December 5, 2010
My laptop adapter broke again when we were in Zahirabad. So today I went to go search for a new one at the electronic store where I got my last two adaptors that also broke. This means that I am off to another of my lone adventures. I was more confident this time going alone as a woman because I knew that even if the bus didn’t come, I could catch a bus in Kutunur. Last time I thought I missed the bus so I started walking and then all of a sudden the bus showed up. So I waved my hands and it stopped for me. And it also happened this time too which I consider myself to be very lucky! I got to my destination and walked to the store, which was closer than what I thought it would be. The same shopper guy was there and I explained again that my adaptor had died. He didn’t have the one I needed so I bought a universal adaptor for a bit more expensive but I also got a huge discount for always coming to his shop for adaptors. He agreed to sell me a 1700 Rs Huntley Universal Adaptor for only 900 Rs which was an amazing deal! I being happy for another successful day headed back while patiently waiting for the bus.
As I was walking from the bus stop to Visthar, I thought about how much of India I will miss when I return to the United States. The pot-holed dirt streets, the palm trees, the birds chirping, the crickets cricketing, weird insect noises, the horn of auto-rickshaws, the breeze, the warm and close to perfect weather, the dogs sleeping on the middle of the road, and just the fact that I’m in India. I’ve always imagined what it’ll feel like to live in an environment like this from seeing it in movies, especially Hmong movies made in Thailand. Now I was a character in one of the movies, walking and enjoying the dirt road. The only difference was that this is their reality and only a temporary place I called home. I live in the busy traffic, snowed, people who like to focus on their business only, busy life, time, time, time, and TIME world. Yes I love this life but the life of green grass, crickets cricketing, dirt roads, and palm trees all in one has settled my mind on not always being busy and relax sometimes. I was lazy before and now I’ve learned to live a little. Hopefully it’ll stay this way when I’m back.