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, November 25, 2008


Another holiday season is upon us, and as usual this Thanksgiving I have many things and people that I am Thankful for. This year, I am most Thankful to the people who have enriched my life in many ways. My family of course is who I am most Thankful for. They have put up with my busy schedule and fleeting conversations once a week, and have been the cushion every time I stumbled. Thank You mom, dad and Prakki. I am Thankful to Pete for pushing my research farther than I would have gone. I am Thankful to Fred, for never losing faith in me. I am Thankful to Virgil, for always being honest about my progress. I am Thankful to Prof.Wagner for making me look both at the forest and the trees in my research. I am Thankful to Prof.Williams for his generosity. Thank You Kathy for letting me stay in your house during some very stressful times. Mary, who else would be patient with my drama and whining, Thank You for always being ready to help out, especially for simply listening. I am Thankful to everyone at Mercatus and the Economics department who funded another year of graduate school.
Thank You Prof.Basant for being a good friend and role-model all these years. Thank You Prof.Morris for all your summer help. Thank You my PMP team, you de-stressed my summer and gave me a lot of great memories.
Laura, Thank You for being an amazing boss and listener. Everytime I talked to you, I left feeling comforted. Thank You for letting me baby-sit Kait. Kait, Thank You for bringing a lot of joy and happiness to weary and tired days. Thank You Danny for trusting me with Kait and not being offended when I forgot to greet you. Thank You Brad for being supportive throughout this rough semester. You are an awesome boss and I am Thankful to be working in your team. Thank You Tom for being a very supportive boss. 
Noah! Thank You for being a friend through good and rough times. Adam, Thank You for your kindness. Thank You Visu for being the bestest friend to me. While others had a choice, you did not have a choice but to listen to me everytime. Nakul, Thank You for letting me bully you ;-) and for all the soirees and rave parties. Thank You Vinay. You and your family are exemplars of kindness and humility. Ali, Thank You for all those rides. Brian, Thank You for always being ready to hang out. There are several more people unnamed here that I am Thankful for this year.
I am Thankful to God for good health and abundances in my life. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weekend in Boston

After several weeks of toil, I finally found a weekend off, and just in the nick of time. My dear friend Kali is getting married in a couple of weeks and I had been planning to spend some time with him, especially because I will not be at the wedding in India. 

My plans were frustrated several times before this past month. Finally, I just booked a flight ticket and flew down here on Friday. Since being here, we have done nothing but talk and laze around (well I have been lazing around). It feels good to have a relaxing weekend without school and RA stuff. Last night Kali organized a small party with a couple of friends, and we had a blast playing risk. Reminded me of the road trip back in 2005 when Noah and I played Risk all the time. It was fun evening, and thankfully I have pictures from my friend's camera. 

Here are the heads of the different armies
Kali does not understand why he is losing and is frustrated with the roll of his dice
Here's the Winning Team. These guys colluded so that the reds could take over the world
Elsa tells us a lovely story and keeps the party entertained
Its been an enjoyable trip so far, and I am feeling relaxed and refreshed. 

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall for Fall

This is one of the most beautiful Fall seasons I have experienced in this country. The one other Fall that comes close to this fall in my memory is Fall 2005 when I was in Lincoln, NE. I have participated a few Fall activities this year that have made this season all the more beautiful for me. I went hiking in Pennsylvania with friends a few weeks ago, and some of my RA buddies and I carved pumpkins Halloween eve. 

Here's the midget with dear dear Noah and Gabe

Here's the happy face I carved
Here's Noah Pirate ship
If the weather keeps up there will be several more beautiful times this Fall I hope. 

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