Sept 27: Gurgaon — Day 3
As work begins, the routine starts to take form: wake up, work out, eat, commute, work, eat, etc. Here are the new things from today:
- I feel like I have a lot more time and energy (energy is so important yet so underrated!) to meditate and work on outside projects. Even though the work is the standard journey (1h30 commute each way + 8h of work), I feel like I have a lot of extra energy before and after work. For example, this is the first time I'm writing an actual journal.
- I'm finally dedicating time to reading — mainly on the metro. I think the commute actually does good to me in some ways. It's a nice way to transition to and from work, and it's also a time that I can isolate my mind from digital stuff (I can only talk to friends, meditate and read).
- The foundation I'm working at, tGELF, is extremely horizontal. By that I mean that the group of people I work with are self-coordinated. They are in this fellowship program that started last year, which means it's super new, and they are the ones responsible for figuring out mostly of what they do. I'm really optimistic about it because the team is comprised of people who are really nice and smart (they graduated from some of the best universities across the globe), which makes me believe we'll figure things out. At the same time, the feeling of not having a clear guide can be quite overwhelming. Personally, I love the chaos
- Meetings in the Indian way: I've been to 2 meetings and I've felt like both of them started with no clear objective; everyone seemed to say relevant things about different topics, and at the end the progress looked dubious to me. When I questioned someone about whether they felt the same way, they agreed and said they'd been trying to get better, but that that's in huge part due to the Indian way of doing things. That was funny, because it does resonate with the Brazilian way as well.
- Talking about Indian way, I finally realized that honking here is part of the culture. Cars, motorcycles and autos honk all the time, in every occasion. They honk when they are mad, they honk to sinalize they are coming, they honk to greet someone, they honk to say they are tired, honking is just embedded as part of the culture!
- I lost the count of how many times people have warned me about food and water in India. "Never drink tap water" and"Be super careful with street food" are the most common warnings. When something is fine, they say "At least it won't kill you." They are also often expressing how foreigners are unprotected against all these things that people who grew up in India are used to.
- Being a vegetarian has not been bad at all! I haven't eaten any meat in the last 3 days, which is quite significant for someone who's eaten meat pretty much every single day for 20 years.
- To finish up, here's a quick look of walking around Gurgaon: