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Mar 16, 2015 - Bangalore

March 15, 2015 I have been in India for nine days now. We rode about 350 Km’s today, none of it north. We were on NH4 the whole time. We hit only one diversion. It was short and quick. For the most part it was 100kph the entire time. We rode around Bangalore. It took an hour to find the ring road/turn off. I asked about a half a dozen people. I am holed up at the Holiday Palms Resort on the west side of Bangalore. It’s a really nice place. 2200 Rs. Per night – USD$37.00. Of course AC, TV and wifi in the room. I can’t get the TV or wifi to...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Weekend!

Second week at Shanti Bhavan has started, cannot believe how time flies! Nope, still not used to having curry for breakfast, but Friday morning I had breakfast!! One of the volunteers sponsored a ‘special’ breakfast for the entire school, because it was her last day. And they were amazing American style chocolate chip pancakes with ‘Dairy milk’ chocolate in it. The kids went absolutely crazy for them. First they came running, hopping and skipping into the dining hall…then they all ate at least 3 or 4, some even managed to eat 8. 5 of the...

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Apr 6, 2012 - Kumar Parvata Trek - Departure

Kumar Parvata is considered one of the toughest treks in Karnataka, well I didn't know this fact until I completed it. Now that I've completed it I want to write about my expereinceswhile going through it. April 6 9:00 AM - Sitting alone in the house, I was thinking of my plans on coming weekend. as my wife is gone to home town and me being a reclusive man, I didn't have many options. No friends to booze with or no party plans. So the idea to go to a trek formed in my mind. In fact i've been thinking about trekking for a some time now. The...

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wheeling thoughts

Jan 30, 2012 - Welcome to India

At eight in the morning yesterday I boarded my flight to Delhi. I arrived in the Delhi airport around noon and had four hours to kill. I immediately knew I was going to like this place. First of all, four $3 I got a delicious Indian meal of Masala Uttapam. On top of that, their markets were filled with brands of chips, chocolate, and drinks that I recognized from home. I spent my four hours munching on chocolate while walking mindlessly through all of the designer stores staring at clothing I could never afford. It felt just like home. My...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Oct 21, 2011 - Dueling Rangolis

Yesterday the ladies on the team were in a sort of huddle with notebooks, drawing circles, flipping through books, and trolling the Internet. They were creating a design for a Diwali rangoli. It turns out that the office sponsors a contest among the employees for Diwali. They clear out a room on the fourth floor, provide buckets of intensely coloured powdered chalk, and tell you to go for it for the afternoon. For my friends from Abatis, it is very much like Hallowe'en, when the company used to bring in a crate full of pumpkins and send you...

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Lindsay in India

Oct 20, 2011 - First Floor Serendipity

As I mentioned before, here the ground floor (which is where my office is) is called 0 and what we would call the second floor is called 1. Guess what I do several times a day. So I was on the way down from the fourth floor (lunch!) to the office (ground) and to no-one's surprise the door opened, wrongly, on the floor above it (1). But I'm glad I did. Look what I found in the Deloitte office. This is how I learned that rangolis can also be made out of flower petals.

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Oct 20, 2011 - Rangolis

It's almost Diwali here, which, for the Hindus, is a holiday of the stature of Christmas. Pretty much everything shuts down (including the offices) people return to their towns of origins to see their families, and mothers bake sweets and decorate their homes. People dress in their finery and the ladies decorate their hands in beautiful henna designs. Diwali is the "festival of lights," and they light hundreds of lights, candles and lanterns, called diyas. But they also fill the sky with fireworks every night, all night long. The gentleman...

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Lindsay in India

Oct 19, 2011 - Room with a View

...Well, office with a beautiful view from the roof, anyway. Ericsson has a cafeteria on the 4th floor of the building (that's 5th floor to us, as they call the ground floor either G or 0, as do the Europeans). They serve a full lunch of many courses, freshly prepared by a third-party vendor ("A very famous vendor," the team tells me.) We get some kind of starter like pappadam, a bread like naan, chapati, or paratha, then buttermilk, a kind of coleslaw-like salad and some kind of vegetable mix, two choices for the curry, two choices for...

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Lindsay in India

Oct 18, 2011 - The Team

The team has made me very welcome here, treating me very well. They're a great bunch, energetic, respectful, eager to learn. We sit not in cubicles but in pods, which is nice and has, I think, been very helpful for the new hires, as they kind of swim in the activity of the more experienced team members. The men on the team were fooling around with one another's cameras yesterday and took a great many pictures. They've promised to send them to me and when they do, I'll post them.

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Oct 18, 2011 - Bangalore

I was headed down to the city of Bangalore on a short side trip to visit the Allegis Group India corporate office. This was something I did not expect to be doing while here in India but I for sure wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to go. I loved the people there at the office and everyone was so nice. I didn't take too many pics but just to prove this to everyone from my work at home who knows me too well and thinks I am making this whole thing up, here are the pics. Over the weekend I was able to go out and explore the city with...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Chetan

Before he picks me up in the morning, my driver cleans his car for a full hour. The car is always spotless, inside and out. The car does not belong to him: he has "an owner," who manages about 6 vehicles and assigns Chetan his "duties." The owner calls quite often (quiet voice: "Hello, sir."), as he lines up "duties" for Chetan. Not infrequently, when Chetan drops me off at the hotel at 6:00 PM after work (having got up at 6:00 AM to clean his car so that he can collect me at the hotel by 8), he has in front of him another office pickup...

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Oct 15, 2011 - Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace is spectacular. To get to Mysore, you drive about 3 hours through towns and past fields, rice paddies, and scrubby forests. Mysore Palace is one of those monuments from the times of the great rajs. Its walls are painted with incredibly detailed scenes where troops, horses, musician’s, and general hangers-on parade past the raj and hordes of nobles and ladies in balconies. It has rooms full of, enameled tiles, ceiling murals, and carved ceilings and pillars-—the kind where you read on the sign that it took 150 skilled artisans...

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