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Why chai at six? Because growing up, my family and I would have chai every evening. Those moments of my youth are among my most favorite memories.

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    chai at six
    I found out today a coworker of mine, who joined our place of employment after me, has bought a house! I was not expecting that. I tend to think that the two of us are following a similar path in terms of our careers. Aside from sharing similar demographics, we're both from bigger cities and both have a decent sense of what we hope to accomplish one day.

    So the fact that she's beginning to plant roots here is a little startling. What was that I was saying in the beginning " ... two or three years in Knoxville then move on. You can't settle down quite yet." But ironically enough, I'm also beginning to grow roots here too: I've cemented some fond friendships; have been hanging out with a most awesome person; have accumulated some furniture; and through it all, I've slowly been loosening my heartstrings. Leaving this place is going to be a bitch. As I wrote a little earlier, this so wasn't meant to happen.

    I always thought Knoxville would be a transitionary place — one of many cities I would stay awhile in while I toured the world and experienced life. So the fact that coworkers who came here after me — many not originally from the area — are getting married, having babies and buying houses is a little unnerving.

    But onto other better things. Why live in the future — I'm all about the now. Ha!

    Life has been extraordinairly pleasant the past week. Lots of adventures have been had. Today we made it to the cornmaze, where we only got lost inside the maze. Arun, Elizabeth, Kent and I got lost in Maple Lane Farm's Garfield maze and found our way out in a little over a hour. Quite a bit of fun was had.

    I watched Garden State again this week. Loved it more so this time as I caught some references I'd missed the first time around. You should watch it. I love the soft voice that Zach Braff speaks in. Almost whisper-like.

    Tomorrow (or later today), Lowell and I will be going hiking and camping to Slick Rock Creek in North Carolina. I first went there with him last year and fell in love with the place, despite falling down twice in the creek [See related posting]. I've got to get home and sleep for like four hours before venturing off into the mountains again.

    So, as usual, more later.

    Posted by Jigsha at 10/11/2004 02:25:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments

    Saturday marks the return of my traveling. If you're a regular reader, you'll know I spent the first seven months of the year traveling quite a bit. It seemed like every six weeks, I was packing a bag and heading off someplace.

    Then, thankfully, I got to stay in Knoxville a while, and had some folks come see me, which, of course, I loved. But Saturday, I break the idylic bliss as I travel to Atlanta to go see my Motabhai and Deepabhabhi, and the very awesome Nisha.

    Nisha, her sister and I are planning on seeing Penn Masala perform Saturday night someplace. And it'll just be good to get some girl-time with her. I'm also excited at seeing my brother and sister-in-law again. They came by to Knoxville last week, and I think we had a lot of fun — traversing through East Tennessee to find Maple Lane Farms to go get lost in a maze. Instead, we got lost on the way there, and didn't have time to visit the maze, so instead went on a hayride, which was very cool in itself too.

    In late October I'll be heading off to Philadelphia, for my studmuffin cousin's engagement ceremony. This will almost be like a mini family-reunion too, so that will be good. And I'll get to see the very babylicious bhajyu, which will be so awesome. There may be a camping trip in October and also, possibly, a trip to Durham. So should be a rockin' month. October is becoming a fond month of mine.

    For some reason, this posting isn't having that same chai-feeling I normally get when I post. It's been a crazy-tired week. I should get some rest. As I like to say, more later.

    But for the Zambians out there, I stumbled upon this Zambian-based blog. Haven't looked at it much, but should be a little insightful I hope.

    Posted by Jigsha at 10/01/2004 01:20:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments