Monthly Archives: January 2012

Kodaikanal: at bizarro woodstock even the dosas are bigger

To give you an idea of transportation costs in India, a public bus is far and away the cheapest mode of transport.  It’s also the most harrowing.  A cab is costly but will stop and start whenever suits you.  A … Continue reading

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Kerala: communists houseboats and the multiple limbs of hindu gods

Before leaving Goa, I (abe) got a message on facebook from some Atlanta friends, Will and Christine Hong. It said, and I quote, “Hey Abe! This is so last minute as well as a shot in the dark, but we … Continue reading

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Goa: beach, breakfast, books, beer, and bsunsets

A short flight from Mumbai took us to Goa, the beach vacation destination of India.  There is a range of beaches here, from crowded, noisy spring break party spots for young Indians to serene and secluded stretches of sand barely … Continue reading

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Mumbai: bethany rules the clay court; abe the table

Even before our foray into the Rajasthani desert and subsequent travel debacle, we were looking forward to Mumbai.  Everyone says Mumbai is different than Delhi, that it was more urbane, metropolitan, and interesting.  All of said things are of course … Continue reading

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Jaisalmer: is that with one hump or two?

Jaisalmer represents our westernmost stop, sitting in the same desert where India raised a ruckus by testing their nuclear weapons in 1974.  Periodically the town becomes a political hotspot due to border tensions with Pakistan, only 40 miles away.  Jaisalmer … Continue reading

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Jodhpur: abe gets robbed but consoles himself with omelettes

Jodhpur was another 5 hour train ride from Jaipur.  While both cities have an “old city” that dates back several hundred years (and where most of the historic attractions lie), Jodhpur is smaller and decidedly less urban.  There is no … Continue reading

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Jaipur: poppet like it’s hot

Our train from Dehradun to Delhi, the very first leg of our 17-leg journey, took 9 hours.  This means it was 3.5 hrs late.  This fact would figure prominently in a saga that we will relate later, but for now … Continue reading

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