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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hard Work

This weekend was for hard physical labour. Every time I use my muscles instead of just my brain I always have a good night's sleep. There is no better way to learn valuable life lessons than working in a garage, in the backyard or fixing everyday household items. I am proud of my parents for having raised me with such knowledge and discipline. Yes, these days, most of the time I engage in exercising my grey cells alone. However, this is not how it was growing up. We had to work in the yard, the barn, and around the house. Our parents and grandparents ensured that we had enough work to do and started us as early as when we were seven or eight years old. I have fond memories of my dad and I working on the bike or fixing the wiring at home. Even now when I go home in summer, dad and I end up doing a lot of work around the house ourselves. 
The life lesson is that at the end of a hard day's work, you sleep with a clear conscience that you gave the day's activity your best. Physical work has a clear way of being measured. Thus at the end of the day you can see the fruits of your labour. Its not the same with research. The fruits of your labour are not obvious immediately. Productivity is measured in number of papers published. However, several projects take months to fructify and some are even discarded after months of research. That is not to say that research is not fulfilling. Its just measured on a different scale!!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Malgudi Days on Amazon Kindle

Indians, my generation and older, raised in India need no introduction to Malgudi Days, R.K.Narayan's wonderful collection of short stories woven around a small South Indian village set in pre-independence India. Thousands of young people like me were regaled by the adventures of Swami and his friends. I was pleasantly surprised to find an Amazon  kindle edition of Malgudi Days for $9.99. Now, all I need is a kindle. :) The cartoon shows Malgudi Town Square on a regular weekday!!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

I am at the McCarran Airport on my way back to Fairfax after almost a week in Vegas. I was here for the Public Choice Conference and I must say it was a resounding success. In addition to the conference being extremely stimulating intellectually, I have had a chance to see some local sights as well. Here are some previews of my experience here this year. Here's one from the Mystere theatre. 
This one is from 460 feet above the Las Vegas Strip looking down on the Bellagio fountain
This is from my Blue Man group show experience. 
More detailed pictures and posts to follow reviewing my Cirque-du-soleil and other experiences.