As expected, 6 months into my stay at Bangkok, I already miss my home in India terribly. Part of this is because of the lockdown in Bangkok. Part of this is because I never really wanted to leave India and had to do so because I was unhappy with my job and this was the best option I had, then.
What I Miss about Home
- Although Thailand has some of the biggest malls in the world, I miss my Ambience Mall. I miss looking forward to weekends to go to Ambience Mall.
- Although Bangkok has some of the best restaurants in the world, I miss dining at Pizza Express, Daryaganj, Chili’s, Mamagoto, Sodabottleopenerwaala and Burma Burma.
- I miss going to Cyber Hub on the weekends.
- Although Bangkok has some of the best bars in the world, it is missing a microbrewery culture which was so popular in Gurgaon and Bengaluru. I miss drinking craft beer.
- Living in my own house and doing what I want with it.
- I miss Connaught Place, although, I hadn’t been there for many months even when I was in Gurgaon.
- Miss Hotstar India. Hotstar Thailand doesn’t have as many shows, especially from HBO, FX etc.
- Sorely miss Amazon. Lazada/Shopee are disgusting and I use them only because I am forced to.
- I miss having the electrical switches the right side (For India) up.
- I miss the few friends I have.
- Miss the prevalence of online services like online doctor consultations, online medical test bookings & online booking of household services.
- I miss driving my own car.
- Lastly, I miss a sense of belonging.
What I don’t miss
- The horrible air quality most days of the year.
- The unnecessary and tiring bureaucracy in every aspect of life.
- The forced religious indoctrination in everyday life.
- The lack of respect for animals and even pets.
- The high cost of fuel, electricity and cooking gas.
- The high cost of food at restaurants.
- The filth omnipresent everywhere.
- The utter disregard of Indians towards their country and their countrymen/women.