Monday, 29 July 2013

Sipping Chai in Boulder, Colorado

The Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado
It just doesn't have the same ring to it (Sipping Chai in Boulder), but I have touched down in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. I am doing some work for an IT company here at the moment. My corporate job in Chennai fizzled out when the company closed its Chennai office and moved everyone to Bangalore, but not without laying off about a third of the Chennai staff. Since I was already commuting over four hours each way to my home in Tiruvannamalai on the weekends, adding another few hours to get to Bangalore was not even an option. There was no way I could do it and have a life in Tiruvannamalai. In addition to the office closure we were told that no telecommuting would be allowed, so working from home was not an option either.

Anyway, it's nice to be back for a number of reasons, like being able to call my daughters without using Skype at weird hours of the day, but I do miss my life in Tiruvannamalai. Life is much simpler in rural India. My husband will come back and forth to visit me here, but our home in India also needs looking after. There is the garden to keep hydrated, although with the ongoing drought in Tamil Nadu water has become very hard to come by. Two new bore holes were drilled on our compound in the past two days but no water pushed its way to the surface. I can't say I miss the heat though. Today in Boulder it is cool and cloudy...and I love it. For the past two years, my box of sweaters has been waiting patiently for me and we were reunited this past weekend due to the chilly weather in Boulder over the weekend.