Stephanie’s Blog

July 14, 2009

Bangla class

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, personal, school — steph @ 11:15 am

Well…for the next 6 months I will be attending Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture to formally learn Bengali. Then after that there is another 6 month Senior Course I will take. But…tonight was my first class. I was thinking there would be more white people, I mean come on, who else will want to learn bangla?? Well…to my surprise there were 10 students, and ALL of them Indian!! :) 3 spoke Hindi, but no bangla, 3 spoke some sort of bangla, but couldn’t write it. But I was the *only* white person!! So class goes on, and all we do is learn some sounds, and write a bunch of scripts (aka squiggly lines, as I call them =D). So I get out of class and I’m waiting for Indra and there was a group of 3 guys who came up to me and asked me where I was from and such. :) It was an adventure! Now…time to fiddle around until 4am, and then on to Chinese breakfast again with some friends!

July 9, 2009

Rant

Filed under: India, every day life, personal, ranting — steph @ 1:25 am

I’m loving India so far. The people, the food, everything. Except! I am missing a few things like:

  • being able to go out on my own
  • knowing where I am going!
  • my friends
  • working
  • my girls

As many of you know, I am not the type of person who likes to just sit around and do nothing…well…here I find myself doing that a lot…it was okay at first, but now it’s getting boring…I mean yeah, I walk to the local tea stall nearly everyday, and I can go to Gariahat, but…going alone is no fun, and I can’t speak the language, and I have nothing to buy.

Speaking of which I start class on Tuesday, so thats a good thing! Anyways, enough venting.

June 1, 2009

fun yeah!!

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, personal — steph @ 12:19 pm

Well…tonight we went on a date!!! yeah!!! We went out and saw Angels & Demons. The movie was decent…not the best…but not the worst either. We then went to a restaurant off Park Street, called Mocambo, we both had sizzlers. Indra had the beef one, and I had the fish one. Also, I had a crab meat cocktail, and Indra had a prawn one. Man…that was surprising…I was expecting the normal shrimp cocktail but they were yummy!!! :) We walked around some, had a ice cream cone, and went home :) yeah!

May 28, 2009

more, and more, and more….

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 11:40 am

Well…life has been good :) A few days ago we had Cyclone Alia come through. The cyclone didn’t come close to where I am, but all day the weather was horrible. It was dark and stormy, and *very very* windy, thank goodness Indra didn’t go to work that day. Johnny (our friend from Cassini’s Division and neighbor) had called me up asking me where he was, and was making sure that he was aware of the cyclone and safe. Thanks for good friends and neighbors here!! :) The next day we went out and it was amazing. All the billboards were blown down and there were trees that had been blown over. I mean, it was devastating because some people lost their homes, and there was a *lot* of flooding in certain places, but it was also beautiful. I know…it makes absolutely no sense…but it was!!

I went to WBUT with Indra and Subhodip this past week. It was interesting to say the least. There I met a friend I had been talking to for a long time online, who is also a friend of Indra’s, Najmun Nessa. It was fun to meet her and watch her work and interact with Indra and Subhodip. Najmun brought her son to the college, and he was very cute. It was nice to meet him, although he wouldn’t talk to me at all. Seeing him made me miss Myriam and Jovie. Oh well…such is life and we can not change it, even when I am being thwarted by their father…*sigh*

Its time to get ready to eat dinner, perhaps watch a movie with Indra, and go to bed…later :)

May 24, 2009

Finally!!!

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Music, wedding — steph @ 3:51 am
Well…Friday night, I got to attend the one thing I had been looking forward to for a very *LONG* time. I got to see Cassini’s Division play Live at Princeton. Photos here. It was awesome!!! =D
Also, yesterday, we visited the Marriage Registrar and applied to get married. Now…we wait for 30 days =D We have planned it for June 25, 2009. Location: Unknown =P We’re not really sure what we’re doing…the reception is postponed until my mom can attend, sometime next year. Sorry guys if you were looking forward to a party =P

May 20, 2009

updates

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, every day life — steph @ 2:43 am

Sorry its been a while since I’ve really posted anything significant. It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I’m still enjoying Kolkata and learning my way around. I’ve been left at home with Maa, Baba, and Sujata a few times this week while Indra goes to meetings for work. It’s not as bad as I had imagined, Maa makes sure I’m doing okay and that I’ve got what I need. I prefer to keep to myself, and always have, always when I lived on my own, so I spend the majority of my time online browsing the net, or reading books. Indra has taken me to work with him a few times, to Barasat, a college where he is setting up some servers and things. That’s always an adventure to be sure. =D

Yes, things have been tough, we’re still making adjustments and learning to live with the other, because neither of us have had to live with someone for quite sometime (besides the family & roommates).

We got a new bed yesterday. Its wrought iron and beautiful. Then we went to a store called Big Bazaar, reminds me a lot of Big Lots, and got some curtains that are blue, orange, and yellow and then some sheets which are different shades of orang, with yellow, pink and white. Its very pretty.

Everyone keeps asking me how I like India and *how* Indra really is. Well…India, its diverse, what can I say? Yes, its dirty and different. But the life here is so much simpler, there is no rush to get anything done (ok, somewhat =P) and so carefree, and the food, oh the food!!! It’s completely different than anything I am used to, but I love it too!! It’s just sooooooooo yummy. Indra…well…he’s amazing, he takes such good care of me and makes sure that I have everything I need. =D We get along great, so don’t worry!!

Take care, more adventures coming up soon…especially Friday, I’m going to see my all time favorite band, LIVE!!! Cassini’s Division I can’t wait!!!

May 11, 2009

India…the adventures thus far

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, funny stuff, personal — steph @ 2:30 am

On the 5th, having not slept the night before, I arrived at the airport at around 7 am for a 845am only to find out that my flight had been delayed. At first it was until 1050am, and then it was 1030am, which was then rescheduled until 910am. Finally I got on the plane. I flew to New Jersey, where I met up with a friend Darshan Shah, whom I had never met before, but had talked to on the phone and online. It was fun :) He bought me a slice of pizza and a drink. Then I got on the flight to Delhi. That flight was the longest flight of my entire life. 14.5 hours. :(   I slept for a bit, but not much. I arrived in Delhi about 30-45 minutes ahead of schedule. I was a bit confused, but due to help from Shalika I managed. I went through immigration where I got my visa stamped. I proceeded to collect my bags and went through customs. I found Indra and we proceeded to the taxi that was waiting. We arrived at the place we were staying to find out that the dining hall was closed. So out we went, with me in my high heels (in the end, stupid of me i know). We walked a bit and found a McDonalds. At some point or another, I twisted my ankle.

Thursday night we went out for dinner with Kishore Bhargava, his wife Jyoti and their son Kabir. They gave us a custom made waterbottle sling made to order in Goa.  :)  We went for dinner and it was my first experience of real Indian food in India. Then we went to the Bengali Market (I think?) for Kesar Kulfi. It was fun and nice to meet them.

We spent 3 days in Delhi and then on the 9th, we took Howrah Rajdhani Express and arrived home around 1120am. Where I met the rest of the family and friends. Yeah!

This has been an amazing journey. Yes, I’m somewhat tired, but it’s good to finally be with Indra. Leaving the US was hard, but being without Indra was harder. It’s all a bit overwhelming still, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Indra’s family is amazing. :)

May 10, 2009

here

Filed under: India, every day life, personal — steph @ 10:59 am

sorry…i forgot to blog…i’m here, safe in Kolkata, i arrived safely the night of the 6th :) Longer post to follow soon

May 5, 2009

Update #1

Filed under: India, count down, every day life, personal — steph @ 5:05 am

Well…it is 5:02 am (utah time), 4:32 pm (india time). I’m getting ready to go. I need to leave on the shuttle at 6 am. My roommates and I need to leave here in about 30 minutes. My flight departs at 8:45am. If you want to know the current updates follow me here: http://twitter.com/krzzygrlm2i   Will blog when I arrive in New Jersey (if i can get internet) if not then I will blog when I arrive in Delhi. Indra is on his way to Delhi now :)

May 4, 2009

the countdown begins!!!

Filed under: India, count down, crazy crap, every day life, personal — steph @ 11:29 am

:) less than 24 hours before i leave. w00t!! i will update when i arrive at the airports on facebook, myspace & twitter. =D can’t wait!

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