Frequently Asked Questions about Bangalore
Is Bangalore the high tech capital it is made out to be?
Yes - and no! All the contradictions present in big cities of developing countries are here, for example, high rises with wireless broadband alongside slums that lack even basic sanitation. To deal with life here you need to hold both of these worlds in your hand. As for the high tech - this is a real phenomenon as top-class software companies and really impressive startups are based here.
What jobs can I get as an expat in Bangalore?
In IT-related industries, expats often find managerial positions as well as quality assurance, translation, marketing and accent training jobs, for example. In many other fields there is stiff competition from Indian nationals.
Do I need a car?
It really depends. Traffic is a huge problem in Bangalore and driving can be stressful - so living close to your job is recommended. If this is the case it is possible to catch motor pools or taxis to and from work. Schools often hire buses to pick up even far away students. Owning a car is considered a luxury rather than a necessity. The new Bangalore Metro is a user-friendly suburban railway network that's worth exploring.
Is Bangalore safe?
During the day Bangalore is safe, although like everywhere look out for petty crime like pick-pocketing. During the night it is not advisable to walk alone. There is a substantial number of very poor living in the city, and also many who are super rich, making for high rates of burglary and robbery.
What are the schools like?
There are several well-respected international schools and Indian-curriculum schools in Bangalore. As with anywhere else, it's a good idea to visit the schools to see for yourself before you make a decision, and to treat finding a school for your kids as your first priority before the move.