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Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Okay, okay, so I sort of fell off of the getting back on the horse horse. But I am back for reals this time. It feels right. Despite my miserable failure to post regularly during the prep course, in the end I somehow ended up with exactly fifty posts on this blog. That seems signish enough for me. That portion of the blog is over and now this one will begin.

Everything is mostly in place. I think. I have my courses set, generally. I just need to reconfirm that I have all the books I need. Never mind how I will actually get the books to India, but that is a problem for another day. Like tomorrow. My proposal was done a while ago and I received my IRB approval today itself. My visa has been approved. It is supposed to be in the mail. Assuming that Travisa came through for me. I have had to sort of gently nudge them through the process, but at least I officially have the visa now. I don't quite have a place to live yet. And by not quite I mean not at all. I am sure that will figure itself out though. I have a friend who has given me some fresh contacts, so hopefully they will lead to something. I may be in a hostel or something for the first few days, but that isn't the end of the world.

I should probably look into packing. I don't know that I will need all that much this time. The biggest part of my luggage will be all my books. So many books.

Anyhow, today I am writing hopefully not too desperate sounding e-mails to some more people to see if I can figure out somewhere to stay, make sure I have all my paperwork in order, and begin the process of packing.

Also, I need to decide if I should push my flight back a week or not. Right now I am scheduled to leave Thursday, but I don't quite feel ready, to be honest. A few more days to put things in order might be nice, if slightly expensive.

I think I am going to rearrange this blog a bit, now that it isn't under any official strictures of the prep course. Oh, and I should probably go over the IAS course contract to make sure I know what I am doing so I can get started on it.

I am slightly nervous I am not going to be able to operate in the heat. Hyderabad wasn't that bad last summer, but this is Delhi. I don't know if I can handle 120/50 degrees again. It was pretty bad in Rajamundry.


  1. I totally relate, both to having trouble blogging and not being quite ready for my flight this Thursday. Best of luck. Any chance some of those books have a PDF version or other solutions for hauling them across the world? Just a thought, I'm putting together my readings and trying to find electronic copies of most things...

    1. Some of my books do, but I can't bring myself to convert to an e-reader. I refuse. I want bookshelves and textured pages, not some boring plastic thing. With an e-reader you can't tell by looking how cultured and well read I am, haha. I look the same as the woman reading Fifty Shades of Gray and the elementary school kid reading Eragon. How's that for pretension?

      Plus half of my texts are these academic things that don't have e-reader versions. Are you having that problem or are you getting them from the library or something?