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Parting Gift from Delhi: Round II Delhi Belly

Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Views [664]

Darrin, fully confident with his braggable accomplishment of not having fallen ill to the city spoils, is stricken with the stomach bug during the wee hours of the morning, and I come down with it a couple of days later (delayed reaction as I had already ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Daybreak in Delhi

Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [655]

The streets come alive and are crawling with activity.  We're staying in a local neighborhood of Karol Baugh, northeast of the city center.  People hurry to their street jobs; rack of clothing are set up on the streets like a Nordstrom sale, advertising ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Passage from India

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | Views [928]

Wake up call at 5:00 am, strip the sardine can bunkers, and we're dazed and confused, getting ourselves freshened up for our grand entrance into the Delhi train station. The station looks, sounds and smells just as we remembered it back in 2004. A mass ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Indian Slumber Party

Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | Views [1026]

And the fun never ends... Try sharing a train compartment with 8 other strangers for two days/two nights. The first day-night isn't so bad; you're just getting to know your compartment compadres, and everyone is nice, social, unobtrusive... The honeymoon ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | Views [918]

It's a bit anticlimactic, celebrating Easter in a country where Christianity is in the minority. The very global and cosmopolitan make up of Bangalore leads one to find a bit of Easter paraphernalia on the streets - like chocolate Easter Bunnies and ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Walking Amongst Magical Friends & Celebrities

Saturday, 7 Apr 2007 | Views [1447]

We have been truly fortunate to have met some genuine, wonderful friends along our path in India. Sandeep and Archana are an amazing couple that we met at during a hike in the Wayanad Sanctuary. THey are both professional "RJ's" or radio jockeys as ... Read more >

Tags: People

The Bollywood Experience

Friday, 6 Apr 2007 | Views [931]

No better way to beat the heat, but to chill out in a movie theater for a matinee. We wanted to indulge in the experience of seeing a newly released Bollywood flick in a local cinema. Indians love their locally produced movies, and hold their actors ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Women in India

Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | Views [817]

We feel so fortunate to have had the chance to stay with both our local friends, and our expatriate (Indian returnees) friends, as well as the opportunity to speak with other local and foreign women we met in restaurants, public transportation, and on ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Girls Day Out

Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | Views [757]

Well, nearly a girls day out; me, Shravani, and Darrin headed into town to the local market to purchase some local handicrafts & clothing. We've been in search of a carved, wooden Ganesha (the Hindu deity considered good luck, and the remover of ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

Job Segmentation & Local Life

Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | Views [1155]

We have had the good fortune of being able to observe the rhythm of local life here in Bangalore... and it has been nothing short of fascinating. It's given us a clearer view on the multitude of manual services that are provided, which we in the West ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Just Another Day at the Office

Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | Views [795]

It's a strange sense of calm and security I feel, sitting here at the Bangalore office I helped to set up in 2004 with my past employer. Today and tomorrow we've dedicated to completing and filing our taxes, finalizing and uploading web content, paying ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Indian Hair Cut by Japanese Woman

Sunday, 1 Apr 2007 | Views [3977]

Today we had the pleasure of exploring the city with Sambit, Shravani, and their daughter Shubhangi.   On the top of the list was shopping for some local ethnic women’s wear, and Darrin’s need for a hair cut.   Shopping for women’s Indian ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Overwhelming Hospitality of Friends

Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | Views [1070]

  We continue to be overwhelmed by the warmth, generosity and hospitality of our friends that we visit, and people we meet along the way.   Two and a half years ago I had come to Bangalore to help set up an R&D office.   The first two ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Road Rules

Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | Views [648]

We have experienced the many modes of commuting in India.   There is no way we would venture out on the roads here to drive on our own – car, scooter or even bicycle.   One of the things we have learned from our driver, is that right of way ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Indian Signage

Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | Views [788]

We have found hours of entertainment in observing and reading signage posted around India.   We toured through a museum today in Mysore where someone had gone crazy with a label maker on all the objects on display.   They were labeled with ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

We Are the Tourist Attraction

Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | Views [938]

We have had the wonderful opportunity to visit areas that not many westerners visit.   That said, we are getting used to the stares, gawks, and requests to be photographed, that we seem to be confronted with everywhere we go.   There’s a point ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter

36 Hairpin Turns

Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | Views [787]

From Wayanad we pass through several other wildlife sanctuaries… including Mudalimi National Reserve, where we spot deer, monkeys and elephants along the way.   We are now in the state of Tamil Nadu.   We arrive at the base of the Nilgiri ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Indian Jungle

Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | Views [939]

We had decided to splurge for a day, and stay at the Vythri Lodge in the middle of the Wayanad Jungle. The wildlife sanctuary is supposed to be a great place to go on wildlife safari tours in jeeps, to see wild elephants, tigers, and other ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Theyyam Sisterhood

Sunday, 25 Mar 2007 | Views [659]

Last night was one of the most incredible moments we’ve had during our travels.   We had come to Tellicherry hoping to experience the local Keralan temple dance called theyyam dance.   Apparently this dance is performed in local temples throughout ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

As Close to Heaven as it Gets

Saturday, 24 Mar 2007 | Views [685]

Under the road sign for the beach town of Muzhappilangad, “As Close to Heaven as it Gets” is written in black writing on a silver sign.   They are absolutely right.   We go no further than 5 kilometers from our hotel and hit a little fishing ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

The Road Less Traveled

Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | Views [714]

Definitely less traveled and only by 4x4’s was the road our driver elected to take today, to cut short a potentially 9 hour journey from Madikeri to the coastal town of Tellicherry in the state of Kerala.   We got a bit of a late start, as ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Works of Art

Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | Views [792]

Our stay in Hassan was just a quick overnight, as it’s a great hub to see the temples at Halebid and Belur.   These Hoysala temples are supposedly the pinnacles of artistic temple architecture during one of the most artistically interesting ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Chaperones at the Youth Hotel

Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | Views [645]

Today I should have really taken antibiotics, but then I’d need to forgo the wonder drug plug Imodium, and for the full days bumpy drive south to Hassan, I will bear the stomach pain, balled up on the back seat of the Ambassador.   Today’s long ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

World Heritage Experience: Hampi

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | Views [795]

Loaded up with Imodium, I’m armed and ready for today’s full day exploration of the Vijayanagar ruins, formerly the capital of the largest Hindu empire in India; which are classified as a World Heritage Site.   We hired a guide for 500rs for the day, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Road to Karnataka Part 2: Squatter Toilets 101

Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [889]

Our driver intersperses the ride with cool and hot drink pit stops, which we’re really trying hard not to consume much liquid, so as not to have to use the fine roadside facilities.   Not so lucky though, we stop for chai, and with 5 hours ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

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