Sunday, February 23, 2014

Time flies in Ludhiana...

After the intense weekend, it was time to get back to work.

The project at the PAU progresses well. It is a new and different kind of experience to work in India. It is a different business environment, different structure and a different mindset. One of the things that might surprise a German is the fact that people answer calls while in a meeting. There is hardly one where you don't suddenly hear a melody and a conversation in Hindi/Punjabi which is probably saying "In a meeting right now, let me call you later!"

While our "orientation day" is yet to come, we were invited to the annual PAU athletics meeting (not as participants, of course!). We went to the stadium and were even allowed to take a seat in the professor's area. This is where we have also seen the highest authority of the PAU for the first time - the Vice-Chancellor. Needless to mention, that a person like him will be treated with the utmost respect and honor in India. However, when the Chief Guest came (we have never got to know who this person actually is), even the Vice-Chancellor had to stand up and greet him with a bouquet...

Apart from work, small stories happen all the time. Sometimes, we seem to be part of a show, because everything is so new and so different from our home countries. One day, our auto (this is how the three-wheel motor vehicle is called), broke on our way back from PAU. Our driver Jasbir decided to show us the repair station right away. Within one cup of chai, the vehicle was up and running. Who says that the Indians cannot work fast?

The other day, when having a dinner at one of the small street shops, I met an Indian who lives in Munich. And sometimes, you even see an elephant on the street, and a colleague who immediately captures the opportunity to ride it.

And then, there are, of course, the dinners!

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