5 Things I Hate About Living in India: Geyser Switch, Bank Tokens & More!

5 Things I Hate About Living in India: Geyser Switch, Bank Tokens & More!

Here are my current TOP 5 Things I Hate About Living in India so far… in case you were curious:

1. The Bank Well, for me this is the Indian Overseas Bank.  Take a peek at the photo here. Take a good look.  You’ll see a withdrawal slip, a stamp from the bank inked onto the withdrawal slip, and a silver disk.  This is what Angela needs at the bank to withdraw cash.  So, what’s my problem?  This is the procedure: Go to Window A with the completed withdrawal slip.  Lady behind Window A looks up my info on computer and confirms if I indeed have money in my account, she gives me a silver disk and sends me away to Window B.  Window B is located right next it, 25 centimeters away from Window A.  The guy behind Window B re-checks that Window A lady didn’t mess up and then he stamps my slip and sends me away.  Window C has a queue, so I go to stand in line.  When I finally reach the front of the line, the lady behind Window C rechecks the computer, takes my silver disk thingy and gives me cash.  OMG WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? haha  I really am not an idiot, but I swear to you I looked like one the first time I went to the bank to make a cash withdrawal.  I mean, seriously, who on this planet could predict that process and actually do it right the first time around? haha

This is an example of a great sidewalk in Bangalore…goes on for several meters and is relatively flat.

2. Sidewalks.  I feel soooo sorry for the little old people of India.  Hell, to be honest I feel sorry for me and anyone who walks in this country with heels on.  I know that I can’t really say this but … it’s as if there really are NO sidewalks.  I mean, they are there, but I have never seen a single sidewalk outside of the posh commercial zone UB City that went on FLAT and uniform for more than 4 meters.  Sidewalks are like a mosaic of cement and dirt that are NOT fitted to work together.  I don’t have a photo but this is really a whole post topic eventually anyway so will pull together a slide show.

3. Car, Moto and Auto Rickshaw HORNS.  Why, India?  Why do you have to use the horn as anything other than a safety device to alert other drivers of imminent danger?  Oh wait, you do. haha  The crazy driving style of India definitely requires the horn blowing insanity that pollutes the tranquility in the air from early morning rush hour traffic til the middle of the night….and even then actually.  In Spain, I only heard the horn sounding when a car was blocking traffic… a few times a week maybe.  Here I hear a horn sounding at least every 2 to 4 seconds during the day.  Crazy!! haha

4. The Geyser Switch.  The first time my hotel shower didn’t have hot water I figured it was because all of the guests had just showered and I suffered through a cold shower in order to make it to work on time.  The second time I actually called down to the front desk and asked WTF?  Turns out that there is a switch in the bathroom labeled “Geyser” is actually the individual hot water heater switch.  Who’da guessed?? haha  Kind of made sense after they told me but it hadn’t really occurred to me until then.  I have personally never seen this in the U.S. or Europe.  Well yours truly had been efficiently turning off all the lights at night on my way out of the hotel each morning, accidentally turning off the Geyser switch along with the lights like an idiot.  After that first time, it happened two more times at the hotel.  And now I actually did it to myself for the first time at the new flat this morning too.  Well, actually, I think the housekeeper shut it off yesterday but I never thought to check it before bed.  From now on I will remember, from now on I will remember, from now on I will remember…

Nope, I didn’t win a special prize… that is the “you are OK to stand in line to get your cash” silver disk required at Indian Overseas Bank to take out money from the bank.
5. Hot, hot, hot food.  I am all for flavor.  I am all for spice.  But does every single food item in the country have to be spicy? haha  Even green salads and kids’ cheese triangles are spicy.  I know this because I about gagged on my salad once and I had a little shock when I bought the little cow cheeses as a “safe snack” at work during my first week here in India. haha  Not so safe 🙂  To be honest, I love Indian food and I am actually acclimating.  I no longer cough, turn bright red and my nose doesn’t run anymore.  But I would really love a few more flavor-full, chili-free culinary options here.

Toot toot, beep beep and XOXO from Bangalore

© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011

Angela Carson

At 21 I left uni, jumped into my Jeep Wrangler, and drove from my native California to live an adventure in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I've explored 37 countries on 4 continents, residing in 8 of them (currently Indonesia's Riau Islands is my home). I even have a private pilot's license and was shot at once by bandits!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. vincent

    Great blog Angie, keep em coming. Glad to see you enjoy your new life too =)


    1. angela_carson

      Thanks, V. Life is definitely different from anything I have ever known which is really fun. I could really use a party night though! haha Hope all is well with you. Was thinking about you recently because of some funny things that came up with old CEO…will try to email you later to share. xo

  2. PencilGirl

    I’m quite surprised you didn’t mention the traffic in this one. I guess, the horns do cover a bit of it, but they’re nothing compared to the traffic jams, and the two wheelers on the side-walk…
    Or maybe you didn’t want to scare everyone away from the city.. Hmmm… : :
    You will eventually get used to the food and the geyser switch, though.. Maybe even the horns. The sidewalks will probably remain a pain for longer. Dunno about the bank.. :

    1. angela_carson

      hehe…no no no! I am from Los Angeles. Bangalore is a breeze with traffic compared to the freeways of southern California 🙂 I will never complain about traffic here, seems A-okay to me!

      I have a little list of things I can make fun about though so there will definitely be a “Part 2” in the future 🙂

  3. Nisha

    You are supposed to switch off the geysor once you are done with your shower. Just switch it on half an hour or so before you need to use it. If you leave it on the whole while there is a good chance of it burning out!

    1. angela_carson

      Argh, I wish I could do that but I basically turn the alarm clock off, roll out of bed and right into the shower. I am not a morning person so it basically has to stay on all the time. Cuz the same thing will happen when I am rushing after work to shower before dinner or happy hour. BUT, I am going to keep my fingers crossed I don’t burn it out 🙂

  4. Bharath

    Hey Angela,

    Its quite common in India and as we all believe the power of saving, basically a long term plan. Save more for generations to come, save electricity, save water etc etc etc….

  5. Vroon


    The geyser switch is used to save power! In Europe in places where they have heating, hot water is plentiful as it is a byproduct of the heating process.


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