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Summer in U.S.

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Last week I made a super quick trip back to the States! Looking back I can’t believe that I have been living in India for close to two years. How has it been? Well, somedays have been excruciatingly difficult-I was constantly questioning will I  ever adjust to India. Somedays, the smallest task would emotionally drain me. On other days, living in India was no different (I mean sure it is different – but I felt content on an emotional level); I felt like I actually fit in.

A lot of my friends asked me how it felt to be back in the States. My answer is that it felt very comforting. Having called the States my home for 10 years made me super familiar with things. I mean I knew where to go for things, how to get things done, the directions, what questions will be asked while ordering my favourite sushi or meal, etc., and it felt really good. In India, I am still figuring a lot of this out. In all honesty, going to a new place in India on my own freaks me out because I feel I never know what to expect or more importantly how people will react. In States, I feel, there is a certain decorum and I probably feel that way because I am so familiar with everything. In one way, I felt me and free. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that I did my “growing up” in the States-meaning I spent probably the most crucial years of me being who I am now there.

What I enjoyed the most during my one week stay was meeting up with people and talking as if nothing has changed. While in India, I am still getting to know most people; in the States, I have a group of friends, who are practically family, that have known me for years. We bonded over some amazing food and made new memories to hold on to.

Catching up with co-workers!

Catching up with co-workers!

Now no trip of mine is without food and oh boy did I try to fit as much as I could in my stomach. Now some might say, that I am all talk with food and usually just eat a bit or two and then I am done; I beg to differ in my thought. I stuffed my face with sushi from Pacific East, Chipotle, Melt sandwiches, Oreo Cheesecake, and Dave’s Cosmic Sub’s “The Grateful Dave”! Never did I think I would miss food so much-but I guess it’s the small things that you miss the most.

A beautiful morning run along Lakewood Park.

A beautiful morning run along Lakewood Park.

School is starting next week, so I am grateful that I had a chance to make this trip. The summer was a good one-nice balance of travel and rest. On my flight back to India, I also realised that it took me almost 3-4 years to completely adjust to the States, may be it will take me as long to start feeling 100% comfortable in India (I hope it’s sooner). So cheers to India! Let’s get start a new phase now!

A chicken burrito bowl from Chipotle- I dreamt about this in India!

A chicken burrito bowl from Chipotle- I dreamt about this in India!

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Beating the Summer Heat: Ways to keep cool in the sun!

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The Indian summer is here! In the States, “Indian Summer” was the time when there would be a slight heat way during fall…temperatures will slightly increase and it was a pleasant change for everyone before the gruelling winter hit. However, in India, the term has a whole another meaning. It is not something we look forward to. Indian summer actually means ACs blowing full time, strategic planning of errands to avoid time in the sun, long afternoons and mango season!

Last year I was off at the Teach for India training camping and therefore really didn’t experience the Indian summer. This year there is a whole different story….I actually have summer holidays and am figuring out ways to keep cool. Here are a few techniques I am using to get past the next month before Monsoon hits us.

1) Plan your errands! Really!

Gone are the times (aka winter) when you could run errands at any point of day because the heat didn’t affect you much. I try to get as much errand work done before noon or then after 5:30 PM. Morning temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius (approx. 77 F), so it makes for a pleasant time to get out and get all the work completed.

 

2) Drink tons of WATER!

I know this sounds ridiculous. We all know we should drink water, but do we really take enough of it. If you are used to various drinks, try out some coconut water, Lemonade (Nimbu Pani), Lassi, Rasna, or mango shakes!

A Mango Milkshake!

A Mango Milkshake!

 

3) If budget permits, book a vacation to the Northeast.

It seems as it every other person I speak to has been or is going to the Northeast of India, which is graced with beautiful mountain ranges and amazing weather for us suffering in the heat. Some places to check out include Sikkim, Leh Ladakh, Dharamshala, Dalhouise, Spite, etc. But book these vacations far in advance as you might need a lot of paperwork/permits (depending on place).

 

4) Use the Pune style

This is something I have primarily seen in Pune. The ladies/girls do an excellent job of covering their face with their scarf/duppatta to avoid all dust and heat. I think it acts as a pretty good sun block! You can style it up with a pair of nice shades as well! Give it a shot 😉

 

A lady using the dupatta to protect herself from the heat!

A lady using the dupatta to protect herself from the heat!

How are you keeping cool this summer?