Thursday, November 05, 2009

Just an Update

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!

43 comments:

Madhu said...

Hi Vani,
Nice to know you are moving back home, it must be quite exciting.
So many of the things you wrote here, I feel exactly the same way too. We are on the same process as well, we might just move next year..can't wait.
All the very best..Do keep posting recipes..

Cham said...

I was wondering what happened to u..
Moving is a big decision, hope and wish that everything goes very smoothly.
Take care Buddy :)

Priya said...

Glad that u going back to India, really very happy for u..Hope everything is fine at ur end..Take care, hope u will feel better back home..All the very best Vani..

TBC said...

All the best, Vani! Wishing you a safe and stress-free move.

meeso said...

How exciting for you to make such a move after ten years! I will be looking forward to your updates, pictures and recipes :) Good luck!

Sonu said...

Was wondering where you have been gal? It's big task. Hope everything will go smoothly. All d very best Vani.Take care dear.:)

Bong Mom said...

Will miss ya. Knew you were within geographical limits
Have a great move and congrats on the quick sale

indosungod said...

Vani, that is very exciting. Congrats on the sale of the house, that is a huge thing out of the way. It will be very interesting to hear your perspective on your experiences back home.

Varsha Vipins said...

..n I am all so excited for ya Vani..Congrats..n all the best for the rest of the steps..:)

chakhlere said...

That's quit a big decision dear.
All the best to you!!

Rush said...

Awesome lady....leme tell you, we all say we wanna go back...but when it actually comes to taking that big decision, we somehow postpone it for later. You are my inspiration Vani...hats off and kudos to you on this step...i hope u look back and say someday "that was the best decision of our lives"...i hope every turn, every moment embraces you in ur favor and the the transition is absolutely seamless...im proud of u gal...there's no place like home...there's no place in the world like India.

Pavithra Kodical said...

Its the same with us, we are planning to move, but still postponing..Happy for you. Take your time, will be waiting for your next post...

Lavi said...

Iam sure Malvika will enjoy being close with ur relatives. Good Luck on Moving!!

Ramya Bala said...

U r so lucky gal :)so do Malvika :)))Good luck to you all :)Tc

Sharmila said...

Sounds like you are having a heck of a time. :-) All the best for everything dear Vani. Hope everything goes on smoothly. Looking forward to your posts as always ... food or otherwise. :-)

Jayashree said...

Good luck with the move, Vani....

Supriya said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Supriya said...

Hey Vani, I am so very excited to know that you are moving to India...how nice to be there always and not just on a vacation!! Hope you, hubby and Malvika get settled down soon and will be waiting to hear about your new updates and more colorful photos from India. Take care.

Sush said...

Hey!!, congrats for the move. Hope everything goes smooth & fine. Take care & enjoy

sra said...

Best of luck with everything, Vani!

K said...

Hi Vani, I read your post and must say, i agree with everything you have said. I feel the same too about moving back, but its hard to take the decision. Hope everything works in your favour. All the very best! Hope to see you blogging soon...

Springbird said...

Ohh Vani, that's sad and exciting at the same moment.I wish u good luck in your new journey and hope to see u once u r well settled.So r u going back to Mysore?

Arch said...

Vani, its great to know you are moving back...10 years is a long time and I hope you are happy with your decision...Having family around does help and bringing up your lil girl here will make you happy for sure...All the best and hope you have a smooth transition...BTW, you back to Mysore ? Bangalore ?

Miss M said...

Its been a while since I visited this space and my oh my.. such huge developments! Where in india you moving to?

Need help packing? Hehe I will even do that if you cook! :D

radha said...

Welcome back! Will wait for your posts. Not everyone wants to come back, and here you are... I am sure it would be for the best.

Mythreyee said...

Good luck Vani. I see that you are all excited about going back to India. I know of people who go back half hearted and coming back to the US in less than a couple of years. Yours seems like you are yearning to go to India. May God be with you and your family always and make you feel happy about this big decision. Take care Vani.

Vani said...

Madhu - thanks! and god luck to you too :)

Cham - thanks, hon!

Priya - thank you. I sure hope so :)

TBC - thanks. need all the good wishes :)

Meeso - thanks! :)

Sonu - yeah, really big task ahead of us. thanks for the wishes!

Bong Mom - yeah, right? I feel the same too. Like I'd miss my NJ e-friends, though thanks to internet the whole world is now a village

Vani said...

SG - thanks! will be sure to keep you posted on my perspective of things there now :)

VV- thanks, gir :)

Chakhlere - a big decision for sure. thanks for the wishes :)

Rush - that was such a sweet comment! thanks for the lovely wishes. we need all the good vibes and wishes coming our way for a smooth move and settling back there.

Pavithra K -we were like that for a few years too. But it's easier once we made the decision. hope you do whatever works best for you and thanks so much for the wishes.

Lavi - we were in India earlier this year and Little M blossomed with all the attention and love. the move will be great for her. and thank yo for the wishes :)

Ramya - thanks, hon :)

Sharmila - yeah, too much going on right now. hoping that everything works out smoothly. thanks for the good wishes, S :)

Vani said...

Jayashree- thanks ;)

Supriya - thanks for your wishes. will be sure to post updates :)

Sush - thanks. need all the good wishes from my friends :)

Sra- thanks for your wishes! :)

K - we were in the same boat as you until a few months ago. once we decided though, it feels just right. thanks for your wishes :)

Springbird - you're right. it is sad and exciting at the same time. we'll be moving to Bangalore. thanks for your wishes :)

Arch - yeah, big decision. but we think it's the right one, esp with Malvika. US is a bit too far and it is getting harder and harder for our folks to travel this far. it will be good to have our families close by. No job opps in Mysore for us. So Bangalore it is.

Miss M - glad you offered! I keep telling you I'm taking them up but you don't show up! :) Choice was between Bangalore and Bombay and we chose Bangalore.

Radha - thanks so much for the wishes! :)

Mythreyee - some of our friends did that too. coming back to US, I mean. Ultimately it is whatever works for people, right? We're really excited and looking forward to the move. No saying what might happen in the future, where our jobs would take us or how things pan out. just hoping for the best. thanks so much for your good wishes, P! need all good thoughts and wishes our way right now :)

Nupur said...

Vani- how wonderful!! I wish you and your family all the very best in the next phase of your life. Looking forward to your posts and stories as always!

Shri said...

Vani-You are one lucky gal!I am sure you will miss US but nithing beats India, ppl, food..can go on and on!Good luck with your move!Get excited!

Jaya said...

Vani,
all the best to you and your family for a new innings in India,you have taken a good decision I am sure ...you will be always in my thoughts...
hugs and smiles

Vani said...

Nupur - thanks so much! Will be sure to be back with stories :)

Shri - thanks! :)

Jaya - thanks for your always positive thoughts and comments!

Divya Rao said...

Good luck with everything Vani!

Prerana said...

Welcome back!
And welcome to Bangalore.

I was hunting for an authentic Bisi Bele bath recipe and chanced upon your blog.

I echo all your sentiments. For me, returning to India was one of the best decisions I ever made, no regrets!Hope you feel the same couple of years down the line.

Dolon said...

Vani ,
Good to hear that you are going back to India to your friends , family & relatives after 10 years .... Its really a big time ... I know its a very special moment for you & your family .... You guys are so excited about it but its a big task also .... All the best to you & hope to hear from you soon after you settle down in India ....Take care ....

hintofsaffron said...

Wish you the best and bon voyage! I was wondering why you had not been updating the blog. Now we know!

Vani said...

Divya - thank you :)

Prerana - thanks for the wishes! I sincerely hope that it will indeed be the best decision of my life.

Dolon - yeah, 10 years is long but it has been even more longer for N. Both of us are ready to move back and it really seems like the days are dragging now. thanks, dolon :)

Sanjay - thanks so much! yeah, it's been crazy busy the past few months and I will be glad when we finally move :)

A_and_N said...

OMG! That's cool news. I'm waiting to move :)

It will be great for M no?

And the food - sigh. Can I send you a list of places to eat in Bangalore? :D

Roopa (KitchenAromas) said...

Hi Vani, came over to your blog after a REALLY long time and my, what do I see! Speaking from my own experience of moving back two years ago, I can tell you that this will be wonderful for you guys, especially for little M! Oh, but you already know that! :)
My little fellow is having a blast being close to his grandparents and the rest of the family. Good luck on the move! Hope all goes well. And yes, welcome to Bangalore :)
- Roopa
ps: I hope you have sorted out the schooling options in B'lore. That one can get slightly challenging. Drop me an email if you need any help at all.

Usha said...

All the best on your move and your new phase of life in India ! Looking forward to many more fun posts from you from there...

bhagyashri said...

That is a big decision. All the best with the move!

Vani said...

N - thanks for the wishes. Excited for us and little M too :)

Roopa - thanks so much for the offer for info and the wishes. JUst left you a comment.

Usha - thanks! I'm really looking forward to it.

Bhagyashri - thanks for the wishes :)