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Doing business in India can throw out cultural curve balls, even for those with roots in the country, writes Satjeet Sahota at Jefferies International

I was born and educated in London and have spent most of my working life here. So when I was offered a chance to work in India, I jumped at the opportunity.

I read law at University College London and completed my training contract with a US law firm, working in its London, New York and Moscow offices. International travel has always appealed to me, but it never matched my desire to experience living and working in Mumbai.

Satjeet Sahota
Satjeet Sahota

Arriving at Mumbai airport in the early hours of a hot mid-June day, it dawned on me that I was going to live and work in the country that my parents left three decades ago.

My daily commute was now in a Toyota Innova taxi, a luxury in comparison to the crowded train commutes into London city. The notorious Mumbai traffic and the potholes made for an eventful journey each day. It is an extremely busy place to live; a diverse melting pot of people from various cultures, religions and economic backgrounds trying to achieve their goals and dreams.

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Satjeet Sahota is the senior vice-president of Jefferies International.