Category Archives: Preparing for the trip

Readying for Beijing

Before moving to India, I studied like a grad student. From the time we decided on the job change, I read everything about India, or anything written by Indians. Literature, political commentary, movies, you name it, if I could get … Continue reading

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I wasn’t born in ’05

We are almost there.  The countdown has started.  Suitcases are getting packed.  Lists are made.  The grieving continues.  Documents are scanned, signed and FedExed.  Cars are sold.  Hopefully, so will the condo in the next few days. We are encountering … Continue reading

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I wish we were the Clampetts

The Clampetts were lucky.  They struck gold, packed everything on a wagon, and headed West.  I am not envious of the black gold – Texas tea (much), nor the West, but the part about throwing everything they own on the … Continue reading

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The packing game

The moving date is fast approaching, though we are not sure of the exact date.  It was September, then October, then November, and we are now back at October.  October 1st or 31st?  I have little to no control over … Continue reading

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Beyond Namaste

I am trying my best at Hindi, and it’s not easy. Let’s start with the flashcards I found online: Huh? Oh, I have seen that before.  I think it’s a, hmmm, let me think, oh, it’s fresh tamarind.  I got … Continue reading

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Eyes on the prize

Before going on a trip, excitement often gives way to stress. It starts like this: “Honey, did you go to the bank to get cash? – Yes, and on the way I picked up your prescriptions. – Awww, thanks, you’re … Continue reading

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Outsourcing

I have my tourist visa in hand. Let me tell you about the best government transaction in the world.  The Indian government has outsourced its visa department.  Ironic isn’t it!  I do not know what prompted this decision, but it … Continue reading

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