Penultimate 1

Penultimate
I’ve been in India for four weeks, and it’s hard for me not to wonder about all the great things in this country I didn’t get to see. Varanasi, Jaipur, Calcutta, the beaches at Goa, the tea plantations in Assam, the tea plantations in Kerala, the tea plantations in Darjeeling. There’s just too much to ...

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

The second in our series of guest bloggers. Namaste from Bengaluru! Okay, that’s the extent of my command of Kannada and language attempts here in India. I try, but fail miserably. Luckily, there are many other aspects of living in India that we have *mastered*. While some may feel these are mundane, ordinary and not ...

Celebrity

It happened again. Thursday, while I was wandering through the Lalbagh Gardens in Bangalore, three college students from Kochin stopped me and asked if they could take my picture. I asked why they wanted to take my photo, but they didn’t answer. They stood with their arms around me, smiling, cheerily telling me how welcome ...

Kerala: The photos

Enjoy these photos from our weekend cruising the Kerala backwaters. Day 1 Day 2

Kerala Houseboat

Kerala Houseboat
It was our last hurrah, the final voyage of the MASC PeRG. Our last weekend in India (Incredible India) and we would go out in style. We departed Bengaluru at 5:50am India Standard Time, aboard what was to be our penultimate Kingfisher flight. Alas, there was no video to enjoy. Dr. Vijay Mallay, the chairman ...

Kerala

We spent the weekend lounging on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala. As a result, posts will be delayed. The doctors are taking my computer tomorrow to give a presentation at the hospital, so you should see the next update by tomorrow night.

Hold me close, Tiny Pooper 1

As promised, a guest post from M. Mornings are my favorite time of day in Bangalore. I start the day with a sweet cup of coffee served in a tiny espresso cup and then climb into an auto rickshaw waiting outside the MFR. The ride to BBH sums up all of India in 10 short ...

Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run by John Updike My review rating: 4 of 5 stars I didn’t like this book when I first started reading it. If it hadn’t been for the book club that chose this as its next read, I probably would not have gone past 100 pages, which is what I give a book before ...

Nearing the end 1

We are coming close to the end of our long journey to the east. Outside the air is cool, crisp, not quite clear because the gray smoke that hangs over this city, this country, still hovers on the horizon. Cafe Coffee Day today is steamy, the air conditioner not working apparently. The floors have just ...

Laundry Day 1

Laundry Day
Having spent way too much money to have my laundry cleaned in Delhi, I shall perform penance by washing my own clothes for the rest of the trip. I found a soap called Surf Excel, which turns the hard water soft. The bucket in the shower is a great washtub and will hold up to ...