WORK-LIFE BAL­ANCE

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Mov­ing to Auck­land from a city heav­ing with 20 mil­lion peo­ple was a cul­ture shock for As­mita Bokil.

But the 37-year-old tech­ni­cal writer and her hus­band Pradeep are ad­just­ing.

The cou­ple ar­rived in De­cem­ber 2012.

‘‘It’s very dif­fer­ent be­cause Asia’s very densely pop­u­lated,’’ Bokil says.

‘‘The city [Mum­bai] never sleeps. Ev­ery­thing is on from 10 in the morn­ing to 10 at night.

‘‘Asia’s very hec­tic and the days are very, very long.

‘‘I find it very quiet here. I’m get­ting used to it.

‘‘You have more of a work­life bal­ance here, which I like.’’

When Bokil ar­rived, she at­tended work­shops and vol­un­teered while search­ing for a job.

She has fin­ished a short­term con­tract and is now job hunt­ing again while vol­un­teer­ing with ARMS’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing team.

Bokil has a few cousins liv­ing in Auck­land who ‘‘highly rec­om­mended’’ New Zealand.

She con­nected with friends who also moved here and joined an In­dian so­ci­ety which holds func­tions like plays, dance and Bol­ly­wood movies and cel­e­brates Di­wali and Holi fes­ti­vals.

‘‘I didn’t feel iso­lated – there are lots of In­dian faces so you know that the com­mu­nity is there.

‘‘Ki­wis are very friendly, they talk to you very eas­ily if you’re stand­ing at a bus stop or the lo­cal store.’’

Bokil finds get­ting a job, the cost of liv­ing and the weather chal­leng­ing in New Zealand.

‘‘We don’t have harsh win­ters in Mum­bai, we have more of a mod­er­ate cli­mate.

‘‘And if you come from out­side it’s chal­leng­ing to find a job, be­cause you don’t have any New Zealand work ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘You don’t know the New Zealand work cul­ture. Com­ing to ARMS and vol­un­teer­ing helped me un­der­stand how you live here and how you work.’’

Her ad­vice for oth­ers is have lots of pa­tience.

‘‘It takes a long time. You have to plan to work your way around the work ex­pe­ri­ence, get­ting to know peo­ple, net­work­ing with peo­ple you meet. It’s im­por­tant to be open minded.’’

Fewer peo­ple: As­mita Bokil finds Auck­land much qui­eter than Mum­bai.

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