One year ago, on this day, I packed my life in Singapore and boarded a flight back home to India. Like a hopeless romantic finally uniting with her first love, my head filled with starry-eyed dreams. I dreamt about magical places I could travel to within my own country. I thought about the many causes I could make a difference to. I imagined proving the notions of most Indians who choose not to live in India, wrong. I swore by John F. Kennedy’s words, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
So you’ve ignored all travel warnings about India’s capital city, overlooked all evidence pointing against safety, discarded all perceptions thrown at you, and decided to move your life to Delhi. Brilliant. Here are 9 tips for surviving life in Delhi as a single woman, compiled after my five-month-long love & hate relationship with the city.