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Mumbai

February 27, 2009

Our next and final destination in India was “Mumbai.” Every Indian I talked to called it Bombay, and in conversation with them I felt like I would be considered benighted if I said Mumbai. Traditionally the name of the city is Mumbai in Marathi and Gujarati, Bombay in English and Bambai in Hindi, Persian, and […]

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Chennai

February 10, 2009

I am going to attempt to relate the rest of our trip in Chennai, Mumbai and Amsterdam before too much time passes, and memories fade and wither, or distort into things beautiful or horrible, that never occurred. Here is the installment about our visit to Chennai. WARNING : SELECT USE OF ANGLO-SAXON WORDS TO FOLLOW […]

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Andaz returns 1/31/09

February 2, 2009

Thank you to everyone who came down to celebrate our return to the Fez Ballroom on Saturday night.  We had our largest attendance ever, with 556 people paid by the end of the night.  The Fez capacity is only 349, so my apologies to those of you who had to wait a while in the […]

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A little bit of France in India

January 17, 2009

Hello all,    Anjali and I decided to blow straight through Chennai, which we figure we will return to, and on to Pondicherry.  The city was officially renamed Puducherry, but even the official tourism guides say “Pondicherry” in their bus tours.  Pondicherry is the largest city in what was formerly the French colony also named […]

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Culture Shock to the Extreme

January 8, 2009

Hello all, Yesterday Anjali and I experienced the most intense culture shock of our trip.  We arrived in the village of Hampi in Karnataka yesterday morning, which was the heart of the sixteenth century Vijayanagar empire which dominated Southern India.  Now it is a town surrounded by ruins set amidst an evocative boulder-strewn landscape of rice paddies, banana plantations, and coconut […]

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Report from the center of India

December 27, 2008

Hello all, Anjali and I have been spending our last couple days in the dead center of India: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.  This is where Anjali’s maternal grandmother and uncles live, and a place that doesn’t receive many foreign visitors, unless they are on their way to the Kanha National Park wilderness preserve to see the […]

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Some Indian Reflections

December 22, 2008

Hello everyone,            It is our last evening in Delhi.  We are catching an overnight train tomorrow to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh to visit Anjali’s grandmother, uncles, aunt and cousin.  We had a really sketchy experience on an overnight train in central India on our last trip, so I’m hoping I won’t […]

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Amristar, Punjab

December 20, 2008

Hello All,       Back in New Delhi again after several days in Amritsar, Punjab.  We took the Shatabdi Express train from New Delhi, and I was really looking forward to the food, because when we took the Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh, Punjab on our last trip, the food was amazing.  This time it was […]

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New Delhi / Old Delhi Experiences

December 15, 2008

12/16/08 Hello All,  New Delhi’s sophistication has grown to the point where it now not only has the slick monthly magazine First City (along the lines of Portland Monthly, only with lots of event listings) but also Time Out Delhi, now in its second year.  Since the first thing I do when I visit NYC […]

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Still in New Delhi

December 15, 2008

12/15/08 Hello all,       Anjali and I are still in New Delhi.  It is morning on our sixth day.  New Delhi is a city like New York, in that you could stay here indefinitely, as there are always things to do and discover, from a vast and variegated restaurant, bar and club scene, to […]

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