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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Help!! I am becoming a Rajini fan!

I seem to have developed some kind of fondness for Rajinikanth, his movies and the songs from his movies. For those of you who know me well, you will know that I have shied away from Tamil and Hindi movies unless they are really great and exceptional!! Ever since I saw Shivaji this summer while I was in India I have simply become enamoured with the songs in that movie and can't have enough of the songs. Of course! This has lead me to seek out more Rajini songs and I am listening to them in a new light now. The title song usually has lots of meaning and appeals to the finer emotions and makes me relate a lot to the Tamil culture. Now I know why he is a big star and has such a crazy fan following. His newer movies have lots of social messages in addition to great songs and silly dance sequences and one typical catch phrase like "naan oru darava sonna nooru darava sonna maadiri" (if I say something once its as if I said it a hundred times). Help me I am becoming very Tamizh and hopelessly falling in love with Rajini movies!!

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Crank that Soulja Boy

This is the latest craze among young people here these days. I had the bizzarest experience of my life over the break when the Tyler kids found this on youtube and spent a lot of time getting the moves right. Being such a stuck-up person, this was strange to me, but I was also part of the group learning the moves out of an instructional video. I understand that this is from a new album that was released in October. The craziest part of it was finding an instructional video that breaks down the individual moves.



Here's the instructional video that breaks down the moves. I love the moves to the woooo part and the superman move.



Here's a Spongebob version of it ;)





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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Another Vacation comes to an end. I have been at the Tylers' since Wednesday morning to spend Thanksgiving with them. As it always is time with the Tylers is always amazing. Thursday evening we had a wonderful Dinner with tons of food. Of course good food did not begin on Thursday. Gluttony began Wednesday morning, its Saturday night now and none of us has stopped eating. There are practically no leftovers. There was my favourite stuffing with no meat and outside of the turkey (as opposed to inside), and mom made these amazing skinny pancakes (they look like crepes and are delicious) this evening for dinner. Hmm! Hmm! Hmm! Here's everyone at Thanksgiving dinner!! Clocckwise from front left, Kiwa, Hava, Rooskie, Mom, Pa, Eli, 3ya, Gabe and Noah!! Friday evening, we visited Brian and his family. Stacia is a very smart and adorable three year old and I am very happy for Brian and Brooke. Here they are sad to see us leave.

Mom and Kiwa (Hava's roomie from Japan) finally finished the Puzzle. They had been at it since Thursday morning and it was wonderful to see the finished 1000 pieces. Good job ladies!!
The visit has come to an end. We leave early tomorrow morning and I wish it goes on for ever. As usual, I am going back feeling loved and in great spirits. I really needed this break. Now I am ready to attack the rest of the semester with renewed energy!! It has been one of my best holidays. What more can a person ask for when she has not one but two amazing families who look out for her.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ali Turns 24


Ali is 24 now. Brian, Ghazia, Asma and I surprised him with a small party yesterday evening. Happy Birthday Ali!! May God Bless You with success and happiness this year. Here is how Ali is spending his 24th Birthday! We are all very proud of you Ali!!

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Evening with the Damerons

I had a wonderful evening with Kirk and Ruth yesterday. Kirk is is my Constitutional class and he and his wife Ruth invited yours truly and Helen (a first year student form China) over to their home for dinner. It was a most enjoyable evening with music, great food and some wonderful conversations. They have a big Harp in their living room (I have never seen one before except in pictures), and Ruth performs at concerts. They let Helen and me actually strum a couple of chords. Kirk taught us the fingering. I was just too scared that I would break the beautiful instrument. Reminded me of the Greek stories I had read as a child where harp wielding goddesses and demons bewitched the heroes. In addition to that they have other musical instruments as well, and Ruth played an Appalachian Dulcimer. She said she was 'fretting' :) Kirk joined her for a short duet. It was just beautiful music. This is one more of my amazing experiences here with local hospitality. Both Kirk and Ruth have such rich experiences in life. I especially love meeting Christians in this country. They are people with so much love and faith. I am grateful to every one of them for giving me some of the best faith based and culture based conversations of my life. They have also helped me explore my own faith and dig deeper into my own identity as a Hindu woman living abroad. Here are youtube videos from yesterday.

Ruth said that she was fretting in this piece. :)



Here are Ruth and Kirk. Helen is sitting next to Ruth




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