Being asked about your salary

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#46 Jul 21st, 2008, 11:21
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120k USD + bonus

lol.
#47 Dec 17th, 2008, 06:26
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I am an Indian myself. During my last visit to India, one of my cousin's friend (who is very friendly with me) asked me
: "Do cows give milk in New Zealand too? "
I replied : "What do you think?"
He says: "I don't know I have never been there."
I replied "No they give eggs in New Zealand" and we all burst into laughter , but then I seriously explained to him that I was kidding before and yes they do give milk in New Zealand too.
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that made me chuckle.

that reminds me of a funny song by Culture called chicken titty or something, where he's making fun of us for being deceitful in how we refer to chicken "breast", pointing out that a bird, being non-mammal, has no breasts, no nipple, gives no milk, etc.

maybe you could try to convince your friend that also you drink chicken milk there??
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Its pretty normal in india to ask that question, specially from working professionals because people like to compare. I usually break it down for them.
A very usual conversation that i have with friends/ total strangers when i'm in india goes something like this:

Q; "what do you do ? Drive a cab/ truck? "
A: "no, i'm a software engineer"
Q: "so is my cousin. how much do you make?"
A: "I'm on co-op, so i make much less, around 2 G's a month"
Q: "....(converting into rupees) 70,000 rupees a month.. Wow, you make a lot of money. Your a rich man"
A: "no, i'm not. its decent enough to get by with"
Q: " ohh pleaaaase.... You make so much money."
A: "Yeah ? well i pay $900 rent every month, $400 in bills, $300 in car payments, another $2-300 for grocery/gas. so that leaves me with about $100 left in the end. so i basically make around 3800 rupees a month. and how much do you make again?"
Q: "ohh, its expensive there. Let me buy you a drink"
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I just say that I am a millionaire.
I don't say that it is in RS.

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#51 Jun 10th, 2009, 23:34
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After one train trip in 2A where the opening line for this sort of interrogation was, " Is it difficult finding servants in your country?" I look back and recall being blown away by instant culture shock. Now I'm more inclined to think that when it comes to the income question that one could say "not enough to afford servants". I mean, if that's being honest ...as it would be in my case.
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Well, forget about how much money you earn.

Co-passengers in a train asked me once, while i was travelling, 'Is your house rented or self owned?'

Again, when i said i was married for 3 years, and had no children, i got a lot of sympathy.

I was told that i need to visit this certain temple, pray the diety, go around the temple neem tree, 3 times, and pour a glass of milk to the neem tree, for 9 consecutive weeks, then, i could conceive a child.

Unwarranted advice.
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personally - i dont find any number of queries [ on train, bus, cowcart, boat, bicycle yadayada ]
as an invasion into my privacy - or any form of intrusion into my life.

one has the choice of how much information you want to part with...
[no gun held to your head to impart with classified details ]
as for the 'unwarranted' advice - what is the problem ?
they're doing so out of a sense of goodwill - take it or lump it.

more often than not, i look forward to them traveling companions - one of the prime reasons for traveling by train.
gives me a chance to weave 'em stories - and whatta tale one always weaves




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Originally Posted by lonelyaztec View Post Well, forget about how much money you earn.

Co-passengers in a train asked me once, while i was travelling, 'Is your house rented or self owned?'
That's another question in 2A berths that surprises, like the servants one, when you admit renting because you can't afford to pay a mortgage to be able to own a house .... ie. not if you live in a country where the cost of a mortagage with interest runs out to a couple of million dollars over 30 years and you'd prefer to keep on travelling to India
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post personally - i dont find any number of queries [ on train, bus, cowcart, boat, bicycle yadayada ]
as an invasion into my privacy - or any form of intrusion into my life.

one has the choice of how much information you want to part with...
[no gun held to your head to impart with classified details ]
as for the 'unwarranted' advice - what is the problem ?
they're doing so out of a sense of goodwill - take it or lump it.

more often than not, i look forward to them traveling companions - one of the prime reasons for traveling by train.
I thoroughly agree with you Brishti - not often I do, as you know, but certainly on this one. I love the curiosity that most Indians have about other countries and cultures. It's what makes me feel so at home and welcome travelling on the trains in India. Sometimes it can be a culture shock, but I gather the shock goes both ways by the sort of responses I get when I reply honestly to questions about relative incomes and working conditions. Like, I love nothing better than explaining the history of trade unionism in my country and how the idea of minimum wage thus entered our constitution and thus why most people can't afford servants unless they're super rich.
Vive le difference! And most Indian passengers seem to love these testimonies.
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meet you on sampark kranti alouise ?
30+ hrs delhi to bangalore or the other way around

fly me to the moon!



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Originally Posted by brishti View Post meet you on sampark kranti alouise ?
30+ hrs delhi to bangalore or the other way around

would be one hellofa trip!



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Sure sounds wild.... but can I get off after 9 hours?...my limit for Indian sleepers these days.....
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3AC ?
2AC is preferable - but heck - i'm willing to downgrade


the konkan route is better - and shorter
however, argument/s on board is/are mandatory!
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post 3AC ?
2AC is preferable - but heck - i'm willing to downgrade


the konkan route is better - and shorter
anything for a guest !!!!
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It's all sleeper train to me, 3A or 2 A, you sleep on it ... or try to. Konkan would be lovely, although a nice Bilaspur or Patna ride might better set the scene
#60 Jun 22nd, 2009, 01:06
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sleeper eh ?
aarrghhh - done that all me life...
oh well - when you're in town - holler...
who knows i just may sleeper



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