The job offer

We are moving to India!!!!!! Probably. For a while. Not forever. With the cats. Two cats. Meow.

The job offer came on Friday. We are so excited!

Last night, we settled on the city of Hyderabad, though it makes no difference to me since I have never been to India. It was a toss between Bangalore and Hyderabad, but Hyderabad is where the company is located. Chennai, which was my favorite since it’s close to the ocean, was eliminated because of E’s professional ties.

I started reading seriously about the country. In the last two years, I had read several novels by Indian authors (names below), but I admit my knowledge of India is very stereotypical. To me, India means stark poverty, turbans and saris, the Taj Mahal, Ghandi, and holy cows. British colonization, arranged marriages, child prostitution, caste and dowries, spices and yogis.

It’s going to be a grand adventure!!!

Authors: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Jhumpa Lahiri
Arundhati Roy

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8 Responses to The job offer

  1. suthewriter says:

    Sounds exciting! I’m from Hyderabad, though I live in Bangalore now. Do keep writing, it will be fun to read about my city from your perspective 🙂

    • It seems that we are now moving to Bengalore as a “base camp”. My husband will be traveling a lot between the two cities, and I will come along as often as I can. So I should still be able to give you my impressions on your hometown!

  2. Sally moyer says:

    Wow it’s 10 degrees where I live and right now they are experiencing very warm temps. What kind of weather can you expect?

  3. edasht says:

    Looking forward to reading your blog and thoughts on India! I spent three years as a kid in Mumbai (Bombay, back then) and then my family lived in New Delhi when I was older – so I visited often and lived there for a year as well. If you’re still looking at fiction and non-fiction reads about South Asia I highly recommend: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar and City of Djinns by William Dalrymple. I’ve also just started Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and it’s really enjoyable so far! Great read for India adventurers.

    • I have a tall pile of books on my nightstand and not enough time for them all! I read only about half of Shantaram but love Dalrymple, though I get depressed everytime. My favorite recent fiction on India is “A fine balance”. Also very depressing. I will take a look at Umrigar, thank you for the suggestions 🙂

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