Monday, 17 September 2012

Return to Chennai

It's hard to believe but nearly two months have gone by since my last blog post. I have a fairly good excuse; David and I took a 6 week whirlwind trip to the UK and US where we met each other's families/friends, got married (!) and moved my two college-aged daughters into their university dorms in CA. It was a wonderful trip, and I am now back in Chennai working and commuting to Tiru on the weekends.

Today it took nearly five hours to get from Tiruvannamalai to my office in Chennai. The anti-American riots have found there way to South India. The same impetus for the riots that began in Libya, and which killed the US Ambassador to Libya, have arrived in peaceful South India.

On Friday before leaving for the weekend, an American friend emailed me to say that the US Consulate in Chennai was warning its citizens to take precautions due to anti-American protest being planned for Friday and Saturday. My office is about four blocks from the Consulate so I was concerned about being able to leave the city if the roads were blocked by demonstrators. I was able to leave at 3 PM and missed the first wave of protesters that started moving towards the Consulate at 4:30 pm.

There are more demonstrations planned for today and tomorrow and the US Consulate has decided to shut its doors for the next few days. It processes many visas and has a lot of foot traffic during a normal business day, so it's probably a good idea.

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