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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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Oct 15, 2011 - Chamundi Hill

Abut 13 km from the Palace, there’s a famous hill (Chamundi Hill) with a famous temple to Chamundeswari, one of the fiercer aspects of the Hindu divine goddess. We didn’t go all the way to the temple (it was expected to be crowded and it was getting time to return to Bangalore, and you know what? I was tired.) but my driver wanted me to see the outlook from the hill. The area is full of white houses, emerald velvet rice paddies, and sugar cane fields and he wanted me to see it.

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Oct 15, 2011 - Daily Commute

Cows’, not mine. As you know, the cows wander loose here, hanging about town in a way that makes you think of teenagers leaning on lampposts chewing gum. The cows are safe because they are sacred; there is a cow god. (The oxen are not quite as lucky, as there is no ox god, and they are worked quite hard.) But late afternoon, about the time the offices are beginning to empty out, you see these cows start purposefully in groups in what is definitely a Direction and looks like nothing so much as a commute home. I noticed that many of these...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Weekend Plans

I spend two hours a day with my driver. He collects me at the hotel at 8:00 (“I come at 7:30, ma’am?”) and collects me again at the office at the end of the day (“I come at 5, ma’am?” “How about 6:00, Chetan?” “No, ma’am. Very traffic jam at 6:00. Five o’clock.”) My driver kept asking me about my plans for the weekend. I kept saying I was going to work. Oddly, he did not quite believe me. Instead, he has decided that we shall go to Mysore tomorrow, which all my Ericsson colleagues agree is very beautiful. My driver is of the opinion that...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Drivers

If you are a foreigner here, you have a driver. We foreigners are just not the sort of people who can approach Banglore driving conditions. Ericsson provides drivers for all their visiting co-workers. Actually, they don’t just provide drivers—-they insist on them. Ericsson does not actually permit employees to drive in Bangalore. It is too dangerous. If you are a white-knuckle driver, you should not come to Bangalore. Instead, you should stay home in Canada and sleep late. Myself, I have connected with my Inner Fatalist: I breeze through...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Dogs and Cows

The ride home from the airport was my first introduction to Bangalore traffic. May I say: it is crazy. On the one hand, it reminds me of a school of tiny fish, with its mysterious synchronization, such that they can dart this way and that at incredible angles and yet never touch one another. On the other, it reminds me of a festival, with horns blaring and people shouting and gesturing. We stopped only once, to get fuel, and this was my first exposure to the fact that Indians do not view “queuing” in the same way that we do. When we North...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Arrived in India!

My flight was delayed, so I missed the connection in Frankfurt to Bangalore. It cost me a day (plus a few hours in a seemingly endless series of line-ups) but it did give me a good night's sleep between the leg from Vancouver to Frankfurt and the leg from Frankfurt to Bangalore. That made a big difference, I think, to how well I felt when I arrived in Bangalore. I was met at the airport by both a hotel representative and by the driver assigned to me by Ericsson. I took my first step out the door and was greeted by a very correct and capable...

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Jan 22, 2011 - Bangalore, January 18-19, 2011

January 19, 2011, Bangalore On the bus to Goa. Lynn and I took a 40-minute drive in a rickshaw taxi (due mainly to the crazy traffic--even worse than Hyderabad) to the first pick-up bus stop, one of five I arbitrarily picked because I didn't know the city and couldn't find anyone to help, including Kuoni Travel. Bus was 45 minutes late (we were supposed to leave at 4:55 pm). We got on the bus but were told it was temporary and that we'd be switching buses. We then drove back through the area from which we'd come, so could have saved...

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Jan 7, 2011 - Bangalore

Laut unsrem Reisehandbuch: die westlichste aller indischen Staedte. Wir waren gespannt, sahen aber, angekommen in Zentrum an der Mahatma Ghandi Road, aufgrund der hier besonders hohen Konzentration an Dieselwolken in den komplett ueberfuellten Strassen der Innenstadt, nicht viel davon. In einem Sachbuch vom Jahr 2000 lasen wir ueber das Verkehrsproblem aufgrund des IT-Booms und der drastisch wachsenden Stadtbevoelkerung (von 600.000 auf 8 Mio. innert weniger als 10 Jahren). 2001 sollte Abhilfe getan sein, mit einer Art Kombi aus Metro u....

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Nov 2, 2010 - Bengaluru

Bengaluru - first big Indian city to visit - 6,000,000 people - considered as small!! It is traffic, noise, dust - as well as - large green areas and cows strolling freely throughout the mayhem....in the guide they saidit was 'quiet', but it's still India - loads of people!! Sinead didn't like the place much and was happy enough to leave and head for the beautiful and calm beaches of Goa....

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Feb 5, 2010 - Around Bangalore

I spent the day sightseeing around the city. The area where I am staying, Majestic, is a $1 motorcycle rickshaw's ride from the fashionable area which is called MG Road, short for Mahatma Gandhi Road. MG Road is pretty much like the fashionable areas of large cities in any developing country. Not too interesting to me. After leaving MG Road I visited a very cool temple and took part in a service that was underway. No one seemed to mind. When I came out of the temple, my shoes were gone. It turned out they take them to a "shoe minding" area...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Banguluru

It is wonderful to be back in India. I arrived late last night, actually early this am. The hotel that was supposed to pick me up didn't but it turned out fine. The hotel I am staying will do. I will stay here for a few days then I think I will move on to Puducherry (it used to be Pondicherry). It is strange to get used to the new names for places.

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