1 year in India
At the end of this month, it’s going to be one complete year of my return to India from the US. So many things have happened in this 1 year that I can easily say that this has been one of the most happening year of my life.
When I came back, there were so many uncertainties – I sure did face some resistance from family and relatives initially when they thought that it was not very wise to leave a stable, well-paying job at Microsoft and come back to India so soon and that too with the intention of starting something of my own – always a riskier option. But at the end of this year, things could hardly have been better!
- Tekriti: This is the single most important thing to have happened to me over the last 1 year. I have never been more satisfied professionally. Such is the power of creativity that it’s the work that keeps me going – even when I am drawing a very modest salary – there hardly is anything better than working on something that you absolutely believe in. And then I have met so many interesting people in the process – that it only widens my thought process.
- Food: I was never really crazy for food before I went to the US – I used to eat because I needed to. That got changed in the US – with all the different cuisines it had to offer. But something that I missed was the authentic North Indian food and the roadside paani-puris (waterballs). And I absolutely love that here now – I do miss the ease of finding food from different cuisines / cultures but the trade-off is still quite appealing.
- Closer to Home: Unlike in the US, my parents and relatives can easily come and meet me at Delhi when they want to. I wish that I can also make trips home at times, but the work at Tekriti doesn’t allow me to do that now.
- Health Club: If there is something that I absolutely hate – it is the lack of exercise / gymming. I have neglected it so much now that I stopped even feeling guilty till the last time I talked to my dad. The comment my dad made, out of no-where, was – “No, you are not really thin but your body has deteriorated”. I am, again, serious to start working out and be able to wear those nice T-Shirts that looks good only with a better physique.
- Living Alone: Living alone in India is, definitely, harder than staying alone in the US. You have to take care of everything when things are not as streamlined – at home and at office – and that is something beyond me. And this hurts more knowing that my other partners at Tekriti – Manish and Gaurav – stay with their parents and eat the good home-made food!
To sum it up – my association with Tekriti has helped me improve as a person tremendously. I am more practical, more tolerant and more passionate now. It wouldn’t have happened if Tekriti hadn’t happened and Tekriti wouldn’t have happened if I was not in India.
And, yeah, when I came back to India last year – the first party that I attended was a Diwali party organized by the company I joined here. And a year later, it’s yet another Diwali party TODAY – organized by Tekriti – which brings me on the organizer’s side. Not bad!