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Update... Litchi season is here!

posted May 31, 2010, 7:37 AM by Sumeet Gulati 

Update from Nicole and Sumeet

I have been waiting for some profound thoughts to come into my life or head so that I could find an opportunity to edify you all while giving my update. I have decided to give an update regardless. I am looking forward to receiving one from you. 
PS: if you want to see the images on this letter, please click on Display Images. They are all safe.

In Dehradun.

After we left Hyderabad on Feb 16, Nicole and I travelled back and forth between Delhi and Dehradun to discover, prayerfully, which place to live in. We discovered Dehradun to be a user friendly place for both Nicole and I. For Nicole because she will have access to a smaller city environment surrounded by mountains as well as access to lots of places to work and serve. For me because I need to travel to Haridwar once a week and this is the most convenient place to do so. 

Also, for pumpkin, our cat, who does not need to struggle in a cramped apartment but can roam around in the snake infested wild trees around us. 

We have found a good house that is centrally located on Rajpur road. It has space enough for guests so we are looking forward to having you over.  

House in Dehradun

Our house address is (we live on 1st floor): 
119/A Rajpur Rd. Jakhan, Behind New Disha Hospital, Dehradun, UK-248001

We have been blessed to have several visitors over already. In April, my parents came over to help us settle down. It was a relief as I was starting a new job and we were in a new place. We were able to take them to some nearby places. 

Mom Dad visiting Rajpur Park

This photo is from a nearby park called Rajpur Park.

In the month of May, we also had our first Hyderabadi guests. Vijay and Dorothy came along with their family for few days. We were very excited to spend some time with them and also tour some of the places around. 

Vijay and Family in Doon

Later we went to a camp ground in Kanatal that is located at 8000 feet above sea level. It was a good break from the heat. 

Recently our friend Uday Wagray, also from Hyderabad made a quick visit to our home while travelling to Mussorie on business trip. Yes, summer is a convenient time to have business trips in this part of the country!

Needless to say, we are looking forward to many of you visiting.  

My new job
I started my new role with a company called IT Hands. 

The new job has brought fresh excitement that new begining provides. I am learning to appreciate how to make the best of the little. It has been wonderful to witness the strength and confidence of the new team, even though they have been in a small town. Of course, the challenges remain for infrastructure and growth with power cuts and traffic jams but we have come a long way. Thankfully my commute is from my bedroom to my home office.  Please continue to pray for my transition into the new role. 

Litchi tree

A view from my office window that looks at a Litchi Orchard. Our house is in the middle of the orchard. Now all I need to do is focus on my work. 

Travel to US.
Nicole and I are travelling to the US during the month of June. I am going on work and Nicole would use this time to visit family and friends.  This visit is an important one for me to establish good working relationship with the sales team and partners. I will return early July and Nicole during the last week of July. 

Missing you...
Needless to say this but I should, I do miss you all. The deep and free conversations. The planning to meet and the enjoyable dinners. Observing the broken impression of God's perfect image in each of you and reading the story of  your life. I am grateful for your journey.  

Until later.

I send this with profound love of Christ,

+91 9997596999 

2/August/2009 Globalized family

posted Aug 1, 2009, 11:49 AM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Aug 2, 2009, 2:50 AM ]

Now I can proudly claim that I am in a highly "technologized" global life style! This week I coordinated an international cross cultural wedding ceremony with a wonderful person whi is officiating our the big event - Shan,  along with my bride and my self, where we shared wonderful personal ideas, for more than an hour, all being at different parts of the world - all for $0. Yes, if I were a skype salesman, I would really take this as a case study - "share your moments and make them count without paying a cent or paisa".

I am glad to be growing up in such a world (yes I am still growing up). However, seeking to find stability in constant movement has always been an interesting experience. In an ever changing global world where my relationships are getting re-defined with my own family and extended family being predominently in another country, and deciding to live in a part of India where both my wife and I would be outside culture.  How would I [and we] really belong anywhere? I am reminded of the songs composed by 'sons of Korah' whose forefathers had experienced a transient life that included rebellion from God and eventual grace of life. These sons of Korah wrote a song which claimed God to be the constant home during their pilgrimage on earth.

It is good to be @ home.

Home in a global world

The youtube song in video is not from the sons of Korah.
For their song, read Psalm 84 mentioned in the bible.

Bangles for the Bride 26/July/2009

posted Jul 25, 2009, 7:57 PM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Aug 2, 2009, 2:45 AM ]

The adventures of bridal shopping continues.  I am making up for not doing any shopping for my sisters' weddings and it has been fun for most parts. This time I went bangle shopping with my friend Zamir. Hyderabad is known for the ostentatious tastes and preferences of the Hyderabad's rulers. There is a bangles market for the Nawaab's wife called Laad bazaar. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Laad meaning lacquer is used to make Bangles, on which artificial diamonds are studded. It is a kilometre-long shopping strip exclusively for women. However, two men from the north dared to embark on a journey and get bangles for my bride... Here is a video clip of this adventure.

Bangles for the bride!

16/July/2009 Best man's trial(s)

posted Jul 15, 2009, 8:13 PM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jul 15, 2009, 8:32 PM ]

Since two of the three groomsmen are in different locations, coordinating them to match in their outfit was seeming to be an endeavor. So I decided to get their outfits stitched. From options of several types of outfits, we selected Jodhpuri suit. A Jodhpuri suit is blend of Indian and western taste that became famous during the British era with the interaction of Mughal and English cultures. This blended attire seems apt for wedding as our marriage is all about blending of thoughts, cultures and revealed truths.

Since the best man Anirudh is in town, we planned to go for a trial of his suit. The other two would just have to pray that it comes out to fit them. The tailoring is a three step process of sizing, trial and then embroidery work. The finished product is due next Tuesday but you will have to wait until the wedding to see them. However, here is a peek at the fitting trial.

Rudy goes for trial

14/July/09: Loving the Gate

posted Jul 14, 2009, 10:19 AM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jul 15, 2009, 8:18 AM ]

So the last week was crazy. Giving a down payment for our new house was much easier than bringing down all the 'stuff' from 4th floor to the new house. Madhu, our man Friday, took the contract and showed great enthusiasm and alacrity in making the move quick and relatively painless. The house is big and roomy. This is the most space I have ever inhabited. The walls are recolored, the kitchen semi functional, the beds are re-assembled. The new house has plenty of space for Nicole to move all that she wants to. I am still amazed at how the provision for this new house came so suddenly and even while we were forming the prayer about it. Our new landlords are respecting and friendly and have accomodated to our needs. We will look forward to forming a friendly relationship with them.

The house has undergone several structural adjustments to accommodate for Vaastu, a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments, This implies that the entrance to the house is actually from the back side of the house. So the front yard is actually the back yard and vice-versa. However, this front yard (which is actually the backyard) did not have any main gate from the street, so the street entrance was from our back side... yes, confusing. However, the new landlord graciously made a new gate at the back entrance to our new house. So our front gate is really at the front.

While meditating on how to form a prayer for this new dwelling, my eyes went to the portion in Psalm 87 where the writer says that God loves the gate of zion, more than all the other dwellings. Making this as the prayer was purely the grace of God. I am grateful that he allows me to form such a bold prayer for this new house (even though mine is probably an out of context metaphor from scripture). So needless to say, I [we] look forward to your entering through this front gate. Come soon! Hot tea and samosas await.

Madhu organized a smooth move to the new house


7/July/2009 Preparing preparing preparing...

posted Jul 6, 2009, 7:40 PM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jul 6, 2009, 8:26 PM ]

Life these days is all about preparing myself and those associated with me expect and engage with change in my life - me being married. But how do you prepare for something that is so personal that you don't want to necessarily believe in data and statistics?

The phase of preparation has made me into more of a listener. Listening and gleaning from others, listening to my circumstances, my resources (or lack thereof) and hoping to listen to God as well.

Preparation is also about making tangible changes in life. Such as renting a new house and getting it repainted and having the land lord construct a new gate. So yesterday went in arranging to get the paint and painters to start work on repainting the walls. The red wall changed into a yellowish creme. Bright is better...  Looking forward to my bride's homecoming and guests too. :-)
 red gave way to cremeyellow-creme walls
 The back gate which will be our front gate

Thanks for the Lemonade! 01/July/2009

posted Jul 1, 2009, 11:28 AM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jul 2, 2009, 9:47 PM ]

"So go ahead and ask her... for happy ever after" is the song that echoed in my heart as I drove back from dinner at friends' home. The day ended well as it allowed me to pause and experience people again.

While we were in Goa, Nicole asked me a question about whether I knew and experienced JOY. It was then it hit me that while I have always known and experienced tremendous peace even in midst of strange times of my life, I had never really learnt to be in joy. I was also reminded of CS Lewis' book "till we have faces" where the main character after leaving her castle and observing nature's beauty for the first time,  taste's life and is torn between enjoying and melancholy and finally askes herself, "why must my heart not dance". Experiencing people enjoying kids, husbands, mangoes and fiance's more than just teach me, it washes me in joy. I am glad to be surprised by it! 

Yes, we're gonna need another straw!

28/June/2009: New habitat...

posted Jun 28, 2009, 1:59 AM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jun 28, 2009, 8:39 PM ]

It is worth considering that starting a life together is all about making space and moving into each other's space and for long term survival, it is a good idea to look for additional space to live in.  Mindful of this aspect and the fact that my future wife may appreciate space, I started to think about finding a new apartment.  As soon as I mentioned about possibly moving to Madhu and Anirudh, they both suggested that it would be wonderful to find a place nearby. Nearby would be good as it would allow Nicole and I to transition but not be overwhelmed with new locality for both of us. Also, it would be nice to be in the proximity of the people we know (in my locality, it would only be people I know). God always has better and unexpected plans that our little minds cannot plan or imagine. Within two days Madhu came with an offer from his friend Seenu, a fellow dhobi (clothes ironing person) for an amazing independent house with not one, not two but three rooms and a living room. The house even has a veranda and kitchen twice the size of what I currently have. So a quick phot session was done to show on skype to get Nicole's input, and next morning down payment was given.... Following is the look at our unfurnished apartment. Of course, we will be getting it painted and improving the look but at least this would give you a glimpse.


New Home of Nicole and Sumeet


20/June/2009: the sari saga!

posted Jun 20, 2009, 8:46 AM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jun 20, 2009, 10:37 AM ]

Getting into sari shopping for the brides' maid is an interesting crash course in understanding female dressing thouts. Most women shop sari by material, color, design and blouse material, in that order. Also, Sari's too have a traditional to a modern look. Some saris are in exquisite silk that is finely embroidered while others are having a print of a newspaper on them as well. Needless to say, it is a passionate approach to style and feminine look. Yes, women indeed look amazing wearing one but it is a huge effort on their behalf to wear something that is draped around.

In selecting the bride maide's sari, I went through the same process of taking pictures for Nicole's review and approval. Here are some of the shots.


Invites - getting print work done

posted Jun 19, 2009, 12:25 PM by Sumeet Gulati   [ updated Jun 19, 2009, 12:44 PM ]

If selecting the type of greeting is an adventure, getting the prints made on the cards is another. Most time today was spent at the print shop waiting for the first print out of the invites to come out. What an adventure it was. I realized that I did not notice a spelling mistake and so I had to redo the screen print plates (see photos). This took additional 45 mintues, which I used to walk around the busy market. Finally it was a joy to see the first wedding invite come to life. See video.


First print of invitation


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