This one is a short one and about nothing in particular at all.
Its three weeks into India/Flipkart, and I am heading back home to California for a few days to prepare for the final move. Though right now, I am a bit confused about where home is. Is this home now that I live here, or is home my beautiful place in California that I miss so much?
I guess home is where the heart is. In this case, my family is back in US and so that is home. When they move here, India will become home.
So far, I have had an amazing time here. This industry is hyper-competitive and I feel like I have been completely sucked into a completely different world. The smarts of the folks at Flipkart are on par with anything you can see anywhere else. And now, the ambitions are on par too. All in all, it has been an eye opening, intense experience. I have a suspicion that the intensity will continue.
I was telling someone the other day, that there could have been two different reactions after three weeks in India. One of intense dismay — what did I do? Why did I come? And another one, a half-smirky, half-relieved sense of validation — phew, thank God I showed up. This looks like it will work out.
I am happy to report that it is firmly the latter. I have always believed that India has a tendency to elicit extreme reactions. You either love it, or you hate it. Rarely do people show up here and are apathetic to country. I have a feeling that there will be ups and downs. But when I decide, at some point in the far far future to head back home, it will be the amazing ups that I will remember the most. In just a few days, I can see the beginnings of an amazing life experience here, amongst an incredibly interesting set of people, all trying to rebuild, reinvent the infrastructure of an entire company, brick by brick. What’s not to love?
I guess this post was not short after all. But then no post about India can be. Its tiring, exhausting roller coaster for sure, but I am learning a ton, and its just so much fun.
So finally, for those of you who are on the verge of making life changing decisions of any kind, changing jobs, countries, committing to new things, starting companies, whatever. If your heart is in it, just do it. Reinventing yourself at regular intervals especially when you do not quite need to do so, always works out.
Adios India. See you in a few days!