Will The Last Person Out Please Turn Out The Lights?

Well, seeing as I’m back from India and relatively re-integrated into American life, I’m going to be focusing on other projects/pursuits and no longer updating this blog. Of course, all of the content/writing will remain up as a blogged history of my experiences before leaving for India and while I was there.

I sometimes ask myself a question when I think back at my experiences – would I have done this whole thing again, knowing now what I didn’t know then? Based on a lot of thinking and discussion, I think the answer would be yes. I feel that the whole experience helped me to become a stronger, more patient person. It opened my eyes to a culture I hadn’t totally understood before. I also met a lot of great people along the way that made things interesting. All of these positives definitely outweigh the temporary setbacks that we had to slog through along the way.

In conclusion, I leave you with a poem by Robert Frost entitled – “The Road Not Taken”

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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On The Move…

Well, I’m back to the USA – it has been a fast-paced few weeks. It was awesome to spend time at home for the holidays. I wish I had found some more time to visit with friends, but thems the breaks I guess.

I drove down to Lisle, IL in a snowstorm in order to report on January 2 – lots of spun out cars and slow going. The Infosys office there is pretty quiet, as most of the work is done on client sites. Had to do a little paperwork – plus they have internet access between 9 and 5 PM! That helped out when I had to take care of some faxes.

I’ve also been hitting the pavement hard, looking for an apartment. I’ve had a lot of help from my new Japanese girlfriend – aka my 2008 Honda Civic – a wonderful car so far (plus it’s 70% made in America!). My 1994 Buick had a strong engine, but it’s not reliable enough in the electrical department to do long range commuting – however, it still lives on in Rochester Hills!

Hopefully I get on a project sometime soon – things are a little bit up in the air at the moment. I’m hoping to find something out today or Monday. If not, I may be doing some training stuff for a while. Thankfully, I still get paid my full US salary!

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Leaving On A Jet Plane…

Well, looks like my journey is finally ending. By the time you read this, I’ll be in a Tata Motors Sumo, driving the 134 km trip to Bangalore from Mysore for the last time – at least for the near future.

I’ll be taking off from Bangalore HAL Airport at 3:20 AM Indian Standard Time on December 22, 2007 (4:50 PM on December 21st, 2007 in Detroit), will be stopping in Frankfurt, Germany, then will be landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport at 1:35 PM Eastern Standard Time on December 22, 2007 – hooray for traveling across 10.5 hours worth of time zones!

First stop on the way back to Rochester Hills? Wendy’s. That little red headed girl represents freedom…and beef. I’ll probably cry tears of joy when the cashier actually has change in their drawer.

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12 Days Of Christmas, Indian Style…

Some of my coworkers found this on Youtube. I thought it was pretty funny, having been here in India for a while. It’s made by an animated (think Gorillaz) boy band from India called Boy Mongoose.

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I Went To India For Five Months, And All I Got Was This Lousy Movie…

A photo montage set to music, showing off some of the cool stuff I’ve experienced here.

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Ship Out Date – Confirmed!

Well, looks like I’ll be home from India for good before Christmas! The company told me that I’d be leaving immediately after Friday, December 21st – less than 2 weeks away – so I’m planning on being on the next flight out at 3:00 AM on Saturday morning. I’ll actually arrive home at DTW the same calendar day at 1:30 PM, due to the fact that I’m crossing quite a few time zones. Sadly, the flights themselves are about 20 hours.

I’m officially released from E&R training and am now an “real” Infoscion in production. I also got confirmation that I’ll be posted in the Chicago area at a yet to be determined client location following my time here. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long the project will be – making housing a bit of a challenge. Hopefully that will change as more communication occurs with my managers this week.

In other news, the 10 or so Americans in my business unit are the only ones left here in Mysore of the original 87. Everyone else was shipped out to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar. We had some going away parties to celebrate/wish people good luck. I was able to capture some video from “The Road” – a new club here in Mysore – on Friday night.

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The Travels Of KJS – A Video…

I had a lot of free time and decided to whip this up with Windows Movie Maker and Google Earth. It’s a fly-over of all of my international travel thus far in my life.

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