“There are no half hour zones,” my wife said when I pleaded confusion over UTC+5:30 India Standard Time. It took some convincing before she accepted that a country would do such a thing.
Turns out there are a few areas with half hour time zones:
- Some regions of Australia
- Newfoundland (Canada)
- Sri Lanka
Nepal and Chatham Islands (New Zealand) up the ante with 45 minute time zones.
This is my forth trip to India and this time I have been here two weeks and still that 30 minutes keeps tripping me up. I keep trying to find ways to adjust to it as I manage business commitments across the globe. I resort to world clocks and even finger counting, as I struggle to internalize it.
Anyone have any tips for dealing with this?