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…”

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10 Responses to Relaunch!

  1. Prashant says:

    Hey, Great news !!! Congratulations on the new job !! and to quote your friend and not the one who was expecting you to get gang raped (Do I know this friend??); “Don’t stress and enjoy the ride”.
    Good Luck and Take care.

  2. Cliff says:

    Good luck-what is the name of your new firm?

  3. Marcia Mayne says:

    Good for you – moving back, I mean. I’m considering moving back to my country as well so I’m going to subscribe so I can read more of your experiences.


    • Thank you! And goodluck to you as well. I just read that you are from Jamaica 🙂 In 2009 I visited Negril and Treasure Beach and simply loved it!

      • Marcia Mayne says:

        You’re welcome. Keep us posted on your adventures home. India is on my list. Will see what later this year brings.
        OMG, one of my favorite places – Treasure Beach. Going there in May. Will have to write a blog about it sometime.

      • Sweet – I am thinking of Pelican Bar and the sunset view from there. Bliss 🙂

  4. Jill says:

    Congrats on the new job! Hope you’ve had a great first week at work 🙂

  5. Marcia Mayne says:

    Aaaahhhhhhh, Pelican Bar. Love it there. My first stop when I go to Treasure Beach.
    How’s the new job?

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