Oh my goodness how time flies! I can’t believe I haven’t posted since I’ve gotten here. Sorry to leave you wondering if we ever made it or if the volcanoes interrupted our plans. We made it safe and sound =). While I wish I could say that our time here has been adventurous and lots of trips have been taken and festivals attended, it simply isn’t the case this time.
Truth be told, this trip has mainly focused on work, with Abhi and I putting in 14-16hour days working on our business. Working so much is not bad when you are doing something you love. I have found that owning our own business has really given me the freedom to explore what I want to do with my life and has truly tested our relationship. It’s not easy working with your spouse all day, to “go home” and still be with your spouse. Honestly, its not uncommon for us both to become exhausted with each other. It has resulted in flaring tempers and disagreements, but it’s the way it goes in business sometimes. This is especially true when it becomes so difficult to separate work from home.
Putting work aside, I must admit that this extended trip to India has been personally trying for me. While I love the Indian culture and food, I am finding that it is much more difficult for me to adjust culturally this time. It does not take long for the traffic, noise and nuances of dealing with people of a different culture to get to me. This shortened ability to adapt has left me feeling stressed, but mostly exhausted. Even just a two hour jaunt out to the mall robs me of all of my energy. Although, I’m sure that my ability to adapt has been affected by health issues I have experienced since arriving in India. I’ve never taken so many antibiotics and still had the problem persist. Oy! It’s been a tumultuous time to say the least.
While it saddens me that I am not feeling the zest for Indian life that I experienced last time, I feel that what I am going through is natural. The last time I was in India was definitely the honeymoon stage where I thought everything was wonderful, especially with it being the first time I lived abroad and not in the US. Now I feel as though I am adjusting to Indian life and the honeymoon stage has worn off, now it is time for me to adjust. I’m hoping my outlook on Indian life improves over the rest of our trip. Perhaps a trip to a new city in India just to get away from the mundane work rut we have gotten ourselves into is just the cure for this.
Sorry about the rambling, I just got back on the blogging grid and wanted to give an update of our
uneventful travels. I have quite a few emails and comments to respond to. If you messaged me I am trying to get through them all and promise a response soon =)
PS- Happy Dussehra!