A quick update on what's happening with me. We have been talking about moving back to India for a few years now but it had just been loud thinking for the most part. Now we finally made the decision and we will be moving by the end of this year! The first big step was to sell our house, which in this market we thought might be a problem. But a few things helped us get a quick sale. One was pricing it right - looking at other comparable listings, checking home sales in the area for the past six months, researching trends etc. Second, we de-cluttered the house and staged it to highlight all the pluses of the house, inside and out. Though I'm not a packrat, I was amazed at the number of things that were piled up in our storage area, which we hardly ever saw. Out of sight was out of mind, I guess. Third was finding the right listing agent. We interviewed a few and compared their marketing plans. Finally chose one that we vibed well with, who had a great marketing plan. We received our first offer within a week! So anyway, all's well that ends well. With the house, at least. We still have a long way to go before we completely wind down here. Fingers crossed for a smooth transition there as well.
I'm really excited about going back to India. Back to family and friends. No more missing cousins' weddings and other family occasions. It will be great for Malvika to grow up knowing her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents really well and having a deeper connection with them. And the food- oh, the food!! I'm pretty sure the first few months will see us gaining a lot of pounds before guilt kicks in! :) I will miss the US too, though. I've enjoyed every minute of being here, experiencing a different culture or should I say cultures and interacting with people from various countries. Friends and family here. The past 10 years here have changed me. Into a better person, I'd like to believe. I do appreciate things and people more. I am more open minded and accepting of people and situations and less quick to judge. I have enjoyed an independence of sorts, where I was able to concentrate on my family. Away from well-meaning folks commenting on what we did/didn't do and offering unsolicited advice.
Well, there are many, many more things about moving back, India and US that I want to write about but perhaps at a later point. This was supposed to be a quick update and it's already gotten pretty big! I hope to be back with a food post soon. Ciao for now!