Monday, December 24, 2012


Pedicure means hands are free. Hands free means I have time to make declarations. Declaration means this: in not many more days, in one more day, Dec 26, I will move to Dubai. (Dude, who moves to Dubai??!!, said one living-in-NY friend of mine many months ago when this was first floated. It's been in the pipeline. I've had a post called developments in my head for some weeks now. (Development-declaration taato-tayto). But I don't/ didn't know what came after developments. Literally, what's the next line, what's next IN line. It's all a big vague cloud of 'ho jayega' and 'we'll see' and other hiccupy babysteps. That's how up to date I am with my own intentions.

It's a job with a newspaper there, which means I'll still be writing. Anyone's guess how seriously, but that's the 'gig'. I'm moving to Dubai. 'Laaj rakhna', said friend B who was in Bombay when I moved to Bombay in 2007 and when I told her now in 2012 about the sweet farewells I'm getting here from people I didn't all know in 2007, and very many close ones, too. Stick it out for AT LEAST 6 months, said she. (Bombay I made it to 4). She's worried I will hate it and be back in a finger snap, saying, "I had it, I just couldn't ok!". Me, I'm okay. I think I'll be okay. Will stick it out, even if I hate it. Will HAVE to stick it out. I'll eat all the yoghurt I've been advised to eat to get my body used to all new desert bacteria. My parents are happy-sad. My mother is excited, rattling off shopping lists, being only very sightly euphemistic about her desire that I not hook up with sheikhs. My father? He sends me emails from office. Wrote today:

"You have a great deal of natural good sense my love, but just a wee reminder before you undertake your new adventure-“it is not the greatness of a person’s means that makes for independence-it is the smallness of the person’s wants”.

Please live as frugally as possible in terms of material acquisitions for the first six months while the probation period is on and while you find your feet. Everything will look absolutely essential initially so it is best to pack with an open mind. I am looking forward with great interest at how you adapt to your new environment.

All my love


Sweet, huh? Anyway. That's the plan. Those are the developments. Just thought I'd apprise you of new situs. That and Merry Christmas. Happy New Year, too. I'm moving to Dubai. Next post in arabic. End of pedicure. He no get tip.

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NdeL said...

Is it the Asian Age? Just curious. :) Of course you don't have to tell :p
Please keep blogging from there! Hope you have great experiences, and write about them. So cool!

NdeL said...

OH! And Happy Christmas and have a F*ckin' Great New Year and all that jazz! :D

Miss. Mystic said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy and joyful 2013! u moving to Dubai, awesome! Best of luck! :D

Ellie said...

Exciting! Looking forward to reading arabic! (and love your dad!). xx

Anonymous said...

Dubai is an amazing place.You will like it here, I moved from Delhi around 5 years back and dont regret it at all. Let me know if you need anything..also coming at a very good time, awesome weather and DSF round the corner

Anshul Kumar Pandey said...

Which newspaper will you be working for?

Sanchari said...


Good luck. There's a lot of monitoring there. As well, "freedom of speech" is suspect. So yes, good luck.


meineken said...

It will be fun. Trust Trust.

Looking forward to cynical posts about Sheikhs (that will never find their way to your newspaper articles).

Pringle Man said...

sending you lots of virtual love and overall we've-all-got-you-back-ness.

do link us to some of your "pays-the-bills" writing too.

Incognito said...

Further Developments?

Nimpipi said...

NdeL: thanks, sweet. you too, hope the year's going well.(Heh, no not Asian Age; won't be all that fun to blow my supposed anonymity)

Myst: danke, danke, dhanyawaad, shukriya!

Ellie: Looking forward to reading about your exciting new times as well! The dad thing: thank you. :)

Anon: Very kind and thank you, but WHO exactly will i let know :D you're anon remember. heh

Anshul Pandey: the one in which i will use my real name

S: tell me about it! i just got net at home and i can't download skype! not allowed.

meine meri: you lasted a year here na. we have to swap notes in, well
11 months from now:))waps aati hi. i need an update of your life, gaarjus mummy. :D

PM: Thankoo but pays the bills writing is, for save face reasons, best kept filed under staff reporter:)

incog: hiya. further developments = internet at home starting today! i got my own blog name wrong, can you beat that. i started to type int he url bar: theweoodch.. and then i'm like, no, wait...!

Incognito said...

Hehehe. i've typed ur Url as issuedinpubicinterest several times, that to at work :). luckily its a 404

NdeL said...

Darn! I saw your reply TODAY! Hope you blog soon again N! This is weird and crazy but last week I dreamed about you and you'd gone shopping for shoes and some such and were showing me these pair of boots you bought... I woke up with a "WTF?!?" feeling but it was funny. :D

Papa's Mink said...

Landed upon your blog today and loved it, well, waiting for your Dubai updates and musings.

Incognito said...

And your blog is accessible again. Bump! wake up bum

Caladrius said...

It would be so much better if there was a post in 2013. Somehow. Or people might think you were superstitious to not post in the year '13. At least I might. But anyway. Write something here. It'd be nice.

Anshul said...

Its been like 2 and a half years already. Surely you must have something to tell your readers about further 'developments'? :)

Anonymous said...

Hoping the woodchucker will chuck again.

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

You haven't written on your blog since December 24, 2012. Start writing again. Your blog needs you. Would have mailed you this to make sure it reaches you, but I don't have your email, and your Blogger profile has been deleted. So, I can only hope that this reaches you, someday.