#InternInIndia: Week 5
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This week has been a sad week. The group of interns have disbanded and only a few of us remain. Last week, I was so in love with Bangalore but it seems our honeymoon period is over and we’ve had our first fight. The traffic gives me a banging headache, the smog makes it hard to breathe and the half eleven curfew is frustrating when the New India Express interns often don’t leave work till 9 as we did yesterday. The rick drivers demanding preposterous amounts of money for a ten minute journey which they will inevitably get lost on is no longer comical or charming and the stress of the anniversary issue is starting to show on all fronts. This week has been a long, long week in comparison to the past month I’ve spent here- but, thankfully, it’s not been all bad. Stuart, one of the interns, had invited his girlfriend Jenny over to spend a week in Bangalore and then travel so it was nice having our group a little bigger than its usual four. We showed her the high life Bangalore had to offer and she was as surprised as we were to discover the cosmopolitan hub of the city compared to the India she was expecting. Whilst she was here, and Stuart working for the marketing company he was interning with, Me and Claire made Jenny an honorary intern and brought her along with us to some of our assignments. It was quite an exciting week for us as we got to attend a press film premiere at the Garuda Mall complex in Bangalore for art film Lunchbox. The film had Indian and international star, Irrfaan Khan of Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire and newcomer Nirut as leads. Settled down with some very sweet Indian popcorn, we all was quite nervous about the film since our Hindi was hardly fluent and we would have to write up a review and possibly interview the stars of the film. The first line was in Hindi and me Claire and Jenny all looked at each other in disbelief- how we’re we going to come up with insightful questions about the film when we wouldn’t have a clue what was even happening?! Thankfully, a large part of the film was actually in English, as it wasn’t a Bollywood film, but a film aimed at international audiences and was quite arty. It had been shown at Cannes film festival as well as others and had been opened in Canada, Germany and other non Hindi speaking countries too.
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