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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)…

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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.

03/18/2014

The tribulations of a Parisian turned Mumbaikar in Paris...

I usually need some time to get back to the French reality, to recover from the night flight and more, perhaps, from the months spent in India (yes, India is tiring: all the senses all the time stimulated: so many people, so much noise etc.): I spend around twenty-four hours after landing asleep!

And then I rediscover some stuff I had forgotten that bring me joy and discover some stuff I got used to and kind of miss… 

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Ah the joy of being a tourist in Paris (the most beautiful city in the world ;) )! Especially when I arrive in March and it’s springtime: the sun is out and the sky blue! I love wandering the Parisian streets for hours without anything to do but look around me, look at the monuments, the people, the full moon behind the clouds... The authorities warn us that there is a peak of pollution? I do experience some throat pain but I think it is mainly due to the dryness (in any climate below 80% of humidity I now have my lips chapped after a few days): peak or no peak, Mumbai is at least 3 times more polluted than Paris*! And impossible to just walk around in Mumbai: Indian cities have not been designed for pedestrians. But, once my feet have well pounded the pavement, once the night has fallen, dragging along the temperatures, I regret to be unable to just hail a rickshaw, or (let's be crazy!) a taxi...

The joy of being able to sit at a terrace and order a Croque-monsieur, or in a bistro and eat fry foie gras, snails and veal sweetbreads and finally a chocolate fondant! But how surprised I am when the bill comes (even in not-so-fancy restaurants): we are always close to hundred euros per person – who eats well drinks well and I (re)discover the taste of the French for wine! I recently invited three friends in Mumbai and the total bill, with 5 dishes, half a bottle of wine and a pitcher of beer, came up to less of 35 euros! My wallet is not the only one to suffer... My stomach, or my liver, went bluntly on strike! I must say, I have almost become vegetarian, out of convenience.

The joy of taking the metro (outside rush hours) and mingling like a sheep in the herd. Nobody stares at me as if I was some kind of E.T.: I am again A-NO-NY-MOUS... But I easily lose control of my staring-at-people (bad) habit: there are so many so well-dressed people everywhere, tourists, students, beautiful people, ugly people, I don’t know where to look! – and I end up drawing up attention... And how surprised am I when, after refusing a taxi ride 30 metres away from home, the driver asks me to at least take his number because he finds me cute!

The joy of understanding what is happening around me! Of being able to listen to the conversations at the neighbor tables! But then, fast enough, the feeling of too-much-information that makes me “disconnect” from my own conversations comes back and I find myself in that bubble I escape to when I don't understand anything about anything around me and I can let my imagination wander free there... For the story, I once took a rickshaw in Kerala with a colleague and he was amazed by the fact that he could hardly communicated with the driver (who didn’t speak Hindi nor English, only Malayalam). I could only wish him welcome in my world!

The joy of being back with my family and the old and good friends! And the sadness of leaving a piece of my heart in India…

The annoying rediscovery that shops are closed on Sundays in Paris and you have to reinvent your activities. The joy to spend quality time with the family on Sundays (because the shops are closed)!

 

* Mumbai has an index of 92.7 and ranks 15 of the most polluted cities whereas Paris is 115 with 62.5 (source: http://www.numbeo.com/pollution/rankings.jsp )) ;Peak at 82 these days in Paris: http://www.airparif.asso.fr/indices/resultats-jour-citeair. In 2008, the annual mean concentration of particulate matter of less than 10 microns of diameter (PM10) was 38 micrograms per cubic meter vs. 132 for Mumbai (source: http://worldbank.tumblr.com/post/41207322814/outdoor-air-... ))

12/26/2013

Clichés about the French (or people who lived in France)

Signs You’re French At Heart

“Whether you’ve lived there, studied there, or recently watched the Family Guy episode where Lois goes to Paris. Let’s face it, we all want to be Français.” 

 

1.     You drink entirely too much red wine because its “cheaper than water.”

 

2.     You’ve watched Jules et Jim and/or 400 Coups in its entirety on youtube.

 

3.     You’re over cupcakes, and have been ever since you tasted a macaron.

 

4.     Your César-watching parties are attended primarily by you and your cat Pierre.

 

5.     You still regularly reference the French Revolution when discussing politics.

 

6.     Drinking coffee on the go is personally offensive.0 - frenchman.gif

 

7.     You pronounce “Le Pain Quotidien” the RIGHT way and your friends are really fucking annoyed every time.

 

8.     Verb conjugations get stuck in your head instead of Miley Cyrus songs.

 

9.     You give unsolicited advice to French tourists you overhear on the subway just so you can break out your best Fraccent.

 

10.   You knew Vincent Cassel way before he finger banged Natalie Portman on Black Swan.

 

11.   Macaroni and Brie sounds like a good idea.

 

12.   Netflix suggests “Mind Bending, Depressing, Existential Foreign Films” to you on a nightly basis.

 

13.   Biking is best in high heels and dress.

 

14.   You WILL NOT choose between Lea Seydoux and Melanie Laurent.

 

15.   Les Miserables was a book first, then a musical, THEN a movie.

 

16.   You watch your favorite TV shows with French subtitles, just for funsies.

 

17.   July 4th is significant because it means only 10 more days until Bastille Day!

 

18.   Your attempt at a classic bob haircut just made you look like an aging Bon Jovi.

 

19.   A cigarette counts as lunch, RIGHT?!

 

20.   You pretend that eyesore cell phone tower was left over from the 1889 World’s Fair.

 

21.   Low carb, shmow carb.

 

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahdunn/signs-youre-french-at-heart

 

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