Week 1's in the bag, the bioclock finally adjusted to the sun and moon trading spots. More difficult to acquiesce is a daily schedule that's three hours behind what I'm used to. Punch the clock at 10:00 am, work past 7:30 pm, bob-and-juke through traffic to dinner @9, then weave home and pretend to sleep at one in the morning with a quart of hot curry pooling in my gut.
The people of India are kind. Not just a smile and "Hello, have a nice day" like we do in America, but this:
You don't know me, but I heard you like Indian food and I'd like to take you out. I'll drive, okay if we do dinner Monday night?
There is a lack of distraction here, a desire to commune and willingness to listen that I crave back home.
Not much response from folks at home on the blog posts I write at work for fun, but it's different here in Pune. 10 people walked up to my desk this week, complete strangers living 10,000 miles away, bumping knuckles and requesting a fresh mix of Indian Adventure. So I'll push out another next week.
Coworkers and several people I've never met offered to help me prune the Pune list:
Hork north and south Indian platters
Burn bryani with the Pune Running Club
Popcorn and a Bollywood
Sari and cashmere sales for Pigtails
Traditional hand-plucked music and a night walk on the street
Travel on foot, cab, rick' and a two wheeler
The first day in the office, an employee got wind I drink curry weekly, so she brought to the cafeteria a special lunch of roasted lamb over basmati her mother made for me. Delicious, I folded wedges of naan into a shovel and scooped it. Amit sat beside as I ate the lamb, he asked for a sample. I nodded, he picked bites off my plate with fingers and together we wolfed it.
Friends are family here, and family is tight. Many of the topics this blog rails on are not issues in this country. Yes, there are problems in India. But prioritization of family and living out love through action are covered.
I'll finish with a few photos, they're raw since I don't have editing software with me. Today we toured a castle built in 1720 and played a couple rounds of cricket in the courtyard.
More snaps and clips taped to the FB page.