November 15th, 2010
My first day in the Delhi office. A little anxious, a little excited…I was ready to meet new people and begin my professional experiment in India.
7:15 am – 9:00 am: Commute
I finally understand why office hours start late in India. The typical commute to work:
- 7:15 am – take a rickshaw to the company van service stop
- 7:30 am – board the ‘company shuttle’
- Snooze for 1.5 hours with head bobbing violently
- 9:00 am – arrive at the office
The company shuttle – Most companies contract with private van services to ferry all their employees to work from most parts of the city. For some companies, this is their second biggest expense after real estate and ahead of wages. The shuttles carry 4-8 people from each area and are feared on the roads because of their rash driving – by the other not so gentle drivers of Delhi!
Thankfully, my commute is a tad better than this typical commute.
PHOTO: Traffic jam with a thousand company vans waiting in DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, Haryana