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21 Things Every Indian Questions When They Travel To Australia

Down Under can be quite confusing for Indians when they first arrive.

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1. There are so many traffic rules.

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Indians have one simple rule back home. Take care of yourself and the rest self-adjusts. This courtesy and safety is just too tiring.

2. The lack of online shopping options.

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Back home, Indians buy clothes, furniture, even their vegetables and groceries online. Plus free delivery, free returns and exchanges.

3. And shops close at five.

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No wonder there’s always a discount on everywhere. Nothing sells, because shops aren’t open when people want to shop.

4. Slippers are called thongs.

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Huh? Just call them slippers.

5. School is actually too much fun.

In Australia, pre-school is mostly about playing. In India, kids learn how to write, add, subtract, and even learn a second language by the time they are four!
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In Australia, pre-school is mostly about playing. In India, kids learn how to write, add, subtract, and even learn a second language by the time they are four!

6. Coriander is as expensive as milk.

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In India the vegetable vendor will hand over a bunch of coriander free. In Australia, it costs of a bomb to buy this bunch of leaves. Making Indian food taste Indian is an expensive proposition in Australia.

7. Australians keep complaining about their public transport system.

Try the public transport in India and see if you complain!
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Try the public transport in India and see if you complain!

8. You get fined for not voting.

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Democracy just has a whole new set of rules in Australia.

9. Vacationing in Bali is cheaper than checking into a local hotel.

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Why is everything so expensive here?

10. Online transfers between banks takes days.

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What’s with the technology lag?

11. Waiting times in hospitals are as bad as in India.

Isn't it supposed to be better in Australia?
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Isn't it supposed to be better in Australia?

12. Recruiters have an obsession with local experience.

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When Indians first arrive in Australia, they are told it is difficult to get jobs because recruiters need "local experience" to hire them. Huh?!

13. Plumbers and taxi drivers earn as much as data scientists.

This place just makes a chutney of the educated Indian's ego.
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This place just makes a chutney of the educated Indian's ego.

14. There are no maids, no peons, and no street sweepers.

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There's just too much work to be done!

15. Winter is a depressing monsoon.

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For Indians, winter = cold, monsoon = rain. Indians miss them as different seasons back home.

16. Footy is more popular than cricket.

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Never for an Indian!

17. Officewear is all black, white and beige.

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Indians are used to wearing colour, even in office.

18. There's no water supply in the toilets.

Australians use only tissue in their toilets. Where are the jet sprays?
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Australians use only tissue in their toilets. Where are the jet sprays?

19. Fireworks end before they start.

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Indian fireworks last for at least 10 hours, especially during Diwali. Australian fireworks last for no more than 10 minutes. Guess how Indians feel about this.

20. So many homes don't have a fence.

Indians are obsessed with their fences and compounds.
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Indians are obsessed with their fences and compounds.

21. And what's with the Namaste?

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Sometimes Australians will want to sound cool and say Namaste to whoever looks like an Indian. Uhh, back home, most urban Indians say "hi".

And traditionally, Gujaratis say Kem Chho, Tamilians say Vannakam, Kannadigas say Heggidira... India is too complicated.