“India Was One” – Book Review

“India Was One” – Book Review Can love really conquer all? Can love bring together diverse cultures that seem at times to mingle only out of necessity but at other times be forcefully territorial about their differences and claims of originality?   India is a diverse country and one of its mottos is ‘Unity in […]

My Teacher Gave Me The Wrong Grade, What Can I Do?

In the USA it is possible to contest grades given to you by your teacher. It occurred to me that requesting a teacher to reconsider a grade can be and is a cultural thing. In how many countries or cultures would the idea of contesting the teacher’s ability to teach and grade be ‘acceptable’? Or, […]

Tips for Expats Relocating to Dubai

‘Tis that time of season when freshly relocated expatriates have more or less settled into the surroundings and situation of their newly chosen home countries. Let’s be honest – even in some of the biggest expat hubs such as Shanghai, or Moscow, and even after some time spent acclimatizing, foreigners are still quite easy to […]

Culture Shock – Is it Possible to Be Prepared for Everything?

As someone who has moved around a lot, I hadn’t anticipated the extremes of the culture shock I experienced when I moved to India. I never really set down any roots anywhere and had gotten quite good at assimilating myself into the communities I moved into. I found jobs, I made friends and I learned […]

Retain Identity While Adjusting to a New Culture

Is it possible to adjust to a new culture; adapt to new behaviors, expectations and mindset while retaining your cultural identity? Changes will happen as we mature and take up new life roles regardless of living at home or moving abroad. Moving abroad heightens this experience because everyone around us is foreign and behave in […]

Indian Student Meets American Classroom – Culture Shock is Inevitable

Realizing the American Dream for any immigrant or expat happens by navigating the waters of culture shock. Everyone who comes to the USA from abroad will experience some culture shock. Culture shock is not only inevitable, but normal and a natural part of the adjustment experience. Brijesh Nair shares his first days studying in a […]


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