Interview Aux cinq coins du monde - One year later
In December 2013, I was interviewed by Sara for her site Aux cinq coins du monde, which gathers experiences and interviews of French people living in the four corners of the world, on five continents. And we did it again in January 2015, the ' interview one year after '!
The interview in PDF.
A year ago, you shared with us your impressions about your life in India (interview 2013). Do you still live there? (tell us if you have changed of city, country, if you are returned (e) in your country of origin, etc).
Yes I did not move! Same city, same job, same flat! I have now started my 9th year in India ;)
If in 2014 there was no major change in my professional life (despite a lot of turmoil and learning!), I can't say the same about my private life: I got married in June with my favorite Indian and our little boy was born in December.
What are you doing today?
Over the years, I have had various positions within the same company. Today I manage the sales team in the South of the India, to the sheer delight of the Indian dogs and cats (we are in pet food!)…
Today, what do you like in your life abroad, and what do you least like? Did you get used to the things you didn’t like one year ago?
Despite a routine similar to what I could have in France, each day in India is spicy: every day something incongruous is sure to happen; I love it!
What bothers me the most is noise pollution, or even just pollution, and the lack of activities in Mumbai. And this situation is unfortunately not ready to change...
Have you found other things that you like in this country? And that you don’t like?
I discovered a rather efficient medical system and a network of women who share the same type of experience than me (married to Indians and living in Mumbai) – a good support when you start a family 7 000 kilometers away from home!
And I didn’t ‘discover’ anything unpleasant...
Does one more year give you the feeling of being more integrated?
Starting a family is a big step! Having a French-Indian family, I do not know if it has anything to do with my integration, but it definitely makes me more open to ‘other’ customs and get me anchored in this country...
What is your general assessment of this past year?
2014, a year vintage like I won’t have many!