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Mumbai Is Hard, Until It’s Not

Posted on January 6, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under India, International, travel.

In addition to writing for GlobalPost, I will be blogging for True/Slant from India. Here is my first piece. It’s on what it’s like to live in Mumbai.

When you move to a new city, people constantly ask you what you think of it. You need a line, a quick response that works for both locals and foreigners that can be communicated in person or via twitter. It should honestly encapsulate how you feel but not terribly offend those who call this foreign land “home.”

When I lived in Burma, one of the world’s least developed and most repressive countries, my line was, “Life is fascinating.” My comment quickly conveyed that various aspects of living under a military dictatorship were a bit shocking, without making a political statement that, depending on whom I was speaking to, could be problematic.

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You can also “Follow” me on True/Slant. Please do. I only have five followers so far, and two of them belong to my immediate family.

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Mumbai Arrival: Sweet Tea, Noisy Rickshaws and New Friends

Posted on December 8, 2009, by Hanna Ingber, under India, International, travel.

I arrived safe and sound in Mumbai last week. Here’s my first piece. It’s a “reporter’s notebook” column for GlobalPost about my first impressions and the people I have met so far.

I walk out of my new apartment in Pali Hill, Mumbai, and I ask a man near the elevator how to get to a cafe that has free WiFi. He explains that if I don’t have an account with an Internet company set up, I cannot simply use WiFi. I will need all sorts of proof of residence and identity to set up an account, he says.

It turns out that he is wrong about the WiFi. Nonetheless, rather than refer me to an Internet shop or wish me luck in my futile attempts, his solution is to have me borrow his laptop. He gives me his computer, his Internet card and a cup of tea before knowing my name.

I arrived in Mumbai five days ago to work for GlobalPost as their correspondent and marketing consultant here. I must say, I chose well. Indians – or at least the ones I have met – are strikingly generous, warm and hospitable.

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You can follow me on Twitter at Hanna_India.

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