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Expats talk about the city

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2012 02:05 IST

The term BRICS is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the current participating countries of the summit. The participating countries are all large economies and have a significant influence on regional and global affairs. As of 2012, the BRICS countries represent almost half of the world’s population. Every year, member countries take turns to host a summit, where the heads of states of these five countries discuss the various aspects of international relations. The first BRIC summit was held in June 2009 in Russia. And, South Africa became a member in 2010. The fourth BRICS summit takes place today, with Delhi playing host for the first time.

Name: Alexander Antipin, 22
From: Russia

After spending around six months in the city, Antipin, who’s from Moscow, finds Delhi a green place with kind people. “I am pleased to see the greenery here. Also, the people are kind and nice,” he says. The young journalist, while reporting on various topics such as Indo-Russian relations, culture, politics and economics, has made several friends in the city. “We hang out once a week, depending on our work schedules. I meet most of the fellow expats from Russia at cultural evenings at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture,” he says. Antipin, who is active on social networking sites — Twitter and Facebook, also owns a blog, where he posts pictures clicked by him and shares his Delhi experiences. “I treat my blog as a guide for people back home. It’s about what to do and what not to do in Delhi,” he says.

Do you know about brics?
Yes, it’s an important annual meeting of five nations.

favourite hangout
I am very impressed by the monuments of the city. I love to hang out at the Qutub Minar with my friends.

Loves to eat at
Side Wok at Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri

Loves to shop at
Ambience Mall and DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj

Hates about delhi
Police, they aren’t helpful at all.

as told to vaishali bhambri

Name: Sam Hee, 38
From: China

Sam Hee has been living in Delhi since November 2009, and works as Chef de Cuisine at Ano-Tai, Jaypee Vasant Continental. The chef finds his job both challenging and rewarding as it involves meeting new people and making delicious food to satisfy their taste buds. Hee, who resides alone in the city, says: “I love living in Delhi. There is so much to explore. The city has a rich cultural blend and is totally diversified.” The chef has made many friends in the city and celebrates various festivals with them, as that’s the time when he misses China the most. And, what does he think about the Chinese food preparations in India? “Indian Chinese food is spicier as compared to what you get in China. This is because Indians use a lot of spices and chillies where as in China, we use herbs and chillies for aroma,” he says.

Do you know about brics?
No, I have no idea about it.

Favourite hangout
I love going to Dilli Haat near INA Market

Favourite Chinese outlet in the city
Any place that serves good non vegetarian.

Loves to shop at
Dilli Haat

As told to Aakriti Sawhney

Name: Anandi Schubert, 25
From: South Africa

Anandi Schubert, wife of a diplomat at the South African High Commission, has been living in the city since July 2011 with her husband. Talking about Delhi she says, “Although the culture (here) is very different from that of South Africa, my experience is that India is also a very friendly country. I’ve been welcomed and embraced with open arms by its people and I have therefore been able to make India my second home. It is an enjoyable experience, full of adventure.” She is happy that President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is coming to Delhi and says she would love to meet him. “He has a very busy schedule for his visit, but if possible, I would love to meet him,” says Schubert.

As told to Namya Sinha

Do you know about BRICS?
Yes, I’m aware of it. My husband and the South African High Commission officials are heavily involved in the preparations.

Favourite hangout
I love going to markets. I recently visited Hauz Khas market with a friend. I loved the restaurants, art galleries and shops, as well as the lake and the ruins there.

Loves to eat at
Italian restaurant, Amici

Loves to shop at
Sarojini Nagar market

Hates about Delhi
The traffic. It’s so hard to get from one place to the other without being late.

Name: Edmilson G de Azevedo, 45
From: Brazil

Chef Edmilson came down from Brazil in June 2011, to work in Wildfire restaurant at Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon. Though his family stays in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Edmilson has made himself comfortable in India. “I have many Brazilian as well as Indian friends in the city,” he says, adding, “My experience in India has been fantastic so far.

There are great and helpful people around and I have learnt so many new things.” But what he enjoys the most in the city is rustling up authentic Brazilian meals for the guests at the restaurant.

Do you know about BRICS?
No, I haven’t heard about it.

Favourite hangout
I keep trying different bars and restaurants in Gurgaon

Loves to shop at
Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Hates about Delhi
There’s nothing to hate about Delhi The people here are warm and supportive.

As told to Chirag Mohanty Samal