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What’s with travel blues anyways? Specially any kind of travel that involves India. Here I am – back – all round and rosy (not quite, as the son is running a severe case of flu), yet the first Monday I was looking forward to, turned out to be a hell of a sombre day. This is my first full work week in the USA, as an official entrepreneur. Yet, I just could not step out of the house for different reasons, most of which were not under my control.

The freedom and flexibility this presents sure is enticing but the risk and uncertainty this presents is fear sweeping. But I have many pioneers. Many successful for the optimistic me and many not so, for the not so optimistic me. And there are a plenty of unsuccessful ones for the real pessimistic me, that does not exist!

I finished reading “Five Point Someone” in pretty much one sitting. When this good college friend of mine recommended this book during my recent meeting, I picked it up without a second thought as the story was set in a college campus. The first part of the book did bring me many of my campus/hostel memories back and also a wonderful piece of fiction I, myself had written about 11 years ago in an online magazine. I wish I had the guts to have extended it to a 150 page novel, with some sort of a story line. Because, after reading Chetan Bhagat’s attempt, I think it certainly feels like, I could have beaten him by more than 11 years..and who knows a blockbuster movie could have been out by now.

Macbook Pro rocks – I am still exploring & after using Leopard, I can tell how much I would have hated Vista, had I gone the windows based route again – That’s the flexibility I am talking about in this new avatar.

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Of spices, custard apples, roots and the feeling of home

Yeah. I have escaped the blogsphere for a while — With so much going on, what with a major shift in my career (leaving a comfy job for a bumpy entrepreneurial kick), a 3 week India trip and all that! But, I am still here in India – under the confines of my brother’s Thiruvanmiyur abode as I type this.

The trip itself has been hectic, crazy and amazingly flavorful.
Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirunelveli, East Godavari district in AP, Hyderabad, Chennai, Hyderabad.. – That’s been our schedule.

It is always a rude shock the first day we land in India, in spite of the fact that we have been visiting India almost once a year. But quickly and surprisingly, I get over it in 2 days and I am at ease with the traffic, dust and everything else that makes this place what it truly is.
Hyderabad seems to have gone to the hands of some nitiwits and incompetent simpletons as far as infrastructure goes. “Awful” – to put it simply.
Bangalore seems to have found a way to stop the deterioration of its infrastructure even though they have more work to do to improve it…from here.
Chennai impressed me the most. May be, I had an opportunity to spend more time this trip around, compared to my usual one day stop overs. The city just needs cleaning up and a big dehumidifier(!) 🙂

What can I say about the food? Drinking coconut water from the freshly cut tender ones right under the shades of the very coconut tree, from which the “pro” picked the coconuts, brought back some good memories. Custard apples, the spicy gobi 65 & chilly paneer(that we tried in many forms), biriyani and many more still linger fresh in my palette. We still have 4 more days to absorb enough experiences (and flavors) to take back to Detroit with us (so that we can keep talking about it till we make the next trip). My son has had so much fun so far, that he is going to throw a fit on the day we announce that we are leaving for the states.

Well..I am glad that I still can connect with my roots..