Bob Marley is in Bangalore. Okay, so Bob Marley isn’t really in Bangalore. But he is singing to me right now at a rather dark yet somehow un-seedy bar called the Xtreme Sports Bar where I am enjoying a perfectly spiced fresh veggie salad and a well deserved glass of red wine after walking the 7 blocks from my hotel in the extreme heat past man after man after man staring at the blonde gigantor, haha. I decided that I was going to take my laptop on a date and headed out onto the streets for dinner so here I am. Again, I was the only foreigner I encountered on my journey, which this time included some high-speed “Frogger” moves across 4 busy lanes of insane traffic so I didn’t have to make it to block 8 in my trek. You know, from what I see, the Indian government paints white divider lines on the roads but they are clearly for suggested use only. Here in Bangalore, a 4-lane road really fits about 6 lanes of cars — maybe the cars are smaller here??
Today was my first day at work and my first full day living in India and it was a bit crazy. Let me start off by saying that work was great, I don’t regret my decision for even one second, and I already feel quite at home with my new company.
And — be proud — I ate curry today for lunch and learned to mix it with enough rice (thanks to our sweet COO) that I could actually eat it without my eyes and nose running and my head turning bright red from the heat!! A step forward indeed. (Miss Amanda I hope you are smiling!)
It is an understatement to say that I was a bit worried about what to wear on my first day. I mean, come on, I am from southern California and we love skin. And I just moved to a country that allows gramma’s to show off back boobs and bellies but where legs and shoulders are a no-no!! Most certainly I was bound to offend someone today but I wanted to dress casual enough, conservative enough and professional enough…yet somehow look “like me” and feel like me when I walked through the doors. Well, when I walked through the doors this morning VERY cocooned in my summery pashmina, my just-below-the-knee length dress and my favourite strappy shoes I was feeling pretty good….WELL, the first thing my boss asked was if I was cold and what was I doing all wrapped up! haha I explained that I was trying to be conservative and cover up my skin out of respect and he just laughed a bit and told me to “be me” and not to worry. Phewwww! I kept on the scarf all day but eventually draped it over my shoulders without trying to hide my (let’s admit it) micro-cleavage. What a relief!!!
Glass of wine number 2 … on it’s way!
Today I learned that the company is actually growing so quickly that we are expanding and I will be moving to a new corporate office building in 2 months. OH FOR F’s SAKE!!! The wine just came and the bartender passed it to me with a friendly “here you go, ma’am” …. God!!! I hate this ma’am thing. Sorry, I know I am 40 now and really should “own it” but I don’t feel like a ma’am in my heart 🙁 But I guess you don’t have to feel it to be it, haha.
Anyway, guess this enough for today. Tomorrow I start looking for our new house or apartment. Everyone has a different idea on where we should live. From my boss to my employee to my daughter…. let the games begin!!!
XOXO from Bangalore
© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011