Living in India
India is indeed a very remarkable country. It the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with 1.18 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.
Known to have a diverse terrain and a history of vast empires, it has the most population in the world. It is also a newly industrialised country that can outsource its human resources to other countries while building a strong trading bond and forming allies. And certainly, it would be quite a considerable experience working in India, with its diverse cultures, people, and a land with breathtaking natural beauties.
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the gross domestic product of India stood at US$ 1.31 trillion last year; the country's economy is growing rapidly with its booming software industry. Trade unions play an important role in India's business community. Every major industry in India has a trade union that ensures that the rights to gainful and secure employment of its members are adequately guaranteed. But India remains a highly conservative country and with the strict working environment. Aggressiveness, which can sometimes be considered as a positive behavior in the West, is often viewed as a sign of disrespect in India.
The family is very closely-knit. Neighbours know each other well, and personal space and privacy are unknown to them. They tend stare at foreigners and ask a lot of personal questions, but most expats living in India can attest that they are very warm-hearted, friendly, and hospitable people. Hours in India follows the 5-day workweek. Offices usually open at 9:30 and close at 5pm while shops close up at 7pm. Banks, Offices and most shopping areas remain closed on Sunday.
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