I am writing my first-ever blog post from a hotel room in Bangalore, having arrived only earlier today ready to start living this new adventure of my life.
Things have moved quite quickly since I applied online for my new job through LinkedIn.com. In fact, little more than 5 weeks have passed which is incredible from my perspective, as someone who has been living off and on in Barcelona, Spain for the past 18 years. In Spain, selection processes typically take ages, and certainly more so if the candidate lives outside the EU and requires residency and work permits.
The efficiency and speed of both Indian businesses and the government are amazing. I applied for my job and literally the next day received an email requesting a phone interview. A few days later I had my first interview, a week later the 2nd phone interview and the next day I was officially invited to Bangalore for a face-to-face interview. 10 days later I was in Bangalore for my 3 days of wonderful dinners, days spent at the office, interviews and meetings with people who would become my new colleagues. Before I left on the 3rd day I had a signed employment contract and was armed with every document I would need for my residency and employment visa. Incredible!
Then came time for the efficiency of the Indian government to impress me. Compared to other countries who charge similar fees for a tourist visa, I think that roughly 200€ for a 1-year residency and employment visa is reasonable. Especially when it was approved – from the date of application to when I received the visa – in only 7 short business days! Amazing! And I simply need to register with the police within 14 days of arrival at no additional cost to me.
So here I am. Anxiously awaiting to start my new job in the morning, nervously imagining the changes that are in store for me and my day-to-day life, and already missing my daughter who has stayed behind to finish her GCSEs (sophmore year). Basically, I am looking forward to all of the hysterical and wonderful situations I will encounter as this SoCal/Euro girl starts working and living it large in Bangalore. I hope you will follow along as I document the many cultural misunderstandings I’ll be part of, the embarrassing moments I’ll face trying to eat spicy food, and read along as I walk you through the sights, the smells and the sounds of this wonderful country.
XOXO from Bangalore
© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011