I realized today that I have not mentioned anything about my great network of non-Indian woman friends who live and work in Chennai. In addition, my female Indian coworkers are a source support during the week when I am away from home and my husband. My expat woman friends have come to India for various reasons; one is a nurse from New Zealand and directs an NGO working to improve the conditions of neonatal care in Indian hospitals, one is an American from California working as a project manager for a large American company with a base in Chennai, the other is a an entrepreneur from Ireland who creates business liaisons between Indian and Irish companies. Each one has been living in Chennai for 2-5 years. They are all fun, interesting and very immersed in their respective careers. It's been inspiring getting to know them all. Two of them speak fairly fluent Tamil, so have acclimated well to South India. I have to admit, I need to get a Tami tutor. I do feel like I miss 50% (probably more) of what's going on around me when I am outside of my office, where my coworkers speak English primarily.
More from Tiruvannamalai as I will be based there next week.