Who is an NRI or NRK? – How Indians Classify Life Abroad

NRI and NRK are a few of several abbreviations and words referring to Indians abroad. Let’s look at a few common abbreviations and words people from India use when describing themselves as foreigners, expats or overseas residents.   What does NRI stand for?   The expansion of NRI is “Non-Resident Indian.” NRI is an abbreviation […]

Cultural Differences at Work – USA vs. India

Cultural Differences at Work – USA vs. India There are several important cultural differences at work when comparing the experience working between the US and India. The Powerpoint below was used as a conversation starter to initiate group discussions on the cultural differences on doing business and working in India from an American perspective.   […]

Differences AND Similarities: India & USA

We believe it’s important to understand both differences AND similarities between India and the USA. While most training programs focus on the differences, and dos and don’ts, missing highlighting the similarities can easily make us forget that we do have common ground to build from. To end a recent session on US cross-culture training for […]

Small Talk is NOT a Viva, folks!

Does the idea of small talk with US clients make you freak out and want to run away? Does it bring back memories of your college days when your teacher made you stand in front of the class to defend your thesis during your viva?  You know what the good news is?  Small talk is […]

Do US Clients Eat Indian Food When Visiting India?

Are you getting ready to host a US client in India?  We have prepared many teams for this day. In preparing for the US client visit, many wonder if American citizens would eat spicy food and what spicy food actually means to an American.  Of course, this topic always ensues a lively discussion as there […]

Eating With Hands in the US With Colleagues – Yes or No?

One of the most common questions Indians especially from Kerala and Tamil Nadu ask me about their business trip to the US is, “Is eating with hands in the US with colleagues acceptable?”  Jennifer eats typical Onasadya (onam feast) with her hand.  Food may be served like this on special  holidays in south Indian offices. While many […]

Cultural Misunderstandings: USA and India

If we were to sit and count possible cultural misunderstandings between the USA and India, we’d understand that there is a vast chasm of diverse mindsets and values between us. In this blog, I’d like to explore a few of the common cultural differences between the US and India. I do have a bit of […]

2015: Holidays and Vacations

2015 Holidays and Vacations for Teams Working Between the USA and India (See 2016 calendar. See 2017 calendar) Need for this Calendar This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working between the two countries and cultures. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this […]

Authentic Journeys in NRITBI, Thapasya, Infopark

Between 2011-2021, Authentic Journeys Consultancy had a physical and virtual office address located in Infopark at the NRI-TBI (The Non Resident Indian’s-Technology Business Incubator). (That’s a mouthful of an address for an American, and it’s not even the complete address!)    The NRI TBI is a government of Kerala sponsored incubator that promotes IT and […]

English Alphabets in Malayalam Script – MTI Reduction Tips

The grid below is a lesson in the book “Rapidex English Speaking Course” that demonstrates how to pronounce English letters though the Malayalam script. I am not an expert in Malayalam Linguistics, but from my limited understanding, I would guess this chart is written in a way to reduce the Mother Tongue Influence while spelling […]

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