In this age of MNCs, if you’re to make a prosperous career for yourself, you’ve got to give a nod to shift your base from your hometown to somewhere else. While most of us tend to be excited about living a really carefree and independent life post shifting, it’s not all a bed of roses! Yes, you can stay up all night and have frequent parties with your friends, but if you’ve to survive all on your own, apart from the comfort zone of your home, do check on the points below where we’ve jotted down some quick tips for survival apart from your home exclusively for you—
6. Learn Basic Hindi and Local Language
The first thing which you must do while you’re in some city unknown is to brush up on your Hindi. Hindi might not be “the” National Language of India, but surely it’s a language which most of us can at least understand.
So, get a grasp of it. Besides, after settling, try to learn up the basics of the local language from your colleagues and partners. This would help you a lot to be accepted by the commoners and locals!
5. Adjust Yourself to the Local Food
Well, when away from your home, you’re surely not going to get a gala bed tea followed by a 3 course breakfast which all the Indians are accustomed to. Neither will you be served with your favorite dish every time. So, the best way to deal with this situation is to drop being a hoity-toity person and settle in for the local food.
Yes, we know it’s very difficult for a Bengali to leave his/her fish (in most cases) and a Punjabi to settle in for Dosas cooked in coconut oil and for a South Indian to discard his/her Uttapam and settle in for ghee-dipped Aloo Paratha each time, but is there any way out of it?
4. Get Used to Sharing Rooms
At home, you might have been the king of your house and had even owned a double-room to yourself, but away from home, it is a different ball game altogether. No matter how much salary you get, if you want to save up for those hip-and-happening weekend parties or for that fun-filled trip to Goa or the Andaman, you’ve got to share your apartment with someone—or get a PG accommodation.
And, if the city is something like New Delhi or Mumbai, then sharing an apartment and adjusting with your partner becomes mandatory—well, if you don’t have parents who’re willing to spend thousands at your single sniff n’ sneeze!
3. Get Used to Public Transport
Be it the suburban railway or the metro or the buses—the faster you get used to it (in case, you’re shifting to a Metro), the better it is for you!
Yes, you do have autos and taxis for your daily conveyance, but trust us, if you’re shifting to Mumbai or Delhi or Noida, then getting an auto regularly would suck all the savings from you—and you surely don’t want that! Again, if you’ve a Papa who can buy you a Mercedes with a chauffeur, then you needn’t go through this article!
2. Treat, Yes! A Joint One, Please!
New or not, if you’re working in a team, often you’ll find people approaching you at the slightest whim for treats at so and so restaurant or pub.
While saying “No” should really feature nowhere in your answer, you can surely add a “but”, drop in someone else’s name and share the cost of the treat. It adds to the fun, and saves up quite a bit. After all, what are “team members” for?
1. Get Used to Doing Petty Laundry and Cooking
Cooking might be a stress buster to many, but it’s even a nightmare to some! But if you’re to survive in a city within a limited budget, then try your hand at basic cooking—like, making plain rice and dal, noodles, a few fries and you shall be good to go! After all, there might be days, when you’ll be longing for home food but left with no option whatsoever.
Coming to laundries, please make sure, you do a part of your daily laundry yourself—like the night wears, the tees and casual wears. This would go on to save much more than you can even think of! Of course, don’t try and wash your office wears, if you’re not good at laundry—it might just end in shelling out some extra bucks!