Saturday, 23 February 2008

Pardesi no more

The degree of Pardesi-ness is really arguable... :) I am finally back in the place where I was born, but does that really make me feel finally at home?

After having lived for more than 6 years in Lille, in Northern France, my most common sentiment was that of being misunderstood or plain anonymous. But in the fashion typical of the way true happiness often escapes me (the Sonu Nigam concert is a perfect example), towards the end of my stay in Lille, I found new reasons to appreciate France and was showered with so much love, attention and affection from the people I least expected to that it broke my heart to leave them behind. Sigh.

Nonetheless, I have a whole life ahead of me and aspire to make the best of it... right now, I am only planning on taking it easy (take it easy, Urvasi, as I used to say to another friend... ;-) ) for a while until I get my cards in order...


Asha said...

Hi Shilpa, you are in Singapore now? Good for you. I am sure everything will be alright and you find your peace with your family around. Good luck and best wishes from me. Hugs to you!:))

evolvingtastes said...

Good to hear from you - hope everything sorts out eventually.

Victor said...

Welcome home, Shilpa. Like they say, home is where the heart is.

Hope you get your Internet connection back real soon.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Hi. It's been a while since we last chatted. Hope you are well. I suppose you're in Singapore now. We should meet up! Let me know how your sched is for the next couple of months. :-)

Jyothsna said...

Hey Shilpa! Hope you are settling back well and soon! Take care girl, and good luck in your endeavours! :))

WokandSpoon said...

Hiya, wow - you made it out of France! How does it feel? It's funny but while I was living there, I used to complain so much about it and when I had to leave, it was actually quite hard! Hope you're settling in well.
Good luck!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi shilpa
Change is inevitable but the beauty of it is that human beings are so adabtable of changes and adjust to the sorroundings, wherever they are, though memories linger and become part of our hearts!

Shilpa said...

Hi Asha, thaaaanks! :) so far so good, but I've yet to start really living here, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! Hug to youm too, dear!

Thanks evolvingtastes, I hope so, too, but I have faith that it will..

Thanks Vic, your suggestion to remove certain software definitely helped! Thanks! See, now I can blog again! :)

Hi Lyrical Lemongrass, wah, you talked about catching up, and we did! :) Thanks for showing me the good parts of KL, I hope I was convincing in trying to show that I was eating, heh heh! Will blog about it!

Thanks jyothsna! Easier said than done, but I guess there's no time for getting sloppy! :)

Hey wokandspoon, hope the baby's going along fine! :) You're right, I complained about France for years, but had mixed feelings when I finally was due to leave. Do gimme a ring if you ever come back to this region! :)

Wow, I totally agree with you Anamika, thanks for those inspiring wise words... I embrace change, but I suppose new beginnings are always sketchy..

Mallika said...

It's the start f something wonderful I am sure. Keep your chin up and come back to blogging soon. I miss you!!

tigerfish said...

You are back in Singapore!

I missed California so much(till now) when I left for Taiwan. Right, it's so hard to leave that behind. I will miss California even when I'm back in S'pore. But I don't think I will miss Taiwan. :p

Just save yourself the good memories. You will smile :)