By all accounts, including her own, Nupur Dave had the dream life.
A native of India, she had spent the past decade living in the US. She was working at Google at the perk-filled "Googleplex" headquarters in Mountain View, California, at a job she loved. And she had obtained a permanent residence, her green card.
She was a manager for a part of Google called Network Content Distribution, the network tech that makes Google run faster (in geek speak: it's Google's homegrown alternative to a content distribution network like Akamai).
And the opportunities for promotion were plentiful.
"I got to travel all over the world, attend conferences," she told Business Insider."It was great. The team was great. It was really good job."
There was just one problem. She was growing increasingly unhappy with this Silicon Valley dream life.
Expensive and lonely