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01/24/2015

An eyes' story

I had a moment of solitude at the Consulate the other day...India,eye,passport

For the preparation of my child's passport, I was asked (by mail) to "communicate the size and color of the eyes of the child”. I was flabbergasted... The size of the eyes??? But since I had heard that the eye is the only organ of the body that does not grow after birth (a urban legend* by the way), I thought “well, it’s possible that they are indeed asking for the size of the eyes”. I therefore answered the said mail asking how exactly the size of the eye can be measured. And I was answered "for the size, you must measure it and tell me how many cm it is”. Great help!!

 I therefore went to the Consulate without the required information. Without fail, my interlocutor got offended that I had not followed his instructions. When I asked, face-to-face this time around, how the size of the eye can be measured, he told me to use a ruler! I then asked to borrow his and undertook to measure the eye of the baby. He nearly fell backwards: "not the eye, the size of the child!" 

“Ah! Easy! 48 cm!” 

"Ah no, it won’t do. The system doesn’t accept below 50 cm..." 

 

* "For a normal child born at term, the maturation of the eyeballs is almost reached at the end of the first two years, that of the Central retinas at the end of the fourth year; the maturation of the myelin of the conduction pathways ends at the end of the first decade." Source: http://lodel.irevues.inist.fr/oeiletphysiologiedelavision/index.php?id=134

 

11/30/2014

French expatriation vs Indian expatriation

I have received this study (link) by Internations regarding expatriation; I am not sure what the data are worth but the results seem to make sense to me, hence the sharing!

India,France,expatriation,survey,InterNationsI know comparing India and France is like comparing apple and pears, but I am a French working in India so… I was curious to see the results of both countries!

In brief, people go to France for the quality of life and education (which is free).

And they go to India for the money.

Other than that, it seems as difficult to settle in and to work in both countries! In France the language is a problem whereas in India it is difficult to feel welcome – I must say Indians are very friendly and welcoming at first but sometimes, it feels like once they have satisfied their curiosity, they lose interest. You can do a better career in India (at least things go faster than in France) but the big winner in the work-life balance will definitely not be your life (the equation is pretty simple: difficult to socialise + well paid job with responsibilities = long hours at work)…

India,France,expatriation,survey,InterNations

The study then gives a profile of Indian expats and French expats.

Indians tend to settle down in the host country (versus the ‘normal’ trend of changing country every 2-3 years). The French on the other hand tend to work in more countries than the average.

 

Indians speak several languages (80% speaking three or more languages) but mostly Indian ones and very few of them (34%) will learn the host country language – they generally relocate to English-speaking countries or in the Gulf (which has definitely more Indians than Arabs!). And they mostly mingle among each other (more than the average in fact). Despite a bad reputation at sucking at English, the French expat seem to know more languages than the average and they tend to learn the local language. But they mostly socialise among fellow countrymen as well…

 

86% of Indians are in a relationship with someone from their country, which is double the average:  Indians definitely don’t leave the mother land in the search for love… Whereas the French, ah the French… 67% of those in a relationship have a non-French partner.

11/26/2014

You know you have been in India for too long when…

… you realise you speak English like them (and you didn’t even know it was not ‘proper’ English!).

If you use 3 or more of the expressions daily, then that’s it, you are one of them (us?? :-) ):

  1. ‘I will come at 4 only’ – Ending your sentence with ‘only’ without a reason really.
  2. 'Passing out' of school
  3. 'Kindly revert' – You reply or answer but not revert which means "to return to a former state".
  4. 'It happened years back' – Instead of years ago.
  5. 'Kindly do the needful' – Needful is an adjective, not a noun.
  6. 'Can we discuss about this?' – You discuss this, not about this.
  7. 'Let’s order for food' – You order food, not for food.
  8. 'Do one thing' – When someone approaches you with a query, and your reply begins with the phrase "do one thing”, it is an Indianism. It is only understood in India. It is not proper English. Like “My computer keeps getting hung.” And “Do one thing. Clear your history. Delete your cookies. Defrag your hardrive. Run a virus check. Restart your computer... ”
  9. ‘I can’t talk right now, I’m out of station.’ – extremely outdated.
  10. 'Prepone' – Because the opposite of postpone just has to be prepone, right? But in English you would “bring a meeting forward”. 

Source: http://travel.cnn.com/mumbai/life/10-indianisms-652344

 

Another post on Indian-English: http://www.indiansamourai.com/archive/2008/05/22/indian-e...