It has been 6 months since I resigned from my job at Gensler in New York, 5.5 months since I moved back to Bombay and I now have 24 hours or less before I begin my new job. I am excited as well as anxious.
I have been forewarned by friends and people I have met in the past few months about the trials and tribulations of working in India and how it is a completely different experience from working in America. When I had announced my decision of moving back to India to one of my friends; he blatantly said and to quote him, “tera toh gang rape hoga for sure” (you will be gang raped for sure). There was a brief pause and then a nervous chuckle from my end.
There are several reasons that led me to move back; to name a few – one being that I did not feel that I was being challenged enough and I was eager to experience something new, secondly I have lived away from my family for a long time and so I wanted to get back closer to them and spend more time at home.
Tomorrow my extended vacation comes to an end. I may not have accomplished everything that I had intended or planned for like learning jazz funk, taking up a bartending course and or traveling across the length and breadth of India. However, I did manage to explore neighbourhoods of Bombay, experience art and cultural offerings in the city, make some new friends and form the Bombay Brunch Brigade.
I am looking forward to a new beginning, developing new skills, forming new relationships, adapting and understanding the concept of problem solving in India, popularly known as ‘jugaad.’ As I was about to post this note a friend from Bangalore texted saying, “hey wish you all the best for tomorrow! Don’t stress and enjoy the ride…”