Bound overseas

So I’ve booked my tickets to go to India in the next few months. It’s been 4 years and 3 months. However, I’ll only be going for 3 weeks as that’s about the only leave I have. I’m hoping nothing goes wrong this time around. (Back in 2007 when I planned to go, I had issues with my passport and cancelled my ticket one day before I was due to fly out).

Am I excited? Yes and no.

Here’s some of the stuff I’m looking forward to:

– Catching up with family (i.e. mum, dad and little sis and a few relatives)

– Catching up with friends — those that are around.

– FOOD!!!! I’m so looking forward to eating bhel puri, pani puri, vada pao, pao bhaji (My mouth is watering just thinking about those…)

– Shopping for shoes (Now, I’m not a fan of shopping at all…but I find it really hard to find work shoes in my size. I’m a size 5 and all shoes at stores like Big W and Target start their sizes at 6!)

And now, here’s the stuff I’m not looking forward to:

– My grandmother (she lives with us and hates me…the feeling is mutual)

– People telling me I’ve changed (Duh!)

– People telling me I’ve become fat (What do you expect — I was a uni student and I can’t afford the gym!!!)

– People asking me if I can read their minds now that I’m a psychologist (Sigh!!!)

– The weather (I’ve chosen the monsoons…and it’s always been my worst season)

– And the BIGGEST — people asking me about my marriage plans or interfering by ‘recommending’ guys. I’m NOT looking to get hitched any time soon. And if I eventually do, it will be someone of my choice and not an arranged one.

Okay, so now I’m probably a bit more apprehensive about going back rather than excited. I guess one way out is to just meet up with friends and stay home the rest of the time. That way, I can avoid the ‘people’ I was referring to.

Until next time,


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  • Ms.R.
    18 May 2009 at 5:33 am

    Awwww it’s going to be great Psych. Don’t worry. Living abroad I know exactly what you are talking about. Just ignore those people who come armed with the whole ‘get married’ convo. Enjoy your stay 🙂

  • IndianPie
    18 May 2009 at 8:25 am

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    Thanks and Keep in touch. And yes, wishing you a happy and safe journey to India 🙂

  • LadyinRed
    18 May 2009 at 9:06 am

    How very exciting! I’ll be going this Saturday with hubby and daughter to see our family in Jakarta… I can so understand the “not looking forward” part! I find some can be so nosy and it irritates me!! And believe, even now I’ve been married for some years and have a child they still manage to find another question, when is the second child coming!!! Arrrgghhh!!!! hehehehe….

  • Reema
    18 May 2009 at 9:16 am

    I hope u have a good time! are all those foods unavailable there?

  • Joel
    18 May 2009 at 10:15 am

    cool .. hope u have a safe trip back home .. and trust me ull have fun … 3 weeks will go by in a blur 🙂

  • ♥ Braja
    18 May 2009 at 11:00 am

    Hey, where in India are you coming to? It sounds like a big journey for you..stay clear of Grandma 🙂

  • Ersa
    18 May 2009 at 5:07 pm

    That’s awesome, Psych. Have a great time there.

    “People asking me if I can read their minds now that I’m a psychologist” Really? People ask you that? :-).

  • Solilo
    18 May 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Have fun in India and ignore the negativity. Some people get pleasure in pulling people down. All they deserve is you ignoring them.

  • Psych Babbler
    19 May 2009 at 3:10 am

    @ Ms R: I intend to give back some smart-arse comments… 😛

    @ IndianPie: Welcome and thanks for the comments…

    @ LadyinRed: I guess when there’s nosy people, there’s nothing satisfying them — if it’s not marriage, it’s a child; if not a child, another child….

    @ Reema: Yea, I haven’t seen any here yet. However, I have managed to have other Indian food…butter chicken, vindaloo, dosas…

    @ Joel: Thanks…and will have to catch up when I get there.

    @ Braja: I’m going to Bombay…that’s where I grew up and where my family is at currently. Hope I do a good job at staying away from my grandma…tho knowing her, she’ll make a big deal about me ignoring her!

    @ Ersa: Thanks. And yes, they really do! They would tell me when I was in my second year, that upon finishing my degree I’d be able to know what people were thinking just by talking once to them. Go figure! If I had a dollar for everytime someone thinks I can read minds, I’d be rich!

    @ Solilo: Thanks…will do my best to ignore or respond with smart arse comments. Then they can really say I’ve changed!

  • G
    19 May 2009 at 7:16 am

    Hey! Where in India you coming? And dont worry about grandma and nosy relatives, time will fly and by the time you realise you will be on you way back 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    19 May 2009 at 8:43 am

    @ G: I’m coming to Bombay. That’s what I’m counting on — that 3 weeks will fly by! 😛

  • Smita
    20 May 2009 at 3:51 am

    I am sure you will enjoy once u r here 🙂

    Bombay in monsoon?? wow!!!

    I don’t remember the date but I think 24th July is expecting the highest tide in 100 years 😀

    Welcome Home!!!!

  • SSQuo
    22 May 2009 at 3:05 pm

    You will have a ball of a time. Focus on the things You LIKE and want to do. The rest are unimportant and shouldnt be allowed to sabotage your time there.

    1. Grandma hates you? 🙂 hmmm, well, PC is all you need to do then, and carry on with your life.

    2. Marriage plans: Ignore. Ignore. Ignore, but not by getting bugged. Consider it a joke, and laugh things off when people say anything, its easier to handle. (In your head you know how you want it, so why bother explaining to people, they wont get it anyways)

    3. Answer to youve become fat: ‘Ive met a gorgeous hunk of a guy (non-Indian!), who cooks for me everyday!!! How can I not eat the food???’

  • Psych Babbler
    24 May 2009 at 5:09 am

    @ Smita: Hmm…I’m leaving on the 24th. Hopefully, that highest tide won’t interfere with that! 😛

    @ SSQuo: Hahaha…I love number 3!! 😀

  • Magali
    23 August 2010 at 10:28 am

    Just decided to read some of your old posts. I always think that we’re pretty similar in many ways, & now I find how you feel towards your grandma. So we might be long lost sisters or cousins!

  • Psych Babbler
    23 August 2010 at 10:33 am

    Lol! We could just be! So I gather you have similar feelings towards your grandma? It’s almost taboo to speak about it in India, isn’t it? Not liking a grandparent… =P

  • Magali
    23 August 2010 at 11:10 am

    Yes 🙂
    Not a taboo to me, I HATE her. Mom too knows. She always confuses me with her other granddaughter (name) & is sad I didn’t get her color. I just be nice to her on her face because I don’t want to hurt her feelings. She has never done anything for me (I don’t mean work or something, just normal grandmotherly love & affection) & she just makes use of my mom whenever she needs something. She dotes on her son, & her grandson. I sometimes fantasize about shocking her enough to give her a heart attack! And I am also happy when certain bad things happens to her cause she literally asked for it. Her lovely son has taken her for a nice ride! And then again she turns to us! But as I said, she deserved it. I’m evil like that.

  • Psych Babbler
    24 August 2010 at 11:54 am

    Sigh…sounds like a nightmare. At least you are nice to her face…I no longer bother that much. If I’m cordial towards her, it’s for my dad’s sake more than anything. My grandma is like that too…she has been living with us since I was 16 but she will still dote on her other son in the US and talk about how great he is when my dad’s the one working his arse off and putting up with her complaints! Y’know what’s funny…I think about shocking my grandma as well to give her a heart attack!! =P When I went back last time, I wanted to tell her I eat beef hoping she would be shocked at the ‘sin’ =P I do reckon we are long lost cousins! 😉