Subitha Baghirathan left Bristol with her family when her husband
landed a promotion; a three-year overseas posting in Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In The Colours of Sand she writes about
her experiences as a woman living in an expat community. Bristol,
October 2007: my partner landed a promotion; a three year overseas
posting in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Out of our family of
four, I was the only one who hesitated at this offer. I was
overwhelmed with thoughts of a harsh, arid environment- in both a
physical and mental sense. I saw myself diminished under the black
shroud of an abeya, against a backdrop of monotonous, yellow sand,
the call to prayer providing a repetitive soundtrack. Yet,
simultaneously, I was enticed by the lure of shedding wellies and
cagoules, to relocate from a country where autumn seemed eternal,
to a place promising 20 degree warmth even its winter months; an
outdoor life for my young daughters; and a new culture to explore
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