How it has been..
Posted by Pepper on April 9, 2012
It has been quite a while, hasn’t it? I thought I would drop by here and talk about how life has been since we landed in India.
India! What can I say? She is that captivating entity, that overwhelming power that leaves you breathless. There has been so much of action in our lives, we’ve hardly had any time to sit back and soak it in.
We landed in Bombay a few weeks ago. It was 2 am, my harrowed parents and sister had been walking around listlessly, waiting for us to come out of the terminal. As usual, we had to encounter a few things that delayed us, and we came out an hour late.
The first thing that hit us the moment we stepped out, was the heat. I found myself sweating, and this was in the middle of the night, when the heat is supposed to be minimal. Since when did heat start disturbing me, I wondered. All along in the US, I whined about the cold. I told people around me how much I yearned for the Indian heat. And here I was, wiping my brow in discomfort, a few minutes after landing. Oh well, I think by now I am used to it.
The next few days were all about meeting people and catching up. The maids were the first ones to greet me the next morning. They couldn’t get over how thin I was. Well, I have always been thin, just that the world expected me to pile on the kilos the moment I got married. So what I keep hearing now is, “You haven’t gained weight at all after marriage”. Umm, why is weight gain related to marriage?
I went to the salon to fix myself, and the women who were waxing my arms were thoroughly amused by how tiny my arms were. And when they found out I was married, their amusement turned into shock. They asked me if I had a love marriage, I said yes. And then they concluded saying, “that’s why you got married so soon”. So soon? I told them I didn’t marry *that soon*, lest they had the image of some teenager eloping. In all honesty, I am flattered when I see the shock on people’s faces when they find out I am married, but the other part of me keeps wondering, how married people are supposed to look? This really isn’t about wearing the ‘symbols’ of marriage. This is more about your general appearance. Anyway..
Since my entire extended family resides in Bombay, we had a very hectic social life. In the midst of all the family gatherings, I had to squeeze in time for my friends. The 2 BFFs had been beyond excited to catch up. We spent a night with friends, drinking some vodka, playing taboo, chatting, laughing, fun times!
After a joyful week in Bombay, we flew to Chennai. I share a ‘love-hate’ relationship with that city. The first two days were fun, after which I fell ill and spent my time feeling sorry for myself in bed. It was extremely boring. My cough wouldn’t let me sleep. My abs hurt, my lungs ached, my fever would leave me cranky, I felt uncomfortable, and to add to my woes, I spent all my time swatting off mosquitoes, unsuccessfully. By the end, I had a million tiny, red spots all over my arms. Never have I been faced with so many mosquitoes!
We flew out of Chennai after a relatively dull week there. I’ve been on campus with Mint since then. Our days are filled with dinner events, induction programs, social events, etc. It has been fun, but stressful all the same. Probably because socialising isn’t my cup of tea. I can’t be myself in a room full of 200 new people, offering corporate handshakes, making small talk, sipping out of a glass with sophistication. I did meet a lot of interesting people though, and this one year should be fun. I hope to get back to Bombay in a few days.
And to answer the one question that almost everybody keeps asking us, ‘How does it feel to be back?” I say it hasn’t really hit us yet. It just feels like we’re in India for our annual vacation. Maybe it will hit us eventually. Right now, I don’t feel any different. Other than the periodic reminders I get when I plug in an electronic device and forget to ‘turn on’ the power switch.