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Keeping in touch

It’s been almost two months that we have been back in the States, but my heart is still in India. I got a new haircut, changed my hair color, updated my make-up and wardrobe, and got new glasses (*).  But … Continue reading

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Passing with distinction

Last week, around 9pm, rather late, our maid calls. She’s talking about ticket numbers and computers. I have no idea what she’s talking about. Mam, my brother call you. He did a few minutes later, explaining that the results for … Continue reading

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Are you afraid of your brother-in-law?

You read about it in the expat books but it doesn’t prepare you much. You hear about the problems you will have with your maid but it’s always from the point of view of the employer, poor victim taken advantage … Continue reading

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Begging for school fees

This is the time of year when maids and cooks and others come asking for loans or advances on salary for their children’s school fees. The difference between a loan and an advance is that a loan is repaid over … Continue reading

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Death from afar

One thing that absolutely super duper hyper sucks when you’re an expat is when your friends or family members die. In 17 months, I am at number 5. It’s never pleasant, but being thousands of miles away, several time zones … Continue reading

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Let me make a few enemies

Dear neighbor, You said I pay my cook too much. Let me tell you what’s on my mind right now. I don’t pay her “too much”. I pay her whatever I please. And I believe that a hard-working woman who holds … Continue reading

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A picture with our maid

We like our maid. She’s sweet, and she’s drama free. Probably because she doesn’t speak much English.  A few months ago, she came to our door after I posted a “wanted” ad on our compound’s forum. Within a few seconds, … Continue reading

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A maid or a Roomba?

We need a maid.  I know I sound like a snob when I say that but there are many reasons why we need a maid. Everybody has one.  Or two.  And a cook.  And a nanny.  And a gardener.  And … Continue reading

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A Vespa and Christmas lights

While I was gone… He got a Vespa.  I had left for two weeks knowing something was going to be bought “behind my back”, and I was right, we now have a shiny scooter standing next to the bicycles in … Continue reading

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Where’s the kitchen?

Last night was our first in our new home.  It’s been a cornucopia of emotions!  Sometimes I would look in awe at our garden, with hibiscus, squirrels, palms and unidentified plants.  Yet, in the middle of the night I was … Continue reading

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