Saturday, January 6, 2007

there's no place like home

so, i officially moved out of brooklyn 1 week ago and it is still taking its time to sink in. i am leaving in 10 days. been staying with the rentals and it is remarkably cozy. i guess things can change.

So first things first, why am i going to India? A question often asked and too infrequently answered. here's the story. one lady researcher stumbled upon my biodata through a colleague and old friend of paige's and she felt it was a match made in heaven, you know how these things go, she read our charts and insisted that I be interviewed. lucky girl i was, i tell you, underqualified and all...or i did something right, somewhere along the way.

Hence, i am suddenly employed by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Deparment of Obstetrics and Gynecology in an exciting little outfit called the Women's Global Health Imperative. the name is good, no? lends a sort of urgency to the matter.

Most of the research that WGHI undertakes, whether clinical or social science, explores the relationship between poverty and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. I am supposed to work on a project related to gender-based violence, but let's see what happens once i get there, these things are often unpredictable.

In the meantime i am struggling to keep track of international shipping costs and finding affordable service apartments and NRI Accounts and consolidating phone numbers and email addresses into a practical arrangement...who knew relocating would be so complicated? Oh wait, I did.

Thank god for daily doses of amma's exquisite food in these hectic days.

T-10 and counting!


p.s. don't forget to come to Beat Bazaar and party with me next Friday, Jan 12!

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