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Buying an ugly cat

It’s a teapot, not a real cat. An ugly teapot. The kitschiest, nastiest thing on earth. It’s filthy, still has the tea ring inside proving it was once used as intended, and has a perpetual frown due to being hand … Continue reading

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Pondicherry. En français dans le texte

About a week or so ago, when E. said he had to spend a few days in Chennai, I hoped along, and after his meetings were over, we hired a driver and headed South to this little charming seashore town … Continue reading

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The gifts from Pura

Some people you meet make a lasting impact, some random encounters change how you view the world, and how you view yourself, people “sent from above” when you’re having a rough time, to remind you of life’s true value, and values. … Continue reading

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When Google says there’s a road

I do not understand why Google Maps can never give me proper directions from my house in Texas to the Houston Museum of Natural History (it doesn’t understand traffic around Hermann Circle), but can find anything in rural India.  We … Continue reading

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Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?

Another trip to France, another funeral. My grandmother passed away while I was there. I avoided some of the scorching heat of May by going back home for business. Summers here are hot as hell. There, I said it: hot … Continue reading

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The birth of VespaVindaloo

All fun and games, it’s not.  We sometimes feel like we were parachuted here with a basic survival kit (a roof over our head) but not much beyond that.  We are not here on vacation, E. has a job to … Continue reading

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Scooter photography

I have devised a system where I nestle the camera between E. and me while riding the scooter into the villages, so I can press the shutter, wave and smile, and not fall of the machine, all of that simultaneously.  … Continue reading

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A haircut and a slice of watermelon

I tolerate the Vespa a bit more than a month ago.  It’s a nifty tool to visit places that would otherwise be hard to reach.  It is easy to tell the driver “Take us to the Bangalore Palace” but it’s … Continue reading

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On scooters and padded bras

Since Sir bought himself a scooter, Sir has to get a driver’s license.  Our international driver’s licenses only allow us to drive cars, not two wheelers. After studying the one long sheet of paper with all the road signs, Sir … Continue reading

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A Vespa and Christmas lights

While I was gone… He got a Vespa.  I had left for two weeks knowing something was going to be bought “behind my back”, and I was right, we now have a shiny scooter standing next to the bicycles in … Continue reading

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