Today’s conditions: 🥵 319º (kelvins).
Water comes out of the tap hot. Smog traps the heat into the night. And we start to beg for the advent of another inhospitable monster: the monsoon.
In India, comedy doesn’t require imagination. You just wake up, read the news and half your job is done.
On a three-axis chart of holiness, capitalism, and lumbar flexibility, [Ramdev] occupies a point beyond anyone else on Earth. …
“This earth, sun, and all of nature are doing their jobs without any expectation,” Ramdev said, burping midway through the sentence. “So I am doing my job.” …
In speeches and on TV, the yogi blamed India’s unhealthy bodies on foreign products, which he called “poison.” The nation suffered from “self-confusion,” and he promised to restore it to strength through the “traditional sciences practiced by our great hermits.” An India where everyone practiced his yoga would be an India without disease or sin.
Opening a bank account in India may seem like an awesome thing. You can transfer money easily with other Indian bank accounts. You can keep the rupees you earn. You can use your Indian debit card in places that don’t accept international cards.
However, it’s can also be a pain. First, trying to open an account could legitimately take 6–12 months off your life when you add up the time wasted and the stress associated with it. Second, it’s very hard to transfer money out of an Indian account directly to an international one. And third, you will have to practice writing your signature exactly the same way forever for the rest of your time in India, or they may not accept any transactions you sign for.
[See also “The Best Expat Bank for India”: Summary.]
Opening a bank account in India as an expat is not really an option unless you are on an Employment visa. Most foreigners rely on their home bank to access their money. There are several things to think of in order to understand how things work in India.
[Capital One is another good bank for expats. See also “Opening an Indian Bank Account”: An Awesome Pain. —C.M.H.]