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#1 Aug 20th, 2011, 20:07
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Hello Everybody,

I am going to spend 9 Months in Hyderabad for an Internship and I still don't know what to be prepared for, so I thought that I could ask You for help.

I have never been in India, so I am not very familiar with culture and traditions. Could somebody tell me about specific Indian traditions?

Furthermore, I am really bothered about accomodation. Actually, I would have a place to stay, but as far as I am concerned the living conditions there are quite bad. Could you tell me, if I could find alone a good appartment and what costs should I expect?

I really like doing sport, so my next question is: What kind of sport possibilities there is in Hyderabad? I know that because of the high temperatures you cannot go jogging on the street (as I do in Germany). In this context, I would like to ask also about Yoga. I love it and it would be grate, if I have the chance to do it in Hyderabad. Is there any courses and how much do they cost?

My last question is about the people in India.
Do Indians own some specific characteristics and are there things that Indians would accept as rude or unfriendly?

I am really excited about my journey and I want to prepare myself as good as I can, so I would be thankful for any advices!

July
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As for traditions/what's rude or not - keep your heart and mind open and you will learn yourself. There is no one book or one set of rules that can help you. Be prepared that things you find very normal could be perceived as rude here.

Yes, Indians do have some specific characteristics - they are warm and sweet people with inherent curiosity for new things and new people.

Don't be so scared, things will work out!
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Look for a flurry of moving to Hyderabad threads that have appeared here recently as Hitec city has really taken off. Hyderabad has really moved though not always in the right direction. Enjoy..

Culture Smart & Culure Shockput out a couple of books on the cultural transition. Keep in mind that people that people are individuals and vary. If you like bouldering Hyderabad is great for that..
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Thanks a lot!
I am open for new things but I am also aware that cultures differ and I really want to be prepared.

I appreciate your answers and would be thankful for further advices (-:

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There are a couple of monthly small magazines that list activities and clubs. Great way to connect and find out where things are happening..
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This hasn't been updated for quite some time I think, and it addresses a class of people not readily my own; still, I always thought it some very good reading: StylusInc's India Cultural Tips.

I don't really envy you for going out there on a 9-month stint and apparently having no idea what you're looking at. Which isn't to say you can't have a great time, of course. Count on it all taking some getting used to, and on there being times when you'll just have had it with it all.

I guess if you don't already, read up all you can about India before going; good guidebooks even though you won't be a traveler can still make for an excellent introduction; (don't forget the library! And, indeed and of course, Indian novels. Photography books, etc.); watch movies; go out and eat Indian food; listen to Indian music (try http://www.musicindiaonline.com/ to get you going); etc.

Then be prepared for nothing being able to prepare you

Enjoy now, and this board will be here to listen if you can't make sense of it all at first. Or, just let people know you're doing alright, of course

--> Like Edward said, check also this site's Expats section at http://www.indiamike.com/india/india-expat-area-f84/, now notice its several sub-forums listed at top of that page. There's a Moving to Hyderabad one, but of course people moving to other cities will face many of the same general questions. Then of course there's the general Hyderabad forum, and so on. The India For Beginners one can also be quite good; find all these sub-forums listed at the Forums page, accessible through the "forums" link at top left of most pages.

The "Indax" link in my signature while itself not updated for a long time I think, I still find it also makes for good overall reading.
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no need to worry

Hyd is an good place to live in,but nowadays we have agitations,here but it gives u an day off from your work,don't jog on streets it will be strange here,go to parks,in your locality,that too in morning/evening hours only.In Hyd,you can find all types of places,good and bad..enjoy your stay..for apartments you can stay at hitec city or banjarahills if you have good money to pay for rents..







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Originally Posted by julienne View Post Hello Everybody,

I am going to spend 9 Months in Hyderabad for an Internship and I still don't know what to be prepared for, so I thought that I could ask You for help.

I have never been in India, so I am not very familiar with culture and traditions. Could somebody tell me about specific Indian traditions?

Furthermore, I am really bothered about accomodation. Actually, I would have a place to stay, but as far as I am concerned the living conditions there are quite bad. Could you tell me, if I could find alone a good appartment and what costs should I expect?

I really like doing sport, so my next question is: What kind of sport possibilities there is in Hyderabad? I know that because of the high temperatures you cannot go jogging on the street (as I do in Germany). In this context, I would like to ask also about Yoga. I love it and it would be grate, if I have the chance to do it in Hyderabad. Is there any courses and how much do they cost?

My last question is about the people in India.
Do Indians own some specific characteristics and are there things that Indians would accept as rude or unfriendly?

I am really excited about my journey and I want to prepare myself as good as I can, so I would be thankful for any advices!

July
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Originally Posted by raajk108 View Post Hyd is an good place to live in,but nowadays we have agitations,here but it gives u an day off from your work
Just for clarity (and in India like in other countries, such affairs may sometimes be referred to in quite muffled terms), the "agitation" referred to is about the Telangana issue. From my little understanding, India and its state borders etc. was of course shaped under the British (and then its local and other foreign rulers), then re-shaped several times again after Independence. It's an ongoing process.

Now Telangana is a name for sort of an Andhra Pradesh home-country (correct me if I'm wrong, folks), and with an old grievance being Hyderabad and its region took too much precedence in the forming of that state.

This really goes back to the 1950's or so, if not before.

Anyway it's been flaring up again in recent years. It's hard for me to say but I don't think you'd have that much to fear (though as always and of course notably as a foreigner, you might be well-advised to steer clear from protests or even demonstrations, which can get very heated in an instant, and generally from agitated masses. Any police response you surely don't want to get caught up in, either, mind), but if anything bandhs may be regularly called for -- meaning general strikes, they can lock down a place. No shops open, no transport going, nothing. (The idea is those who don't comply with the strike will have to pay for it. It's a little more hardcore than maybe where you live. It shouldn't cause you great concern for your physical safety, mind, but it can just make daily life more difficult.)

I can't tell you what the current scene and mood there is like. I know protests were big in the news when I was there, elsewhere in the country, 1.5 years ago. I don't think it should affect you very much, but maybe keep your eyes open; and now if you're interning and maybe if that's in say a university environment, you may run into it a little more, I suppose.

Wikipedia is always notorious for being made just by its users, and these articles carry the usual headers to warn you of biases etc., but it can nonetheless make for a good start (and will usually feature handy further links at bottom of page): See their articles at e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telangana and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telangana_movement.

Then just search around the web for more, of course. Again, I don't think it should cause you too much worry. But it's good to be aware of such local issues and history.

(To add btw, 2.5 years ago I found Hyderabad another absolutely splendid place to visit as a visitor, for a short week or so. Friendly folks, little or no hassle, etc.)
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machadinha has said it all!

The effect of bandh varies - on some days life comes to a halt and on others, we go on as usual. And, it also depends on which part of Hyderabad you are in. I believe the areas around Osmania and possibly old city are the most affected during bandhs.
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Exactly, my people suggested avoiding Osmania U. ( a lovely place for a picnic) and the old city because of the crowds and occasional communal disturbances as well..
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I was a little bit scared of my trip to Hyderabad, but all your answers and information have calmed me down.

I still don't know in which part of the city I am going to live, but I surely would try to stay away from demonstrations. I am following Hyderabad news and I have a picture of the political happenings there.

The advice for music, food and other cultural elements is good. I found in my city of residence (Stuttgart,Germany) an Indian restaurant, so I am planing to visit it next week, although I doubt that I could find a real Indian atmosphere there.
Is there a good Indian meal for vegetarians?

I find the official language of India - Hindi really interesting. I hope that I could have the opportunity to take some lessons.

Thanks a lot all of you! (-:
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Language is an interesting issue. I use my now mediocre Hindi. However, the local language is Telegu..
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Originally Posted by julienne View Post I was a little bit scared of my trip to Hyderabad, but all your answers and information have calmed me down.
Good to hear it

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I found in my city of residence (Stuttgart,Germany) an Indian restaurant, so I am planing to visit it next week, although I doubt that I could find a real Indian atmosphere there.
Is there a good Indian meal for vegetarians?
Ah; visited some friends in Stuttgart, years ago. Nice city, I thought. As they say over there, aren't those Swabians everywhere

Of course it's gonna be a substitute, but if anything it would probably be fun, and it would be handy to familiarize yourself some with (just a part of) the cuisine.

(Getting used to spicy food would likewise be handy btw; I find Indian food in general is, ideally, not maddeningly hot, but rather a clever and subtle blend of a host of spices -- and then I don't mind spicy food much, but rather like it. But very hot it sometimes can be. Now get ready for the Andhra kitchen being renowned for being, er, quite hot. The good news will be it's not all Andhra food you'll find served out there I do remember this German girl I met there who just couldn't handle spices btw, so she was pretty much stuck to breads and rice, with the odd raita [a yoghurt concoction, somewhat like Greek tzatziki) or bland vegetable or lentils (dhal, or dal. Which means any kind of beans, btw] dish. She did however obviously manage -- maybe her being engaged to a local helped. But it didn't seem to me to be an enviable position to be in, so food-wise.)

With Hindus being predominantly vegetarian (even going so far as being practically what we'd call vegan -- they call it "pure veg." over there, and purists will insist on eating out just in such places, so where no meat is prepared at all), you should have no issues there!

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I find the official language of India - Hindi really interesting. I hope that I could have the opportunity to take some lessons.
Aha. I have great trouble learning any foreign scripts; that said, my understanding is Hindi -- while it has a mind-boggingly large alphabet, to my mind -- should be pretty easy to learn, since it's very logically and phonetically arranged. (So just to read the alphabet, which should be your best start. Though I've ran into those who spoke it pretty well, not knowing the alphabet.) Maybe see if there's some courses where you live? It would if anything just be fun, you'd think, and would probably help you again to get into it all. I'd probably ask around with some neighborhood centers for it, or perhaps with the local municipality. (I could dig up a Scandinavian uni. course, but also for beginners, in it for you, but it would cost you a month there or several, and a few hundred Euros. And only held over summer, I think. I happened to meet one of their professors on a train in India, nice lady.)

It's true Andhra's language is Telugu; however notably a city like Hyderabad will see so much influx by outsiders, I think Hindi will see you a long way there. I guess the less educated and in the countryside won't speak it (nor probably much English, if they don't).

Other tips: Travel bookstores where I live (in Amsterdam) sometimes host get-togethers between travelers to various places, or may have message boards to the same effect. If you do, stop thinking "I won't be a traveler," it would still be nice to get 1:1 with people.

Likewise, I think our ministry of foreign affairs hosts courses or seminars and get-togethers for prospective emigrants; check if yours might do the same.
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Hi Julienne

I came back to Hyd about 3 yrs back so here is a summary of what I found that may hopefully help you.

Culture/Traditions - really nothing much to worry about here. Most people are reasonably easy going and it is a major city even if a more conservative one than say Mumbai. As with most places - if you are considerate and just watch, you should do fine and most things become apparent by just paying attention to how others are doing things.

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For Sports
Gym's - Latitudes has a lot of expats (http://latitudespro.com/). Negotiate for a shorter membership but you can do that after you come here and see the gym. I have been at Latitudes for a while now and it is decent.

Pink gym - Women's only Gym.

GopiChand Academy - http://www.pgba.in/amenities.html - has a mixture of everything and is a good place to start as well. It is a sports academy

There is also a running club, biking club and rock climbing club that I am aware off. I have a few friends who take part in marathons so could find out more details if you are interested. Let me know.

Yoga - Sharmila's Yoga is popular with expats as well and I have heard good things about it. I am planning to actually take some courses myself here.

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Accomodation - for suggestions here - it is best to know where your place of work is - my recommendation would be to get a place close to your work place. If you let me know the area your office will be in - ex. Hi Tech Area, Kondapur, Banjara etc. then can provide suggestions. It is best to careful here because you dont want to get a place far away and spend most of your time in travel or stuck in traffic. Also be careful of getting agents etc. without first being clear on what they charge.

The general things still apply. Do be ready to get fleeced at some point esp. if you use autos. However dont feel bad about it cause it happens eventually to everyone Not all are bad but most will increase the price based on your skin color and you have to learn to bargain otherwise call Cab's which are metered but autos are generally easier and it is an experience in itself.

Lastly www.hytea.org is a club for expats - been there couple of times when I first came here but have'nt been back in a couple of years now. However it is a good place to meet other newcomers to Hyd. They also have a weekly newsletter (or used to anyway) that has some ads for accomodations also. One of my friends still gets the newsletter I think - I could ask her to place an ad for you in the expat newsletter if required.


Best of luck.


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Originally Posted by julienne View Post Hello Everybody,

I am going to spend 9 Months in Hyderabad for an Internship and I still don't know what to be prepared for, so I thought that I could ask You for help.

I have never been in India, so I am not very familiar with culture and traditions. Could somebody tell me about specific Indian traditions?

Furthermore, I am really bothered about accomodation. Actually, I would have a place to stay, but as far as I am concerned the living conditions there are quite bad. Could you tell me, if I could find alone a good appartment and what costs should I expect?

I really like doing sport, so my next question is: What kind of sport possibilities there is in Hyderabad? I know that because of the high temperatures you cannot go jogging on the street (as I do in Germany). In this context, I would like to ask also about Yoga. I love it and it would be grate, if I have the chance to do it in Hyderabad. Is there any courses and how much do they cost?

My last question is about the people in India.
Do Indians own some specific characteristics and are there things that Indians would accept as rude or unfriendly?

I am really excited about my journey and I want to prepare myself as good as I can, so I would be thankful for any advices!

July
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Hi BobN,

First of all, many thanks for your information in details. I appreaciate the information about sport activities and even though I am not so good prepared for a maraton (although I go jogging often), I would be happy to turn to you for questions, when I am already in India.

Regarding accomodation - I will be working in HiTech City, so I would prefer to live there. Could you give me information about places and avarage prices in this region? That would be great!

I would definitely try a Yoga-course. I am a big fan and even though I am still a beginner, I am excited about making a progress in the homeland of Yoga.

Kind Regards,

July

P.S. By providing me such an important information, you all help me focusing on the things that I have to think about before I go to Hyderabad and I really appreciate that.

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