3 weeks from Delhi, preparations

#1 May 5th, 2012, 17:24
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Hi everyone!

Really like the forums, I've been reading quite a bit here in hopes of being as prepared as possible before coming to Delhi for a 6 months AIESEC internship, and if the company accepts me, maybe even for much longer.

My name is Nikola, I'm a 26 year old guy from Serbia (Balkans).

Well, though I've been reading through the forums on the topic, I haven't found much on the climate in Delhi.

I realize May is extreme heat, so my question is, what kind of clothes should I buy before getting to Delhi?
Also, since I'm addicted to cold showers (huge physical and psychological benefits, highly recommended!), is it insane of me to expect cold water in Delhi when it's +45C outside?
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Congrats, Nikola. I did an AIESEC internship in Banja Luka in 1982.

Regarding clothing, the key word is cotton, cotton, cotton. Office attire is generally collared shirts and khaki pants, possibly more casual on Fridays depending on the industry. Personally, I'd suggest some of the above and pick up what more you need when you arrive. Lots of markets have standard western wear.

Really cold showers may be a problem. Roof-mounted water tanks are the norm, so the black plastic containers will suck the sun's heat right into the water.

If you haven't already, join Yuni-net, a Delhi-based expat group. If your stipend is anything like mine was, you'll be looking for cheap accommodation when you arrive.
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Originally Posted by Nikola View Post Hi everyone!

Really like the forums, I've been reading quite a bit here in hopes of being as prepared as possible before coming to Delhi for a 6 months AIESEC internship, and if the company accepts me, maybe even for much longer.

My name is Nikola, I'm a 26 year old guy from Serbia (Balkans).

Well, though I've been reading through the forums on the topic, I haven't found much on the climate in Delhi.

I realize May is extreme heat, so my question is, what kind of clothes should I buy before getting to Delhi?
Also, since I'm addicted to cold showers (huge physical and psychological benefits, highly recommended!), is it insane of me to expect cold water in Delhi when it's +45C outside?
Hi Nikola,

I used to know a bunch who came here through AIESEC many years ago.It's a good platform for internship.

Delhi Heat - May/June is the hottest and it can indeed become intense and even the paint on the road can melt.The peak hot time is from 11-4 PM so avoid going outside.But good thing is that this type of heat is not prolonged and odd rain provides some relief.It's the best time to take cold showers and eat ice cream/cucumbers/watermelon.Cold showers would be difficult since the overhead water tanks would be having hot water.So store some water in a bucket/tub and put some ice cubes in it.

Clothes - Wear cotton based dress.
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Welcome to Delhi! As for the clothing, see above. Cold showers will be difficult/impossible but it depends on where you stay. The luxury hotels will have reasonably cold water, if you stay in less palatial surroundings and your water comes from a rooftop tank (the norm here) it's best to shower very early in the morning or you'll be cooked in stead of cooled. On the plus side: generally one gets used to the heat relatively quickly, just make sure you drink enough (water of course).
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Thanks everyone!

curtdfw, cotton it will be. How about footwear? I don't think sandals are acceptable in an office, but considering the extreme heat, I wouldn't be surprised. Sorry if I'm asking idiotic questions, but I just can't imagine you know...
I will be staying in some AIESEC building, which is a bit pricey compared to what I saw on the boards etc. I joined Yuni and will be looking for cheaper accomodation. Thanks

theRock, at that time I will be working in the office with AC, so it's good news that I won't have to be outside during that time.
I think I will skip the icecream and the ice to avoid serious stomach issues which would stop me from working.
I won't avoid the ice-baths though, great idea!

dillichaat, early in the morning it is. I think I'll store some water over-night, put a little ice inside and have a shower or bath.

Oh, one more question. Long-sleeve shirts or short sleeves? Which is better?
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If you can get away with wearing short sleeves at work and don't have to ride a motorcycle or stand in the sun then definitely go for short sleeved. Don't skip the icecream nor the ice - the latter if you have it in a restaurant or café, I'd be wary about roadside vendors- no need to become too afraid to enjoy yourself. I have a solid constitution but have only been ill from food twice in 4 years and I do eat street food, if it's fried or piping hot there's no problem. But be careful with buffets if there aren't too many patrons about, that's where the risk is, as well as in joints geared toward mass tourism.
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Originally Posted by Nikola View Post Thanks everyone!

curtdfw, cotton it will be. How about footwear? I don't think sandals are acceptable in an office, but considering the extreme heat, I wouldn't be surprised. Sorry if I'm asking idiotic questions, but I just can't imagine you know...
I will be staying in some AIESEC building, which is a bit pricey compared to what I saw on the boards etc. I joined Yuni and will be looking for cheaper accomodation. Thanks

theRock, at that time I will be working in the office with AC, so it's good news that I won't have to be outside during that time.
I think I will skip the icecream and the ice to avoid serious stomach issues which would stop me from working.
I won't avoid the ice-baths though, great idea!

dillichaat, early in the morning it is. I think I'll store some water over-night, put a little ice inside and have a shower or bath.

Oh, one more question. Long-sleeve shirts or short sleeves? Which is better?
Footwear: Sandels are not a cool thing for office wear here.But you can have shoes without laces.Take it off whenever you want.

Ice-Cream: There are lot of good hygenic places for it (restaurents/ice cream parlours).Also there are branded carts for MotherDairy,CreamBell etc which is safe as well.Just avoid locally made one which is often called "Kulfi Carts".Also avoid any drink where the local/roadside ice is used.

Short Sleeves or Long: It depends, if you don't have to spend much time without AC then you can wear long.


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So, two more days till my flight and I took a Lariam pill.

Considering the fact that the doctors in Serbia are really...let's just say bad (horror stories about doctors here are never a surprise, especially in my town), I decided to see if there are any side effects to this drug, just in case the nice doctor didn't warn me.

Boy was I surprised! Risk of long-term mental damage?! I would never risk this for anything.

Do I really need this drug in Delhi?

I read a few threads, but didn't see any information regarding Delhi in specific.
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I never took malaria pills during the years I lived in Delhi, nor did any of my staffers, though they typically arrived with a bottle of pills.

Pills that are very handy are anti-diarrhea tablets. The dreaded Delhi belly WILL get you at some point, and it's best to be ready.
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That's what I guessed. Won't be taking this Lariam, might be a placebo but I already feel a bit lightheaded.

I have those too, some probiotics and some stronger anti diarrhea pills.
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It's an individual decision but like 99% of expats I don't take any antimalarials either. The risk of long term use outweighs any benefits imho. Anyway, in Delhi dengue and chickunguya are bigger risks and there's no vaccine nor preventative treatment for those. Just take sensible precautions against bites and sleep under a net.

Btw: you won't need a sweater here, we hit 43 centigrade today

However, I'd strongly recommend getting one box of Malarone/person for emergency treatment and storing it in your fridge here. It's not available in India.
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#12 May 22nd, 2012, 21:12
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Yes, like curtdfw mentioned, I will probably be one of those guys with a whole box of pills and never using them. Especially because I have a genetically weak liver.
Never heard of chickunguya before. Well I hope I'll have a net and other necessary stuff in the AIESEC place where I will be sleeping.
Seems like even sleeping in India is a bit of an adventure lol.
That's good, I'm an adventurist.

Thanks guys for setting my mind at ease.
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In addition to usual Malaria/Chickengunia/Dengue stuff the thing you would like to take care is the food and water.There are more chances of getting a Delhi Belly which is common for anyone new.The hot environment is conducive for diseases so make sure you bypass roadside eating stuff(at least for some time) and eat fresh food and bottled water.
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I love this place, would like to meet you guys, to chill out or something.
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Originally Posted by Nikola View Post I love this place, would like to meet you guys, to chill out or something.
So which place did you choose? btw these days it's hard to "chill" in Delhi (at least outside) since temprature is touching 46 C.

Also the famous Delhi Meetups has dried up as well just like Mehrauli Baoli but you can try New Delhi Meetups

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