Thursday, 22 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from India!

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. This year since I have a job in India, it's just another Thursday in Chennai, and I put in a full day at the office. Since I am a vegetarian, I am not really missing the turkey. But, as a potato fanatic, I AM missing my mashed potatoes and gravy; a staple at any proper Thanksgiving meal. I also have to admit that I am missing the family ritual of eating till you burst and then watching a movie later in the day. Today is also my younger sister's birthday, and the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated 49 years ago.

Two of the writers in my office are leaving the company next week, so I took them out for a pizza instead of eating our free South Indian lunch at the office. (One of the nicer perks of working at this office is that they provide a buffet lunch each day.) We went across the street to Dominoes Pizza; it was the first pizza I have had in India since moving here 18 months ago. It wasn't quite mashed potatoes and gravy, but it did mark the day for me as something more than just a Thursday at the office.

I head back to Tiruvannamalai tomorrow. Next week is Deepam, a huge festival celebrated only in Tiru with over 2 million people in attendance for the lighting of the flame on Mt. Arunachala. Last year David and I streamed the event from our rooftop. We are planning to do the same this year so look for the link to the stream in the next blog entry!