Friday, December 30, 2005



If you are reluctant to use water, make sure to carry toilet paper or tissues (especially in rural areas).


You are allowed to drive in India if you have a local license or an International Driving Permit. Driving is on the left of the road.


If you can’t handle their (lively) presence, buy a cockroach killing chalk and strategically draw lines on the floor. The cockroaches will die moments after crossing them.


Electricity runs at 230V and 50Hz. While a variety of electrical plugs are found throughout India, the standard one is the Old British Plug (three large round pins in a triangular configuration). Power cuts are frequent.


Most festivals occur on different days each year as they don't follow the Georgian calendar. The main festivals by month/state/religion can be found here.

Indian numbering system 

The Indian numbering system is based on the grouping of 2 decimal places. The terms crore (1,00,00,000 = 10,000,000) and lakh (1,00,000 = 100,000) are in widespread use in Indian English.


Identification and a passport size photo are needed to buy a SIM card.

National Holiday

There are three national holidays: Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August) and Gandhi Jayanti (2 October).


It is possible to send boxes by government operated post from India to your country. Note that boxes have to be wrapped in fabrics (which can be done by a tailor). Alternatively, use private companies such as DHL. They are more expensive but undoubtedly faster.

1 comment:

Stef said...

Du citron? j'y aurais jms pensé!

Franchement, au risque de répéter ce que d'autres lecteurs ont écrit, tu fais un excellent boulot sur ton blog... Utile tant pour les personnes souhaitant découvrir le pays de chez eux que pour ceux qui s'aventurent en Inde.