'I've never felt threatened'

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'I've never felt threatened'

Rolando Perez and wife Maribel have been in the City with their son Marco for a while now and term their stay as a learning experience.

Rolando, who hails from Cuba, works as a Supplier Program Manager with The Boeing Company and Maribel, who is from Panama, works as a Spanish teacher at Indus International School.

They have only the best to say about their professional and personal lives here. “The idea that people abroad have about India is that one can only see poverty here. But this is because they don’t know that here you have people from all strata of life,” says Maribel. She considers Bangalore as a modern city where one can get anything one wants.Working in India has been a welcoming experience for Maribel.

 “I’m very pleased with my job and my workplace as in India, there is a high regard for teachers. Parents are very interested in their child’s education and are cooperative,” says Maribel. She adds that the children here are very respectful. “That happens when you hail from a strong family background with great values.”  Rolando agrees and says, “Respect is very important here. At my workplace, people have always respected me. Besides calling me ‘Sir’, people really appreciate me whenever I try to help them. It has been a fulfilling journey.”

Having worked in the UK among other places, Rolando says that each place is different in its own way. “It’s interesting to see how people function.” He says that there are certain challenges working here but it has been a happy stay. “It is very similar to Spain, where punctuality and meeting schedules aren’t always important. But in UK, things have to be done on time.”  

He adds that people here don’t know how to say no and it has actually been a challenge for him. “The fact that they might be nodding their head to what you are saying doesn’t always mean that they understand you,” he says and adds that there is not much that can be done to change this. “For example, Americans try to solve an Indian problem in an American way. But for an Indian context, one has to work out relevant solutions.”

 He quickly adds that this is nothing compared to the things he appreciates here. “My whole experience has been good. People appreciate relationships here. This is something very similar to the Latin culture. People like to talk about their families and hang out after work. I feel very appreciated and welcome in this space that I’m working in,” says Rolando.

Maribel says that new places often teach new things, and observes that though the City is overly populated, the people live peacefully. “People are very tolerant here. They mind their own business and are able to live with each other,” says Maribel. She adds, “I’ve never felt threatened. Bangalore has been a pleasant City to stay in.”

The family loves going to Goa on a holiday. “We usually like places where we don’t have to walk a lot and we can just sit and relax,” says Maribel. Rolando has travelled for work in the country but likes Bangalore the most due to its climate. “The people here are very kind and receptive. Also, I feel safer here, compared to even places in the US,” he says. “Maids and drivers are also accessible and affordable here,” he says.

The family loves hanging out at different places in the City. “The traffic gets in the way so we often hang out at places in Whitefield. We go to Opus, Windmills Craftworks etc. We recently saw Raghu Dixit perform, and it was an exhilarating performance. His music reminded me of a Spanish Rumba,” says Maribel. The couple adds that they also love places in Indiranagar. “The social life here is fantastic,” says Rolando.

Marco, who studies at Indus International School, loves his school. “There is a lot to like about the City. I like the food like chapati and puri, malls, cinemas etc. At school, the teachers are wonderful and kind. They explain everything the way I like it,” he says with a smile.

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