Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Saturday, March 31, 2007


One of the best Ninja movies. I have not seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a loooong time. As kids my brother and I used to watch the cartoons on TV every saturday and it was a nice drive down memory lane this evening with Ali. He had also not seen the cartoon in ages and so it was doubly fun. We missed the first few minutes of the movie, but I do not think we missed anything significant. The Team and Master Splinter (or the rat guy as the kid behind me kept calling him) look awesome on the big screen. I couldn't believe that Sarah Michelle Geller has done the voice of April. It was a short movie and somewhat predictable, but just loads of fun. The soundtrack is awesome, and I loved the direction. It is an animated movie. There are no nail biting scenes, and some of the witticisms and slap stick comedy of the cartoon are distinctively missing. However, it is lively and has not one dull moment. The animated monsters and stone monsters were great. Good allround entertainment for the family. As for long time fans like me.. please make more movies with the TMNT!! Highly recommend this movie both for returning fans and for newer audiences.


Gardening and Soccer

The sun is out and I have a second lease at life again after the dreary winter. I spent wednesday planting a flower and fruit garden for Noah's friend Gabe. Thursday I had one of my first experiences playing soccer. I have never played the game, and know no rules. 'Corner Solutions' needed more girls just to be able to play and I said what the heck!! What is life without new and fun experiences. So Thursday night I trudged up with the rest of the team all of who are PhD Econ students at GMU to the field to play soccer. I just ran a lot, and passed the ball to the opposing team instead of my own guys. Adam Smith (that is his name I am not kidding) did us the honor of scoring a goal in our own side. That apart, it was a fun game. True to our name we did manage the corner solution of no score to 3 to the other team. It was nice being part of a team and just hanging out. We went to Damon's after the match and just hung out for a bit. Wish we had more time to hang out in groups like this. I am still waiting on pictures and will put them up as soon as I get them from Dorina.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Bye Bye World Cup

Crushing defeat against Sri Lanka. What use is 400 plus runs against Bermuda. What I cannot understand is how they let Sri Lanka take 254 runs. Everyone knows that India is not good at chasing runs over 200 against good teams, especially a team like Sri Lanka. Heck! Less then a week back they lost to Bangladesh under similar circumstances. This is a really nasty defeat coming as it does at the heels of Pakistan's ousting from the World Cup. Tendulkar scored a pathetic duck, so did Dhoni. Even at 40 0vers there was chance to redeem, and Harbhajan Singh and Patel did score a couple of good boundaries and a stunning sixer between them. If they had not lost Patel's wicket they may have had a chance to win. Pathetic 69 run loss. Go back to boot camp guys. You do not deserve to be in the world league.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

St.Patrick's day Massacre

Ireland beat Pakistan and Bangladesh beat India. Pakistan is now out of the running and India better play consistently to stay in the game. This is a shocker. Ireland win especially. This is a totally unknown team and for them to topple Pakistan is really unbelievable. I watched the Indian team play and they were horrible. Bangladesh has really come a long way since their debut. Their bowlers were awesome, and their fielding was just amazing. They did not let even single runs and there were few boundries. The Bangladesh innings was different. Within the first five overs, there were already 7 extras, grrrr!! The Indian team was no good at fielding either, and seemed very callous. It was a well deserved win for Bangladesh. The team members are surprisingly young (17, 18 years old). Both India and Pakistan are big teams and have much more experience than these rookies. I guess the success of the past has gone to their heads. Especially the Indian team. The crushing defeat against Bangladesh in December should have made them more careful. The team needs to perform or go back home with their tails between their legs.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Night at the Museum

About time I saw this movie. Noah knows how long I have been talking about this movie. What better way to watch it than with my lil niece and nephew. I drove them to the theatre in my cousin's van which has a fancy GPS system which spoke directions to me. We got there alright, but got kinda lost on the way back home. Then again, we weren't really lost. The GPS directed us back home.
The movie was worth the wait, and was funnest cause of the kids. Hansika was a little scared and yelped at the frightening scenes, but Anuvind was braver, although he decided to sit next to me once the frightening scenes started. For a change I enjoyed a Ben Stiller movie. Robin Williams was his usual self, and so was Owen Wilson. The special effects are awesome, and the frightening sequences are indeed frightening if atleast for lil kids. I thought the movie was well paced, and well directed. Wonder why it has such low review stars. Its certainly not an Oscar movie, but its a great movie for an afternoon or evening out. Trust me you won't be bored. Highly recommend it!


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

First Match this World Cup

West Indies played Pakistan today. This was the first game this World Cup Cricket season. I really rooted for Pakistan, because nothing would be better than an India Pakistan Finals on April 28th. The Windies started off on the wrong foot, and at the end of 30 overs had only a 100 runs. But Samuels hit a few boundaries and sixers in succession and gave Pakistan a good chasing score of 242. Unfotunately, Pakistan lost three good wickets early on and it was all downhill from there. Sorry guys. I watched today's match at my cousin's home. Hopefully, I will have a chance to watch the rest of the series.


A few marbles and a tray

Thats all it takes my six year old nephew to amuse himself. I am amazed at what little he needs to play with and how little an effort it takes to make him laugh. He does not need any expensive toys. He can play with whatever is available and is content with it. Like right now he is happy rolling a coupla marbles across the room and chasing them. This home is ringing with his cries "that's awesome", and that's cause he just found out that a round tray when turned over can go around the room. Wish I could be that content with my life.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Newest Baby among my friends

Erika my dear friend from Lincoln, Nebraska just had her second baby Valeria. I am yet to see Adela who was born in 2005. Above is the picture of Erika, Rene and Valeria. Adela is not in it. Congratulations guys!!


Lage Raho Munna Bhai

A usual sentimental and unreal bollywood flick. If you can believe Sanjay Dutt being a young hero why wouldn't you believe that Gandhiji would appear to an individual and that his ideas of non-violence would become very widely prevalent. For a change the song and dance sequences are not vulgar, and it is indeed a full family oriented movie. Pal Pal Pal is a very memorable song and is melodious. Vidhya Balan is a nice new fresh face to the movie scene and she can act decently enough. As for Sanjay Dutt as usual the stale old face and the stale old dialogues. It is a saccharine sweet drama typical of Indian movies. If you can stand the few sentimental and easily predictable scenes then this movie is fun enough. There are a few good laughs and most important you don't have to keep dropping coins for the kids to hunt for during those uncomfortable intimate scenes. Can watch it once and not be bored. Good family entertainment. Recommend it!!


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Blast from the Past II

A sweet morning surprise on a bitterly cold sunday morning. My ol buddy Dilip from Pondy emailed me out of the blue. I had completely lost track of him since we left Pondy. Since we had a common friend in Manju I guess he tracked me down. I had been thinking about getting back in touch with him for a few days now, part of my new venture to track down all my Pondy friends in the next few months. So he is in Pondy again, catching snakes and lizards (he is an ecologist). The day before I left Pondy we went to the beach early in the morning (Dilip, Manu and I), and on our way back got on top of a road roller and fancied we were driving it down ECR!! I am sure we took pictures, I need to hunt them down. That's this evening's task I guess.