|A New York couple now living and working in New Delhi, India - that's Jenny and Dave. See what they have to say about what it's like to live as two American expats in this bustling South Asian city.
-Where were you born?
-In which country and city are you living now?
-Are you living alone or with your family?
-How long have you been living in India?Since November 2007.
-What is your age?
30 and 31.
-When did you come up with the idea of living in India?
-Was it hard to get a visa or a working permit?
-Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?
-How do you make your living in India? Do you have any type of income generated?
Dave came to India through his work in America. It took Jenny two months to get a job. Via word of mouth was the best technique in getting job leads.
-Do you speak Hindi and do you think it's important to speak the local language?
-Do you miss home and family sometimes?Of course! On weekends we like to see new sights in India and also do a fair bit of relaxing. We stay in touch with our family with e-mails, calling on Skype and Facebook. Being away for birthdays and holidays is the toughest part of living abroad.
-Do you have other plans for the future?
-What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? How much do you pay for it?We rent. We pay a higher price because we are foreigners and because it's a very western apartment. We pay around $1,000 for a 2 bedroom in South Delhi.
-What is the cost of living in India?Housing will be expensive for foreigners, but food and transportation is very cheap. You can also get a maid or a driver for very little.
-What do you think about the Indians?
Unlike most countries in the world, Indians love Americans. We have made a lot of friends and enjoy our daily interaction with locals temendously.
-What are the positive and negative aspects of living in India?
Positives - the excitement of always being a tourist
Negatives - missing family and friends. Trying to negotiate local bureaucracies.
-Do you have any tips for our readers about living in India?Keeping an open mind and not being judgemental is extremely helpful when living in any country.
-Do you have any favorite Web sites or blogs about India?