Umm.. Strange huh.. What’s so strange? Me? O no, just me moving to Canada. Ever since I’ve been here, like a week now, I’ve come across many strange things that I had knew about before. But this was no tv-series or a friend’s experience, but it was absolutely my personal experience, so I had no choice but to consider those differences. I’ve been saving up my experiences one by one just for this one post. Let me get started..
1. The first strangest thing I found was……….. people, wait.. FRIENDLY people.
As I got out of the airport, there was my prof n a couple of other labmates waiting to pick me up. Starting with them, I started to wonder if I knew those people from a long time now. I mean, yeah, ofcourse I knew them but I just knew that he was a prof. And ever since, at the hotel, superstores, depts, roads… people just talk to you, ask how you’ve been.. like you know actually, if something like this happens in India, I might just consider him/her like a crazy person n ignore. But, people here are very friendly, it’s in their DNA. Especially Haligonians (& Eastern Canadians) are known for this.
2. Traffic rules n Transport system:
Can you imagine full speed driving vehicles suddenly stopping over for someone to cross the road? Well, not a big shot or anything.. someone as common as you. Never, right? That’s exactly what happens here.. You try to cross a road and the vehicles stop for you.. even if you don’t insist.
And the buses, you just need to press a button if you want a bus to stop at your destination point. No jumping from running buses or running behind the buses. Cool, isn’t it?
No one uses horns on their cars, until it’s a life emergency. In India, all I can hear is the honking sounds everywhere.
3. Kitten Missing:
I found so many ads on my way reading “Missing kitten”, I can only remember how “Missing person” is the only thing that happens in India, or thats the only thing considered. Thats strange, worried about a cat? woah. Lot of humanity, isn’t it?
4. Public Romance:
Considering the very important fact that I’m from India, you can understand how one reacts to public romance. Don’t judge me.. I’m a very broad minded person!
5. Bisexual- not funny anymore!
Those were the days in India when I teased my friends as “Gays” just for the sake of it.. Well, I’m in a place where it actually means something (Not offending anyone. Really just explaining the situation). It’s really nice how these people open up to who they want to be and the govt’s who consider them to be equal with the known two genders of the society. Hoping to see India like that!
6. High Calorific Foods:
I don’t say that it’s not there in India, but the regular quick foods here give you good amount of calories. Eat less, gain more 😛 Well, I can’t skip mentioning the very bland food. For someone like me, they will SUFFER!
7. Adultzone alert!
I was at a hotel for a couple of days initially, and as I was going through the menu on the TV.. I came across “AdultZone” and a whole bunch of movies/videos or something..
I remember people crying in India because of the porn ban and here, porn on tv? Are you kidding me?
When my mind was still on this.. During orientation day, they announced that the Office provides free condoms, if students need them. They had distributed 16,000 last year. And for those who have unprotected sex, the health services team gives out birth control pills..
I don’t wanna seem to be narrow minded here, but, university giving out condoms? I don’t know man, this is very strange for me atleast!
8. Tissue is the Issue:
This is a very well known problem.. The use of toilet paper in human history dates back to 6th century AD, in early medieval China. Even though water is more hygienic than a toilet paper, these people still prefer to use only tissues. Very Very Hard for us who use water!
9. Theaters and Plays:
I really wanna appreciate these people for keeping the traditional arts still alive. It was during my childhood that I used to hear about how there were plays and dramas happening in the local villages. I don’t think they are being encouraged anymore. The shadow puppet theatre tradition of Andhra Pradesh is one of it’s kind and really lovely! It’s known as “Tholu bommalata” meaning “Dance of leather puppets”. Check out this link: Tholu Bommalata.
10. Water costly than Beer: Need I explain more? 😛
11. Heaters and Radiators instead of FANS and AC.
12. The water in the bathrooms is safer than the packaged mineral bottles 😛
Sounds eww right? But, that’s the truth. The same supply of water goes to the kitchen and bathroom, and is very clean and safe to drink even without boiling and filtration.
13. Garbage segregation:
This is one difficult task I would say. Segregating the garbage everytime you dispose something, recyclables into blue, wet biodegradables into a container and in a freezer, dry biodegradables into a transparent big bag, bathroom waste into another transparent blue/white bag.. Phew.. That’s a really good way of getting things better.
These are just a little out of many happening around. I shall keep updating this post as I come across more strange things 😀
The best part is that, I’m surviving all of these 😛 Wohhooo! Way to go 😉
(P.S: I am not supporting or opposing anything. I’m totally trying to concentrate on how different things seem to be.)
Stay Tuned! 😉