I was chatting with a coworker in Gurgaon today. We were waiting for my computer to behave, and he asked, “How’s the weather in Minneapolis?” I told him, feeling a bit silly for not being able to estimate the temperature in Celsius (it was early–for me).
Then I asked what his weather was like this time of year. “We’re having the monsoons. Gentle rains every day. It’s a very nice break from the heat.”
I felt even sillier, not knowing it was monsoon season. That’s kind of a big deal, although the fact that I hadn’t heard about any flooding was good. Then he said, “Where is Minneapolis? It isn’t on one of the coasts, is it?”
Woohoo for shared cultural ignorance! I at least know where Gurgaon is (outside New Delhi). He even thought I must have been to visit because I know the city is growing ridiculously fast. Nah. It’s just in a big urban area in India. One follows from the other right now.
So I told him how to locate us quickly on a map. Then we went back to talking about the weather. Snow impressed him mightily, as did the entire concept of ice fishing. We were just getting into the local economy when my computer got its act together and we had to go back to work.
I love working for a global company.