Living In India
Climate & Cuisine
India is a diverse country when it comes to climate. You will find the Thar desert in the West, alpine tundra and glaciers in the north, tropical rainforests in the South, East, and in the islands. Each of these regions have their own microclimate. The four main seasons are – Winter (January and February), Summer (March to May), Monsoon (June to September), and post-monsoon (October to December)6.
When it comes to cuisine, the whole country becomes your platter. Each state is known for its unique dish, and there are places in the cities and towns dedicated to serving you those specialties. From the Rogan Josh of Jammu & Kashmir, to the Avial of Kerala; the Poha of Maharashtra, to the Bhapa Ilish of West Bengal – India will not fail to surprise you with its gastronomic offerings. There are also a plethora of restaurants offering international cuisines7.
International students will find the housing space in India very accommodating. There are well-equipped hostels that bring the comfort factor students long for. You can connect with professionally managed hostels such as Your Space, Coho, Aarusha Homes, Campus Students Communities, Bright Youth Student Housing and MSR Ventures. Room rates start at Rs 8,000 a month (inclusive of three meals).
Additionally, you also have traditional house brokers who have an established network with families who share their living space with students. The rents are reasonable and the fact that you will be staying with a family gives you the feeling of a home away from home!*
New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru are the four main metro cities of India, which attract a vast population from all sections of society. These cities are well known for creating work opportunities and spearheading the economy of the country.
While the metros are much sought after, the past few years have seen the emergence of Tier II cities as business locations8 . They are:
The state governments of these cities have implemented policies and procedures to attract investments. For instance, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are reforming labor laws by simplifying and reducing registers and returns.
Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh have initiated “single window” clearance, online compliance, investor support, land availability, construction permit delivery, environmental and labor compliance.
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have established new industrial policies; Telangana has launched the Telangana State industrial Project Approval and Self certification System (TS-IPASS).
Safety & Security
India is a very friendly country, and takes steps to ensure the safety & security of its citizens, and visitors. Having said that, it will benefit you to take note of these important pointers, which will go a long way in ensuring your safety.
- Have as many trustworthy Indian friends as you can; your friends will be the first to assist you.
- Carry a mobile phone at all times. This is necessary, as you can always call for help should the need arise.
- Travel with friends. And avoid travelling with a lot of cash.
- If you are riding pillion, insist on wearing a helmet.
- Make use of ‘Women’s Only’ sections and seats in trains and buses
- Dress modestly
- Keep back-up copies of all your important documents.
India has an efficient public transport system. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, auto rickshaw. Additionally, the country has advanced into the app-based cab service, what with the easy availability of cab aggregators such as Uber, OLA, Meru. Tabcab, as well as taxi services that cater to women only – such as Priyadarshini Taxi Service, Viira Cabs, to name a few.
Places to see
This country has many weekend getaways, which bring that much-needed rest and rejuvenation after a long week of studying. Popular destinations are-
- Alibaug, Lonavala, Khandala, (from Mumbai)
- Mysore, Banerghata National Park, Hospet (from Bengaluru)
- Puducherry, Mahabalipuram, Talakona Waterfalls (from Chennai)
- Shimla, Nainital, Landour (from Delhi)
Travelling to a weekend getaway is affordable and convenient, with the availability of vehicle hiring services.