I found my last days in Delhi hard to handle, mainly because of the 105°F weather. Two days in the city and I was ready to return to San Jose. What I wasn’t ready for was the culture shock that waited for me in the US, an assault at least as rough as the impact India has on first time visitors.
The bus from San Francisco airport, the roads, the landscape seemed blindingly clean, ordered, tidy. No driving on the wrong side of the freeway here, no motorbikes with whole families on board, no cows sleeping in the middle of the road. No litter. No smell of urine or sewage. It took some getting used to. But even a few days adjusting at home didn’t prepare me for the shock of returning to work. Read more