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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Down memory lane Winter break 2005

Noah and Gabe enthralled me with their French horn duet last evening. As usual an evening with close friends is very relaxing. I especially love their company cause they love my food and I love cooking for them. We celebrated our continued friendship and the turn of events for the better in our lives. Each of us faced our demons last year and it has been a wonderful journey of helping and supporting each other to find peace and grow from within. I spent the rest of the quiet evening looking at old pictures from our road trip in December 2005 and found some really goofy ones. Here's when Noah and I were pirates!!

This one was at a Rockshop near Carlsbad Arkansas. The sign says Unattended children will be sold as slaves :)
This one here is on top of Martin's pile of rocks!! This was on our way to San Diego. We just saw these rock hillocks along the road and could not resist stopping and scaling at least one peak.We named the pile Martin's pile of rocks to honour the third member in our squad and our dear friend Adam :)

This was the view from the top of Martin's pile of rocks! Notice the red 18 wheeler and the tiny speck of blue below the car on the road!! That tiny blue speck was our trusty Richard who hauled us almost 10,000 miles from DC to SFO and back.Here's one from Disney Land. Boy! That was some experience. I have to go back there again. Notice how horrible we look from camping and eating beans and rice cooked on a camp fire for more than a month.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Year!! New Room!!

Kia Ora! Belated Happy New Year guys! 2008 has started out slowly but seems like a fresh start. I am in a new room with new roomies. Haven't had a chance to meet them all, but they seem like a nice lot. Seems like yesterday that I wrote my annual e-mail to friends and family welcoming the new millennium!! Its already eight years since. This past year has flown past me! Have no clue where the last 365 days went. 2007 was a year of roller coaster rides for me. After a nasty start, I revelled in the love and comfort of family and close friends and my beloved India. This past six months have just flown. I do not remember a time that I have been so busy or so lazy at the same time. Did not do a lot of new things. Travelled a little in India, but nothing much in the States. Have been a homebird for the most part. Lost a few friends to the passage of time and distances and have been generally wrapped in my own life for the most part. Without a doubt, the best time was my visit back home and my summer in India. It was familiar and comforting. It was great to be back at IIM and visit with my old Professors and notice that little has changed there and also much at the same time. The students were much younger. Made me feel older than my years!!
Its a New Year, the resolutions are the same: shed those love handles, eat healthy, study harder!! All three are already broken, as resolutions are meant to be! I am excited to be in a new apartment and seems like it will be a wonderful New Year like every year past if not better!!


Monday, January 07, 2008

American Gangster

If you love Denzel Washington, you will love this movie. It is based on a true story. It is not just another gangster and mob movie. You will be at the edge of your seat throughout the movie. The cinematography is great and yes there is some blood and gore, but if you are willing to sit through it, like I did, you will have the contentment of having seen a really good movie. The dialogues are crisp and fresh and I loved Russel Crowe. Its from the same guy who produced Black Hawk Down and Gladiator. Leave the kids at home. Its not a date night movie. Its heavy and intense throughout.