A Good Sport
brick wicket cricket

A Good Sport

The Olympics are apparently in full swing now.  Sitting here in India, you'd never know it.  Not exactly a country suited for winter sports, India has just four athletes in…

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Blogue
tiger - Bandhavgarh

Blogue

Met some folks in Varanasi who are also doing a blog and figured I'd give them a shout out, even though there appears to be something wrong with their site…

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A coincidence of needs
Himalayas - North Sikkim

A coincidence of needs

India is a big country.  It's easy to forget that.  And then you try traveling here.  Yesterday I departed Varanasi for Sikkim, waaaaay up north in the Himalayas.  You might…

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Stoned and Ruined
temple ruins - Hampi

Stoned and Ruined

Hampi is a city you build if you're looking to insulate yourself from marauding Muslims (and who isn't?).  It is not a city you build if you are afraid of…

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Boomtown Bangalore
traffic circle, Cottonpet neighborhood - Bangalore

Boomtown Bangalore

What if someone told you that you could go back in time and put yourself in pre-boom Silicon Valley, say around 1995?  Think of the possibilities, the energy, the excitement. …

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Wrestling of the Bulls
run over at jalliakttu practice

Wrestling of the Bulls

Sometimes it's hard to comprehend what people will do for a pot.  Yes, a pot. Granted, in many contests (or reality TV shows) where people risk life and limb, the…

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Ping Pongal
carrying the Pongal pot

Ping Pongal

I remember a few years ago I was driving down a main highway (at home in the US) the week after Thanksgiving and it seemed that every other car had…

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Oil slick
selling fish at sunset on the middle cliff in Varkala

Oil slick

Yesterday afternoon I met a guy and a few hours later he was pouring four liters of scented oil over me as he slowly ran his fingers through my hair.…

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Hoochi Kochi
Palmy reflection in the backwaters

Hoochi Kochi

One of the challenges of blogging this trip is trying to capture an experience that is hard to confine to the limited dimensions and senses of a computer screen.  For…

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