Bye Bye India

 

What India has taught me:

  • How to open a pomegranate without making the kitchen look like a murder scene.
  • How to cross a street with a never-ending flow of traffic and not die.
  • How to choose a saree without getting totally confused by the wide variety thrown in front of you by an army of sales assistants.
  • Where to find the best masala dosa in town and how to eat it properly.
  • How to organize an event with partners from multiple countries involved and not lose track of all the details involved.
  • How to move your head to say yes in a non-binding way.
  • How to be (relatively) relaxed when the setup is not ready two hours before the event is about to start.

Clearly, that list could be expanded over a whole page. However, these points seem somewhat characteristic for the amazing city I had the pleasure of living in for six months, Bangalore.

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Dinner with colleagues

In December 2014 I started my India adventure. Ten hours after my graduation ceremony I was on a terribly delayed plane to Frankfurt, worrying that I will miss my connection and therefore start my internship at swissnex India later than agreed upon. I dreaded the possibility to be late on my first day. After spending half a year in India, I have to say I would most probably react in a much more relaxed way. Everything here works. In one way or another. At some point of time.

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Saree shopping

Since December I had the chance to work on everything, from book releases to concerts, art exhi-bitions to a flight simulator showcasing. As a parting gift I was involved in the organization of the visit of Federal Councilor Schneider-Ammann and his delegation on my last weekend in India. All of these events were organized with a fantastic team, but still allowing me a high amount of freedom and decision power, which I highly appreciated. This internship has confirmed my enthusiasm for project management as well as for working in an international environment. These learnings will be crucial for my future career choices.

Naturally, I did not spend all my time in India working. I made good use of my holidays and the weekends, having visited several parts of South India as well as Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan in the North. Thanks to one of my colleagues getting married I was able to attend an Indian wedding (and experience the extensive preparation that goes into attending one). Should you ever get the chance to attend such festivities, go there, it is an unbelievable experience. Furthermore, I learned some Bollywood dancing, although my talents seem to lie in other areas, got introduced into an incredible variety of deliciously spicy food and got to know a big share of the micro-breweries in town.

In a nutshell, I had an amazing time in India, on and off the job. I learned a lot, for my future work as well as for my personal life and I got to know a lot of fascinating, incredibly nice people. I will definitely miss Bangalore, the food and most importantly all the friends I have made.