Polish Expat Living in India - Interview with Renata

Published: 4 Jun at 9 AM
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Renata Cieślak. A woman, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a mother, a friend – the one a lot like you! I am one of you. I share stories of life in India, love and happy expat motherhood, trying to find a balance between two cultures and two different continents. Renata's expat blog is called No Problem in India (see listing here)

Renata Cieślak_http://www.noprobleminindia.com
Renata Cieślak

Here's the interview with Renata...

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Poland, central Europe.

In which country and city are you living now?
I moved to India in 2013. Currently I am staying in Pune, but I had experience to stay in Chennai and Bangalore as well.

How long have you lived in India and how long are you planning to stay?
I stay in India since 2013. Expiry date - not decided.

Why did you move to India and what do you do?
I work in one of the Indian companies. Before that I settled in India with my bi-cultural family.

Did you bring family with you?
My family (spouse + kids) comes from India.

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
Hectic and demanding but on the other hand - it helped me to build tonnes of patience, inner peace and understanding.

my passion_trekking_http://www.noprobleminindia.com
My passion trekking
Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
My weekdays are quite busy. I try to find balance between professional and personal life - I meet other expats rarely.

What are the best things to do in the area; anything to recommend to future expats?
Keep your mind open and ready to learn that your life perspective can change in India anytime.

What do you enjoy most about living in India?
People's energy, putting myself out of the comfort zone daily.

How does the cost of living in India compare to home?
It's relatively cheaper but that definitely depends on your life habits, comfort and standard.

What negatives, if any, are there to living in India?
Lack of privacy, being "followed" by curious Indian eyes whenever me and my family appear.

If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving to India, what would it be?
Your cannot change whole India, try to little change your attitude and you will find out that living here is one piece of adventure. Just go with the flow and enjoy this ride.

What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
Getting into Indian family as white daughter in law

When you finally return home, how do you think you'll cope with repatriation?
I'll keep blogging!

What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?
  1. Be positive. Everything in life happens for a reason.
  2. Have your mind and heart open. That helps fighting with loneliness.
  3. Get little bit local. People will respect your efforts.
  4. Stay in touch with your family and friends when living abroad. You need someone to talk to when you have a bad day.
  5. be yourself. No matter how the foreign culture will push you to convert into new things, remember about your roots. Nothing is better, nothing is worse if we follow good values regardless of the culture we live in/were born in.
Tell us a bit about your own expat blog.
The perspective of an emigrant, completely different from the tourist whirl of adventures, will bring spice to your life in details.
Noprobleminindia.com is a blog for people interested in India’s non-commercial issues, expat life, day-to-day intercultural family life, people who are against morning rush, fast pace, consumerism and rat race. The purpose of the blog is to show a simple, honest, genuine face of India. No beating about the bush. No India only from guide books with beautiful, fabulously colored pictures, but with its gray, dusty scenes, smell of burnt garbage and animal dung on the side. I do not wear sarees, I cycle to work and I eat a lot of rice.
I am just like you. i am just one of you.

How can you be contacted for further advice to future expats coming to your area?

About the author

Expat Blog ListingRenata is a Polish expat living in India. Blog description: Noprobleminindia.com is a blog for people interested in India's non-commercial issues, expat life, day-to-day intercultural family life + slow life + eco life.
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