Being asked about your salary
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#61
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I'll be there in January, if all goes well[cry]
#62
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I work at an NGO in Lucknow and still feel uncomfortable sharing information about my salary! Perhaps that's because I know what I used to make, and also because I know that even my NGO salary is on the higher end of the range around here. (I can't seem to get over myself....)

It's also uncomfortable because I usually have a digital camera with me, which cost about my month's worth of my current wages.
[Blush]

Not to derail the topic, but I have another dilemma - taking out my camera to take pictures. On the one hand, I want to fit in, and breaking out your digital camera isn't a very "local" behavior. On the other hand, there are so many ridiculous moments and sites in India to document!!! What to do??? :eek:
#63
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Originally posted by: makattack View Post



Not to derail the topic, but I have another dilemma - taking out my camera to take pictures. On the one hand, I want to fit in, and breaking out your digital camera isn't a very "local" behavior. On the other hand, there are so many ridiculous moments and sites in India to document!!! What to do??? :eek:


I face the same dilemma. As a person of Indian heritage, I always want to take photos of those uniquely Indian moments but feel like I'm patronizing my own culture. This is compounded by the fact that people will form crowds and ask you what you're taking a photo of, what you're going to do with the photo, etc.

In the end, I compromise and take these kinds of photos when there aren't too many people around and avoid it when there is a crowd.
#64
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When I was asked my salary I was not certain how much a lakh was, and answered 400 lakh instead of 40 lakh for 50k GBP!
There are some people in Bangalore now who are utterly amazed at the size of the salaries in the IT industry in the UK! They might also have wondered what I was doing in an auto-rickshaw...
#65
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Originally posted by: nigelg View Post

When I was asked my salary I was not certain how much a lakh was, and answered 400 lakh instead of 40 lakh for 50k GBP!
There are some people in Bangalore now who are utterly amazed at the size of the salaries in the IT industry in the UK! They might also have wondered what I was doing in an auto-rickshaw...


Good point.
Just wanted to point out that salaries of 40 - 80 lakhs are not uncommon here in India anymore.
I was taken by surprise too!
#66
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The "average" amount definitely depends on who you're talking to and where. I think 40-80 lakhs is quite a hefty sum where I currently live (Lucknow), and especially if you're traveling sleeper class on trains. :)
#67
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Originally posted by: AwayFromHome View Post

Good point.
Just wanted to point out that salaries of 40 - 80 lakhs are not uncommon here in India anymore.
I was taken by surprise too!


AWH : You can perhaps clarify something I have been unable to understand: Salaries need to be connected in some way to the output that a person is accountable for. So, Rs 80 lacs is approx $ 160,000, which would likely put you into the top 20-25% of household incomes(based on IRS data)in the US. The US GDP is roughly $14,000 Billion, while India is approx. $ 1,000 Billion. A company the size of Mahindra's( approx sales $ 6.8 Billion/yr)is among the top 10 business houses in India, while there are upmteen number of companies with annual revenues over $ 7 Billion in the US. So I am hard pressed to see how salaries of 50 to 80 lacs are not uncommon in India.
Even so I looked at the annual reports of Infosys and saw that very few 'Officers' there made over Rs 80 lacs/yr.. But I may be not counting in perks( housing,car etc..)..
More recently I read that Air India Pilots make as much as $ 15,000 per month.. comparable to pilots in US airlines, which are far more efficient and productive than Air India.

So what is the real story ?? Aren't Indian businesses as keen on keeping down costs and getting a return on their capital?
#68
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I think "common" was the wrong word for it.
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#69
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Originally posted by: Boston123 View Post

AWH : You can perhaps clarify something I have been unable to understand: Salaries need to be connected in some way to the output that a person is accountable for. So, Rs 80 lacs is approx $ 160,000, which would likely put you into the top 20-25% of household incomes(based on IRS data)in the US. The US GDP is roughly $14,000 Billion, while India is approx. $ 1,000 Billion. A company the size of Mahindra's( approx sales $ 6.8 Billion/yr)is among the top 10 business houses in India, while there are upmteen number of companies with annual revenues over $ 7 Billion in the US. So I am hard pressed to see how salaries of 50 to 80 lacs are not uncommon in India.
Even so I looked at the annual reports of Infosys and saw that very few 'Officers' there made over Rs 80 lacs/yr.. But I may be not counting in perks( housing,car etc..)..
More recently I read that Air India Pilots make as much as $ 15,000 per month.. comparable to pilots in US airlines, which are far more efficient and productive than Air India.

So what is the real story ?? Aren't Indian businesses as keen on keeping down costs and getting a return on their capital?


Hi Boston123,
My comment that salaries between Rs.40-80 Lakhs are not uncommon, was more anectdotal than anything else.

My circle of friends certainly make that much, and more. Their circle of friends, which is a much larger circle, also make similar amounts.
Mind you, these are all senior people. A few have their own BPO outsourcing business - but that doesn't really count since they are not paid a salasry.
Quite a few of them work for Joint Ventures (Indian company wedded to a MNC).

But as Nick has said, if I gave the impression this was 'common', I didn't mean to. I said 'not uncommon', which to me has a subtle difference!
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Got it.. Thanks
#71
| Loud Noisy Bird
But as Nick has said, if I gave the impression this was 'common', I didn't mean to. I said 'not uncommon', which to me has a subtle difference!
Sure... If mixing with senior management of large companies, especially ex-pat managers, or companies of an international nature, then such salaries will be "not uncommon"
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#72
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Ummm, the U.S GDP is roughly 14 TRILLION,
That's 14 with 12 zeros after it.
But it's actually about 20 trillion.
#73
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I just tell anyone that I have an income of 3 lakhs per month.
Then I point out how expensive things are - my flat cost 200 lakhs. a litre of petrol, a medium cauliflower,a kilo of onions all cost about Rs75-80.

I then get asked why I'm staying at a Rs500 per night hotel since I'm so obviously rich .........?
#74
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I like the idea of saying that you don't make enough to afford servants, which is likely true, and also helps with some perspective, I would think!

About the camera, my plan is to take a picture at any moment that seems appropriate (appropriateness to be determined on site and freely changing, basically, if no one will be offended and I am not worried that my camera will then be a target for theft after taking it out...). I take pictures all the time here at home (of my food in restaurants, standing in the middle of streets...) and I have accepted that sometimes the temporary embarrassment is worth the picture. Sometimes there is a great story to go with the picture that way, as well!
#75
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Q.What is your salary?
A."Bhagwan ki daya se, kha pee lete hein" Which means, "God blesses us with enough to eat & live"

If still repeated, "Lesser than you sir!"

If still repeated, "ADD Answer one and two!"

Q.What is your religion?
A."Criket; cricket ke liye kuch v kar lenge!" Which means, "Cricket; i can do anything for cricket!" "I love cricket, i admire and worship Sachin Tendulkar... etc etc, then talk can shift to Cricket"

If still asked, "Bollywood movies"

If still asked, "ADD Answer one and two!"

Some myths, Indians carry about foreigners are:
1. They are rich.
2. They have sooooo much money that they can visit places so far off from their home.
3. They have sex always, & with 'everyone' around!
4. They don't wear dresses at home!
5. They don't take bath for years.
6. They take their cars to their bathrooms.

Even rural folks ask urban folks such questions. I guess, it is do with these myths & inquisitiveness that these questions are asked. No hard feelings though for sure!