Monthly Archives: May 2012

Rickshaw Runaround

Ever wonder why we keep griping about Indian rickshaw drivers? Keep in mind that Ken started recording after this guy had been following us a while. Sheesh. The next day a rickshaw driver was hassling us, and I told him, … Continue reading

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The Party Gate

When we were visiting the Gandhis and the Nehrus, we noticed some impressive-looking government buildings in the distance. Heat and hunger prevented us from visiting them. Instead, I ventured out at night, making the Secretariat buildings surrounding the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House) … Continue reading

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New Delhi, New Attitude

Compared to Mumbai and Jaipur, Delhi was like a dreamland, with a lollipop sun shining down on streets paved with gold. Sure, the moment we stepped off the train an army of rickshaw drivers descended upon us and yes, we … Continue reading

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Riding the Raucous Rails

That image of people hanging off of Indian trains? Yup, it’s for real. Hanging out of trains may seem like a quirky practice, but its serious side was driven home recently when 3 commuters were killed due to train overcrowding.

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The Last Honest Rickshaw Driver in Jaipur

Seeing a movie with the locals is always fun, and given the fact that Jaipur is home to an iconic Indian cinema, the Raj Mandir, a viewing was essential. Our opportunity happened to come on the opening night of Agent … Continue reading

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The Pink City

Reunited after a week of mental and physical struggle, Karen and I explored Jaipur, the Pink City. Which, by the way, we find to be more of an orangeish coral city- perhaps they’ve changed paint vendors since the first coat … Continue reading

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8 Months in a Suitcase

To celebrate 8 months on the road, Karen and I finally did something we’ve been talking about for, well, 8 months: we took a photo of our stuff. All our stuff, everything we’re carrying from city to city, country to … Continue reading

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WWOOF-ing, Indian Style: The Great Escape

DAY SEVEN of volunteering on a farm outside Jaipur. Dear Diary, My day off! I sleep in a little and then pack everything, in case I do not return. Everyone is off working in the fields, and I say nothing … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Mumbai Slum

You can pay 500 rupees (US$10) and take a guided tour of Dharavi, a Mumbai slum. But should you take a tour of a Mumbai slum? Aren’t you basically treating human suffering as a tourist attraction? Our guidebook mentions an … Continue reading

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WWOOF-ing, Indian Style: Going It Alone

DAY FOUR of volunteering on a farm outside Jaipur. Dear Diary, Today I am left alone. There were six of us WWOOFers when I arrived. This being the 10th day, the German man and French woman are leaving. They seem … Continue reading

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