Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moving to India

Moving between houses is a pain by itself. But moving across countries takes the definition of pain to a whole new level. The number of tasks that need to be taken care of range from closing myriad gas, electricity, internet, bank, telephone.... accounts and selling every last stick of furniture you have to figuring out how to handle any leftover things once you have actually moved out of the country. Not fun at all, I tell ya.

My stress levels have held steady at the red-danger zone for over a month now. We started executing our move in right earnest from the middle of June. While it seemed a bit early at the time, looking back, it gave us time to take things a wee bit easier than we would otherwise have been able to.

Since then, everyday has brought along its own set of tasks: posting furniture listings on Craigslist , setting up account closing dates , sorting out stuff that needs to be tossed/donated or packed and so on. The last activity is the one which has taken the lion's share of our time. I am now ready to run at the sight of any box. Besides, nowadays, everytime I need to pack something, my brain slows down so much in protest that I can actually see things happening in slow-motion. Only two more days, Archu, only two more days.

My biggest consolation is, once we get back to India, our support system is so well-entrenched that many of the settling in tasks can be delegated or at least be moved along with generous doses of help.

On the work front, things have worked out awesomely well. I can't believe the number of hoops my manager and my company has jumped through to make sure that I can continue working for them from India as well. I must tell ya, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that I am valuable enough to be worth making all that effort for. My ego has gotten boosted by several hundred points.

Curiously enough, in spite of all the moving work that we are doing, I still feel like we are going on vacation rather than moving back permanently. I guess three months in Chennai would cure me of that notion.

I will keep you folks posted as we go through the process.

11 comments:

Altoid said...

:-) Good luck once again and to answer your q- yes there will be action soon on my front as well. At least I know what the end goal needs to be, just have to figure out how to get there given my commitments here.

Bharathis said...

We are thrilled that in just three days you will be here! This is to welcome you through the cyber world too:-)
-Dad and Mom

Saumya said...

All the best :) The process will have its hiccups I am sure, but will also give you more blogging material what?!

Nice of your company to do that - definitely says something about you :)

A-kay said...

Good luck on the move, from a fellow bay area resident. Have been a silent reader of this blog for a while and please continue writing.

PS: Now to the more important question, where did you buy those Manila mangoes? ;-)

J said...

Archana, heard the news from SK. Just got time to check your blog. Hope everything went well and you guys are settled now in Chennai! am happy for you :-)

Archana said...

Altoid - I am waiting :-)!

Saumya - thank you :-).

A-kay - Thank you! Bought those Manila mangoes in Patel Brothers (near Scott & El Camnino intersection in Santa Clara) - hope you still find them :-).

J - thank you :-)!

Archana said...

Mom and dad - yaay, yaay, I am home!

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