Monthly Archives: April 2013

Zip it up!

Public urination is probably one of the funniest, shocking, embarrassing, cultural clash that a westerner can see in India.  It’s everywhere! I was ready to look the other way and accept it as a cultural specificity of the country until … Continue reading

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You can’t sweep the smell under the rug

In the States, we have a magic trick: I put my garbage in a garbage bag, nicely secured in a garbage pail.  When it gets full, when I live in a house, I take it to the outside bin that … Continue reading

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Meet Chotha

There is a little monkey hanging out at the hotel.  He’s the only one.  And he’s so cute!  We first saw him around the pool, jumping, running, chewing on leaves, and I believe he was being a show off.  He … Continue reading

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U-Haul, Indian style

These photos were taken in Whitefield, the IT suburb of Bangalore, and yesterday, from the car, on the road to the Bangalore airport, which is about an hour outside of the city. These two women were walking side by side, … Continue reading

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Tuk Tuk… the video game

Tuk tuks are fun.  They are everywhere.  They are green and yellow and will take you anywhere.  Voom voom, they zoom through traffic.  Honk honk, they go where they want. Tuk tuk number one belongs to a nice man who … Continue reading

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I am home

The feeling that you’re about to enter another world starts in Frankfurt.  You’re waiting to get on a plane for India, and you know which gate your flight leaves from by looking at the people waiting in the area.  You … Continue reading

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Eyes on the prize

Before going on a trip, excitement often gives way to stress. It starts like this: “Honey, did you go to the bank to get cash? – Yes, and on the way I picked up your prescriptions. – Awww, thanks, you’re … Continue reading

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Outsourcing

I have my tourist visa in hand. Let me tell you about the best government transaction in the world.  The Indian government has outsourced its visa department.  Ironic isn’t it!  I do not know what prompted this decision, but it … Continue reading

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