It's been a crazy couple of months! I thought that the move to Los Angeles would be a fairly simple and easy one. Coming back to the house after nearly five years involved a lot of work and change. First, there were a series of repairs (leaking faucets, broken blinds, car repairs etc.) that had to be undertaken. Second, there was a lot of stuff in the house that had become old and had to be discarded (old couches, cookware, appliances). Third, we had to make room for our stuff that was being shipped back from India (weeks of reorganizing closets, emptying boxes, discarding more stuff). Fourth, a lot of technology had to be retired and replaced (imagine a desktop with no wireless access or a fax machine!). And finally, there was the massive clean-up required to get the house back in shape.
It was a lot of back breaking work - moving heavy furniture, lifting boxes, driving large loads of recycling material to the recycling center etc. etc. It was also a lot of administrative work getting the utilities back on, starting services such as water, cable, internet etc. In the midst of all of this, Aanish moved to his dorm and started college, Ayaana started a new school and a host of activities and I started my new job at Impremedia.
But at the end of all of this, it feels that all the effort was well worth it and more. The house looks beautiful. Our new routines have been established. We have reconnected with friends and family. It is great to be back home.
I was planning to wrap up this blog after we moved here since our Bangalore journey has ended. But moving back here has been interesting and full of experiences that might be worth writing about. So I decided to continue writing for a bit longer (until the reverse culture-shock wears off). I have also enabled access to this blog via mobile for those of you are not tethered to a desktop or laptop but can't get enough of my jottings. Also decided to rename it (since we are no longer in Bangalore) and give it a newer look.
So stay tuned!