7 12 2010


I normally embrace change and I am happy about it. Change chases away the boredom and tends to tame my restlessness… but when things change form one day to another, it just makes me mad.

Right now I can’t make a plan… book some tickets… decide when to do my South Asian trip… because next week things might look completely different.

And don’t tell me that it’s up to me. Because sometimes it’s just not!

On the other hand… I am happy 😀

And I am not going to feel guilty because I am happy to leave India at this point in time! I haven’t seen my family since 2nd of April 2010. I haven’t seen “THE TEAM” since April and June 2009. I am so excited that I will meet my closest friends that I feel like yelling it from the top of Cyber Greens.

Yes, I am happily counting down the days. I sort of finished my shopping. Yes, I almost packed my bags; I even went sightseeing in Delhi … And yes, I have a calendar on my desk and I scratch off each day that passes.

That doesn’t mean I am not going to miss some of the things here… Mostly my TEAM here and being in the office.  My small small room. Sarojini Nagar shopping.  Barista and the best café latte in India. Ice cream from Giani.  Chico, Mariana, Paula, Javed, Sasha and Andrew.  IVETTITA. Indian food. Galleria Market. Fresh fruit juice from the street “shops”. Cooking :D. My TEAM again 😀 The women wagon in the metro. The friendly gatherings.  Showing off my PAN card. Playing the tourist. Saying I am from Ghana or Afghanistan when annoying men ask me where I am from. Telling lies about being married with 4 kids. Yes… I did that a few times 😛 All in all… the small things that make my day. In the end, happiness is in details 🙂

Why I never spoke about all these things before in my posts? I don’t know. It might be because I usually don’t feel like writing when I am happy. Who needs therapy when he/she is happy.

I am happy to have a 3 months break from Gurgaon. No more rickshaws. No more buses. No more random pigs on the street. No more traffic. No more bargaining for every single rupee. Yes… at the end of the month I am poor too. Thank God, not poor in the true sense of the word, but the need to watch my every rupee shows its ugly head.  You can call me a bad financial planner if it makes you happy!

I won’t miss the staring. I won’t miss being on the list… actually I haven’t been in such a long time that it doesn’t even matter. I think I might never be again 😛 I used to laugh saying that going partying in Delhi reminds me why I don’t go partying in Delhi! I am too old for this.

I won’t miss the hypocrisy.

I won’t miss the dust.

I won’t miss losing my hair… Yes, that was one of the big things that messed with my head here.  I don’t know if anyone can picture the distress of seeing your hair falling like crazy every single day, every single brush touch, every single shower … Till it feels that you are losing your feminity with every single moment that passes by.

All in all, it was good and bad. Just like any other true adventure. I was in love with India some of the days… and I hated being here with all my heart in others. One thing though never changes… My professional and learning experience was as close to perfection as it could be. And the best part of it?  It keeps going 😀

So I guess for now is “see you in March 2011 Dear India”. I promise to try to be more patient next time… But have in mind that my patience is a “work in progress” thing!!!

Just like me!

Living in the concrete jungle :)

29 08 2010

Lately I have been so busy/tired that I didn’t feel like writing as much…. And also not much has happened 🙂 Going to work, coming back, reading a little… I have been completely anti social. I usually am anti social but for the past 2 weeks… more than ever!

Anyway I wanted to write about Gurgaon for quite some time now. It’s the place I live… No, I don’t live in Delhi… To go there I have to take the fancy metro for a great 20 minutes ride :D. I like the metro because it’s clean, they opened it about a month ago… and it’s also up in the air :P… and the view is great, you can actually see the entire Gurgaon 🙂

We call Gurgaon “the concrete jungle”. It’s full of malls and stray animals. It also includes a huge hole which was supposed to be a huge mall or something, and now it’s just the biggest hole in India. I think it’s fair to say that Gurgaon has more than 10 malls… People spend their weekends in shopping malls. I don’t mean all the people, but every time I had to go to a mall, it was fully packed 🙂

What makes me laugh every morning is the family of pigs that walks happily around the place I live… There are lots and lots of them. Now Piggy became Mama Piggy, she has at least 10 baby pigs and they are so dirty and funny, walking in line, crossing the street, posing for pictures, etc… Daily entertainers for me, part of the scenery for the Indians living nearby…

Once you reach the main road, well one of them (Golf Course Road), you start meeting the cows. At the beginning of my staying here there weren’t so many, but know it’s just full of them… I remember laughing with Sahil about cow’s rehabilitation centres in India, in my first weekend here… now it feels like they all escaped and are enjoying their freedom in Gurgaon 😛

The spot I was all covered in mud by a very "nice" driver 🙂

There is only one thing that I totally dislike in this concrete jungle… the state of the roads. If it’s raining… expect traffic jams and being late to work. If it rained the night before and you take a circle rickshaw to go to work, expect at least one stupid driver speeding and spreading mud all over you… and I mean all over you… Also, here drivers have no respect for pedestrian. But why should they if nobody rules by example and there are so little places where u can normally cross the street? Here crossing the street is a danger to your life. Nobody cares! It’s like if you don’t have a car, you don’t deserve to be safe!

What I don’t seem to stubbornly understand is why the government doesn’t fix the roads once in for all… I mean the monsoon comes every year, in the same period of time… They cannot say it’s unexpected… Anyway, what to do?

Last night I went to Mocha with Javed and Ayush. It’s a nice place and we decided to ignore the big rat passing by from time to time. Everybody else seemed to ignore the little animal, including the waiters. Maybe it was their pet and we didn’t know it. We never asked 😀 Except of the rat, the place is really great 😛 I totally recommend it 🙂

What else… there are some really nice markets; Galleria is my favourite one… It’s a nice place with small shops and this amazing Frozen Yoghurt place… OK, off I go… I think I am spending too much time in front of my computer… I need some frozen yoghurt 😀

Me happy 🙂

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