[BangPypers] Internationals getting Python/Programming Jobs

Noufal Ibrahim noufal at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 13:53:46 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM, Rory Hart <hartror at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm an Australian who is considering living/working in Bangalore, I work
> with a lot of Indians here in Australia and figure why should they have all
> the fun of coming to another country to work.

In my experience, Indians migrate for higher pay (with the exchange
rate working in their advantage) rather than fun. I'm sure some do it
for the latter but those are exceptions.

> The main questions I have are:
>   - Do Bangalore IT companies hire many internationals?

I'm not sure of that. I haven't really seen people being hired here
that way. Most of the non-Indian folks who work out of India are
employees from the parent organisation abroad who have come down to
India for specific projects (often in people management or senior
tech. roles).

>   - Can you get by with English only? (I note with happiness all
>   the correspondence on this list appears to be in English)

Inside the company, if you can put up with a little bad grammar, I
suppose it's possible. Outside, things get harder. Since you're
planning to come down for the fun of it, it might be an educational
experience to join a local language institute and learn a local Indian

>   - What are the Python job prospects like in Bangalore?

This is tricky. I know lots of orgs that use it for internal purposes.
For external apps that get shipped to clients, I know of ZeOmega and
no others.

>   - Do any of you work with/are internationals working in Bangalore and
>   would be willing to talk to me about it in more depth?

My current organisation has a couple of people from Norway. They stay
in India during their work. I don't interact with them *that* much but
I do a little. Do you have any specific questions?

> Any other insights people have would be much appreciated, for example: am I
> mad?

You write cogently and seem to have a solid reason for embarking on
this so I think not. Chad Fowler (http://chadfowler.com/about-me)
spent some time in India and one of things he did was learn the local
language.  He enjoyed it apparently and it's possible that you might


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