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10 Fun Facts About India that will Blow Your Mind (or at the very least entertain you)

India really is a fascinating country! They call it incredible India for a reason, and here are 10 fun facts that emphasize just how incredible India truly is.

Weather

1.  It’s soooo dusty here and water is so precious that most people dust their cars instead of wash them.

2.  The monsoon season is from July to September and it can rain inches in just a couple of hours. Delhi typically gets about 75% of its annual rainfall during the monsoons. Other parts of India get 90% of their rain during that time.  

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You Won’t Believe the Cause of Traffic Problems in India

So you think we have bad traffic jams in America huh?  Well, just like everything else, it depends on the basis of your comparison. Traffic in India can be some of the worst in the world, but there are different causes depending on whether you are in city or rural traffic.

In the city:  Probably the biggest factor leading to the awful traffic jams is the sheer number of vehicles on the road.  There are over 8 million vehicles per day on the roads in the greater Delhi area.  Many commuters take metro, ride share in a tuck tuck, or ride a bicycle, but the roads aren’t designed to handle the volume.  Many Indian workers commute over 2 hours each way without air conditioning and arrive to work already dirty and sweaty.  

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7 Things That are Different Between Getting a Massage in the U.S and Getting One in India?

One of my favorite indulgences while living in India is getting a massage.  It only costs me $15 USD!  However, there are some significant differences between a massage in India and one in the U.S.

1. The first thing I noticed is that they give you disposable panties to wear. They look like a paper shower cap with leg holes. I guess they give them to you so you don’t get oil on your underwater.  They look funny but are adequate for the purpose.  

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What I’m Looking Forward to Most About Being Home for the 4th of July

I’m so excited to be heading home for two weeks to enjoy America’s Independence Day with family and friends!  Here are the things I’m looking toward to most when I’m home.
1.  Time with my kids:  I can’t wait to sit around the bonfire with them on the beach and just chat about things, listen to them play their music and hear their laughter.  Time with family is very special and we often take it for granted.  

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Real Estate Woes in India

I blogged in the past about renting a beautiful apartment in Gurgaon, but it unfortunately hasn’t been all roses. I’m currently in a big dispute with my landlord, and the situation is quickly escalating.

The problem is due to the high cost of my electricity bills.  My first bill was about 30,000 rupees, or about $450 USD.  Frankly I wasn’t all that surprised. My flat is about 2000 sq ft and  has 5 separate AC units. None of them work correctly. I also run an air purifier and there is a ceiling fan in every room. On top of this Indian homes are not insulated or very energy efficient. I have big gaps in the sliding glass doors where I can feel hot air pouring in. So, I assume these are all contributing factors to the high electric bills.  

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The Tragic Loss of a Good Friend in India and my Visit to a his Favorite Hill Station

I returned from my road trip to Mussorie this weekend to hear the sad news that an Indian friend of mine had passed away from a brain tumor. He was the project manager for our client and I worked beside him every day. I’m just shocked and heartbroken! I want very much to attend his…

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