A year across the globe
While it feels like yesterday when I packed my bags and headed to the airport with mixed feelings, the pages on the calender flipped by faster than I thought they would. While I stood anxiously in the queue to get into the US Consulte at Chennai and felt time had frozen, little did I know then that time also knew how to fly by in the blink of an eye.
Yes, its been one year since I was lifted away from my comfortable orbit of home and work. I almost felt like Neil Armstrong then... taking a big leap and all! But like most of you said, "Everything will be fine"... I must assure you, you were right!!
And yet again on this day when I go out and smell the fresh air of spring I get a little wary, of how this 'land of opportunities' tore me away from all the opportunities I once had. I had thought I would miss being a working woman. Of course I do... who won't want to hear the ruffling of hard earned notes each time you open your wallet? But just when I was thinking that way, something about my life as a home maker here taught me to recognize opportunities. I realized that perhaps this was a welcome break to persue all that I wanted to do in my 'free' time. To gain time with myself, to relax and to enjoy.
America has taught me a lot. From being independant in doing all the chores on my own (Yes multitasking at its heights - If you think you are a Software Engineer, America knows how to turn you into a Dhobi in no less than one week of your stay) ...to being a dependant wife (Oh, that is why they call the Visa Dependant .. now I know). But when I honestly gave this a thought it seemed quite paradoxical, considering women are the support system of any home. Ok ok lets not dwell into the gender war now!!
While America taught me the D-I-Y ethic (Yes... that is Do It Yourself..I did not mispell die *wink*) it also taught me that life is'nt all about work. Yeah, Im sure you can bet by all those photos I sent you. I did have a good time trotting around places as and when my husband would get a long weekend off.
Apart from all of this its been fun to learn and appreciate the differences in culture and environment. Ive learnt to accept a smile and a hello from a passerby without having to take a quick trip down memory lane looking for that person. Ive learnt to thank nature for the wonderful weather Bangalore has while I put on huge woollen coats to guard me against the minus twenty somethings that the mercury plummets to in winters. Ive learnt that America does something to you that makes you want to learn more history & geography of its 50 states while you dont even know as much about your neighboring state in India. Ive learnt that America can give you a tool to do almost any chore without breaking a sweat and then provide you with umpteen number of diet options. But in all this Ive learnt that no matter how much value a Dollar holds, a few Rupees can bring you a lot more joy (Yes I miss the pani puri walas.) Hehehe!
Im sure at the end of this Ive left you wondering whether Im enjoying my stay here or craving for home.... I will leave that for you to figure out, for how else will we remain in touch?