomes a cook.
4. CALLS LAST FOR HOURS NOW
Phones are only used to call your parents and friends and relatives back in India. The longest call you make is to your girlfriend/boyfriend, obviously. And, Skype is now your new hobby!
5. WHAT YOUR FRIENDS THINK YOU’RE DOING
All your friends back in India are like, “Dude, your life is awesome there—girls and booze and girls.” And you’re just like, “Yeah, because that’s what my parents sent me here for.” But, who are you kidding? Studying abroad is awesome. Even if you can only look at those girls.
6. YOU’RE A FREAKING PHARMACIST
Before you left India, your mom made sure you carried as many medicines as you could and knew what to take in case of any kind of sickness. It’s actually pretty sensible to do that because you’re used to these Indian brands and don’t need to freak out when you fall ill.
7. WITHOUT YOUR OWN VEHICLE, YOU’RE A CRIPPLE
Living abroad means travelling on the public transport. Though the public transport system is way better, you miss your bike/moped/car because now you have to plan before going out to get something to eat. Maybe, more than that you miss your friends.
8. LIFE IS EMPTY WITHOUT TORRENT
No Torrent to download free movies and TV shows. It could not get worse. Thank god for all the new places you can visit. Sight-seeing keeps your mind off those movies you want to watch.
9. WHAT IS AWAITING BACK AT HOME
Marriage. And you know it. After you’re done studying and you just want to chill in your new workplace and/or go home and meet everyone you have missed, all your relatives are saying is, “Settle mat ho jaana waha, shaadi bhi toh karni hai.” So, you think of doing exactly that.