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, May 27, 2008

Long road down memory lane

I spent the morning clearing out the attic at home with dad. By far, it has been one of the best days of my trip yet, even though it was 110 degrees outside and we had no power to use a fan or any other modern cooling conveniences. We had such a laugh digging up old dirt (quite literally). Well preserved among my effects were the millions of letters and cards I have received from friends since my 3rd grade or so. I had a fun couple of hours reading through some of them. They were all organized by person and in chronological order (courtesy the OCD tendencies of yours truly). Made me feel very good about those wonderful people who have enriched my life all these years. I seem to have stopped writing as eagerly sometime in 2001. That's when the snail mail stops and remains only between my dearest Manju and me. Enough history!! Enjoy some of my old pictures!!

This is a classic photo everyone has taken when they are between one and two. Do you see the resemblance?

I call this the Bengal Famine Family Photo! I even remember that the dress I am wearing was white with blue flowers, and the jacket was a light sky blue!! Sigh!! Pity you can't really see the colours...
Well! My make up was so good that even my mom failed to recognize me and wondered who the little boy was who was holding on to her dress. Yeah! I am the unsmiling boy! The cute girl is one of my oldest friends with who I started kindergarten and graduated high school. She is a doctor in London now. 
That's my dearest Manju, my best roomie and best friend ever! Yeah! We are lazing in the middle of the road on a summer morning. It was one of those beautiful sundays in Pondy and we had just come back from experiencing another beautiful sunrise at the beach!
This is my mom's family. She was about four when this photo was taken, and everyone in this picture lived in one big house with one kitchen at one time. My mom is the little boyish looking gal peeping out from the middle of the third row from below where there is a small gap between people towards the left.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Wonderful Surprise

I surprised mom and dad with a visit home. They had no clue that I was going to be in India this summer, so when I landed at home bags in tow at 7:30 am local time Wednesday morning, they could not believe it. Took them a while to realize that it was I calling them from the front window. Its good to be home. More than anything else, its been very relaxing since I got here. They seem to mind the heat more than I. Its been an average of 105 Fahrenheit since I came here, but I am at home and love it. Mom's been making my favourite dishes and I have been the dutiful daughter and have eaten everything without wasting a single morsel. Every time I am home it makes me realise how much of every thing I am missing. I am back in my old gear of Indian dressing which is so much more comfortable than trousers and shirts. I am yet to visit old friends. For now all my time is for family. Friends will have to wait a bit longer to see me. The next two months are going to be so much fun and I am looking forward to spending the end of summer and beginning of the monsoon season here. 

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