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August 14, 2006

Thank You, Ken

For the fantastic dinner party on Saturday! On Saturday night, our friend Ken had David and me and three other couples over to his condo for an informal dinner and just to chill. Most of the other people knew each other, but David and I had never met them before, and they were super-interesting. There were Sean and Jeannie, who are both teachers and are getting married next weekend; Jenny and Olivier, who met when Olivier was an exchange student at Ball State University and had two weddings: one in Indiana, where Jenny is from, and one in France, where Laurent is from; and Rahul and Varsha, who are from India and had an arranged marriage. Rahul was already living in Michigan when he met Varsha, and he said that he wanted to give her an accurate description of what it is like here, because apparently a lot of marriages don't work out because the wife doesn't like living in the US. I asked her whether she thought she had made the right decision, and she said that for the most part, she likes it here a lot. She moved here in January of 2004 and grew tired of the snow after about a month, which didn't surprise me. I felt the same way, coming from California. What did surprise me, however, was that she said that, for middle-class Indians, life was harder in the US because they don't have servants here. In India she always had maids, cooks, chauffers, etc., but here she has to do everything for herself. Apparently she and Rahul get made fun of by their friends and family members in India because they wash dishes and do laundry!

Posted by eklanche at August 14, 2006 10:16 AM

Comments

Em - A party is only as good as its guests and you all made it the pleasant and enjoyable evening that it was. Jimi and Varsha stayed until midnight and said how much they enjoyed meeting you. Keep your calendar open for either the first or second Saturday night in Oct. Talk to you soon!! PS How do you create hyperlinks in your blog entries? I can't find it in the online user's manual.

Posted by: khgarner at August 14, 2006 04:52 PM

Thanks, Ken! Jimi and Varsha were super-cool -- David and I eagerly await Indian Night.

Posted by: eklanche at August 14, 2006 04:57 PM

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