Out of India and into Singapore

5 08 2009

Events started falling into place so quick. Too many things and too little time, but as things went its all over at last. Got to know i have been shortlisted for admission on may , Confirmed of admission on june. This set the things in motion. Now came the time of picking up the right college, as i had 3 offers in my hand . 2 offers for MBA in india , one from a brand new institution Indian Business School other form SRM . Though the first was easy to neglect. Choosing between second and third was noose around the neck. Parents pulling me back to india and me trying for sgpore. So atlast it was Singapore the winner

Clock started ticking. Ppl around me more nervous then i am. Trying to figure out where to go for med check , find out the money ,how much to carry , fee , apply loan etc. And so arrived the D day, time to leave for singapore. Flight agent booked ticket on air india express. Expected express to be better than air india, i was in for a surprise. It was actually worser than the air buses that run our city . After 4 hrs stuffed into the cramped into the metal sausage breathed the foreign air .

First thing noticed as orderliness . Whole of singapore has been built to help anyone to travel easily, linked with a wide network of buses and trains , with detailed travels routes in every station.Everything here followed a rule. Its like follow the rule or pay the price. A good way to keep ppl from many countries organized and happy. Took a taxi and found out benz and used as taxi here ­čśÉ ┬á. Drivers having more LCD screen to watch than the ppl from matrix movz. Theres a smile on every employee you can come across, Make me think they are paid for the fake smile too. Everything here is interlinked. One need not carry money at all. He can manage with the cards alone. starting with the ezlink for transport to cash card and nets for purchase.

At last , The NTU which has been a electronic university till now come to view. Collecting the keys to our room and in we go . Notin much of a difference when it comes to room . As the day started came to realise that we landed on a sunday. No shops meaning no food to eat. After lots of searching and help from a schoolmate who is here for quite some time found a lone 24hr shoppe. Taking out some bread and juices off the shelves made sure had enough to take through the day.

While exploring the college site found out it has more than 14 canteens . Was eager to check out each and every one it . So as the next day started the search began and sadly found most of them to be chinese with dishes having names that i have yet to pronounce correctly. After a search found a couple of indian restaurants , happily helped my mouth forget the taste of dry bread.  Comparing to india everything here seems cheap . Until we do the math of conversion from dollars to indian rupee. Thats the point heart weeps. Trying to spend 100rs on a plate of paratha , 40 rs on a can of coke . Feel like settling for bread and butter itself.

After few days of heart weeping found out the rythm . Wake up late morning and have a brunch with bread butter and milk. Then leave for roaming singapore . Come back check into the indian restaurant and finish the dinner. As days pass its time to check out others stalls in the campus. McD and Subway were next. not bad for a 5$ meal .Decided not to convert dollars to rupees anymore. Spend dollars as dollars and ruppes as rupees :).  best policy to follow




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