Paul and I decided that I wouldn’t visit Mumbai before we moved here because if I hated it, I would refuse to go through with the move… he sold it to me in better terms, but I knew that’s what he meant!
Since we arrived in Singapore 6 months earlier, there had been a rumour going around that a Mumbai office of Paul’s company was in the pipeline. Being the assertive individual I am I thought I’d nip it in the bud and told him that if a work opportunity comes up in India to turn it down, as I’d never in a million years move to Mumbai (it took enough for him to get me to Singapore).
I don’t know why I was so certain I didn’t want to move here, it was probably from watching Slumdog Millionaire, the thought of children begging at me and eating nothing but curry day in day out, to me was the stuff of nightmares! Plus they don’t even have proper houses, electric or clean water do they????
As Paul broke the news to me that an opportunity (and promotion) had come up in India I could see in his eyes that I didn’t have a chance of living my dream life in Singapore for a moment longer. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had already told his boss that he’d accept without even consulting me - he probably had.
As I started to tell people of my fate the images of shocked facial expressions were starting to engrave my eyelids! I was leaving one of the cleanest cities in the world to live in one of the dirtiest; to say I wasn’t looking forward to it would be the understatement of the century…
I had tried to do some research about what to expect when I arrived here but to no avail; the internet is full of blogs but nothing I personally found useful to starting a new life here as a foreign girl (or videsi girl!) so I decided to write one…
I plan to talk about our life here in India, places to shop, eat, visit and most importantly drink, so if your husband/wife/ girlfriend/ boyfriend springs a new life in Mumbai on you, you will be prepared!
Just a heads up… They do have proper houses and electric - I think they are working on the clean water supply….
I hope you enjoy it… And I hope I enjoy writing it………!